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Burbage’s muddled Maids

There are employee/employer disputes and then there is Jean Genet's The Maids , which makes the West Virginia railroad riots of 1877 look like an arms-crossed kid pouting over spinach on a plate.
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 19, 2011
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Review: The Last Mountain

As Bill Haney's infuriating, straightforward documentary argues, the coal industry is not only poisoning our air and water but our democracy as well.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 24, 2011
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Saving America from itself

The nation’s inability to regulate the corporate class is bringing death, destruction, and economic ruin.
The federal government must rein in corporate criminals
By EDITORIAL  |  May 07, 2010
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Newton shooter aims to please

If a Jamaican bobsled team can qualify for the Winter Olympics, then certainly a gunslinger from liberal Newton has a fighting chance in a rigorous shootout below the Mason-Dixon Line.
Run and gun
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 16, 2010
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Worth the gamble?

Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 18, 2009

Wall Street's death wish

If you read the front page of the September 6 New York Times , P+J hope you are either dumbfounded, appalled, frightened, or so pissed off that you went and got the Uzi from the attic and looked for the Amtrak schedule for the Northeast Corridor train
Investing in mortality; plus, getting it right, and wireless, in West Virginia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 11, 2009


Play by play: September 11, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 11, 2009

Play by play: September 4, 2009

Boston's weekly theater guide
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 04, 2009

Play by Play: August 28, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 28, 2009
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The annunciations

The broad brush strokes of Teddy Kennedy's presidential announcement may have uplifted liberal hearts, but Jerry Brown's announcement challenged liberal thinking with some pencil-sharp specifics about the role of government in economic planning for the 1
East Coast, West Coast: It's the Ted & Jerry Show
By MARCO TRBOVICH AND CHARLES P. PIERCE  |  August 28, 2009

Play by play: August 21, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 21, 2009


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Generation Green

Republicans have a lot to say about the immorality of saddling the next generation with our national debt. But when it comes to leaving them a wrecked, depleted, and rapidly warming planet, they are taking the exact opposite line.
Once derided as tree huggers, eco-friendly youth are now the nation's most powerful (and feared) voting bloc. So why isn't the GOP listening?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 08, 2009
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Me time

It’s a lazy weekday afternoon, and we’re finishing breakfast at Kevin Micka’s house in Jamaica Plain.
Animal Hospital has achieved a hermetic place in the city’s musical landscape.
By MATT PARISH  |  February 24, 2009

Thaww, yeah

Ah, wintertime. It's dark, it's cold, it seems like you might lose a few extremities to frostbite on the way to the club. You know what? Just go for it.
Local CDs to help you make it until spring
By MATT PARISH  |  December 29, 2008
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20 reasons the Earth will be glad to see Bush go

The planet Earth usually tries to stay out of politics. It doesn't endorse candidates. It doesn't run attack ads. It doesn't even register as a lobbyist.
As our 43rd president scrambles to screw further with Mother Nature, a look at the ways our planet will be better off under Obama
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 17, 2008

Flashbacks - February 24, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 27, 2008


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Sarah, get your AK-47

Ever since John McCain selected Sarah Palin to be his running mate, she has been the focus of the campaign.
The Alaska governor is dominating the election as we head into the fall — Why that is bad news for the Obama campaign
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 17, 2008
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Are you paying too much for your heating bill?

As winter approaches and energy prices rise worldwide, Rhode Islanders will wince when they open their monthly bills for electricity and natural gas.
Critics charge that lax regulation is inflating utility costs in Rhode Island
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  September 10, 2008
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By George, it's Barack!

Right now, everyone is focused on Barack Obama’s vice-presidential choice. But historically, convention acceptance speeches matter even more.
To win over the working class, Obama should study the acceptance speech of George H. W. Bush
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 20, 2008
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Bang for T-Buck

Brett Favre walks into a bar.
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By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 13, 2008
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Street cred


Sports blotter: "This year's Xbox" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 23, 2008


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Time for a clean sweep?

In early 2007, Rhonda Dawson, a thoughtful, candid, 45-year-old African-American guard at the Maine State Prison in Warren, quit her job after four years because, she says, of racist taunting from her fellow correctional officers.
A former guard calls for prison reform
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 23, 2008
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All dogs (and cats, and iguanas) go to heaven

If we pamper them in life, why shouldn’t we be expected to treat them extravagantly when they die?
A Maine pet crematorium gives man’s best friends the goodbyes they deserve
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 16, 2008
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A different sort of horse

Remember former Celtic Chris Herren?
Sports blotter: "The opposite of 'Celtic Pride' " edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 11, 2008
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Beyond the spin

The day after Barack Obama inched ahead of challenger Hillary Clinton in the superdelegate count, the indefatigable Clinton won the West Virginia primary.
Why Clinton's commanding West Virginia win is more show than substance
By PETER KADZIS  |  May 14, 2008
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Genie in a bottle

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have split the Indiana and North Carolina primaries, sending the race stumbling along to West Virginia (where Clinton should win decisively) this Tuesday, and then beyond.
Obama can only hope his Reverend Wright problem ends up like the Clinton Gennifer Flowers scandal
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 07, 2008


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Body of War

Tomas Young volunteered for the US Army right after 9/11, hoping to be sent to Afghanistan and chase down Osama bin Laden.
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By GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2008
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Super Tuesday: Pretty much as expected

Things turned out more or less as anticipated: John McCain bolstered his frontrunner status on the Republican side, and dueling Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will keep fighting.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  February 06, 2008
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The Granite State’s last hurrah

In a few days, New Hampshire voters will take their quadrennial place at the center of American politics, and this time, the stakes will be even higher than usual.
This could be the last election in which the New Hampshire primary, and its quaintly irrelevant retail politics, really matters
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 02, 2008
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Internet disconnect

If only our state officials thought about fiber.
Getting online in Maine can be painfully slow. And the planned Verizon-FairPoint merger won’t help.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 22, 2007