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It takes an identity thief

How Karen Keester made off with $250,000 — and became one of Boston's most accomplished con artists
In late April 2006, shortly before the hearing to evict his tenant Karen Keester, Lee Gersch received a phone call from Keester’s twin sister, Michelle. She had just gotten divorced, Michelle claimed, and needed to move to Boston from Arkansas for a new job. She suggested that she and her cat could move right into Keester’s Beacon Hill flat.
By JACLYN TROP  |  April 27, 2010

Haiti troubles

Press Releases
What can we learn from the Portland Press Herald's month-long-and-counting series following the beleaguered Sea Hunter ship carrying relief supplies from Portland to Haiti? Quite a bit, but more about the Press Herald's commitment to skeptical observing and detached reporting than anything else.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 10, 2010

Department of conjecture

Letters to the Portland Editor, January 29, 2010
The Haiti disaster will not serve to turn a state from toss-up to safely Republican as the George W. Bush Administration's calculated response to Hurricane Katrina did in Louisiana.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 27, 2010

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Boston Bathhouses

Hot Water and Harmonicas
For most of us, cleanliness is still next to godliness; for many of Boston's North Enders, however, cleanliness is also next to Columbus High School on North Bennett St.
By R.D. ROSEN  |  July 20, 2009


An old twist for a new French restaurant
I've enjoyed the revival of 1950s-style French bistros, but it's been quite a while since I could review a full-tilt example of 1980s French "nouvelle cuisine," which brought on bipolar reform.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 06, 2009

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20 reasons the Earth will be glad to see Bush go

As our 43rd president scrambles to screw further with Mother Nature, a look at the ways our planet will be better off under Obama
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.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 19, 2008

Among the Republican thugs

Fear and pepper spray in St. Paul
Minnesota is known innocently enough as the Gopher State, but for one terrifying, riot-gear-and-grenade-filled week this past summer, it was a police state.  
By ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE  |  October 27, 2008

Crossword: ''I'm surrounded by idiots''

To the left and right, as shown
To the left and right, as shown
By MATT JONES  |  September 03, 2008

The addicted city

Why is it that one out of 125 Gloucester residents is a junkie?
This article originally appeared in the April 1, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By RIC KAHN  |  April 03, 2008

Bacevich’s war

The politics of personal tragedy
Eight days after 9/11, NPR broadcast a commentary by Andrew J. Bacevich, a Vietnam War veteran, former Army colonel, and professor of international relations at BU.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 29, 2009


Rhode Island is poised for a wireless leap forward with the first-in-the-nation statewide network
An argument can made that just as the Industrial Revolution was sparked in Rhode Island, so, too, did the withering of the Industrial Age.
By MATT JERZYK  |  May 24, 2007

If terrorists hit Boston

In The Edge of Disaster , a security expert warns that the US is not prepared for future disasters
What follows is a scenario roughly based on two real-world post-9/11 terrorist attacks.
By STEPHEN FLYNN  |  March 08, 2007

When inadvertent lite-brite terrorists attack

The events as they've happened
The following is a rough timeline of the events, which led Boston police and city officials to hunt down Aqua Teen Hunger Force mooninite displays, believing, at first, that they were bombs, then suspecting that the ads were part of an elaborate terrorist hoax.
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  February 01, 2007

No man's land

A vivid portrayal of Maine coast life
With broad, beautiful shots of Vinalhaven, Thomas Hildreth and Ian McCrudden’s film Islander chronicles the life of an unfortunate Maine fisherman.
By BLY LAURITANO-WERNER  |  November 21, 2006
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Silence kills

Maine’s senators don’t know about Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell  
The effort to overturn the Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell policy needs more than just the support of the 120 House members who have signed on to the bill to replace it with a non-discrimination law.
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  May 25, 2006

Yes, you should be afraid in ( Matakot ka :P )

As avian flu threatens to kill millions, Bush bets our lives on the free market
As avian flu threatens to kill millions, Bush bets our lives on the free market
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