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At URI, Booker challenges a generation

"Gun shots rang out," said Cory Booker, Newark's charismatic mayor, during a talk at the University of Rhode Island's Edwards Hall this week.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 12, 2010
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Newton shooter aims to please

If a Jamaican bobsled team can qualify for the Winter Olympics, then certainly a gunslinger from liberal Newton has a fighting chance in a rigorous shootout below the Mason-Dixon Line.
Run and gun
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 16, 2010
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Ruste Juxx & Marco Polo | The Exxecution

I feel sorry for the mothers whose fake thug sons were shot and stabbed in the making of this album.
Duck Down (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010
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Review: Ajami

Set in the Arab neighborhood of the title, this Israeli nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar starts out like a Middle Eastern Boyz N the Hood .
This Middle Eastern Boyz N the Hood  teeters, but doesn't Crash
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2010
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Rocky pot

Late last May, a goofy-looking guy named Charles Austin Corn — a student at the University of Tennessee — was shot in South Knoxville in what looked like an attempt to rob his stash. He was unable to communicate with police after the shooting and died fi
It's murder time in Tennessee; Plus, Warren Sapp gets flagged for hands to the face
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 19, 2010
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Holy terror?

On the afternoon of November 5, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan walked into a building at Fort Hood, the sprawling military base in central Texas; sat briefly in solitary silence; and then opened fire with a semi-automatic pistol, shooting roughly a hundred
Cutting through the muddled thinking about Nidal Malik Hasan's faith and its role in the Fort Hood shootings
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 13, 2009


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The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009
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White-supremacist code printed nationwide

While von Brunn survived to face federal criminal charges and may yet die slowly in federal prison, he did manage to get newspapers around the globe to print a white-supremacist code praising Adolf Hitler right next to his name.
Co-Opting the Media
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 19, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Wascally wappers

Lame as Marilyn Manson may be, I wouldn't wish his fans on him if he were my worst enemy.
Plus failed massacres and reverse piracy
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 29, 2009
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Campaign Trail of Tears

Mayoral candidates Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon have looked a little like ambulance chasers of late, seizing on two recent tragedies for political gain.
Menino's challengers look to capitalize on tragedy. Plus, council candidates try to meet the tougher new ballot requirements — set by an incumbent.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 22, 2009
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Death by handgun

A couple of weeks ago, David S. Bernstein wrote about the growing "state sovereignty" movement backed by anti-government conspiracy theorists and gun-rights extremists, and touted on the syndicated radio show and Web site of deranged agitator Alex Jone
A public-health crisis; plus, gay marriage advances
By EDITORIAL  |  April 10, 2009


Young guns

This past Wednesday at the Capital Hill Hilton in Washington, DC, mayors from across the country were scheduled to sit down to a special session and learn how to combat youth gun violence.
Menino touting Boston’s gun-violence “best practices”
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 27, 2008
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A life cut short


Images from the life of Mario Hornsby, Jr.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 28, 2008
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The deadly cost of ‘honor killings’

The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 5000 "honor killings" occur worldwide each year, though they are vastly underreported.  
Human rights
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 16, 2008

The friends of Jack Kelly

This article originally appeared in the July 4, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
In the end, the adventure killed him
By DAVE O'BRIAN AND TOM SHEEHAN  |  July 08, 2008
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More from Tyson

One of the things about being a non–Pacific Islander  guy with a giant tribal tattoo on your face is that people are forever questioning your judgment.
Sports blotter: "Yikes" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 18, 2008


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The Foot Fist Way

A mean-spirited, scrappy tragicomedy that was shot in 19 days –– and looks it.
A looser, less elegant translation
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2008

Fair game

There is a big difference between games that are consciously edgy or controversial, such as Postal or Super Columbine Massacre, and games that are intended as nothing but exploitive pornography, such as Custer’s Revenge.
Boston Phoenix Letters: May 9, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 07, 2008
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Word power

The Etymology of Bird is not about jazz legend Charlie Parker, but it certainly does soar and transport us.
PBRC’s Etymology of Bird soars
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2008

More than a few loose ends

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has ordered a review of evidence in the wrongful conviction of Stephan Cowans, following a report in the Phoenix that raised questions about possible police misconduct .
BPD to review Cowans evidence
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 05, 2008


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Yesterday once more

Sometimes listening to a record is more than just listening to a record.
Digging into Big Dipper’s Supercluster
By BOB GULLA  |  February 27, 2008
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Beauty and the geeks

The idea? A shooting gallery where the goal is to hit the ducks — and avoid bagging Dick Cheney’s hunting partner.
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By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 14, 2008
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Framed?

The Boston Phoenix has uncovered substantial new information about the Cowans case.
The Boston Police investigation of Stephan Cowans led to a wrongful conviction. Was it incompetent — or corrupt?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 07, 2008

A close call


Another suspect was nearly charged with the Gallagher shooting
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 06, 2008
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Murder in the streets

The sad news, the truly disturbing and troubling news, is that Boston is a long, long way from curbing street violence, gun play, and murder on its troubled streets.
It is more than just a political problem. Plus, former State Senate President Robert Travaglini strikes a classy chord.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 23, 2008


Puppet government

When Stephen Colbert threw his hat into the presidential ring — before South Carolina threw it back — he was embarking on a remarkably recurrent pop-culture event.
Four-score-or-so years ago, Will Rogers began a comedic political tradition
By DAVID BIANCULLI  |  November 14, 2007
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The only game in town

Memo received and understood, chiefs.
Sox fever grips the Hub
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  October 31, 2007
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Tears and joy

Yet soon, lo and behold, we find ourselves in a comedy, and the only battles are between the sexes.
PBRC’s Two Can Play finds a moving balance
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2007

Gifted felons

In an interview, Mark Cible described Gary Watland as “brilliant.” His computer prowess was especially impressive, Cible says.

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 12, 2007