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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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State House status

In a purportedly liberal state, the Rhode Island General Assembly has a stubbornly conservative bent. But can progressive politics make a dent in 2010?
Rhode Island voters, for all their supposed insularity, are an increasingly progressive bunch.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 12, 2009

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The music man

George Wein, the father of American music festivals, reflects on bringing world-class folk and jazz (and more) to Newport
Forty years after a half-million hippies descended on a sprawling dairy farm in upstate New York, Woodstock has become shorthand for an entire epoch.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 05, 2009

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Lynch's bumpy road

Nothing unusual here
There is nothing all that unusual about Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch's now well-publicized travels to New Orleans, San Francisco, and other far-flung locales. Just the networking and fundraising forays of a pol gearing up for a gubernatorial run.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 05, 2009

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Interview: Jim Langevin

This Just In
Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin has been in the news of late.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 29, 2009


The Journal gets a facelift

As the ProJo Turns
Metropolitan newspapers have been moving toward über-local coverage for some time now.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 22, 2009

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IndieArts' sensory overload

Taking it to the streets
If Providence is to become the "Creative Capital" of Mayor Cicilline's latest marketing campaign, it will take more than a few orange P's affixed to politicians' lapels and plastered on signs about town.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 15, 2009

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Yankee Doodle Cohan

Favorite son
The hipsters ambling past the new George M. Cohan bust at the corner of Wickenden and Governor streets this week seemed more concerned with ducking out of the July rain than gazing upon statuary.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 09, 2009

Moving Off the Plantation?

Rhode Island's identity crisis
Rhode Island, whatever its obsession with history, has only lately begun to come to terms with the darkest stain on its past: slavery.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 01, 2009

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Local news blues

With layoffs, plummeting revenue, and dwindling viewership, TV news departments are getting desperate.
There has been plenty of hand-wringing, in these parts, over the decline of the local broadsheet. The Providence Journal is the paper of record, after all, the agenda setter. And the agenda is decidedly thinner these days.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 24, 2009

Living Colour, Michael Madsen, and Rhody's new media

Rhode Island has seen its share of media strife in recent years.
The travails of the Providence Journal are the stuff of coffee house and talk radio chatter. And the troubles afflicting the local newscast fill the pages of this week's Phoenix .
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 24, 2009

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Hail, Deer Tick!

The Providence rockers are poised for a breakthrough with Born On Flag Day
Heady days for Deer Tick.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 17, 2009

Cicilline, the firefighters, and the politics of protest

It is, on some level, hard to pick any winners in the li'l Rhody's latest battle royale.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 17, 2009

Grappling with Going Green

The waste-to-energy incinerator debate
Green energy," for most, is solar panels and wind turbines.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 10, 2009

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Weird and wired

A small band of electronic music acts take on a rock ’n’ roll city  
  It is, of course, difficult to attach a single sound to a city. And Providence is no exception.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 03, 2009

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Getting green

Small state, big push for sustainability
With Rhode Island's industrial sector in its death throes and the state in desperate need of a new economic engine, political leaders are talking with new urgency about wind and solar and all things green.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 03, 2009

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Brave new RISD

After a year at the helm, president John Maeda is balancing broad shifts in the worlds of art, design, and business
The Rhode Island School of Design, for all its artful ambition, is a conservative place. Students draw. They mold clay. They are awash in taxidermy. So there was more than a little anxiety when John Maeda — sneaker designer, MIT professor, digital media rock star — took over as RISD president last summer.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 27, 2009

No free ride at Daily News' Web site

The Internet may, in the end, crush the American newspaper.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 27, 2009

Hope city

Under the Bridge
Filmmaker looks at life Under the Bridge
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 21, 2009

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Is the party over for the GOP in RI?

A disastrous election in '08. A depleted war chest. Dismal approval ratings for the outgoing governor. Yet the faithful see hope for a Republican revival
In a state known for its political obsessions, there is remarkably little in the way of rabid protest here.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 13, 2009

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Warming up to a green revolution

Action speaks!
President Obama's push for a green revolution has inevitably drawn comparisons to President Kennedy's famous call, 48 years ago, for a moon landing.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 13, 2009

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