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Menino speaks

Menino's State of the City addresses are less political speeches and more civic homilies — big-hearted sermons aimed at keeping a healthy majority of voters firmly in the mayor's pews. These speeches are about consolidating and renewing power, rather t

By EDITORIAL  |  February 08, 2013

Boston to Build Long Overdue Statue for Bill Russell


Celtics legend Bill RussellIn a town with a history loaded with heroes, legends and giants, paying homage to each deserving demigod is a tall task....
By Nate Homan  |  July 14, 2011
Meet the Mayor: City Hall Plaza

Meet the Mayor: City Hall Plaza


Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats. Boston City Hall PlazaPaul Pereira Are you...
By Barry Thompson  |  April 28, 2011
Leo Tolstoy: Howie Carr's Ghostwriter?

Leo Tolstoy: Howie Carr's Ghostwriter?


Amanda Palmer = Stephen King?Behold the Internet's latest triumph of cultural appropriation: I Write Like. The website, founded by a 27-year-old Russian software programmer named...
By Steve Miller  |  July 20, 2010
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Fenway Park goes classical

"Free, friends, and Fenway Franks — all F's!" the young woman answered when I asked why she was at the very first symphonic concert at Fenway Park. "I've got one more F for you," she told me during the intermission.
A new landmark for the Landmarks Orchestra
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 16, 2010

Menino's money problems

David S. Bernstein’s article on the mayor’s feud with the firefighters and allegations that the city’s coffers are bigger than Mayor Tom Menino lets on is one of the only thoughtful treatments of this contract dispute to appear in the media.
Letters to the Boston editor, June 18, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 18, 2010


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Menino's promise

Boston's political tribes checked their traditional hostilities at the door this week when they trooped into Faneuil Hall for the inauguration of Mayor Thomas Menino, who took the oath to serve an unprecedented fifth term.
Realizing his pledge of flexibility is the key to Boston's future success
By EDITORIAL  |  January 08, 2010
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The pain hits home

With unsuccessful wars running in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the worst economic crisis in almost 80 years likely to get worse long before it gets better, Barack Obama will face challenges of historic proportions when he becomes the nation's 44th presiden
Boston faces a sobering year
By EDITORIAL  |  January 14, 2009
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Menino's mosque

Most locals concede that getting anything of substance accomplished in Boston is a Herculean task.
The bizarre story behind the construction of Boston's most controversial building
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2008
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City Hall domino effect

Political prospects are being reassessed inside the rumor-hungry walls of City Hall, all because of an invitation to a party 3000 miles away.  
Sam Yoon starts the MayorMania
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 09, 2008
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Media Moses

Bruce Wall is blessed with a talent for publicity.
What's behind Pastor Bruce Wall's nose for news?
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 11, 2007


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The guns of Boston

More people were murdered in Boston over the past two months than in any May-to-June stretch since 1990.
Why this could be the most bullet-riddled summer in 15 years
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 06, 2006