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From top cop to capitol hill?

Former State Police superintendent Brendan Doherty could mount a serious challenge to Congressman David Cicilline. But first he has to tame his restive GOP
It is hard to imagine a better Republican candidate for Rhode Island's First Congressional District than Colonel Brendan Doherty, the retired superintendent of state police.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 17, 2011


Is Rhode Island a paywall mecca?

As the ProJo Turns
Media analysts say Rhode Island could be especially fertile ground for a declining newspaper industry's primary survival strategy — charging readers for access to its heretofore free web sites.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 17, 2011


Pro pool comes to Providence

The Sporting Life II
Mike "The Fireball" Dechaine, the second-ranked pool player in the nation, sits in a large, rounded booth at Snookers sports and billiards bar on Ashburton Street.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 03, 2011


Up in smoke?

Obama is threatening a medical marijuana crackdown in Rhode Island and across the country. Should Governor Chafee call his bluff?
Ten months after President Obama took office, his Justice Department issued a remarkable directive.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 19, 2011


The plan to turn Rhode Island red

GOP strategist Ken McKay is quietly plotting a data-driven explosion of the state’s one-party rule
The Rhode Island Republican Party's reputation for ineptitude is, by any reasonable measure, richly deserved.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 12, 2011


General Assembly turns a cold shoulder on the homeless

Economics Dept.
Rhode Island's itty-bittyness is, of course, a handicap from time to time. But it is also a source of opportunity.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 22, 2011


That sinking feeling

The shoreline at the Ocean Mist Bar is swiftly eroding. But the regulars are more than willing to follow the watering hole into the sea
It was a particularly violent storm. And a television news crew was filming the wind and rain on a small strip of beach in front of the Ocean Mist bar when the camera panned up to the deck.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 08, 2011

Beyond the moon shot

To the Heavens
Retired Congressman Patrick Kennedy has enjoyed a nice little boomlet of press coverage in recent weeks with his push to raise billions in private and public money over the next decade for brain research.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 08, 2011


The Big Think

Providence designer Seth Goldenberg convenes the best and brightest to tackle the "Epic Challenges" of our time. But who appointed them?
TED, PopTech, and other 21st-century innovation conferences — nerds giving speeches to rich guys — have done something rather remarkable: they've turned the public intellectual into popular entertainer.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 01, 2011


Segal weighs another race

Thinking It Over
David Segal hasn't decided whether he'll run for Congress. Far from it. But it is mulling season. And he is mulling.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 01, 2011

Netroots Nation eyes Providence (again)

Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of progressive bloggers, has become a sort of whistle stop on the lefty campaign calendar.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 01, 2011


Washington gets serious about cybersecurity

With Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, Democrats in control of the Senate, and both parties focusing on next year's election, there's a whole lot of nothing happening in Washington right now.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 25, 2011


Wikileaks' many cousins

The endless Wikileaks commentary has tended toward acerbic portraits of the organization's founder, Julian Assange, and earnest debates over journalistic ethics.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 18, 2011


The art of the Micro-Memoir at the Athenaeum

Story Time
It's a Thursday evening, downstairs at the Providence Athenaeum. Hardwood floors, white bookcases, a bit of sunlight still coming through the windows.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 12, 2011


The stunning demise of gay marriage

Two questions for advocates: What happened? What next?
This was supposed to be the year.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 04, 2011


Rhode Island's urban agenda

State of the City
If you care about Rhode Island's struggling cities, this is — to put it mildly — a rather important moment.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 04, 2011


Cicilline on the hot seat

But he's not cooked yet
It's been a brutal couple of months for Providence mayor-turned-freshman Congressman David Cicilline.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 27, 2011


Firehouse 13 gets a facelift

Rock Dept.
The walls of the Firehouse 13 cultural center are a deep red now, split by a long, white stripe on the northeast wall, with a bit of black below.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 20, 2011


The sudden return of an old killer: syphilis

Medical Dept.
Dr. Gail Skowron, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Roger Williams Medical Center, has worked in a small HIV clinic at the hospital for 21 years.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 20, 2011


Not tough enough?

While governors nationwide slash their way out of crisis, Chafee plays Mr. Nice Guy
Amid massive deficits and escalating pension problems, a certain tough guy chic has taken hold in State Houses across the country.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 13, 2011


The uncertain future of Rhode Island media

Breaking news or broken news?
The endless, anguished debate over how to deliver local news in the Age of the Internet has not reached anything like a satisfying conclusion.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 06, 2011

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