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Society of Professional Journalists rally for public records

About 30 Journalists, students, and public record advocates stood on the steps of the Massachusetts State House Jan. 21 in the freezing cold to rally for a better public records law in Massachusetts. “We are hoping that [the Senate] is going to pass a more favorable bill than the House’s bill,” said Danielle McLean, the

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SOBER GRID: A smartphone app for the recovery community

It’s the day after Sober Grid was released and the new geo-social mobile app’s headquarters in Boston’s Back Bay is abuzz with excitement. “You wouldn’t believe the response we’ve had so far,” emotes Beau Mann, the 33-year-old creator of Sober Grid. “We’ve already had a few thousand downloads and the responses are through the roof.”

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Homeless Bill of Rights Seeks to Lessen Inequality

The state legislature recently moved forward in efforts to legally protect the homeless from discrimination in Massachusetts. On Dec. 15, an act providing for a homeless bill of rights in Massachusetts was voted unanimously out of housing committee and referred to the Committee on House Ways and Means. The rights laid out in the bill

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Work of Art: Syrians Paint a Former Saddam Hussein Prison Camp

  Up in the northwest corner of Iraq lies one piece of history layered in even more history: a former Saddam Hussein era prison camp covered in street art by it’s Syrian refugee inhabitants. Every Friday, Syrian youth participate in the Castle Art Project, taking paintbrushes to the dreary walls of their temporary home and drawing

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Society of Professional Journalists rally for public records

About 30 Journalists, students, and public record advocates stood on the steps of the Massachusetts State House Jan. 21 in the freezing cold to rally for a better public records law in Massachusetts. “We are hoping that [the Senate] is going to pass a more favorable bill than the House’s bill,” said Danielle McLean, the

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One Year Later: Rally remember the Long Island bridge closure

One year after the Long Island bridge’s sudden closure on October 8th 2014, the homeless, the recovering and their advocates spent a morning rallying to raise awareness and demand mores services from the city and the state. Long Island was home to the city’s largest shelter, detox center and a number of addiction recovery services.

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LAST WORD: Walter Stewart

Walter Stewart was born in Gary, Indiana, a city founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. Steel production ran in the blood of Garyites for over a hundred years and still, today, the city produces 7.5 million tons annually. With their combined careers, Walter’s father and grandfather worked in steelmaking for over 70

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Garret’s Movie Palace: The Star Wars Saga

A long time ago in a decade far, far away, a man by the name of George Lucas released what was to become one of the greatest movie franchises of all time. The original “Star Wars”—now subtitled “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”—was released on May 25, 1977, followed by its equally successful sequels

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Every Day with Morrie: Mitch Albom on charity and writing

Author Mitch Albom has been a household name in the writing business for over 30 years, and for good reason. Starting out as a sports writer in his early 20s after graduating from Columbia’s School of Business, Albom has since published sports-themed books including “Fab Five” and “Bo.” He has also published four collections of

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WILD THING: This Wild Life's Kevin Jordan on homelessness, police brutality

Kevin Jordan, frontman of the acoustic two-piece This Wild Life, took some time to discuss police brutality, the unfair treatment of the homeless and the Alternative Press tour, which begins its seven-week trek across North America at Boston’s House of Blues on October 14. The tour features This Wild Life, Real Friends, As It Is

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Garret’s Movie Palace: The Star Wars Saga

A long time ago in a decade far, far away, a man by the name of George Lucas released what was to become one of the greatest movie franchises of all time. The original “Star Wars”—now subtitled “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”—was released on May 25, 1977, followed by its equally successful sequels

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Voices from the Street: A Hidden Violation, Part One

I had been in recovery for approximately four years and was extremely active in what my support groups called H & I, which stands for hospitals and institutions. A few of us would go to speak at various hospitals and detox centers to people who were trying to kick their drug habits and alcohol addictions.

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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: John Binari

Photo: Alena Kuzub Being a newspaper vendor isn’t that different from the work John Binari was doing before he came to Spare Change News: he was working as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army in Porter Square. Although the work was okay and he earned $10 an hour, the season only lasted for four

Marc D. Goldfinger

Voices from the Street: A Hidden Violation, Part One

I had been in recovery for approximately four years and was extremely active in what my support groups called H & I, which stands for hospitals and institutions. A few of us would go to speak at various hospitals and detox centers to people who were trying to kick their drug habits and alcohol addictions.

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