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MY TIME WITH TOM: REFLECTIONS ON 14 YEARS COVERING MAYOR TOM MENINO

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I covered his administration. I would often stalk him by his black SUV in the horseshoe driveway in back of City Hall to press him on the news of the day. Some days, he’d be furious with me about something I had written. Other times, he’d shrug the hit off with a snarky quip. The man was not short on wit. Continue reading

MAYOR MENINO WE MISS YOU ALREADY

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With news that Tom Menino passed this morning, Charlie Baker now has a reason to cry, as do millions of Massachusetts residents who the longest-serving mayor in Boston history impacted through the years. Continue reading

FREE RADICAL: FCK FCKH8

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Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia. FCKH8 represents itself as altruistically fighting against these things, as if they’re not another company exploiting marginalized communities. Continue reading

BORN TO RUN: GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES CHIME IN ON ARTS MATTER DAY

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Back in July, at the Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity in Worcester, Martha Coakley talked herself in circles and Charlie Baker was a no show. With Election Day edging closer, Coakley (D) and Baker (R) have firmed up their respective stances on the arts. Continue reading

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BOSTON’S FILM PROGRAMMERS

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As it turns out, there’s an art and a business behind film curation—selecting what plays when, acquiring prints in a preferred format, publicizing screenings, and attracting the right audiences for unique movie nights you won’t find at suburban cinemas. Continue reading

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

FREE RADICAL: MODERN COLLEGE CULTURE RUINS EVERYTHING

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I’m not talking about Ferguson, Missouri. I’m talking about Keene, New Hampshire. Continue reading

THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING, ISIS, AND THE BLACK FLAGS OF KHORASAN

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Generally speaking, the Tsarnaevs apparently fashioned themselves heroes taking part in an apocalyptic mission to strike at the idea, blasphemous to them, that Boston is a beacon ofliberty in a land blessed by God. Continue reading

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