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Words of love

(a journalistic box of chocolates)
It would be tough to find a single company responsible for everything wrong with modern-day American Valentine’s Day. But your neighborhood CVS is a good place to start.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 06, 2014


A radical take on Black History Month

Activist Education
“Perhaps some of you will recall the Kenyan proverb that says, ‘Until the lion writes his or her own history, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.’ ”
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 06, 2014


Save these buildings!

The Providence Preservation Society fights for the soul of the city
This story is about mold. It’s about rotting floorboards and leaking roofs, vacant skyscrapers, vandalized homes, and churches where sinks and toilets are strewn across dusty basement floors.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 31, 2014


Student Survival Guide: 'I'm different now'

When "life-changing" isn't an exaggeration
In the summer of 2007, I purchased a used copy of William Zinsser’s On Writing Well at the Brown University Bookstore.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 22, 2014


Boycott breakers: 2014 election edition

The Political Scene
Regardless of how you feel about the recent return of Rhody “shock jock” John DePetro to the 9-to-noon slot on News Talk WPRO 630, you have to marvel at the situation it’s created.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 22, 2014


At RISD, a glimpse at kids behind bars

Incarceration Nation
Richard Ross spends a lot of time trying to get into prison.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 22, 2014


The banks are broken. Let's fix them — ourselves

Money Matters
In the second sentence of his new book, Checking the Banks: The Nuts and Bolts of Banking for People Who Want to Fix It , Tom Sgouros calls financial activists “almost by definition, dilettantes.”
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 16, 2014


The RIEDC gets a makeover

The Economic Development Corporation is now the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (aka Commerce RI). But do the changes offer hope for the state's future?
Or are they just new attempts to exorcise the ghosts of the EDC board’s infamous $75 million vote on July 26, 2010?
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 09, 2014


The Journal publishes climate deniers (and other opinion-page blunders)

As The ProJo Turns
In recent months, the opinion pages have made a conspicuous habit of publishing op-eds that a) blatantly oppose plugged-in, non-newspaper forms of communication, and b) don’t acknowledge the Journal ’s obvious financial interest in publishing such articles.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 31, 2013


2013: The year that was

Twelve local media mavens pick the most notable quotes, facts, stats, and moments from another tumultuous year annum in Vo Dilun
Through the past, lightly
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 29, 2013


An open letter to Rhody's Olympic swimmer, Elizabeth Beisel

Dear Elizabeth, We’ve never met, so at the risk of immediately weirding you out, I’ll get right to the point.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 26, 2013


A hotel opens with karaoke, concrete elephants, and one hell of a backstory

It’s tough to know where to begin a discussion of The Dean, the new 52-room boutique hotel opening in January in downtown Providence.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 19, 2013


Will the 3D printer make Santa's sleigh obsolete?

Child's Play
When Wayne Losey was introduced at last week’s holiday-themed Providence Geeks gathering at AS220, co-host Jack Templin described him as “an action figure god.”
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 18, 2013


The Season: Local literature

Food, history, addiction, and a kid who can fly
The past year has brought a bumper crop of books from the little speck of earth we call “Rhode Island."
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 11, 2013


The Season: A Pauly D Christmas

Ho, ho, yeah, buddy!
We don’t present the following list of Pauly D merchandise because we think you should buy any of it.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 11, 2013


News that you need

Can ecoRI News sustain its efforts to be a vital environmental watchdog?
When was the last time you saw a news organization share the details of its finances with the world?
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 06, 2013


7800 cookies in one room. Any questions?

There are two ways we can set the stage for the RI Food Fights “Spectacular Cookie Smackdown” happening Sunday, December 8, in Providence.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 05, 2013


35: What does it mean to be 35?

Five Rhode Islanders muse on their lives, three-and-a-half decades down the road
By the time you hit age 35, you can legally vote, drink, enlist, star in a porn, rent a car, and run for president.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  November 20, 2013


35: 2048: An Ocean State odyssey

Some big ideas -- and wishful thinking -- for Rhode Island 35 years from now
When we reached out to various local thinkers about what 2048 means to them, they came back to us with fully-formed treatises, roadmaps, laundry lists for change and, in the case of Matthew Derby, a strikingly vivid image of futuristic Pawtucket.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  November 20, 2013


35: The paper of record

35 sentences for 35 years
“Do you have the worst job at thePhoenix?"
By: PHILIP EIL  |  November 21, 2013


At a 'Latino mayors' conference, a prof speaks truth to pols

Campaign Notebook
There were no major surprises when Angel Taveras delivered the keynote address last week at the “Latino Mayors: Politics and Policy in the City” conference at Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  November 20, 2013

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