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Sports blotter: In the rough

Another day, another New York sports icon fends off a rape allegation.
Did Johan Santana go out of bounds? Plus, LT's self-abuse defense falls short.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 02, 2010
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QB freak

Trying to parse the situation with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his sexual-assault allegations, one comes to some interesting conclusions. The strategy pursued by law enforcement in this case speaks volumes.
No charges for Roethlisberger, but Big Ben’s reputation might be sacked
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 23, 2010
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Review: Life During Wartime

You can’t get enough Happiness — or so Todd Solondz must have thought when he spun off this sour sequel to his 1998 misanthropic ode to suburban perversion.
Solondz's return to Happiness is — surprise! — really depressing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010
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Bully for BU!

After six years at the Phoenix , I recently got my first pre-emptive libel threat. It came, most unexpectedly, from an investigative reporter. And beyond the fact that this struck me as a blatant attempt at intimidation, it demonstrated how tricky journ
A curious conflict of interest is followed by a legal threat — from a journalism center!
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 12, 2010
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True grit

Operation Bobbi Bear is a non-governmental organization in Durban, South Africa, devoted to finding care and foster homes for children who are abused and abandoned.
A feisty, inspiring group of women combat child abuse in South Africa in Rough Aunties
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 05, 2010
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Ending violence

V-Day is once more upon us, and for those not partial to Hallmark-driven capitalism, the V now also popularly stands for "Vagina" or "Victory," thanks to Eve Ensler's famous monologues about violence against women.
It's much more of a struggle than we might think
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 12, 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
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Throwback shame

Well, another year in sports crime has come and gone.
Nice try, Tiger. But sports crime in 2009 was ruled by the ghosts of Foxboro past.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 08, 2010
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Doing the right thing

There are plenty of stories that harken back to a Golden Age, but Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird was different.
2nd Story’s inspiring To Kill a Mockingbird
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2009
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Harvard ‘ACT UP’ show gets rise from right-wingers

Taking a detour from directly bashing President Obama, right-wingers are now hot and bothered by a Harvard art exhibit. And they have an Obama administration foil toward whom they can channel their bile.
Tea Baggers Meet the Tea-Baggers Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2009
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Avoiding a border war

It's a matter of moments before the likes of Lou Dobbs and Bill O'Reilly scapegoat the believed-to-be-illegal-immigrant suspects in last week's Brookline rape case for every problem in America.
Rape in Brookline
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009


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Personal fouls

The biggest story in sports media last week was the discovery of surreptitiously shot nude-video footage of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, whose comeliness has made her a favorite — and sometimes a fetish — of the online sports commentariat.
ESPN's odd double standard on sex
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 31, 2009
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Prison in turmoil

Will reform have to wait for a new governor?
Investigators probe killing, stabbing, corruption allegations
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 19, 2009

Warren Jeffs

This pedophile former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints is no better than a wannabe David Koresh or Charles Manson. And when you want to be one of those guys - you are beyond unsexy.
This pedophile former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints is no better than a wannabe David Koresh or Charles Manson. And when you want to be one of those guys - you are beyond unsexy.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Escaping the life

Like the drug dealers in The Wire or accounts of illegal trafficking of any form, the current and former teenage prostitutes in David Schisgall's documentary Very Young Girls don't often refer to their trade as a job.
Counseling New York's exploited Very Young Girls
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 25, 2009
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Dance, Monkey!: Taylor Newhall

We put a comic on the hot seat. This week's victim . . .
Eats stinky cheese
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 19, 2009


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Looking for Mr. Dunbar

Will Dunbar split town without saying goodbye, and now he's facing a pair of felonies.
The Justin Miller award race heats up. Plus, tough times in Fayetteville.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 18, 2009
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Walk against sexual violence

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and you can help acknowledge the month by helping raise much-needed funds for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).
$100,000 in Change
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 12, 2009
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Fest raises awareness, celebrates women

Maria Mendes found her voice last spring, at a gathering to prepare for a trip to New Orleans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues . Standing before a group of women, she finally got the courage to talk about being a
Come together
By MARION DAVIS  |  February 18, 2009
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Wideouts gone wild

Late February is a heavy-arrest period in American sports, for the simple reason that the college-football season is over, spring practices have not yet begun, and they have not yet deployed armed alcohol-sniffing police robots on college campuses arou
Lock the liquor cabinet and hide the keys — it's that time of year again
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 18, 2009
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Dirty Harry goes to church: Clint and Catholicism

In Mystic River , Clint Eastwood examined the damage to a close-knit group of Boston friends, years after one of them was sexually abused by a stranger, in a film depicting the power of sexual abuse with Catholic overtones.
Reel Life
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 28, 2009


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Meggett takes an early lead

When football scouts describe running backs, they like to talk about a back's "shake": his ability to make tacklers miss in the hole.
Sad sack
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 21, 2009

PREVENTION SUSPENSION

WILL FUNDING CUTS THWART AREA SCHOOLS' EFFORTS TO STOP SEXUAL ASSAULT BEFORE IT STARTS?
WILL FUNDING CUTS THWART AREA SCHOOLS' EFFORTS TO STOP SEXUAL ASSAULT BEFORE IT STARTS?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 10, 2008

Unchecked power and secrecy — not gays — are the church’s problem

Presenting more evidence that it just doesn't get it, the Vatican recently issued new so-called, "psychological screening guidelines" to weed out priest candidates with "psychopathic disorders," but only those related to sexual misconduct — specifically
Vatican Myopia
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 19, 2008
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Musical chairs

I’ve been dating a married man for three years, and I’m starting to suspect that he’s cheating on me.
Ask Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  September 17, 2008
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Tiger trap

There are a lot of famously troubled college sports programs out there, the majority of them football teams.
Sports blotter: "Walking in Memphis" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 20, 2008


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Olympian anti-heroes

Greetings, Olympic sports fans!
Sports blotter: Olympic edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 06, 2008
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Victim, not vixen

Florence Evelyn Nesbit was the most beautiful woman who ever lived.
Sex, death, and the filthy rich
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  July 29, 2008
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Head case

Who is Jim Marzilli, exactly? Is he a predatory letch? Or is he a deeply troubled man who needs to be kept from harassing women — but also from hurting himself?
Media coverage of a State House sex scandal reveals the pitfalls of reporting on mental illness
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 23, 2008

Man of mischief

Let’s see if I can fill a whole column by making jokes about violent sex offenders.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 02, 2008