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On carpentry and college

Age 30, I quit the Phoenix and ended up with a job as an apprentice to a carpenter. Sawing, chiseling, hammering, nail-gunning, tiling, sanding, slotting, framing, hauling, measuring, and sweeping are less obvious outcomes of an undergraduate career in
Finding reward - and real learning - in the ivory tower
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 02, 2011
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The new TV season

Gil Scott-Heron was wrong: The revolution(s) will be televised.
Power to the people; enviropalooza; on the money; farewell to Dickie
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 25, 2011
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How Rhode Island can eliminate homelessness

Making it a reality is a matter of political will.
The concept is as simple as it is radical: give the homeless a place to live, with no strings attached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 14, 2010
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Back to school

Some of us know (or think we know) our paths from a young age. We follow those trails through 12 years of school, and then four (plus) more. Some of us don't. We flounder, we search, we know what we want but we don't know how to achieve it. The crucial
Coloring outside the educational lines
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 22, 2010
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Interview: John Legend

Despite being one of the most successful R&B singers of the decade — with six Grammys and three top-selling albums — John Legend is something of an oddball.
A different kind of R&B star
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  August 07, 2009
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Could America face a committee choice for president?

Like many thoughtful voters, I have privately wondered what would happen if John McCain, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama were to die after being nominated.
Surprise Scenario
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 09, 2008


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Rustic live in Philly, with candles

“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was impressed,” local Dave Robinson said after. “The guy’s voice is killer.”
On the road
By RYAN O'CONNELL  |  April 09, 2008
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Sexual dismay in the Milky Way

Lines upon learning that two professors from the University of Pennsylvania have concluded that men are currently happier than women
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 03, 2007
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College students press for climate neutrality

A group of Brown University students last month called for their campus to go “climate neutral.”
Global warming
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 21, 2007
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Ben Franklin bespeaks himself

This article originally appeared in the July 4, 1976 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
On life, liberty and the pursuit of office
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  July 10, 2006
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Les Moonves Leads Commencement Charge

Talk about poor alumni relations.
BU to Howard Stern: Drop Dead
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 03, 2006


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The Summers putsch goes awry

The Harvard presidential putsch, engineered by a minority faction of the Arts and Sciences faculty, may yet fail to accomplish the second half of its goal: to determine Lawrence Summers’s replacement.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 16, 2006