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Media rebels in the Internet age

The debate-defining posts of Rhode Island activists wield influence beyond their readership
Bloggers have “used a new and powerful medium and ‘crashed the gates’ to ensure that information — the most important ingredient in a democracy — would be available to anyone who wanted to write, read, or debate.”
By: IAN DONNIS  |  May 01, 2008


The Avery springs to life

John “J.R.” Richard realized the dream of many a nightlife veteran with the opening last week of his stylish new lounge on Providence’s West Side, the Avery.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  April 23, 2008


Smith Hill mulls Senate succession; minstrel show heats up ICE

Not for nothing
The mantra from US Senator Jack Reed, who’s up for reelection this year, is that he’s not about to take a Cabinet position in a Democratic administration.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  April 16, 2008


Chafee for governor?

Running as an independent, he could thumb his nose at the worst of both parties
For now, Lincoln Chafee has the luxury of discussing his political future as a riddle wrapped up in an enigma.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  April 10, 2008


Moderate Party touted as an antidote for RI’s woes

Talking politics
In February, a poll conducted by Brown University found that 74 percent of the respondents thought Rhode Island is going in the wrong direction.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  April 09, 2008


A win-wind situation

Renewable energy’s promise is a bright spot amid the state’s deficit gloom
It’s a pretty rare day when lobbyists, environmentalists, and labor officials are all happy about supporting the same legislation.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008


What happened to Bush’s responsibility for the war?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know how the American effort in Iraq was badly botched from the start.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008


The end of an era at the ProJo

Rawson bridges two distinctly different eras in journalism
“They’re too contrary, too independent, and too fiercely competitive,” he told me at the time.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  March 19, 2008


End of an Era

After 29 years, Luke’s Record Exchange prepares to close shop
While the scene might seem a bit disheveled to the untrained eye, Renchan says he knows exactly where to find what he’s looking for.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  March 19, 2008


Clinton’s ‘kitchen-sink’ strategy could yield Pyrrhic victory

Talking points
Many Democrats, it seems safe to say, never thought a Democrat, let alone Hillary Clinton, would use a similar tactic.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  March 12, 2008


Ticket chase

Ace Ticket deal offers several benefits for the Red Sox
Last week, the Phoenix broke the news that the Boston Red Sox were opting out of the agreement Major League Baseball struck last year making eBay–owned online sports-ticket giant StubHub the official reseller of MLB seats.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  March 12, 2008


Obama’s Rhode Island followers mull the primary fallout

Talking politics
There were the makings of a celebration as the What Cheer? Brigade unleashed its joyous cacophony amid hundreds of Barack Obama supporters.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  March 05, 2008


Ticket shock

Fans are paying the price for the Sox success: inside the Fenway fiasco
When NESN periodically broadcasts a historic Red Sox game during the off-season, the vast swaths of empty seats are enough to cause a sharp sense of wistfulness for many fans.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  March 10, 2008


The battle of the smallest state

The Rhode Island wields a rare impact as Clinton and Obama go head to head
Clinton bathed in the intense affection of an adoring crowd, her every statement punctuated by wild applause, chants, and a rising sea of blue signs touting her campaign.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  February 29, 2008


The Station’s long shadow

Five years on, getting by remains a day-to-day challenge for some of those touched by the fire
For most Rhode Islanders, the Station nightclub conflagration — the worst disaster in the state since the hurricane of 1938 — is like a receding object in a rearview mirror.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  February 20, 2008


Obama backers rap Clinton contributions from Textron

Talking politics
Textron’s work for the defense industry has a controversial past.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  February 20, 2008


Advocates push for a legal source in RI

Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana proponents plan to seek General Assembly support this session to create an establishment, known as the Compassion Center.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  February 20, 2008


Revealed at last: The curious similarities of Steve Laffey and Greg Palast

Never seen former US Senate candidate Steve Laffey and lefty investigative journalist Greg Palast in the same place at the same time?
By: IAN DONNIS  |  February 14, 2008

Narragansett hopes to brew locally in ’08

Hellendrung envisions a beer garden on Providence's West Side
During its old glory days, Cranston-based Narragansett was a Red Sox-sponsoring source of local pride, and sales hit an apex of more than one million barrels of beer in the early 1960s.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  February 06, 2008


Beer: the next generation

Hopped-up brews are proliferating in Rhode Island, from neighborhood bars to the corner package store
Nikki’s Liquors, at first blush, seems like a typical liquor store.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  February 06, 2008


Super Tuesday: Pretty much as expected

Talking politics
Things turned out more or less as anticipated: John McCain bolstered his frontrunner status on the Republican side, and dueling Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will keep fighting.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  February 06, 2008

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