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Blowin' in the wind

Ryan Leaf returns from exile. Plus, Missy Giove goes downhill fast, and Donte Stallworth gets sentenced.
There's going to be a lot of snickering and chortling this week after former-top-NFL-prospect-turned-galactic-draft-bust Ryan Leaf got arrested on drug and burglary charges.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 24, 2009

White-supremacist code printed nationwide

One man's death spread the numeric code for "Heil Hitler" across the world.
While von Brunn survived to face federal criminal charges and may yet die slowly in federal prison, he did manage to get newspapers around the globe to print a white-supremacist code praising Adolf Hitler right next to his name.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 17, 2009


A timeline of modern-day state house corruption
Scandal and accusations of corruption are nothing new to Massachusetts state government. Hutchinson was accused of enforcing the much-despised Stamp Act and Tea Act in part because his brother-in-law was stamp master, and two of his sons were designated tea consignees.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 17, 2009
prison list

Prison in turmoil

Investigators probe killing, stabbing, corruption allegations
Will reform have to wait for a new governor?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 17, 2009

Scammer solstice

Football meets fraud in Georgia. Plus, Wazzu wackiness, and Tim Donaghy gets busted up.
It's summertime, and the scammin' is easy. What else can explain the recent appearance of a former NFL player in court to face 22 counts of . . . wait for it . . . mortgage fraud!
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 17, 2009

Photos: Bonnaroo 2009

Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello, and more at Bonnaroo 2009
Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello, and more at Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 17, 2009

Review: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

Going a bit overboard
This meticulously detailed update of the 1974 cult-favorite heist drama retains some of that film's taut pacing and dry humor, and it even boasts some decent performances.
By DAVID WILDMAN  |  June 10, 2009

Right-wing terror

The murder of Dr. George Tiller
Conservatives scoffed in April when the Department of Homeland Security warned that the United States could face another wave of homegrown attacks.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 03, 2009

Drawn together

Comic Koffeeklatsch
Boston needs more superheroes. Not because our metropolis is gripped by an unprecedented crime spree, but, says Dave Kender, because our comics are perhaps not muscular enough for their own good.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 03, 2009

Dr. Edelin and Dr. Sabath: They've Never Met

Indicted Doctors Talk on Abortion Issues
Last week the Massachusetts House passed a bill outlawing abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy, except when the mother's life or physical or mental health are endangered — contrary to the Supreme Court ruling last year which allowed abortions through the second trimester or about 26 weeks.
By CONNIE PAIGE  |  May 28, 2009

Tough on crime?

Idiot Box
I represent the toughest district
By MATT BORS  |  May 27, 2009
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Passion players

Rap-rock vets Mastamindz stay the course
"If music is your passion, then promote it. Get people to your shows. I honestly think people don't push themselves enough."
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 27, 2009

Reggae revival

Booming in Boston's underground, Caribbean riddims are about to burst back into the mainstream
The climate is tropical, sweet skunk fills the air, and reggae jams are hitting such lofty decibels that I can't even feel my phone vibrate.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2009

Turkey Terror Tale

Tom Foolery
Violent crime, gang activity, and general thuggery are not recurring themes on the Brookline police blotter. But that civic paradise is plagued by another kind of scourge — one that manifests all three of those crimes in avian form. And it isn't bird flu.  

Crips and Bloods: Made in America

The war at home
Stacy Peralta's new documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America suggests how frightening it is to be born black and eight miles off the Pacific coastline.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 22, 2009

Shuffling off to infamy

Buffalo doesn't have a counterfeiting problem — but it does need to curb its bad Bills
Tasering Donte . Sounds like a movie title, doesn't it?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 22, 2009

NFL follies

Pro football gets tossed around. Plus, Kirk Snyder goes to the dentist.
Not only was Donte Stallworth officially charged with DUI manslaughter, but another former AFC East star, former Buffalo Bill running back Travis Henry, reached a plea agreement on drug charges.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 08, 2009

Death by handgun

A public-health crisis; plus, gay marriage advances
A couple of weeks ago, David S. Bernstein wrote about the growing "state sovereignty" movement backed by anti-government conspiracy theorists and gun-rights extremists, and touted on the syndicated radio show and Web site of deranged agitator Alex Jones.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 08, 2009

Ganging up on teens

Gang-member profiling in Somerville
On March 10, Somerville police, responding to reports of a large fight near Pearl Street and McGrath Highway, stopped six teenage boys walking in the area.
By DANIELLE DREILINGER  |  April 08, 2009

The SLA: Unity Through Violent Action?

Patricia Hearst kidnapped, a media mogul's ransom, and the FBI
From Mu, a lost land of legends, they march on America (or at least San Francisco) — the Symbionese Liberation Army.
By VIN MCLELLAN  |  March 30, 2009

36. Raffaello Follieri

Anne Hathaway’s greaseball ex-boyfriend, who has a face like a Picasso painting, may end up bunking next to Bernie Madoff for money laundering and misappropriating millions in fraudulent investments. Seems to us a guy with a name that slick — and a knack for getting his picture taken with the Pope — should be actually getting away with shit.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

41. Warren Jeffs

Jeffs, the creepy leader of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is a grade-A shitbird — he reportedly described Hurricane Katrina as an answer to his prayers — and so nobody was surprised when he was finally convicted, in 2007, of being an accessory to child rape. (That case also exposed a hideous loophole in the Arizona laws against incest — they only apply to those over 18.) That should’ve been the end of the road, except that according to a recent Salt Lake Tribune story, Jeff’s diaries indicate that he’s retained a hold over his followers from jail. To be continued? We hope not.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

74. Darryl McCauley

Daryl, we don’t think your younger half-brother, Dane Cook, is funny, either. But hell, we show our displeasure by simply refusing to buy tickets to his Garden frat-fests. You, on the other hand — having also been Dane’s boss at Burger King before he got famous — went a tad further, embezzling millions from your polarizing, overshadowing little brah. As pathetic as this story is, we feel even sadder for Louis C.K., who has now technically been robbed twice.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

70. Boy George

As if the planet wasn’t scarred enough from those TV-test pattern outfits Boy George wore in the ’80s, London’s oddest duck has now given us a new mental image to try scrubbing out of our brains: that of a washed-up MTV freak kidnapping and chain-whipping a male prostitute.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

90. New Kids on the Block

Apparently there’s no statute of limitations on the aural felonies that this five-piece popcorn outfit committed in the late ’80s and early ’90s: just when Boston was beginning to enjoy its newfound reputation for grossly over-budget infrastructure projects and whiney baseball fanatics, the New Kids returned to embarrass us once again. Where’s the Click 5 when you need ’em?
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

80. Shia LaBeouf

The funny thing is that this (allegedly) drunk-driving clown-boy isn’t even the biggest fuck-up that Rihanna’s ever (allegedly) dated.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

The world's largest Ponzi scheme

America was an interesting place while it lasted
Largest Ponzi scheme ever
By MATT BORS  |  March 25, 2009

Escaping the life

Counseling New York's exploited Very Young Girls
Like the drug dealers in The Wire or accounts of illegal trafficking of any form, the current and former teenage prostitutes in David Schisgall's documentary Very Young Girls don't often refer to their trade as a job.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 25, 2009

Interview: Ulrich Boser

Going after the Gardner thieves
As we reach the 19th anniversary of the theft of 13 priceless art objects from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, there's been a renewed effort to identify the thieves and retrieve the Gardner treasures.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 24, 2009

A living history

Twilight revists the King riots
Since Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is set in a specific place and time, some theatergoers will want to relegate its incidents and attitudes — which surround the Rodney King riots — to history.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 24, 2009

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