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The never-ending saga of accused #Occupy embezzler Paul “Fetch” Carnes, who is now suing the movement

If there's one thing I learned about the nation-trotting Occupy troll Paul Carnes (a/k/a Paul Fetch) in profiling him last month, it's that he's relentless....
By Chris Faraone  |  November 23, 2011
Who is Paul Fetch? (hint: not just the guy who allegedly ripped off #OccupyBoston for thousands)

Who is Paul Fetch? (hint: not just the guy who allegedly ripped off #OccupyBoston for thousands)

There's not yet been enough time to process everything that happened at last night's Occupy Boston General Assembly. At least not in a journalistically responsible...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 26, 2011
Dispatches from the 34th Montreal World Film Festival

Dispatches from the 34th Montreal World Film Festival

The 34th Montreal World Film Festival (August 26-September 6), proved most heartening for those of us anxious about the state of global cinema. I saw...
By Gerald Peary  |  September 06, 2010

New guerrilla documentary reveals true story of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise!

So. Here's the trailer for a heart-wrenching documentary about Katie Cruise née Holmes and the unimaginable horrors she's experienced since leaving Dawson's Creek and falling...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  August 06, 2010

Dane Cook does suck

In "Dane Cook Is Funny," the author says that to say “ 'Dane Cook is not funny' is an extreme oversimplification.” Not really.
Letters to the Boston editor, January 22, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 22, 2010

Scientology defector tells all

If every last allegation that Church of Scientology (CoS) defector Nancy Many charges in My Billion Year Contract is true, then her book should inspire several FBI raids and a Lifetime mini-series to rival any Charles Manson documentary.
Many's Rivers to Cross Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 15, 2010


What's the scam?

Back on the morning of June 7, 1982, a man walked into the New York branch of the Middle East Bank on the 25th floor of a Madison Avenue office building and tried to deposit a $2 million check. The man, a native of the United Arab Emirates, left without
Trying to bilk the Scientologists
By JIM SCHUH  |  September 25, 2009

Don't Call It A Comeback: Scientology Makes Headlines Again

 Over the several months that I spent last year researching Scientology and its detractors, I...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 23, 2009
Scientology Back in the News - This Time Banned from Wikipedia

Scientology Back in the News - This Time Banned from Wikipedia

 I'm not generally prone to blindly push along potential rumors (even if they're probably true)...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 01, 2009

Year in pictures

Imagery 2008
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Beyond a joke

Your recent “Chick Schtick” article contained a very interesting and revealing line.
Letters to the Boston editor, October 31, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 29, 2008

“Battling Scientology” Follow-Up

“Battling Scientology” Follow-Up

  Depending on whom you ask, Massachusetts-based protest organizer Gregg Housh had a major victory – or a significant loss – in Boston Municipal Court...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 24, 2008

Choosing my religion

There’s nothing that strikes me as heroic or important about Gregg Housh’s farcical jihad against Scientology.  
Letters to the Boston editor, October 24, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 22, 2008

Battling Scientology

In a world wracked with uncertainty, there is at least one thing you can bet on: pick a fight with the Church of Scientology, and its leaders will fight back — always with vigor, often with a vengeance, and sometimes with litigation that can be long and
Anonymous's Gregg Housh is committed to bringing down the Church of Scientology. Is he a gadfly or a goon?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 15, 2008

Photos: Guy Fawkes Day

Anonymous protest against Church of Scientology, Boston, MA, October 11, 2008
By MATT TEUTEN  |  October 15, 2008

The cult of the Mooninites

Regarding Harvey Silverglate’s Web post “ The Artists Are Innocent ”: this was not performance art.
Letters to the Boston editor: February 16, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 14, 2007



"Tom Cruise is the new “Christ” of Scientology, according to leaders of the cult-like religion."
Mounting a sermon
By JOHN SMITH  |  January 31, 2007

Cheap cheer

Why bother caroling when you can spike your eggnog and sing karaoke? Heck, why venture into the windy streets when you can snuggle next to the radiator with a six-pack of cheep beer?
The Scrooge – lovers guide to seasonal fun
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  December 12, 2006

Kids’ stuff

As the world’s most famous Scientologist honeymoons in the Maldives, junior-bird-man havoc is being wreaked on Tom Cruise’s ideology of choice.
A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant ; Exceptions to Gravity
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 28, 2006

Flashbacks: June 2, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Jessica Coughlin and Sam MacLaughlin.
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By EDITORIAL  |  May 31, 2006