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Reconfiguring the Other Paper

The 'New' Urinal. Plus, Richard Walton on Frank Mccourt  
Last Friday P&J noticed an article on the Providence Business News Web site concerning a major design change being planned by the Urinal. According to the source for the story, veteran BeloJo scribe and Providence Newspaper Guild president John G. Hill, the paper "is scheduled to announce a redesign of the newspaper in its print edition this Sunday."
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 22, 2009

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Artful dodger

Keep the RISD Museum open in August! Plus, the weirdness on C Street.
Phillipe and Jorge are quite disappointed to see that the Rhode Island School of Design Museum will be closing for the month of August, largely due to its endowment being down due to the economic recession.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 15, 2009

Hail to the chief

The supreme Suttell. Plus, Newport news, and more on Michael.
Phillipe and Jorge are delighted to see that Paul Suttell, our pick for Chief Justice of the Vo Dilun Supreme Court, smoothly sailed through the General Assembly to assume that grand position.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 01, 2009

Our Pazmanian Devil

Vinny's early days. Plus, a lame land grab, and more budget madness.
Phillipe and Jorge often think of how nice it would have been if Warren Zevon's "Boom Boom Mancini" ("Hurry home early, hurry on home/Boom-Boom Mancini's fighting Bobby Chacon") had been about local boxer Vinny Paz, nee Pazienza.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 24, 2009

Bad blood at 'PRO

Trouble at Salty's Shack. Plus, firefighters burn their bridges and Esserman's bad attitude.  
The ongoing Hatefest at Salty's Joint has hit the Urinal, with an absolutely ridiculous story alleging that veteran Rhode Island radio hand, Ron St. Pierre, inadvertently "assaulted" John "The Journalist" DePetro with an 8x11" sheet of paper loaded with a dangerous metal staple.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 17, 2009

Bridge to nowhere

What's in a name? Plus, a curious consultant, and bashing Obama.
The Department of Transportation has taken quite a few knocks in this space over the years. So to try to offset that, spurred by the story in the June 8 Urinal about the Pawtucket River Bridge, let us throw them a compliment: they do a hell of an artist's rendering.
By: PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  June 10, 2009

Justice prevails

Suttell's supreme nomination. Plus, no E-Z Pass, and a few big nights out.
Well, it's about time people in power began taking note of who Phillipe and Jorge support, just as we jettisoned Barack Obama into the presidency after endorsing him prior to the Iowa caucus.
By: PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  June 03, 2009

Monkeying around

Going ape at the urinal + WJAR. Plus, a compelling reason to stay healthy
Dire fiscal conditions at most media outlets have led major local players like the Providence Journal and WJAR/Channel 10 to pursue a unique employment strategy. Both organizations are apparently looking into securing the services of trained gibbons to provide much of the support work and eventually the writing and reporting of the news.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 27, 2009

Uncandid camera

Turning a blind eye at the State House. Plus, the Damkoehlers hit the road
There was an excellent piece on State House security cameras in the May 18 issue of the Urinal by the always-reliable Steve Peoples.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 20, 2009

Old fart at play

Richard Walton's birthday bash. Plus, Super Susan, and a farewell to Dom.
Richard Walton, our favorite lefty who we bring in from the bullpen in tight situations, is having his 80th birthday party in Pawtuxet (that's Gaspee Plateau in Cranston, for youse Vo Dilun ignoramuses), right next to the river. For details, contact But let our old boy explain about his event:
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 13, 2009

Ride, Captain, Ride

Sundlun gets off the road. Plus, as A for the Gamm, and corporate lies
The mighty Captain Blowhard was back in the news quite prominently with his stop sign-rolling, curb-jumping antics behind the wheel that led the Jamestown police to suggest that he come out with his driver's license and hands up, following similar assessments by the North Kingstown gendarmes and the URI security force.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 12, 2009

Panic attacks!!!

Overreacting in the USA. Plus, EDC = DOA, OK + RI, and a Rush to judgment
Would everyone please go running out of your house screaming in utter hysteria right now.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 29, 2009

C.J. Chivers's real journalism

Plus, it's time for same-sex marriage, the PPL on the brink, and some unusual tomes
Phillipe and Jorge were absolutely stunned by the astounding and chilling story on the front page of the April 20 Urinal
By: PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  April 22, 2009

Dumb College Edition

Uber-PC at Beige University. Plus, too many sad farewells
Phillipe and Jorge have words of wisdom for Brown University's idiotic, uber-politically correct faculty members who voted to drop Columbus Day and substitute a "Fall Weekend" at the behest of student group called Native Americans at Brown.
By: PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  April 15, 2009

Cheap jokes R us

Plus, the Times discovers Jamestown, the Globe in peril, and casino hypocrisy
Phillipe and Jorge's esteemed columnist friends from the Urinal, Bob Kerr and Edward Fitzpatrick, both picked up last week on the new bright orange "P" that is now meant to be the symbol of Providence to the outside world
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 08, 2009

Why local TV news will suck

Plus the return of the Remains, judging the judges, and best wishes for Charlie
For the past few weeks, the phones at Casa Diablo have been ringing off the hook with word of what was about to transpire at Channel 10/WJAR-TV.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 01, 2009

Giles is one tough cookie

Plus economic outrage, the clueless Pope, and listening to 'The Angry Man'
Phillipe and Jorge could not be more pleased to hear that President Barack Obama has nominated Cynthia Giles, the director of Rhode Island's branch of the Conservation Law Founda-tion.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 25, 2009

Fountain Street death watch

Plus losing a real-deal reporter, mercurial gubernatorials, and doing the right thing (or not)
At Casa Diablo we believe all the changes at the Other Paper — layoffs, cutbacks, newsstand and subscription price hikes — not only doom Our Little Towne's daily but are meant to do so.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 18, 2009

Losing a Brown basketball legend

Plus a mad money man, off-color comics, and a Laffey-Chafee gaffe
On the sadness front, while P+J missed our chance to say the sporting old boys hereabouts were grieved to learn of the passing of former Brown basketball star Eddie Morris on March 5.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 11, 2009

Media kills hero pilot

Herd-mentality pack lacks sufficient imagination to find another story
US Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who pulled off the "Miracle on the Hudson" emergency landing, was found beaten to death by the national media.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 28, 2009

Search continues for our next chief justice

Maureen is no Diana for the RI Supremes
Ah, the PR campaigns and infighting continue to see who will be chosen as Vo Dilun's newest Supreme Court chief justice.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 14, 2009

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