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By adamg - 5/3/19 - 12:47 pm

Wow, the newly invigorated Boston Herald is really punching up these days: Yesterday, it ran a shocking expose on how a newspaper that's been dead for six years, its archives now stored at Northeastern, used to run lots of ads for escort services. Read more.

By OriginallyFromDotParker - 3/27/19 - 1:06 am

Who knew that Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs was from Sharon, Massachusetts (SPOILER ALERT: I did)? And who knew that Zinner traveled to South Africa (!!!), joined a band called Africa Express (!!!!), and has left the South Shore in his dust. Talk about a glow up.

By OriginallyFromDotParker - 3/19/19 - 10:17 am

Fitchburg's own Michael Brodeur is bringing his music project New Dad to Boston and it's going to be a real hoot!

You know Brodeur from his work at such local publications as DigBoston, Boston Phoenix, and currently, the Boston Globe.

And, duh: Brodeur penned that brilliant satirical taxonomy, "Fake Massachusetts Towns", that ran in McSweeney's. The stuff of Massachusetts Memes legend:

By OriginallyFromDotParker - 3/16/19 - 9:37 pm

Long-time DigBoston contributor Barry Thompson's series of interviews for an oral history about DigBoston (formerly Boston's Weekly Dig) in DigBoston: Read more.

By adamg - 1/16/18 - 5:28 pm
Dig in a Phoenix rack in Boston City Hall

Down in the basement of Boston City Hall, near an ATM and the entrance to the men's room, is a set of newspaper racks for Boston's free weekly newspapers - including an old Phoenix rack now used by the Dig.

By adamg - 5/11/17 - 4:59 pm
Phoenix patent example

From the now invalid patent.

It took more than seven years, but a federal judge in Boston today ruled that a former Boston Phoenix subsidiary that outlasted the alt-media company does not own the rights to methods for creating and securing Web pages out of information uploaded by users. Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/17 - 3:04 pm

A young Bill O'Reilly and Natalie Jacobson WCVB 1986

The now former Fox bloviator got his start at the Boston Phoenix (yep), where, in 1974, he covered a talk by the director of The Devil in Miss Jones.

By adamg - 11/21/15 - 11:57 am

Dan Kennedy, Phoenix alum and Northeastern professor, reports Stephen Mindich is donating all of the alt-paper's archives to Northeastern, which plans to gradually digitize them all. The Globe reports that in the meantime, the paper archives will be open to the public.

By adamg - 3/1/15 - 10:40 am

So maybe the Fox commentator didn't actually witness wars, murders, fatal bombings, suicides or concrete-hurling rioters, but one thing he did watch was pornography in Boston.

By Ron Newman - 10/10/14 - 12:50 am

WPRI reports that the Providence Phoenix will publish its final issue next Thursday, ending nearly 36 years of service to Rhode Island. The Boston Phoenix stopped publishing in March 2013.

By adamg - 1/2/14 - 1:59 pm

The New York Daily News reports that Chris Faraone, now at the Dig, yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against the New York Police Department, alleging its officers beat him as he covered Occupation Wall Street for the Phoenix last year.

By adamg - 5/3/13 - 2:52 pm

David Bernstein reports on himself. Can a Best of Boston Politicians list be far behind?

By adamg - 4/9/13 - 4:01 pm

Peter Kadzis at WGBH and Carly Carioli at Boston.com.

By adamg - 3/21/13 - 8:55 am

Hauling away the Phoenix

Jill watched yesterday as some guy went down Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, hauling away Phoenix boxes.

You can read articles from what would have been this week's issue on the Phoenix site (scroll past the big box where the PDF of the print issue would have been).

But wait, bonus extra good news that's so marvelous we can hardly stand it! Ron Newman alerts us that while the money-losing news and arts stuff is gone, the sex ads in the back live on!

No worries - BOSTON AT NITE IS HERE TO STAY! You can still pick up your free copy of Boston's best adult listings every Thursday in the big black box!

By adamg - 3/15/13 - 12:59 pm

Charles Pierce remembers the Phoenix:

By adamg - 3/14/13 - 2:53 pm

Pre-glossy.Pre-glossy. See the last cover.Both the Dig and the Globe report the Boston Phoenix is shutting down immediately.

The Phoenix itself tweets:

Thank you Boston. Good night and good luck.

The Phoenix has been around since 1966. It had been hard hit in recent years by the decline in print advertising and had sold off its radio station and merged the newspaper with Stuff magazine in an attempt to stay afloat.

Jim Romanesko posts a copy of publisher Stephen Mindich's memo to his staff:

By adamg - 2/21/13 - 4:31 pm

This week's Phoenix carries an article headlined:

Fresh Blood: Meet Boston's new culinary muscle

By adamg - 10/7/12 - 11:47 am

We think we'll go for a walk, Phoenix declares, in response to some Salon body collector.

By adamg - 9/17/12 - 7:27 pm

The Phoenix's Chris Faraone, down in New York for the Occupy Wall Street anniversary protest, tweets he was among those arrested:

I just got out of jail. Was arrested despite screaming over and over that I'm a journalist.

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