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The Friends of Eddie Coyle

"It's a grubby, violent, dangerous world. But it's the only world they know. And they're the only friends Eddie has."

1973's The Friends of Eddie Coyle starring Robert Mitchum and a young Peter Boyle is the lost gem of Boston movies. Based on Rockland native and Boston-based federal prosecutor George V. Higgins's novel, this contemporary of Scorsese's Mean Streets features solid performances and a calculated plot involving Irish criminals and betrayal, making Eddie Coyle a fine precursor to 2006's Best Picture, The Departed.

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Good article on the Irish in Boston

Check this article out about the decline of Irish immigration and its effect on the community in Boston. Apparently, Irish numbers have dwindled in Boston, especially since 911.

It makes me kinda sad because I've always thought that the Irish influence in Boston was one of its most important cultural attractions.

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Bueno Queso Social Club

Robert Aguilera, manager and cheese buyer for the Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge has teamed up with Julie Cappellano, the wine buyer at the South End Formaggio to bring Boston, the Bueno Queso Social Club. These are monthly wine and cheese pairing classes.

The next class is titled, "From the Stiletto Heel to the Thigh Highs of Italy." and will take place on March 25th at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge.

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Help us HEAL Boston and Raise $20,000 to donate to local Domestic Violence Shelters

Help us HEAL Boston and Raise $20,000 to donate to local Domestic Violence Shelters

HEAL Boston: Health, Education, Arts, Liberation
V-Day Boston 2007 Conference
Part of the V-Day Worldwide Campaign

Friday, March 23rd: Vulvapalooza Benefit Concert
Location: Spontaneous Celebrations (45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain)
Time: 8:00pm-10:30pm (doors at 7:30)
Performers: Rose Polenzani, The Grey Sky Girls, Kevin Allred,
Matt Meyer and Michelle Cummings
Admission to Vulvapalooza Only: Sliding Scale $7-15

Saturday, March 24th: HEAL Workshops

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Timing is everything

I have to take the Green Line (D line) from Longwood to Govt Center. How long should I expect this to take during a.m. rush hour? I don't trust the MBTA trip planner on their website.

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Brighton Town Hall Cornerstone Time Capsule-1841

It is believed that a time capsule was placed in the cornerstone, or somewhere in the building site, of the forner Brighton Town Hall in 1841.

The Brighton Town hall occupied the space that currently houses the Knights of Columbus Hall on Washington Street in Brighton Center. The original building was destroyed by a fire in the 1970's, but the new structure was built upon the existing foundation.

Over time it is believed thatthe time capsule was lost, and that it may be buried in the building structure even today!

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Brighton Time Capsule Ideas

Brighton Bicentenial Committee is considering creating a time capsule to be opened in 2107.

Any creative ideas or suggestions are appreciated, including how and where to store the time capsule so that it actually will be found in 2107!

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Wagging the dogs

Well, this was a week I'll long remember. I was in a crappy mood Monday night. I had a ton of work due on Tuesday. I had to give mid-term progress reports on all my students. I was behind on grading tests, which needed to be done if I was to give an honest assessment on the reports. But I also needed to get an expense check and a month worth of pay into the bank before the mortgage came due.

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Bradley Liquors saves the day

When you order a turkey sammich, and the deli man instead gives you a smoked turkey sammich, your first instinct might be to open that thing up and show him the exact difference between what you asked for and what he gave you. And by “show” I obviously mean mashing it all over his face.

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Something different for St. Patty's this year?

We’re throwing a party at the Hyatt Regency Boston. The people there will be in their late twenties, through their thirties. We usually get a pretty cool crowd of people and I think having this kind of party will give everybody an alternative to the bedlam that takes over the bars around the city. Check out more here. We’ll have a dinner option, plus all the drinks, but I think its going to be a more relaxed scene. What do you think?

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Who's looking?

Baroptic lets users watch streaming live views of popular clubs in several cities, including Boston.

I've got to wonder if these businesses disclose the presence of cameras to patrons...

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Making Human Rights a fact in Massachusetts

Human Rights for Massachusetts Initiative (HR4MASS) a coalition of groups interested in "MAKING HUMAN RIGHTS A FACT IN MASSACHUSETTS. " We work with the legislature to increase broad awareness and implementation of the whole gamut of human rights (civil, political, economic, cultural, and social), through education and possibly the establishment of an independent Commonwealth Human Rights Commission.” Dr. Laura Roskos, co-founder and acting director of the Massachusetts CEDAW Project and chair of the Advancing Human Rights Committee.

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nor'easters

found blog entry for history of use of "nor'easter". was an error from another site that was never corrected. term came from journal of philip vickers fithian. someone filled in names of what they thought were his references. "up the bay" is the delaware and "cohansie" is greenwich, new jersey...his home town.

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Humanitarian Donates 600 Way to Happiness Booklets

It was a fantastic moment when the Boston Scientology Ministers realized that they had just received this donation to continue their weekly distribution of The Way to Happiness - A Common Sense Guide to A Happier, More Successful Life Booklet. The Volunteer Ministers and local business owners distribute this booklet throughout the neighborhoods of Boston. It is just one of the many public services of the Ministry.

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Dance for Justice - Tropical Fiesta!

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Are you looking for like-minded progressives to dance with in Boston? Want to cross-promote your events and campaigns in a tropic environment? Are you new to the area and looking for groups to get involved in? Are you psyched about building strong cross-issue coalitions while banishing those winter blues?

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Adolfo vs Chicken: the game

WBCN has launched the web game Adolfo vs. Chicken, an online game show where Adolfo tries to outsmart a chicken at simple trivia. Change the channel for bonus features!

Play Adolfo vs. Chicken at http://www.adolfovschicken.com

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Vote on the new fare hike

The T Riders Union set up a few polls over on our site on how riders feel about the fare hikes.

We're going to collect the results of how riders feel and present them to the MBTA, so head on over and feel free to leave comments as well: http://www.ace-ej.org

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Hawk! Who goes there?

Of all the branches in all the trees in all of Dorchester, this hawk (red tail?) landed on the branch next to my window, prey in tow, for a lunch break.

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It was a fascinating sight for which I am thankful to have witnessed. But if any Dorchester-area hawks read Universal Hub, a small request: I am happy to host you for lunch, just please clear your place. Staring at a red clump of leftover bird ruins my view (I’ll take graffiti any day!)

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Don't Tell AdamG!

Men's leggings were unveiled in Milan during fashion week. Blame some designer named Marni!

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RACE-January19-February 3

"RACE," a play based on the Studs Terkel book of the same name for is playing in Charlestown January 19 through February 3.

The Chicago Sun-Times says:
"Based on the national bestseller, RACE uncovers the true thoughts and emotions of ordinary Americans, both black and white, about this
country's most explosive issue. We see bus drivers, college students,civil rights workers, Klansmen, doctors, interracial couples and many
more struggling with their feelings on affirmative action, drugs,prejudice, and dashed hopes, revealing attitudes that few are willing

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