Author Archives: CHRIS FARAONE

News Opinion 

GOVERNOR PATRICK GIVES AWARD TO COPS WHO SHOT AND KILLED VETERAN

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“Three Lynn police officers received the state’s highest law-enforcement honor Wednesday in recognition of their efforts in 2013 to subdue a disturbed West Lynn man who was ultimately fatally shot by one of the officers after he grabbed another officer’s gun.” Continue reading

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TBT: SAME SLEAZY TELEVANGELIST WE PROFILED EIGHT YEARS AGO RETURNS TO BOSTON AREA THIS WEEKEND

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You could have found peace at TD Banknorth Garden, where, for two nights only, silver-coiffed televangelist Benny Hinn slung hope to cancer patients, wheelchair-bound children, junkies, and a gaggle of other assorted dreamers, during what might have been his ballsiest mission yet: Crusade New England. Continue reading

Film Music 

‘SEA OF GREEN’: THE MOVIE MASS RAP AND WEED FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, AND IN SOME CASES MAY ACTUALLY APPEAR IN

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There are far too many cameos to mention, but hip-hop fans won’t be disappointed by the soundtrack or the Name Game you can play as subterranean legends surface in all scenes. Continue reading

News Opinion 

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HURDLE TO ROXBURY GETTING THE $70 MILLION STEM SCHOOL IT WAS PROMISED

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The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and the city are already on board; wrecking balls are looming. None of which, however, stopped opponents from heaving a Hail Mary.
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Arts 

DIRTY OLD BOSTON: CANDIDS FROM EVERY NOOK IN THE HUB

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Old Dirty Boston skips over the safe stuff and picturesque renditions of the Freedom Trail. As Botticelli explains in the intro, his book conjures “a place where you could find a parking spot if you needed it.” Continue reading

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MASS HAS A NEW PARTY (AND NOT JUST THE ONE REPUBLICANS ARE THROWING RIGHT NOW)

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I didn’t hang at Evan Falchuk’s campaign office on Tremont Street past midnight just for kicks this morning. Nor was I only there for the beer, much of which was being sipped and spilled in celebration. Continue reading

Arts 

THOMAS PAGE MCBEE’S ‘MAN ALIVE’ WILL BE ASSIGNED TO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN IN HIGH SCHOOL

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By the time I say all this out loud, Thomas Page McBee will likely be a ubiquitous name in literary circles, and folks will scratch their chins as I remind them that before Man Alive was assigned to every high school student in the land, such stories of staggering transgender triumph hadn’t yet become part of the American narrative. Continue reading

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THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE YOUR LEAST FAVORITE SLUMLORD GOT HIS ASS KICKED BY THE BOSTON CITY COUNCIL YESTERDAY

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Given the opportunity to publicly address the grievances leveled against him, City Realty Co-Owner Steve Whalen stood at the microphone, pulled his pants down, and covered the entire chamber in a diarrhea tsunami. Continue reading

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BLUNT TRUTH: ‘THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS BLOOD ON ITS HANDS TODAY’

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As the crowd got bigger, the smell of marijuana and the message grew stronger, more specific. “They’ve taken $3 million of applicant dollars,” said Martin, who along with others questioned what the commonwealth has done with patient and dispensary fees. “Show me the money!” Continue reading