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Review: Dirty Pictures

At one point, Dirty Pictures transports us to Burning Man, where we watch a pack of free spirits cruising around the desert in flame-spewing tentacle-mobiles. Which is exactly the kind of blissy neon bacchanalia that springs to mind when we think of
Subversive chemistry
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 16, 2010
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What's the scam?

Back on the morning of June 7, 1982, a man walked into the New York branch of the Middle East Bank on the 25th floor of a Madison Avenue office building and tried to deposit a $2 million check. The man, a native of the United Arab Emirates, left without
Trying to bilk the Scientologists
By JIM SCHUH  |  September 25, 2009
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Blowin' in the wind

There's going to be a lot of snickering and chortling this week after former-top-NFL-prospect-turned-galactic-draft-bust Ryan Leaf got arrested on drug and burglary charges.
Ryan Leaf returns from exile. Plus, Missy Giove goes downhill fast, and Donte Stallworth gets sentenced.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 26, 2009
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Hemp — the law, the musical

When liberal congressmen like Barney Frank begin co-sponsoring bills with libertarians like Ron Paul, there must be something funny in the air.
Dept. of Really Strange Bedfellows
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 01, 2009
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The DEA says no (again) to medical marijuana. Now what?

Rick Doblin, president of Belmont-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), can't believe how long it's dragged on.
High on Obama?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009
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Shattered Plax


Sports blotter: Burress edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 10, 2008


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Max Payne

No longer the undercover DEA agent of the game, Max oversees NYPD “cold case” files. They don’t come much colder than this one.  
Bloodless, PG-13-rated action noir
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 21, 2008
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Pot Edward Island

It seems modern-day islanders have discovered another way to smile through the summer and avoid the blues during the bleak local winters.
Canada's most picturesque province is surprisingly also the fertile center of an underground marijuana explosion
By ALAN R. EARLS  |  August 13, 2008
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Will Harvard drop acid again?

In a moment of delightful whimsy in the annals of drug history, Albert Hofmann, after purposely ingesting LSD for the first time, rode his bicycle home and experienced all manner of beatific and hellish visions.
Psychedelic research returns to Crimsonland
By PETER BEBERGAL  |  May 28, 2008
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A Peapod grows in Portland

Harrity’s albums sound like the work of an invisible hand, and it’s apparent that he likes it that way.
A young label sports sonic wisdom
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 07, 2008

Bad medicine

Harvey Silverglate’s “Freedom Watch” column on  the bad faith with which the DEA prosecutes pain doctors  is yet another cogent exposition of the strange activities of this agency.
Letters to the Boston editor, October 5, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 03, 2007


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Ouch!

Things haven’t been going well as of late for Needham-based chronic-pain specialist Dr. Joseph Zolot.
The DEA’s bad-faith war on pain doctors
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 26, 2007
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It’s time for some real judicial activism

There is a time and a place for “judicial activism,” no matter what so-called conservatives say.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  May 09, 2007
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Who’s afraid of medical marijuana?

Two hits of marijuana in the morning, and two in the evening before he goes to sleep.
Opponents’ fears go unrealized with the impementation of rhode island’s law
By TE-PING CHEN  |  May 02, 2007
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Media monstrosities

On April 23, MIT sophomore David Sheets cataloged Web sites that can’t be reached on Boston’s free wireless network due to a screwy filtering program.
Oddities and ephemera from the week gone by
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 25, 2007
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Dead End Armory

Don’t you love it when an already solid band just gets better?
Music seen, February 17, at the White Heart
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 21, 2007


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We found Whitey Bulger . . . and he’s still missing

I get a lot of calls about Bulger, but this one was different. Watch video footage of a possible Whitey sighting in California
Anniversary party: The FBI celebrates 12 years of failure
By DAVID BOERI  |  January 05, 2007
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Howie Carr blows up

It’s Friday, and Howie Carr Incorporated is in full flog for his new book, The Brothers Bulger (Warner Books).
As Whitey makes him famous, the Bulger -scribe doesn’t have to worry about facts
By DAVID BOERI  |  March 16, 2006
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Smelling like a Rose

The bad-seed stories just keep rolling in.
Plus the best quote from a lawyer you will ever hear
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 01, 2006
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Politics of pain

When it comes to the legalization of medical marijuana in Rhode Island, the question has generally been when — not if — it would happen.
Rhode Island follows through on medical marijuana
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 07, 2006