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Shower to the People puts hygiene on wheels

“We make kitchens mobile—why can’t we make showers mobile?” Jake Austin, founder and program director of Shower to the People, has always been involved in volunteering. He follows in the footsteps of his parents, who’ve run a soup kitchen for almost 20 years. Austin had the idea for Shower to the People, an organization that

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Shower to the People puts hygiene on wheels

“We make kitchens mobile—why can’t we make showers mobile?” Jake Austin, founder and program director of Shower to the People, has always been involved in volunteering. He follows in the footsteps of his parents, who’ve run a soup kitchen for almost 20 years. Austin had the idea for Shower to the People, an organization that

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In Iraq, thousands flee Fallujah and raise questions for Mosul

Over 60,000 civilians have fled the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah in the last week and are arriving in refugee camps to no tents, little water, and more death. Government officials and aid organizations are saying the lack of resources is due to the unprecedented numbers of people fleeing the fight against the Islamic State

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A Diamond in the Rough

Have you ever met someone, that the two of you have lived pretty much the same life but in a different skin? Donald Brown, banker at Boston Private Bank and Trust, is that person when compared to my life; our lives mirror each other. I met Donald during his commute into Boston. Our conversations ran

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Shower to the People puts hygiene on wheels

“We make kitchens mobile—why can’t we make showers mobile?” Jake Austin, founder and program director of Shower to the People, has always been involved in volunteering. He follows in the footsteps of his parents, who’ve run a soup kitchen for almost 20 years. Austin had the idea for Shower to the People, an organization that

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Long Road to Recovery

Drug addiction destroys the “American dream” for many people. According to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014 approximately 25,000 men and women lost their lives due to prescription drug addiction. My mother, Betsy Cartagena, from Roxbury, Massachusetts, lost her chance at the dream when she

Arts & Culture

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Garret’s Movie Palace: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

In retrospect, Mike and Dave Stangle’s real-life decision to drunkenly seek out dates for their cousin’s wedding on Craigslist now looks like a stroke of genius. Not only did the ad go viral and make them “Internet famous,” but they elongated it and various other tales of debauchery into a book, which has now been

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“The Wolf Road” by Beth Lewis: A Book Review

Goldsboro Books, 23–25 Cecil St., London, WC2N 4E2, United Kingdom, S & N Limited Edition/and Crown Publishing Group, A Division of Penguin Random House “Think on why I ain’t killing you.”—Kreagar Elka doesn’t remember her parents. After a war that destroyed civilization, she lives in the wilderness with a man named Trapper. Trapper teaches her

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Garret’s Movie Palace: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

In retrospect, Mike and Dave Stangle’s real-life decision to drunkenly seek out dates for their cousin’s wedding on Craigslist now looks like a stroke of genius. Not only did the ad go viral and make them “Internet famous,” but they elongated it and various other tales of debauchery into a book, which has now been

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Bizarre Boston: Raising Hell at Harvard

When I think about college students raising hell, I picture kegs of beer, red plastic Solo cups and loud music. Oh, and maybe a beer funnel or two. In my mind, the phrase “raising hell” is just a metaphor for having a wild time. However, maybe it’s not always just a metaphor. For some Harvard

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LAST WORD: Christina Sukghian Houle

About a month ago, an artist called Christina Sukhgian Houle dropped into the Spare Change News’ headquarters to meet with some of the vendors. Christina has joined forces with the newspaper’s co-founder, James Shearer, with the goal of making a documentary on homelessness in the Boston area. Christina is a relatively recent transplant to Greater

Marc D. Goldfinger

“The Wolf Road” by Beth Lewis: A Book Review

Goldsboro Books, 23–25 Cecil St., London, WC2N 4E2, United Kingdom, S & N Limited Edition/and Crown Publishing Group, A Division of Penguin Random House “Think on why I ain’t killing you.”—Kreagar Elka doesn’t remember her parents. After a war that destroyed civilization, she lives in the wilderness with a man named Trapper. Trapper teaches her

The Avoidable Crisis

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Stanley Forman: 40 Years After the Soiling of Old Glory

The photo was chilling. Before a crowd of onlookers, a white man appears to be attempting to stab a black man with the tip of a flagpole. “It really showed racism,” said photographer Stanley Forman 40 years after he took the Pulitzer Prize-winning snapshot of an anti-busing protest that had turned violent. “It was whites

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