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Your editorial, “Menino’s Promise,” about Mayor Menino’s inauguration, stated: “He must shelve his reservations about becoming more involved in private development.”
Letters to the Boston editor, January 15, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 15, 2010

Tonight in Copley Square: WGBH and its discontents


In a piece that'll be out later this week, I cite the coming public-radio battle between WBUR-FM and WGBH-FM as one of the big media...
By Adam Reilly  |  January 05, 2010
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Battle of the Bulger

Earlier this fall, with almost no fanfare, Beverly-based Commonwealth Editions published a new biography of Boston's archetypal politician — James Michael Curley: A Short Biography with Personal Reminiscences — written by former Massachusetts Senate pr
Former Mass. Sen. Pres. William Bulger defends James Michael Curley's legacy — and his own
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 18, 2009
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How gay is Southie?

Welcome to the gayborhood.
Once unthinkable, Boston’s most notorious neighborhood now sports a welcoming face. How the hell did that happen?
By ERICA CORSANO  |  October 16, 2009

Where was everybody on St. Patrick's Day?

We piled into a car, we three intrepid journalists, and set out from the Back Bay Sunday morning to find our way to Royal Bolling’s party. “Roxbury’s Salute to St. Patrick’s Day,” as Bolling called it, should be easy to find, we reasoned. After all, the
Where's the (political) party?  
By MICHAEL RYAN  |  August 28, 2009
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AG should probe BPL

Political innocents who discount allegations that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is politicizing the Boston Public Library’s board of trustees so that he can directly control the nation’s oldest free municipal library received a rude awakening recently.
Supposedly ‘independent’ trustees receive city funds. Why Birmingham rather than Bulger for the top job?
By EDITORIAL  |  July 23, 2008


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Trouble 'round the bend?

Perhaps because it hasn’t exploded into a public shutdown of services (as happened a few years ago in New York), arguably the most important fact about the MBTA has escaped public notice: most of its workers have been without a contract for nearly two ye
MBTA workers have been without a contract for two years. Arbitration will settle the matter soon, but could stir an angry hornets’ nest for 2010.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 30, 2008
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Whither the GOP?

Ask people to name the leading voice of opposition on Beacon Hill these days, and you’re likely to be told House Speaker Sal DiMasi.
With Democrats in total control of state government, the Massachusetts GOP should be a rising voice of dissent. Instead, it seems more impotent than ever.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 19, 2008
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Menino aims to take another bite out of the BPL

Why does Boston mayor Thomas Menino seem to have such a chip on his shoulder about the Boston Public Library?
Will his handpicked trustees let him?
By EDITORIAL  |  February 27, 2008
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Unpleasantness at the BPL

Why would the library’s trustees give the boot to a leader who has proved to be a triple-threat talent?
How one of the nation’s leading librarians got axed by City Hall
By EDITORIAL  |  November 07, 2007

The Carson Beach Battle

This article originally appeared in the August 9, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Clouded by other explanations, the conflict is plainly racial
By HOWARD HUSOCK  |  August 07, 2007


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The mess at UMass

Before he terminated his do-little term as governor to kick off his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney planted a ticking time bomb at the University of Massachusetts.
Picking up the pieces in the wake of a destructive power play. Plus, the immigration debate.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 13, 2007
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Eire apparent

Visiting Dublin recently, I was dismayed by a telling bit of sartorial sociology: Yankees caps outnumbered Red Sox caps by about 10 to one.
Whither the Boston Irish?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 14, 2007

Flashbacks: November 10, 2006


The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 08, 2006

Flashbacks: July 21, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Sam MacLaughlin and Whitney Kimball.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 19, 2006

Flashbacks: July 14, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Sam MacLaughlin and Hannah Van-Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.  
By EDITORIAL  |  July 12, 2006


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The Dems are coming

Here are three admittedly subjective, shoot-from-the-hip snapshots of the three Democratic candidates for governor.
Can any of these guys take back the Governor’s office?
By ADAM REILLY AND DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 02, 2006
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Potemkin candidate

This is the year to beat Dianne Wilkerson. And in theory, Samiyah Diaz is the sort of candidate who could actually do it.
The strange case of Samiyah Diaz
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 18, 2006
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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