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What's the big idea?

From Andera to Ximedica, Providence has startup fever
Before we dive into a discussion how, someday, you and I — and an untold number of other Rhode Islanders — may work for a startup company, perhaps it’s helpful to explore exactly what the word “startup” means.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 16, 2013


From custom Ts to a mobile soup kitchen

A closer look at six companies
A closer look at six companies
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 16, 2013


Newspapers are a great bargain — until they're gone

As The ProJo Turns
Longtime Providence Journal writer Mark Patinkin went out of his way in last Sunday’s column, “Penny for Penny, A Newspaper Is the Best Bargain Going,” to describe the editorial hierarchy at 75 Fountain Street.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 16, 2013


Gunning for votes

The Rhode Island Republican Party wants you to know that political groups often raffle off gift baskets containing alcohol. This much was abundantly clear last Sunday, October 6, in interviews that took place at separate times and places throughout the day at the South County Rod & Gun Club in West Greenwich.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 10, 2013

Anatomy of a scandal

Crowd-sourcing the news trail
From a local tweet to The New York Times' editorial page . . .
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 09, 2013


A Pentecostal minister swaps the pulpit for a panel

"Action Speaks!"
AS220 looks at the 1906 Azusa Street Revival and the birth of Pentecostalism.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 09, 2013


WikiLeaks: The Rhode Island Connection

Pfc. Manning's lawyer takes a local audience inside the courtroom
Whistleblowing. Treason. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Julian Assange and the definition of the word “journalist.” The politics of gender dysphoria . . .
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 02, 2013


At AS220: A virtual world tour

'Action Speaks!'
This past spring, Arthur Frommer — the 83-year-old whose name has been synonymous with travel-guide writing since he published Europe On 5 Dollars a Day in 1957 — bought his brand back from Google.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 02, 2013


Student Survival Guide: Rhode Island by the numbers

Let's make a list!
We indulge in our urge to rank and list every subject known to humankind.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 25, 2013


Student Survival Guide: Words of wisdom

Advice to stimulate your mind, body, and soul. And maybe get you laid
Life, and how to live it.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 25, 2013


On tap at AS220: America's glimmering city of sin

Action Speaks!
The theme of this year's AS220's Action Speaks! series is "Utopian/Dystopian."
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 26, 2013


Panic strikes and 'F*ckin' Foam' flies in Providence

The foam starts flying just after 9:45 pm.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 25, 2013


It's Alex and Ani's state...

...we only live in it. An in-depth look at the 'positive energy' powerhouse
Has Rhode Island ever seen a company as ambitious or as hungry to broadcast its name as Alex and Ani?
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 18, 2013


Black powder, mobsters, and 'clandestine graves' at URI

Back to School
“Anybody here take LSD?” Bob Fitzpatrick says.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 18, 2013


Lincoln Chafee's political eulogy

Rhode Island’s 74th Governor Lincoln Davenport Chafee called a press conference on Wednesday, September 4 at 2 pm. The details were mysterious.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 11, 2013


Dan Yorke enters Rhody TV talk

On the Airwaves
If you’ve been wondering when Rhode Island was going to get its very own nighttime, cable-news-inspired, Hannity - or Hardball -style talk show, the wait is over.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 11, 2013


Mission to Mars

Brown University's John Mustard explains why the Red Planet matters
There are four seasons on Mars and about 144 million square kilometers of surface land — almost exactly the same amount that the Earth has above sea level. The planet tilts at an angle of around 23 degrees, like the Earth, and its days are 24 hours and 40 minutes long.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 04, 2013


With galas, gardens, and grants, the WBNA turns 30

West Side Story
The WBNA, has a knack for making successful grants — for new street lamps on Westminster Street; for the installation of cobblestones, a fountain, and an outdoor seating area in Luongo Square, a project scheduled for completion in 2014 — seemingly fall from the sky.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 04, 2013


Extracurricular activism

Back to school with the Providence Student Union
How you feel about the Providence Student Union will likely depend on how you feel about public education in America. And race in America. And income inequality. And acts of political theater. And the word 'union.'
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 28, 2013


Vinny Paz, uncensored

Small state, big screen
The trouble with publishing an alt-weekly newspaper is that, sometimes, events take place in the hours before our deadline that we can’t tell you about until the following week.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 28, 2013


Have you met H.P.?

 NecronomiCon Providence resurrects Lovecraft
If you live in Rhode Island in 2013, it is increasingly inexcusable not to know H.P. Lovecraft.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 22, 2013

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