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Federal prosecutors open criminal grand jury probe of Thornton Law firm donations

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.15.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

The Capitol Hill headquarters of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the largest recipient of donations from partners at Thornton. (Photo: G...

Clinton, Walsh Return Donations From Boston Law Firm

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 10.31.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has joined a growing list of politicians who said they are returning thousands of dollars in donations from lawyers at the Boston-based Thornton Law Firm, after a Spotlight Team report on a pattern of questionable campaign contributions.

I'm standing in my spotlight - isn't it time you joined me too?

Nicola Arnold CPCC | Posted 10.26.2016 | Women
Nicola Arnold CPCC

When did you last truly feel empowered? You know that real feeling when you feel like you can conquer the world. Standing tall, shoulders strong, eye...

Spotlight's Forgotten Reporter and Her Crisis of Faith

Celia Wexler | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

The film earned its Academy awards through its deft retelling of the story of the investigative reporting team that uncovered the systematic cover-up of sexual abuse of children by priests in the archdiocese of Boston. But Spotlight did not tell the whole story.

Cardinal Bertone's Sins Against Children

Matthew Fox | Posted 04.18.2016 | Religion
Matthew Fox

Not content to create a strategy for priestly pedophile cover-ups during two papacies, the former Vatican Secretary of State also steals from a childr...

'Spotlight' on May 3-4 Child Sex Abuse Lobby Days

Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 04.17.2016 | New York
Courtney M. Soliday

Attention about the scourge of childhood sexual abuse and New York's archaic statute of limitations has never been greater than it is right now. Outra...

The Pope, a PA Diocese, and a Legacy of Trauma

Jennifer Sabin | Posted 04.12.2016 | Religion
Jennifer Sabin

Pope Francis just issued his long-awaited statement calling for less judgment and more tolerance. But his statement would have had a more profound impact if he had also called for more judgment, less tolerance of Catholic priests who rape children, and the bishops who protect them.

Peggy Siegal's Oscar Diary 2016

Peggy Siegal | Posted 03.29.2016 | Entertainment
Peggy Siegal

After a year of global trekking to discover, nurture, nudge, prognosticate and congratulate all Oscar-worthy films, come April, I am left with the position of Monday morning quarterback.

Pivot TV's Truth and Power: 'To Be More Informed Is To Be More Powerful'

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.24.2017 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

"... I feel lucky to have been able to pursue my dreams and I hope that my contributions will in some small way lead to a sustainable world of peace a...

Spotlight Dims

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.11.2017 | Entertainment
Matthew Ebert

To the makers of Spotlight -- I am not beholden to you for anything, and I will never thank you for giving me a voice, because you didn't. You gave yourself a voice, and you frame it in a language you understand.

Where Boston's TV stations Were During the Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Joe Bergantino | Posted 03.09.2017 | Media
Joe Bergantino

The I-Team's May 1992 story unleashed a torrent of local and national coverage focused on Porter and other pedophile priests in Boston. Within days, I, along with investigative producer Paul Toomey, began getting phone calls about other priests including John Geoghan, the priest who was the focus of the Spotlight coverage 10 years later.

'Spawtlight' Is The Parody That SHOULD Have Won The Oscar

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 03.01.2016 | Weird News

Spotlight’s best picture award Sunday was well-deserved, but you have to admit that the movie isn’t exactly a laugh riot. Good thing there’s “...

What I Learned (And Regret) From My Time On The Boston Globe's 'Spotlight' Team

Matthew S. Carroll | Posted 03.02.2017 | Media
Matthew S. Carroll

The movie can be gritty and somewhat dark, but in the end it's hopeful. We made a difference. We helped some people abused by priests. Not everyone, but we did help. And that is tremendously gratifying.

Voices Out Loud: The Oscars and Super Tuesday

Monica Cox | Posted 03.01.2017 | Entertainment
Monica Cox

I, for one, am tired of hearing the same voices over and over again. I stand with those whose voices are whispered in the quiet space. The voices of calm truth often drowned out by the tornadoes of cynicism, misogyny, racism, bigotry and greed.

Oscar's Civil War Starring Chris Rock Wearing White

Carole Mallory | Posted 03.01.2017 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Chris Rock defended all blacks and knocked it out of the park. "This should be white people's choice awards," he said. "And when your grandma is swin...

The 88th Oscars: Middling Entertainment With a Few Surprises, and Leo at Last!

Michael Russnow | Posted 03.01.2017 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

The Oscars were mostly predictable with few big surprises and Best Picture winner and major contender Spotlight winning only two awards, the first time since 1952's The Greatest Show on Earth.

'Spotlight' Wins Best Picture At The 2016 Oscars

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 02.29.2016 | Entertainment

Declared the category's tentative front-runner after September's annual film festivals, "Spotlight" took home Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday. De...

See The Full List Of 2016 Independent Spirit Award Winners

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 02.27.2016 | Entertainment

"Spotlight" grabbed another top Hollywood prize on Saturday, collecting the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature. Oscar voting is closed, so...

Ultimate Oscars Feast Inspired by the 2016 Best Picture Nominees

Tori Haschka | Posted 02.22.2017 | Entertainment
Tori Haschka

Whether you want to recruit a group for pot luck, cobble together a small feast in honor of your favorite films or commit to making it all for the big night, here it is: The ultimate 2016 Oscars feast.

Your 2016 Oscar Party Menu in Gifs

Sarah Shanfield | Posted 02.24.2017 | Comedy
Sarah Shanfield

Welcome to my annual Oscars Party! This year's theme is The Fork Awakens! Let me take your Coat Winslet, you sure look like you're ready to Hateful At...

Who Will Take Home an Academy Award? 2016 Oscars Predictions

Carey Beth Elder | Posted 02.23.2017 | Entertainment
Carey Beth Elder

The Oscars are finally this weekend! Everyone has been predicting who will win, but also talking about the lack of diversity nominated with the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag trending.

'Spotlight' Builds A Firm Foundation For Catharsis

Robert Bassett | Posted 02.23.2017 | Entertainment
Robert Bassett

I truly believe that film is the literature of this century. It pulls together all of the arts -- the spoken word, writing, music, dance, painting, photography and more -- to deliver stories that can have emotional impact across generations and continents, language notwithstanding. The Academy Award-nominated film "Spotlight" explores one of the most horrific crimes of our time -- the physical and spiritual abuse of thousands of children by priests of the Catholic Church.  We know how the story ends. We know that the reporters from The Boston Globe won a Pulitzer for their investigative efforts. Yet the film packs a wallop audiences simply don't anticipate. Why?

BBC Radio 4's Program 'And the Academy Award Goes to...' Honors the French Connection

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 02.23.2017 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

The resultant BBC Radio 4 program And The Academy Award Goes To... featuring The French Connection was recently aired and it brought it all back for former NYPD detective Grosso, who went onto a sterling career as a television and movie producer.

Oscarnomics 2016: The Brand Value of Awards

Ira Kalb | Posted 02.09.2017 | Entertainment
Ira Kalb

Since Oscar is the premiere entertainment award, it is useful to look at how being nominated and winning contributes to the success of all those involved in making and distributing the movies being awarded.

Sins of the Fathers

Kerry Walters | Posted 02.01.2017 | Religion
Kerry Walters

Watching Spotlight brought back all the shame, anger, and grief that seared me fourteen years ago when the scandal first broke. The sexual exploitation of children is horrible enough. But that the predators were priests was a body blow no one saw coming.