The formidable House Speaker may soon face perjury charges. Is it possible - dare we say it? - that Finneran's goose might be cooked? Adam Reilly reports.
David S. Bernstein says that flaws in the Boston Police Department's handling of fingerprint evidence - as exemplified by the Stephan Cowans case - are making it harder than ever to trust our local criminal-justice system to keep both the innocent out of jail and killers off our streets.
Interesting, isn't it? The two faces of war, Jessica Lynch and Lynndie England - damsel in distress and castrating bitch - are women this time around. Dan Kennedy tries to figure out what it means.
As Massachusetts gets ready to extend the right of civil marriage to same-sex couples, Harvey A. Silverglate says we owe a profound debt of gratitude to the wisdom of Brown v. Board of Education.
There's a method to his madness, says Kristen Lombardi. Governor Romney's obsession with gay marriage, his manic swings back and forth on the issue, may all be aimed at preparing himself for the national political stage.
Independent merchants continue to occupy a curious niche in the retail industry, buying and reselling the CDs, clothes, and books once owned by complete strangers. Camille Dodero reports.
In her latest novel Symptomatic, Danzy Senna, author of the acclaimed Caucasia, surveys a familiar racial landscape. Tamara Wieder talks with her.
In "Urban Buy," Brian E. O'Neill goes disc diggin'.
In the Phoenix editorial, a new report by the ACLU of Massachusetts shows that oppression begins at home.
Letters to the editor
Plus, this just in:
There’s very little in the way of sex at Playboy’s 50th-anniversary bash
Physician oversight overlooked
WHO’S GOT THE BUTTON?
An artistic vision
In Arts News, he 2004 lineup at Great Woods – er, the Tweeter Center – plus many more
In Galleries and Museums, Kai Althoff and Carol Bove at the ICA, Albert Alcalay and Open Studios in Newton
In Classical, Leon Fleisher returns with both hands
In Theater, The ART takes on Oedipus
In Performance, The Intransitive Festival of Electronic Music
In State of the Art, Michael Moore versus Miramax
Plan your week:
Matt Ashare says the Pixies get their just deserts.
Christopher John Treacy relates the ongoing tale of Jonatha Brooke.
Sean Richardson says Usher's musicality sets him apart.
Ted Drozdowski loves Buddy Guy's Live at Legends.
Michael Freedberg says Janet bares more than breast on Damita Jo.
Lloyd Schwartz on Frühbeck de Burgos at the BSO, Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun, Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey; plus the Cantata Singers.
Live reviews of: Blondie, Stefon Harris and Boston Baroque
Also, short reviews of:
DOWN THE RIVER OF GOLDEN DREAMS
Life of Agony
THE BEST OF LIFE OF AGONY and RIVER RUNS AGAIN
I’M ALL FOR YOU
...and Roadtripping: The Mooney Suzuki in Northampton, plus D.O.A. and more
BY CARLY CARIOLI
Chris Fujiwara welcomes Masahiro Shinoda to Harvard.
Gerald Peary sees the avant-garde move to the Buenos Aires Film Festival.
Peter Keough thinks the Boston Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Festival is getting too tame.
Also, short reviews of:
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
WITH ALL DELIBERATE SPEED
Liza Weisstuch says The Savior of Fenway is a winner about losers.
Iris Fanger says the Lyric gets Noises Off just right.
Carolyn Clay on Elegies and Lizzie Borden: The Musical
Christopher Millis says Barry McGee and Noble & Webster take in the trash.
William Corbett surveys Jim Harrison's wide open spaces.
HOTDOTS: MONDAY 17 9:00 (44) Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World. He was mad as cheese, T.E. Lawrence was, but his success in uniting Arab tribes against the Turks in the early 1900s has influenced just about everything in the Middle East since.
By Clif Garboden
Dining Out: Café Polonia
Cheap Eats: El Oriental de Cuba
Noshing and Sipping: Paper City Goat’s Peak Bock, Riley’s Mother’s Milk Stout, and Blond Hop Monster
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