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Affordable housing in a wealthy redoubt

At Home
Barrington, not exactly known for its welcome mat to working poor families, now has its first affordable housing project in living memory.
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  October 21, 2009

How gay is Southie?

Once unthinkable, Boston’s most notorious neighborhood now sports a welcoming face. How the hell did that happen?
Welcome to the gayborhood.
By ERICA CORSANO  |  October 19, 2009

Course correction

Out of school and out of work? Don’t enroll in a grad program just yet — adult-education coures could do (and land you) the job.
So it unfolded on Facebook, the story of this down-on-his-luck recent graduate in possession of a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts from a respected area school.
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  October 14, 2009

Co-dependent? The US and China

 Action Speaks!
Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall run with a conversation about the increasingly dependent relationship between the United States and China.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 14, 2009

Review: Capitalism: A Love Story

Moore of the same: Capitalism fails to make a prophet
In his new film about the Wall Street meltdown, Michael Moore — surprise! — denounces capitalism and its exploitation of the working class. Not that he's above doing a little exploiting himself.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 29, 2009

Photos: Sunny Day Real Estate at House of Blues

Sunny Day Real Estate and the Jealous Sound , live at HoB on September 28, 2009
Photos of Sunny Day Real Estate plus Jealous Sound at the House of Blues in Boston
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  September 30, 2009

Protestors head to the G-20 summit

Global Outrage
As President Obama prepares to ask representatives of the world's largest economic powers for more money to help reverse the global recession, thousands of activists will take to the streets to protest the policies of the G-20 and its members, who are meeting in Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2009

Can Beacon Hill do better?

Gambling and education take center stage
With DiMasi gone, the idea of casino gambling is again alive.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 23, 2009

How it feels to be something (back) on

The return of Sunny Day Real Estate
Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman still sounds amazed by the band he saw at Seattle’s Crocodile Café back in 1993.
By LEOR GALIL  |  September 22, 2009

Menino's junked mail

The Globe ratchets up the intensity in Boston's mayoral race. Plus, the Times Co. gets some love from the Globe newsroom and BU books blowhard Bill O'Reilly.
Two years ago, when I wrote a column griping about the Boston media's apathy-inducing disinterest in city politics, Boston Globe metro editor Brian McGrory told me his paper had given the lackluster 2007 elections as much coverage as they deserved, but hinted that things would be different in 2009.
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 16, 2009

Sins and promises

Keeping tabs on the tweets of gubernatorial twits
Let's suppose you wanted Maine's next governor to be somebody who'd create jobs.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 09, 2009

Freeloading free stater?

Letters to the Boston editor, September 11, 2009
Has anyone else found it ironic that Dr. Sorens works for a state-supported university, and that presumably his salary and benefits, such as health insurance, are paid for by the taxpayers of New York?
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 09, 2009

Where everybody knows its name

J.J. Foley's Celebrates its 100th
In describing the changes that have shaped the South End since Jeremiah J. Foley poured his first glass of whiskey there one century ago this month, one need not look far for metaphors.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 09, 2009

Wall Street's death wish

Investing in mortality; plus, getting it right, and wireless, in West Virginia
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 trains running to New York City and Washington, DC. At least it shows you are paying attention.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 09, 2009

Lunch-bucket elite

Letters to the Boston editor, September 4, 2009
Your description of senatorial hopeful Stephen Lynch as a “lunch-bucket pol” is certainly a departure from the accuracy in political portrayal and substance I have grown accustomed to in the Phoenix.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 02, 2009

Your Money

Here comes the FairPoint bailout
We thought the bailouts were over. They're not. FairPoint Communications, the nightmare that has become northern New England's landline provider, is seeking tax dollars that could help it fulfill the promises made to regulators in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont when the company spent $2.3 billion to buy Verizon's systems here.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 02, 2009

Puppy lovin', chicken-chokin', and cougar prowlin'

Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
Who would have thought that James J. Angleton, the legendary chief of counter-intelligence for the CIA who "supposedly" died in 1987, is alive and well in Pawtucket?
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  August 25, 2009
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Stay in the black

Graduate without financial ruin
Some of you greenhorns are embarking on your academic careers. And some of you veterans are practically outta here. Remember all that advice about maintaining a good grade-point average? There's another number that might actually be more important: your credit score.
By CLAUDE MORGAN  |  August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy's real record

A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, little has been said of what Ted Kennedy has or hasn't accomplished.
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 26, 2009

United we stand

A 'vote' for George Nee. Plus, euphemisms, bad sports, and the bucket
With the local AFL-CIO elections coming up, Phillipe and Jorge would like to make a rare union endorsement by saying that nothing would please us more than to have George Nee, current secretary-treasurer of the organization, win his bid to take over departing Frank Montanaro's position as the organization's president.  
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 26, 2009

Defaming Twitter

Illogic and Cronyism Dept.  
Hate Twitter? Then you're probably loving a new, buzz-generating study — released last week by the Texas market-research firm Pear Analytics — which found that the vast majority of Twitter messages, a/k/a tweets, are pretty much worthless.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 19, 2009

How much rock would a Woodstock stock if

Three-day festival of peace and music
Hopes are high among the quartet of rock entrepreneurs – John Roberts, Joel Roseman, Michael Land, and Arnie Kornfeld – who think they can succeed where George Wein, Newport promoter, has not.
By ELEANOR WEBER  |  July 23, 2009

Review: 24 City

A complex and lucid cinematic poem
Developers tear down a factory to built the massive residential and commercial complex of the title, tossing out those who had worked there for decades.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2009

Review: Speech Debelle | Speech Therapy

Big Dada (2009)
It's unfortunate that there's a glass ceiling in the US market for British hip-hop — but for the lovely, clipped London accent that gives truth to Speech Debelle's delivery, this release would be huge stateside.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 03, 2009

Budget cuts

Prison staffing crisis hits perilous level
“Things are as tough at the prison right now as I’ve seen them in a long time,” state Corrections commissioner Martin Magnusson told the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on July 29. He spoke about the consequences of the staff cuts that the 915-inmate, 410-employee Maine State Prison in Warren has had to endure.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 05, 2009

Elijah Ocean, Tony Smokes and the Ladykillers

Yes, we know that there are important albums being released by ELIJAH OCEAN and the new duo of DAVE GUTTER and EVAN CASAS in the very near future. Pfeifle can't review everything in the same week, for Christ's sake, so just lay off and wait till next week.

The sunny side of the street

Politics and other mistakes
It's good to be known as an optimist. It keeps people from realizing you're actually a boob.
By AL DIAMON  |  July 22, 2009
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Laugh to keep from crying

Timeless optimism in You Can't Take It With You
Rarely did a play arrive with better timing than You Can't Take It With You , the joyfully optimistic paean to the American spirit that earned its Pulitzer in 1936, when the country was licking the wounds of collective Depression.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 15, 2009

Sarah Palin announces her next career move

Idiot Box
I am quitting
By MATT BORS  |  July 15, 2009
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Loan Groan

A new federal program aims to help overburdened student borrowers
Each month, with miserable certitude, the snail-mailboxes of middle-class twenty- and thirtysomethings are stuffed with student-loan bills, from both federal and private lenders. The balance seems to remain stagnant, even as we mail in check after check.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2009

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