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The fight for Dorchester's open city council seat is more like a school election than a modern political one

Old school
The Dorchester district that Maureen Feeney has represented since 1993 is now perhaps the most diverse in the city — and of all the council districts, its percentages of white, black, Asian, and Hispanic residents most closely reflects Boston as a whole.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 14, 2011
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Urban Fest gets ugly

Gimme Shelter Dept.
It didn't take long for the largely suburban horde to erupt into a frenzy at the free outdoor concert, which was dubbed, somewhat ironically, the Boston Urban Music Fest (BUMF).
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 10, 2011
Boston Convention Center - Urban League

Showtime for New Boston

With the Urban League conference coming next week, Boston's movers and shakers are scrambling to project a progressive racial image
After years of trying to convince groups with large minority membership that the Hub is now a welcoming, friendly destination for African-Americans, this is the first big organization to test the theory.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 27, 2011

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Tom Menino outraged over skate-culture t-shirts on Newbury Street at Nike store

What other vaguely offensive things should Mayor Menino ban next?

Dope smackdown
Boston Mayor Tom Menino doesn't like anyone sending bad messages to the impressionable children of his city — you may recall his outrage over the sale of STOP SNITCHING T-shirts a couple of years ago. Last week, he discovered another sordid example: T-shirts on display at Niketown on Newbury Street, with skate-culture lingo that could be interpreted as pro-drug use.  
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  June 29, 2011
Muzzle Awards free speech offenders

The 14th Annual Muzzle Awards

Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
To understand just how disappointing Barack Obama has been on civil liberties, you need only consider the case of David House, a founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network.  
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 29, 2011
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Photos: 2011 Boston gay pride parade

Boston Pride hosted its 41st annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, 2011
Boston Pride hosted its 41st annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Third Annual Phoenix Memorial Day look at the laughable state of Massachusetts politics

Ready, Aim — Roast
Hey, thanks for having me back for the Third Annual Boston Phoenix Memorial Day Political Roast! Good to see so many of you here — the last time I saw this many Beacon Hill insiders in one place was on the prospective witness list for the Sal DiMasi trial!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 31, 2011
mayor menino's new hubway bicycle sharing program in boston

Boston's new hubway system could transform how you get around town

Learning to share
On April 21, amid a throng of cyclists gathered at City Hall Plaza, Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced that the city had just inked a deal to institute a bike-sharing system that would be operational by mid-summer this year.
By TOM MEEK  |  May 09, 2011
boston bike share program at Tufts University

An interview with the co-founder of Tufts Bikes

Heller on wheels
While Boston's Hubway program was announced at the end of April to great fanfare, Tufts senior Daniel Heller beat them to the punch with a campus-centric bike-sharing program, Tufts Bikes (, which launched on April 1.
By MIKE GOETZMAN  |  May 09, 2011

No more Mr. Nice Council

Five-way Boston bloodbath
By announcing his campaign for city council, Michael Flaherty immediately unleashed the bitter side of Boston politics.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 11, 2011
Thomas Menino plans to run for mayor of Boston yet again

Tom Menino's final term as mayor? Don't bet on it.

Here He Goes Again
Mark this down: Tom Menino, already the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, will run for re-election in 2013.  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 27, 2011

Don't shortchange the arts

Plus: DeLeo's welcome health-insurance fix, and bicycles and burritos — only in Boston
Building a state budget in these challenging economic times is a thankless task. So much needs to be done, and there is so little cash with which to do it.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 27, 2011

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It's a reasonable bet that gaming could once again gridlock Beacon Hill

Slow play
Gaming bills have plagued the last two legislative sessions on Beacon Hill.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 04, 2011

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Local experts predict the Boston of the future

Best Decade Ever
There's more to imagining our city's future than placing bets on when Hizzoner will retire (which is just an exercise in futility at this point).
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2011

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The new Combat Zone?

The recent murders in Mattapan only hint at the problems that fester on and around Blue Hill Avenue
As such savage acts often do, the quadruple homicide in Mattapan this past month lured platoons of journalists to Boston's communities of color.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 20, 2010

Please, Mayor Menino, talk to Chiofaro

You promised. There is too much at stake not to do so.
When Boston Mayor Thomas Menino took his oath of office for an unprecedented fifth term this past January, he made a promise that raised many eyebrows.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 15, 2010

BUMP up the volume

City Hall Plaza all the rage for 10,000 revelers
Local opener M-Dot got arrested on some bullshit for scuffling with state troopers at last Saturday’s Boston Urban Music Project (BUMP) festival on City Hall Plaza.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 10, 2010

Kings of the road

Keep on Food Truckin'
On Sunday, Maurice "Big Moe" Hill dished out barbecue from the cramped, hot kitchen of his M&M Ribs truck. His face shone with sweat under his white cloth cap; his T-shirt, spattered with sauce, bore the words EAT WELL! STAY FIT! DIE ANYWAY!
By SI ROSENBAUM  |  August 16, 2010

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Menino's money problems

Letters to the Boston editor, June 18, 2010
David S. Bernstein’s article on the mayor’s feud with the firefighters and allegations that the city’s coffers are bigger than Mayor Tom Menino lets on is one of the only thoughtful treatments of this contract dispute to appear in the media.

Dead Kids

Startling sociological findings about violence and Boston's inner-city youth
Boston's violence promotes more violence, and its murders beget even more murder.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 15, 2010

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