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What physics can teach us about Wall Street

Lisa Randall is one of the world's leading theoretical physicists.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 25, 2012


The battle over internet piracy

Rhode Island's congresional delegation splits over the issue burning up the netroots
The Internet is angry. Perhaps you've heard.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 18, 2012


Medical marijuana 2.0

In a tough political environment, the movement weighs a tricky reinvention
The medical marijuana movement has always had to be nimble.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 11, 2012


Local heroes at the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

Honor Roll
Rick Bellaire, one of the chief organizers of the new Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, had an early feel for the state's gifts to the national culture.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 11, 2012

Roger Williams gets his due

Roger Williams — the iconoclast who founded Rhode Island nearly 400 years ago with a radical call for religious tolerance — is held in high regard in these parts. But he is a little-known figure nationwide.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 04, 2012


What's next for Occupy Providence?

After the park, a search for phase II
It was only a week ago that members of Occupy Providence huddled in a pedestrian tunnel on a rainy afternoon and voted 36 to 11 to leave Burnside Park, if and when the city opens a daytime shelter for the homeless.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 28, 2011

In 2012, election year intrigue awaits

Punditry Dept.
The new year is, of course, an election year. And while the presidential race will probably be less-than-dramatic in Rhode Island, there will be plenty of other intriguing fare for the political junkie.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 28, 2011


Rhode Island goes red

Progressives look back on a string of bitter defeats
For Rhode Island progressives, the new year arrived with an air of anticipation.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 21, 2011


A Roger Williams professor tackles William F. Buckley Jr.

Conservative thinker William F. Buckley Jr. was, perhaps, America's most important 20th-century public intellectual.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 21, 2011


Cicilline and Langevin go to war over the redistricting plan

There are rivalries within any state's Congressional delegation. The competition for influence and the back-and-forth over who gets credit for what can get snippy.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 09, 2012


Uncertainty at WPRO

On the Air
Could Rhode Island's talk radio firmament be poised for a shakeup?
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 07, 2011


Joey gets to work

Labor Relations
Yes, Joey quit. But he's plenty busy now.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 07, 2011


Loughlin, returning from Iraq, faces a tough challenge

Political Science Dept.
John J. Loughlin II — Army Reservist, former state representative, and all-but-official Republican candidate for Congress — is due back in Rhode Island late this month after a seven-month deployment in Iraq. And he'll encounter a political scene quite different from the one he left behind in May.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 01, 2011


Richard Clarke’s dark vision

IT Dept.
Richard Clarke famously warned his superiors in the Clinton and Bush White Houses about the destructive potential of a small terrorist network run by Osama bin Laden. To little avail.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 22, 2011


A spin in the Blues Mobile

A couple of years ago Jerry Carlson, owner of Auto Rust Technicians in Cranston, was driving through upstate New York when a white Chevrolet pulled up behind him and turned on the lights.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 16, 2011

RIP .:therapy

Dance Dept.
For years, a pair of giant angels hung over the dance floor at .:therapy, an afterhours electronic dance music (EDM) club in Olneyville.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 16, 2011

Confronting rising HIV rates among gay and bisexual men

Health Dept.
HIV infection is on the rise among gay and bisexual men in Rhode Island, even as it is declining for other populations: injection drug users, who are considered particularly at risk, and heterosexuals.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 09, 2011


On the rebound

Months after his political career seemed doomed, Congressman David Cicilline has made a slow, steady comeback. Will it hold?
Nine months ago, first-term Congressman David Cicilline's Washington career seemed over before it had begun.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 02, 2011


At the Athenaeum, Moby-Dick turns 160

It's been 160 years since the publication of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and the Providence Athenaeum has been celebrating with a lecture series, "Hark! The White Whale!"
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 26, 2011

GoLocal takes a stab at TV

The Tubes
In a media marketplace that is too often timid, golocalprov stands out.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 26, 2011


With Occu-Stock, a movement seeks direction

Occupy Providence has only just begun to sink its roots into the dusty turf of Burnside Park. But already, there is talk of what comes next.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 26, 2011

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