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Hands across New England

Connections
Providence may be the Creative Capital. But it is hardly the only community that has attempted to build a new economy on a foundation of laptops, paint brushes, and guitars.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 03, 2010

Amid the gloom, a one-man optimism offense

Chins Up Dept.
Seven or eight years ago, with the state's economy aflutter and Providence in ascendance, Scott Wolf thought Rhode Island was finally starting to shed its inferiority complex.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 24, 2010

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What now?

Kennedy's exit rewrites the political game book.
Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's campaigns were always about something far larger than Rhode Island's First Congressional District, which snakes from Burrillville down through the Blackstone Valley and into Newport.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 17, 2010

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Seven years later, a tale of recovery

The Fire
It has been seven years since fire tore through the Station nightclub in West Warwick, killing 100 people and scarring thousands more. And still, the story unwinds.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 17, 2010

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The next Scott Brown?

John J. Loughlin’s suddenly high-profile campaign to oust Patrick Kennedy
Republican Scott Brown's victory last month in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat has every two-bit GOP hopeful in the Northeast claiming the mantle of the pick-up truck populist.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 10, 2010

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‘Wonderful Wickenden Street’ crumbles

Art Dept.
At the end of Wickenden Street, just off the roadway, construction equipment stood guard over piles of steel and rubble: remnants of an old Route 195 overpass taken down over the last month or so as part of a larger effort to shift the highway.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 10, 2010



Teach for America and the power of ideas

Pedagogy
Teach for America, which arrived in Rhode Island this week, will be offering a relatively small crop of fresh-out-of-college instructors for the state's public school system: 90 teachers over the next three years.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 03, 2010

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A nation hooked on cars

Vroom! Vroom!
The car is at the center of many of our troubles — our addiction to oil, the warming of the planet. Car accidents do incalculable damage.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 27, 2010

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What’s next for Cicilline?

After a couple of tough years — and some jabs from Buddy — how bright is his political future?
Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline rode into office seven years ago as the fresh-faced anti-Buddy. Bleach for a soiled City Hall.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2010

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Does Scott Brown’s victory mean doom for RI Democrats?

Fallout
Republican Scott Brown's stunning victory this week in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts has created something approaching panic in the ranks of Congressional Democrats.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 20, 2010

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A gadfly eyes public office

Pursestrings
Rhode Island's gubernatorial tilt is attracting more attention than any other of the state's budding races.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 13, 2010



A Providence foundation seeks out the awesome

Superlatives Dept.
What is awesome? A burrito, if you ask me. And nearly any record by the band Spoon.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 13, 2010

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Chafee and the hazards of a bold politics

 Tax Dept.
By the time a candidate for major office steps up to the microphone to officially declare for the seat, everyone already knows his intentions.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 06, 2010

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It will not be a dull year!

The governor’s race, gambling, drama on Smith Hill, and more is on tap in 2010
The New Year is shaping up as potent dope for the political junkie.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 06, 2010

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Split atop the RI Tea Party

Tea Time
The Rhode Island Tea Party, a right-wing assemblage best known for its tax day rally against government spending on the State House steps, was until recently run by three women — Colleen Conley, Marina Peterson and, to a lesser degree, Nan Hayden. But no more.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 30, 2009

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Caprio's ad campaign quietly goes dark

Off the Air
A month-and-a-half ago, Treasurer Frank T. Caprio erased any doubt that he was running for governor with a splashy, front-page announcement of his candidacy and the launch of a $100,000-per-month advertising campaign.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 22, 2009



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Worth the gamble?

A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 16, 2009

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Kristof on the ‘paramount moral challenge’ of our era

Q+A
Since he began writing a column for the New York Times eight years ago, Nicholas D. Kristof has become the closest thing we have to a voice of conscience on human rights abuses around the world.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 16, 2009

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On Westminster: Coffee and Iggy Pop

Storytelling Dept.
Andrew Losowsky and Lyra Monteiro, husband and wife, are huddled around a small table in a chilly and mostly empty room on the bottom floor of the Kresge building on West-minster Street in downtown Providence.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 09, 2009

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News worth paying for?

The ProJo considers charging for access to its Web site
The Providence Journal , offering a rare window onto its own affairs, recently reported that the newspaper could start charging for access to large swaths of projo.com as early as the first quarter of next year.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 02, 2009

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Will Caprio’s early ad spree work?

Is a $100,000-per-month advertising campaign a wise use of campaign cash at this early stage?
A couple of weeks ago, political insiders were beginning to wonder if Treasurer Frank Caprio would run for governor after all.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 24, 2009


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