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Will Caprio’s early ad spree work?

Is a $100,000-per-month advertising campaign a wise use of campaign cash at this early stage?
A couple of weeks ago, political insiders were beginning to wonder if Treasurer Frank Caprio would run for governor after all.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 24, 2009


Kennedy, Catholic Church, and Politics of Compromise

Reform Dept.
US Representative Patrick Kennedy's confrontation with Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin over abortion and health-care reform has soaked up quite a bit of ink.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 18, 2009

Fight for your right to party

Civil Liberties Dept.
Rhode Island's tragic collision with teen drinking in recent years has heightened concern about substance abuse in the state's school districts.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 11, 2009


Make-believe Main Street

Lifestyle centers create public squares in private places. Can a nation undone by sprawl be saved by the Mall?
WaterFire, bocce, oh my!
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 10, 2009

Newspapering the hard way

As the ProJo Turns
Tom Heslin, executive editor of the Providence Journal , does not say much in public about the broadsheet. And little surprise. The ProJo , which demands transparency elsewhere, has issued a long string of “no comments” about its own affairs.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 04, 2009


Noir comes to Providence

 In Cold Blood
Former Providence Journal reporter Mark Arsenault’s new novel, Loot the Moon , is the second in a series focused on obituary writer, inveterate gambler, and investigator Billy Povich.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 28, 2009


Can the Rhode Island tea party brew a revolution?

 The movement strives to be a coherent force for change. But is it just blowing steam?
The Rhode Island Tea Party, local wing of the national uprising against all things Obama, has some reason for hope.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 21, 2009


Can we fix our broken suburbs?

Action Speaks!
Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, wraps up its fall run with a look at the American adventure in suburbia.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 21, 2009


Co-dependent? The US and China

 Action Speaks!
Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall run with a conversation about the increasingly dependent relationship between the United States and China.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 14, 2009

A veteran TV reporter tries something new

On the Air
Months after leaving ABC6, investigative reporter Jim Hummel was chatting about his future over lunch with public relations guru Dante Bellini. Plans to take up with WJAR's news team, long the ratings leader in the Providence market, had evaporated with the downturn in the economy.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 14, 2009


Are progressives winning on the Web?

 Action Speaks!
Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall run with a chat about the state of community organizing.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 07, 2009

Has Obama learned from Clinton’s mistakes on health-care?

Action Speaks!
Action Speaks!, the always-enlightening panel discussion series at the Providence art space AS220, is back at it with weekly chats through the end of October.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2009


Camelot: The Next Generation

Patrick Kennedy is a square peg in his family's historic round table
Senator Ted Kennedy's months-long battle with brain cancer inspired endless commentary about the demise of Camelot.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 01, 2009

Trouble at the Newport Film Festival

High Drama
For more than a decade, the Newport International Film Festival has been a highlight on the state's cultural calendar.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 23, 2009


Compassionate or coercive?

Pro-life pregnancy counselors say they are offering women hope, but critics see manipulation
The election of Barack Obama has inspired dread among pro-lifers nationwide. But for the Rhode Island wing of the movement, the anxiety goes back quite a bit farther.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 17, 2009

Newport Web site tests an old-school daily

The Newport Daily News made headlines this summer when it began charging for access to its online edition in a bid to send readers scurrying back to the more profitable paper product.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 16, 2009


Diane Sawyer and the new voice of authority

Anchors away
The sight of Barack Obama in the White House has, rather quickly, taken on the air of the ordinary.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 09, 2009

Rhode Island weighs a succesions drama of its own

Political Watch
The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy has Massachusetts' political class speculating, in not-so-hushed tones, about the odds of a next-generation Kennedy running for and winning the seat.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 03, 2009


The Projo 's ultra-local approach could save the paper — or spell its demise
There may, in the end, be no way to save the American metropolitan newspaper. Plummeting advertising revenue and competition from the Internet often seem forces too daunting for even the savviest of publishers.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 26, 2009

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The Mighty Wind

New England is answering Obama's clarion call and beginning to harvest its most viable renewable energy source. In Rhode Island, can Deepwater also blow life into our ailing economy?
The Rhode Island recession, among the worst in the country, has become something of a national curiosity: how could such a little state be in such big trouble?
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 19, 2009

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Limits of non-traditional leadership

The Academy
John Maeda arrived at the Rhode Island School of Design a year ago pledging a different sort of leadership.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 20, 2009

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