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Desert Storm

Two days before Saturday's horrific shooting in Tucson, Arizona, which gravely wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and left six people dead, a woman disrupted the reading of the US Constitution on the floor of the US House of Representatives by loud
Tragedy in Tucson re-opens the question of the GOP's dangerous embrace of extremists
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 14, 2011
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American psycho

It will be unclear for some time whether alleged Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner will qualify for an insanity defense. But one need not be a practicing psychiatrist to see that the 22 year old is a disturbed individual.
And the American psychosis
By EDITORIAL  |  January 14, 2011

Cowardly new world

I know that the ancient Mayan calendar indicated the world may end in 2012, but I doubt it. Instead, let me illustrate how bad it might get, starting in that year.
Diverse-City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 28, 2010
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An immigrant song

Arizona has declared war on Mexico. SB1070, the incendiary new immigration bill signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, has set off national boycotts, lawsuits, protests, and denouncements.
What we can learn from our neighbors to the south
By DAVID KISH  |  May 14, 2010

Notes from a Borderland

What we learn from immigrants
What we learn from immigrants
By DAVID KISH  |  May 07, 2010
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Heart keeps beating

Storytelling is largely about character, and writer Thomas Cobb came up with a doozy when he conceived Bad Blake.
Novelist (and RIC professor) Thomas Cobb recalls the origins of Bad Blake
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 29, 2010


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Hell on wheels

There are rules. No hands, no feet, no heads. No tripping, no hitting from the back  — just thighs, hips, upper arms and torso, from the side or front.
Providence roller derby — fast action, big fun, and grrrl power on skates
By MARION DAVIS  |  October 16, 2009
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Portland Phoenix honored

At the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies annual awards banquet in Tucson, Arizona, last Friday, Portland Phoenix staff and freelancers were recognized for their coverage of the 2008 elections, with a second-place award, tying the City Newspaper
AAN honors Portland Phoenix for election coverage
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 03, 2009
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The Detroit Cobras give new life to old soul

There's nothing lazier than the typical cover band: musicians taking the easy way out for listeners who don't want to be challenged — or, worse yet, revisiting the glory years when their shitty taste in music was current and therefore socially acceptabl
Blessed versions
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 05, 2009
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All quiet on the Times Co. front

When I heard this past Friday that the New York Times Company had delivered a radical ultimatum to the Boston Globe 's 13 unions I called Globe spokesman Bob Powers to check it out. He wasn't talking.
The Globe crisis leaves New York speechless. Plus, Morrissey Boulevard's problematic political fan club
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 10, 2009
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Interview: Lance Hammer

Some filmmakers seek to penetrate the mystery of human existence through cinema.  
Delta force
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2008


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Feel the pain

Barn Burning is the acclaimed audio outlet for singer/guitarist Anthony Loffredio, a Providence native whose introspective tales are spun well beyond his 33 years and well-complemented by a revolving door of musicians since the 2004 promising debut Weat
The bittersweet smolder of Barn Burning
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 22, 2008
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Calexico: Carried to Dust

True to its title, Carried to Dust moves along with wraith-like grace, a haunting and beautiful drift of songs about codebreakers, gravebound ghosts, and stars that “shone in slowness.”
Quarterstick
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 02, 2008
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The play's the thing

Like Tropic Thunder , Hamlet 2 makes its satirical intent known straight away with a flurry of phony, funny commercials.
Steve Coogan masters tragic irony in Hamlet 2
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008
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Cock and bull?

Americans will finally know who Steve Coogan is.
Interview: Not if it’s British actor Steve Coogan
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 11, 2008
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Are turtles making love at King Middle School?

“What your values are, and what actually happens, are quite different.”
Sex Ed
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 24, 2007


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Digital strips

In the not-too-distant past, telling someone you were interested in webcomics was met with awkward stares and changes of subject.  (Trust me.)
The rise of webcomics and four artists leading the way
By JOE BERNARDI  |  July 10, 2007
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Good eatin’

In 2005, author Barbara Kingsolver moved her family from Tucson to a farm in Virginia to embark on a year-long experiment of returning to nature.
Barbara Kingsolver grows her own
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 27, 2007

Possibilities

As you read this, I’m moving — and probably literally.
Post everything
By CLAYTON CAMERON  |  June 13, 2007
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Slow + steady

Before grown-ups start talking to kids about certain things, a parent observes, kids start talking to grown-ups.
Talking about sex – with a turtle?
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 28, 2007
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The flying Scotsman

“I don’t usually come across as all that interesting in interviews,” admits 20-year-old Paolo Nutini over the phone from a gig in Stockholm.
Paolo Nutini soars across the pond
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 29, 2007


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Good music, good causes

A few fund-raisers stand out on this week’s docket.
The Scuba Steve and PARL benefits; plus, the Jesse Minute
By BOB GULLA  |  October 10, 2006
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Players and painted stage

It seems the fall theater season was shot from a gun this year, barely after the Labor Day picnic baskets had been packed away.
Fall on the Boston boards  
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 13, 2006
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Where it was

As a wee lad, Jeff Coveney went down to the sea on Martha’s Vineyard in search of where Steven Spielberg and crew shot bits of Jaws . “Where’s the beach?” he remembers shouting out.
Boston Movie Tours gets wheels
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 02, 2006
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Calexico

Joey Burns and John Convertino celebrate 10 years together as Calexico on Garden Ruin  by embracing the Southwestern twang that’s always come so naturally to them and also by leaving it in the dust.
Garden Ruin | Quarter Stick
By JED GOTTLIEB  |  May 08, 2006