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Or, East Bay DUI; ill literacy; RIP, Bruce Lang; hail Charlie!

No one was ever going to confuse the General Assembly with the Mensa Society, but even long-suffering Vo Dilunduhs would prefer that it not become a haven for penny ante thugs, if only for appearances sake. And yes, we are talking to you, Senators Ruggi
CSI Barrington
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 06, 2012

The Devil makes them do it

"Americana, on the rocks" is the official tagline for the Benedictions, steady cooking since forming just 16 months ago (more on that in a minute), led by a familiar name on the folk circuit in G.W. Mercure.
Digging deep with the Benedictions
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 25, 2010

Delightful details

Mary Jane Begin’s exhibit “Back to the Future: From The Wind In the Willows to Willow Buds” at the Providence Art Club’s Dodge House Gallery showcases her child’s fantasy wonderland realism.
Mary Jane Begin’s wonderland realism at Providence Art Club
By GREG COOK  |  May 14, 2010

The ‘new Providence’?

WRNI political reporter and Casa Diablo regular Scott MacKay was the first pundit to make the observation to your superior correspondents in the summer of 2002 that we were “about to witness either the last election of the ‘old Providence’ or the first e
Angel rising. Plus, the IRS blues, after the flood, drilling Obama, and Tiger talk
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 09, 2010

’Bru Bracket-Busters

Part 1 of the 2010 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finals is in the books, with Santa Mamba and underdogs You Scream I Scream advancing to the finals, and this weekend six more bands will vie for the two remaining spots.
You Scream I Scream and Santa Mamba get to the finals
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 26, 2010

Tuneful throwdown

"The WBRU Rock Hunt is not designed to find the best 'alternative rock' act — we're out to find the best live act looking to earn more exposure along with some pretty cool prizes."
The 2010 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 1
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 19, 2010


Thanks for nothing!

We'd like to be thankful, we really would. Change came to Washington this year and the Mad Men returned.
In our first annual list of Rhode Island turkeys, the Phoenix fingers 10 people and institutions that made a bad year even worse
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 24, 2009

Fight for your right to party

Rhode Island's tragic collision with teen drinking in recent years has heightened concern about substance abuse in the state's school districts.
Civil Liberties Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 13, 2009

Affordable housing in a wealthy redoubt

Barrington, not exactly known for its welcome mat to working poor families, now has its first affordable housing project in living memory.
At Home
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  October 23, 2009

Down in the dumps

Your superior correspondents are shocked -- shocked! we tell you -- to see a front page story in the Other Paper indicating that there has been some sort of monkey business going on at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, aka, the Central
Business as usual at the Landfill. Plus, fun with Keven and a special menu
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 25, 2009

Bridge to nowhere

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 artis
What's in a name? Plus, a curious consultant, and bashing Obama.
By PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  June 12, 2009


Springer vs. Nero!

Two opera productions overlapping at the Calderwood Pavilion exploit exploitation.
Monteverdi's Poppea opens the Boston Early Music Festival, plus the Cantata Singers, the Discovery Ensemble, and Barbara Cook at the Pops
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 12, 2009

Carter vs. the Clamshell: round one is a standoff

The presidential party arrives in a rush through the side door near the stage, and those in the audience at Portsmouth High School stand to applaud. Many are on their toes and crane their necks to catch a glimpse of Jimmy Carter in the confusion down fr
Inside, an impeccable incumbent fields the easy questions
By DIANNE DUMANOSKI  |  May 08, 2009

Primary care doctors could be harder to find in RI

Finding a primary care doctor in Rhode Island may get harder. Faced with increasing workloads, some Rhode Island internists and family physicians are reducing their patient numbers.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 21, 2009

Barbarisi assigned to the Sox; more changes coming

In a locally unorthodox move, the Providence Journal is reassigning Dan Barbarisi, its well-regarded Providence City Hall reporter, to cover the Red Sox.  
As The ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 09, 2008

Critics say bill co-sponsored by Langevin and Kennedy heightens tensions

Rhode Island peace activists say a resolution co-sponsored by US Representatives James Langevin and Patrick Kennedy could lead to war with Iran.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  August 13, 2008


Remembering a Rhode Island icon

There was never anyone remotely like Jeff Thomas.
Jefferson Thomas was in the vanguard of the Providence underground
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 30, 2008

Affirmative action

YES Gallery is located in a gorgeous green wood-frame 1883 building on a quaint strip of boutiques and restaurants that runs parallel to the Warren River.
YES Gallery’s ‘Lovesick/Seasick’
By GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008

New galleries sprout on Federal Hill

A mini gallery district is sprouting on Providence’s Federal Hill, with three galleries moving onto Atwells Avenue, all within a few blocks of Gallery Z, which has been there since 2004.
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2008

Moderate Party touted as an antidote for RI’s woes

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

Patrick Lynch goes for broke

One small basketball photo lurks inconspicuously on a far wall in the spacious South Main Street office of Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch.
In gunning for Governor, the term-limited AG has little to lose
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 23, 2008


Carcieri and his pals: much ado about nothing?

“There are no relationships.”
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 23, 2008

A Wire runs through it

Here’s the scenario: Local ownership sells off a mid-market, well-respected and Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper to a huge media conglomerate in a major American city.
The HBO drama is spot-on in diagnosing newspapers’ woes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 23, 2008

History and truth

It has been 92 years and there continues to be a reluctance (perhaps too gentle a word) to acknowledge that Turkey systematically killed a million and a half Armenians.
Turkey needs to take responsibility for the Armenian genocide
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 17, 2007

Digging Providence on two wheels

Before I came to Providence three years ago, my knowledge about the city could have fit in the palm of my hand.
Or, how a newcomer moved beyond Federal Hill and Waterfire
By JESSICA KERRY  |  September 05, 2007

One more time

Back in the spring, a bunch of friends came together to pay tribute to Ken Lyon, at 66, now his fifth decade of making music.
Ken Lyon and the Tombstone visit their back pages
By BOB GULLA  |  August 21, 2007


Lessons of the fall

The fall from grace of Ralph R. Papitto was remarkable in its speed and force.
The Papitto controversy reveals some ingrained truths about race and institutions
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 25, 2007

Who’s afraid of medical marijuana?

Two hits of marijuana in the morning, and two in the evening before he goes to sleep.
Opponents’ fears go unrealized with the impementation of rhode island’s law
By TE-PING CHEN  |  May 02, 2007

Activists protest the ongoing toll in Iraq

Twenty people gathered in Bristol to discuss what will happen when the soldiers come home.
Four years later
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 14, 2007

Cicione remains odds-on favorite as new GOP chair

Giovanni Cicione says he has not learned of any rivals since recently winning the support of Governor Donald L. Carcieri.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 21, 2007