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Can WRNI supplant the ProJo as the state’s news king?
Rhode Island’s upstart National Public Radio affiliate, WRNI, aims to be nothing less than a major media player here. And in the space of just a couple of years, the station has taken some impressive first steps.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 10, 2010


Pols and blowhards beware: PolitiFact is coming

As the ProJo turns
The Providence Journal , facing the newspaper industry's twin demons of declining circulation and plummeting advertising revenue, is in an intense period of reinvention.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 09, 2010

A Rhode Island filmmaker’s tribute to the Good War

Amid the moral ambiguity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the handwringing over weapons of mass destruction, drone attacks, and the rights of detainees — there is something startling about the raw patriotism of the documentary Navy Heroes of Normandy .  
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 02, 2010

Privacy concerns make facebook the new bad guy

There was, for a time, a pretty clear moral hierarchy in the tech sector. Microsoft was the evil overlord, Apple the virtuous underling.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 26, 2010


Patrick Lynch’s labor problem

For Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, candidate for governor, labor matters.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 19, 2010

Can the Netroots triumph in Rhode island?

On the Hustings
Stories of State Representative David Segal’s nascent, underdog run for Congress invariably make a nod to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. And rightly so.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 19, 2010


How Rhode Island can eliminate homelessness

The concept is as simple as it is radical: give the homeless a place to live, with no strings attached
Making it a reality is a matter of political will.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 14, 2010


Sound Session lives on

Donald King, former artistic director for the Providence Black Repertory Company, gets the queries quite frequently these days.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 12, 2010

A media market splintered

The fragmentation of the local media market, long predicted, is finally a reality.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 05, 2010


A Soviet submarine finally meets its demise

Out on Allens Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island is finally saying goodbye to the Cold War.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 28, 2010


Shaking up the school system

The Reformer
Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 21, 2010


Old Hoss Radbourn: Providence baseball, extraordinary and profane

Edward Achorn is best known, in these parts, as the voice of Rhode Island’s beleaguered right.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 21, 2010


Joe Paolino weighs a different kind of mayoral run

The Independent
It had been rumored for some time.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 14, 2010


The first Latino mayor?

Angel Taveras’s moment suddenly arrives
Until recently, to talk about Angel Taveras was to talk about the future.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 15, 2010


A wind farm — and a governor’s legacy — hang in the balance

Not Easy Being Green
With Governor Carcieri’s second and final term coming to an end, it is time to think about the “L” word — legacy.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 08, 2010


Smith Hill weighs a ban on the under-21 crowd

The Fun Police
Seasoned partiers will recall that about a decade ago our august legislature considered barring anyone under age 21 from Rhode Island night clubs in a bid to curb underage drinking.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 31, 2010


WPRO swaps two big personalities

Spring Forward
Talk-radio listeners could be forgiven for wondering if WPRO sprung a bit too far forward this week when Buddy Cianci's show begun airing at 2 pm instead of the usual 10 am.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 17, 2010


Down ballot drama

Important races to watch in '10
The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, and secretary of state.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 10, 2010


David Byrne and the Termite Towers

Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline's second annual Senator Claiborne Pell Lecture on Arts and Humanities wasn't really about the arts. Or the humanities.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 10, 2010


Ken Miller just can’t win

Brown biology professor attacked by Darwin-hating fundies and leftie atheists alike
What’s an honorable man to do?
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 03, 2010


Hands across New England

Providence may be the Creative Capital. But it is hardly the only community that has attempted to build a new economy on a foundation of laptops, paint brushes, and guitars.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 03, 2010

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