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Fighting back

Thanks to a federal law that codifies discrimination against same-sex couples, more than 15,000 legally married couples (and an untold number of children) are being denied basic benefits, such as the right to file their taxes jointly, or Social Security
Two cases in federal court here in Massachusetts could help turn the national tide against DOMA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 04, 2010

Judicial ups and downs

It was about time that Rogeriee Thompson was finally confirmed (unanimously, we might add) by the United States Senate for what amounts to an historic spot on the Federal Court of Appeals.
Plus poppy hypocrisy, pressuring the Pope, and even more ‘Buttercup’ trivia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2010
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Free speech for me, but not for thee

Last Thursday's Supreme Court opinion striking down corporate campaign advertising restrictions might as well have been divorce papers in the rocky marriage between the political left and the First Amendment.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 29, 2010
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Judging the Judge

After reading Sunday’s front page BeloJo story, “Support for R.I. Judge not unanimous,” your superior correspondents have to suspect that everything — absolutely everything — is thoroughly politicized.
Committee Doubting Thompson. Plus, The Bish, Rush, and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 30, 2009

Rhode Island’s pride is showing

There was much to-do and flexing of cultural muscles and civic pride as Our Little Towne placed in the top 10 in many prestigious categories in Travel & Leisure magazine’s 2009 survey of “America’s Favorite Cities.”
 Finally, some good ‘news!’ Plus, Brown slips, the Patriots slide, and more
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 16, 2009

Labor of Love

Most of us will sleep in on Labor Day. Not the Southern Maine Labor Council, who will be working hard to remind us what the holiday's actually all about.
No rest for these union activists
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 04, 2009


Labor of Love

Most of us will sleep in on Labor Day. Not the Southern Maine Labor Council, who will be working hard to remind us what the holiday's actually all about.
No rest for these union activists
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 04, 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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Judge Stephen Breyer, Bill Clinton's latest pick for the Supreme Court, has attracted support so broad that it spans ideological and political differences.  
Stephen Breyer may be the right man at the wrong time
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 05, 2009

Dumb College Edition

Phillipe and Jorge have words of wisdom for Brown University's idiotic, uber-politically correct faculty members who voted to drop Columbus Day and substitute a "Fall Weekend" at the behest of student group called Native Americans at Brown.
Uber-PC at Beige University. Plus, too many sad farewells
By PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  April 17, 2009

A great little performer

If this doesn't convince you that no one with lotsa bucks plays by the rules, and that insider trading is rife on Wall Street, along with obscene bonuses collected by what are essentially crooks, with no morals, at most big lending institutions, how wou
Obama administration stubs its toe with the tax-challenged
By PHILLIPPE AND JORGE  |  February 04, 2009


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Fair is foul

These are scary times for far-right conservatives.
What's the fuss over the Fairness Doctrine really about?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 12, 2008
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Night of the living dead

It’s almost over. This is welcome news.
What if the election doesn’t end on Election Day?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 29, 2008
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Judge orders injections for Maine prisoner

A Maryland court has ordered Maine prisoner Deane Brown to be forcibly injected with insulin, if necessary.
Maryland exile
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 23, 2008
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The least you need to know

Gay Pride. It's a phase that has become almost meaningless in our contemporary culture.
By law, privacy can be a matter of where and when
By LISA KEEN  |  May 30, 2007
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Why the Imus cave-in is bad for free speech, radio, and the whole society

I was never a fan of Don Imus.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  April 19, 2007


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High time for high principles

Every now and then a case comes before the US Supreme Court that has as much entertainment value as constitutional significance.
Why the Supreme Court should back the bong guy
By EDITORIAL  |  March 21, 2007
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Out-of-body politic

The January 27 march against the Iraq War in Washington DC attracted tens of thousands of protestors, but did it crash the Capitol? Its virtual counterpart did.
Peace, protest, and pig grenades in Second Life
By SARA DONNELLY  |  February 07, 2007
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Welcome to the real world

When it comes to Second Life ( SL ), the immersive “metaverse” that’s gotten reams of breathless media coverage over the past six months, hard numbers are hard to come by.
Virtual insanity
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 24, 2007
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Killer coke

If you follow presidential politics, you know that Barack Obama’s past use of illegal drugs is suddenly a topic of great interest.
Obama, Bush, and the warped politics of drug use. Plus, ConCon coverage falls short, and Finneran’s foes raise a fuss
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 10, 2007
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The national GOP could take some tips from Chafee

Given Washington’s prevailing partisan gridlock in the late ’90s, George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign pledges — to be a uniter, not a divider, and to pursue a humble foreign policy — struck Lincoln Chafee as harbingers of something better.
Last of the moderates
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 15, 2006


Brief cases

This article originally appeared in the August 19, 1986 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
No Scalia wag
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 14, 2006

Bloody July


In just one month, six different State Supreme Courts have ruled against gay marriage
By MICHAEL J. AMICO  |  August 09, 2006
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Gay meant guilty

On April 8, 1981, Wayne Healy, a 29-year-old gay man, was convicted of brutally murdering his former brother-in-law during a sexual encounter.
How gay-history experts could help free a man convicted of murder 25 years ago
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  May 05, 2006

Political cartoons

Amid the reams of editorials and articles covering the Mohammed-cartoon controversy, the uniquely important role of independent college publications has been all but lost.
A Salient issue
By DUSTIN A. LEWIS  |  February 23, 2006

In it to win it

When two Swarthmore students published information about major security flaws in Diebold e-voting machines, the corporation rattled its swords, claiming copyright infringement.
Some of EFF’s recent legal victories
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 09, 2006


Flashbacks, February 3, 2006

This week in history, from the pages of the Boston Phoenix
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 02, 2006