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Asleep at the wheel

In the early morning of April 9, 2007, a small armada of Cardi Corporation trucks crept up Rustic Hill Road in North Scituate to the construction site for the new Ponaganset Middle School.
The state's weak system for vetting contractors allows millions to flow to companies with poor environmental and workplace safety records. It needs to be fixed
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 05, 2012
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Amish Buggy Chop Shop

Don't forget those sinful, sinful fuzzy dice
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By DAVID KISH  |  August 24, 2012
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What’s really behind high gas prices

Fingers crossed that we've seen the worst of it — analysts say gas prices won't go any higher than the April 6 peak of $3.94 per gallon — but filling up your tank this summer is still going to cost a big chunk of change.
Priming the Pump
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 04, 2012
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Vocational education opens new opportunities for all students

Walk around the cavernous "hard trades" wing of the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) — which houses the auto-mechanic, carpentry, and welding programs, among others — and you're bound to witness a hubbub of activity, the bubbling-over en
Blue collar girls
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 09, 2012
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No cars allowed

Sweet dreams.
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By DAVID KISH  |  November 04, 2011

Paging Chicken Little

Behaving with all the coolheaded aplomb of Prissy — the young maid in Gone With the Wind — Providence school honchos and the city's emergency management agency managed to make a king-size balls-up of the arrival of the "Get Motivated" speakers seminar
City motivated to panic; Making things better; close encounter of the weird kind
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 07, 2011


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Review: Drive

Nicolas Winding Refn's sleek heist flick offers more quiet moments than you'd expect with a title like Drive .
A lot going on below the surface
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 16, 2011
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Review: Bellflower

In addition to the flamethrower, they've also rigged up a whiskey-dispensing car dashboard, and as a piece de resistance have created the Road Warrior–inspired "Medusa," a 1972 Buick Skylark souped up to breathe fire.
Petal to the metal
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011
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Review: Senna

The story of Brazilian Formula One champion Ayrton Senna sounds, well, just like a movie — Le Mans , maybe, or Talladega Nights without the comedy.
Chronicling Ayrton Senna's career
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2011
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Skate of the union

The malt angels from Pabst Blue Ribbon were on hand to fuel us up, and to hook up sweat bands that, incidentally, would come in handy to absorb the blood.
Pissed pedaling
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2011
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Lollapalooza 2011


Traditionally, china is the gift of choice for a 20th anniversary. But considering that Lollapalooza debuted in 1991 with a lineup that featured Jane's Addiction,...
By Jared Dionne  |  August 14, 2011


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Photos: Foo Fighters + Foster the People + Muse + more at Lollapalooza 2011

Surveillance footage from three days packed with solid sets -- and even a few mind-blowing ones.
Scenes from the 20th annual Lollapalooza festival | August 5-7, 2011
By JARED DIONNE  |  August 12, 2011
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Wheeling and dealing

Here's a vehicle you don't see every day.
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By DAVID KISH  |  July 15, 2011
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Giving intelligence to simpletons, fools, and Idiots

There are a few reasons not to get overly excited about the debut release from Nuclear Boots.
Going Nuclear
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 24, 2011

Killing ethanol

Estimates vary, but it's safe to say that restaurants and institutions (such as colleges or hospitals) waste tons of food every year; last September, a group of students at the College of the Atlantic noticed that their school was no exception.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2011

The road goes on forever

If the Maine Turnpike Authority were a country, it'd be North Korea.
Maine Turnpike Authority's totalitarian rule
By AL DIAMON  |  March 11, 2011


[awesome video alert] The Cars "Blue Tip"


 Hey, happy Thursday -- a brand new track from THE CARS was posted on YouTube earlier today. "Blue Tip" is a smooth, blippy little synthpop...
By Michael Marotta  |  February 17, 2011

New Cars album gets title, street date


 Hat tip to the very underrated Jed Gottlieb of the Boston Herald, who reports this afternoon that the new record from THE CARS will be...
By Michael Marotta  |  February 02, 2011
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Electric cars: Rhode Island plugs in

“I’m not a car guy,” says Al Dahlberg, sitting in his office on a recent afternoon.
Can the smallest state make the biggest use of electric cars — and help save the world?
By DAVID SCHARFFENBERG  |  November 12, 2010
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Hello, Numan

Gary Numan has never been one for nostalgia.
A synth-pop legend reluctantly accepts his past
By MATT PARISH  |  October 22, 2010
So what's up with this Cars 'reunion' photo?

So what's up with this Cars 'reunion' photo?


Forget words — these days, a photograph is worth a thousand reunion rumors. So when Boston new wave legends the Cars quietly posted the above...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 28, 2010


Let them buy cars

In Maine, you can buy a gun on a Sunday, but you can't buy a car. In fact, in Maine you can buy almost anything you want on a Sunday, except for a car. Maine state law forbids car-buying on Sundays.
Letters to the Portland Editor, July 23, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 23, 2010
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Oranjuly | Oranjuly

Three years is a long time to make an album. A band could either neuter every nuance that might have existed on the tape or patiently polish their songs like little gemstones.
Self-released (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 02, 2010
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Mirror, mirror

Virtually every year, like clockwork, a college-football player is arrested for getting blasted and then running around town vandalizing cars — a crime that almost always involves ripping multiple side mirrors off of multiple automobiles.
Smashing up cars in South Alabama; Plus, it's that frisky NFL draft time of year
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 30, 2010

Boston in the 70s: Part Five

Photos of cars, vans, and trucks from the retro days
Photos of the Boston Common from the Boston Phoenix 's archives
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 24, 2009
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Engine notes

The big question with Top Gear, the popular British consumer-car show (in perpetual reruns on BBC America), is this: will it succeed in denting my colossal lack of curiosity about cars?
Top Gear hits heavy traffic
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 08, 2009


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Greased lightning

Oil has been discovered in a Brighton backyard.
Powering the anti – fossil fuel revolution, one fried catfish at a time
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 07, 2007
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Cars

This noisy animated paean to NASCAR and Route 66 gets mired in the middle laps on a grippy track.
Pixar's rise of the machines is slow death in the fast lane
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  February 20, 2007