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A foolish furor in North Prov; so over Grover; we need more women

Phillipe and Jorge are outraged that a North Providence police officer forced a carload of 'utes to do push-ups by the side if the road as penance for vandalizing a mailbox. What kind of sick, vigilante justice is this?
Do the right thing
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 30, 2012

Conflict or what?

With Passover just around the corner, I detected a decidedly non-kosher element in the Other Paper on Monday.
The Journal takes out an ad; siding with Keith; mad about Phoebe
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 15, 2011

United wussies of America

"We're becoming a nation of wussies." Well, that's a hell of a way to wrap up a year.
Summing up '10; life in the biggest little; communication breakdowns
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 31, 2010

Post-primary punditry; war games; holy howlers; words worth reading

OK, boys and girls, the primaries are over. Let’s see what hit the floor when the chips fell on Tuesday.
Fallen chips
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 17, 2010

The most wonderful (not) time of year: P+J's endorsements

Yes, it's election time and, sad to say, all those ridiculous television ads that are designed to capture the "moron vote" (by far, the largest sector of the voting public) are in heavy rotation.
Plus, pushing for a free press at CCRI; remembering Nathan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 10, 2010

Governor Ghoul

Phillipe and Jorge are coming late to this fight, as last week’s column was already filed when the announcement was made that Governor Donald Carcieri — Governor Ghoul to you — had vetoed a bill giving domestic partners the right to claim the bodies of a
 Sinking to new lows
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 20, 2009


Going Mobil

Washington – If ideology wasn't already dead in presidential politics, the plug was pulled on its support system last Monday, when the Kennedy campaign announced that its advertising and polling would be organized by Mobil Oil's vice-president of public
Kennedy hires an idea-marketing man
By MARCO TRBOVICH  |  August 28, 2009

Reconfiguring the Other Paper

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. H
The 'New' Urinal. Plus, Richard Walton on Frank Mccourt  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 24, 2009

Cheap jokes R us

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
Plus, the Times discovers Jamestown, the Globe in peril, and casino hypocrisy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 10, 2009

One of a kind

Phillipe + Jorge took time to attend the funeral of Claiborne Pell, in deference to all that he did for both Rhode Island and civility everywhere he went.
Rest in peace, Claiborne Pell, former senator and all-around class act
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  January 07, 2009

Men for all seasons

It looks like the Urinal may not have spell-check or editors anymore, judging from the scant review it appears recent headlines and copy have been given by those writing letters to the editor.
Op-ed gems discovered in the incredible shrinking Other Paper
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 03, 2008


Bakst hits the road

We echo the words of BeloJo columnist Bob Kerr when he wrote last week that local readers will miss M. Charles Bakst when he retires after more than 40 years.
M. Charles, a bright light amongst columnists, will be missed at the Other Paper
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 10, 2008

Who’ll stop the pain?

Will the last reporter to leave the Providence Journal please turn out the lights?
Another round of cuts looms at the ProJo
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 30, 2008

The end of an era at the ProJo

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

And the beat goes on

All Phillipe + Jorge can say after Tuesday’s presidential primary is that we are overjoyed the Patriots resigned Randy Moss.
Hillary Clinton proves the Rasputin of primary politics
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 05, 2008

Local color

Local readers and nature lovers were saddened to hear of the passing of Ken Weber last week.
Another reminder of why daily newspapers still matter
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 08, 2007



Buddy Cianci was already making the media wait.
A Rhode Island icon sails back into the limelight  
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 02, 2007

Little Papeet can't jump

L’affaire Papitto is one of those stories so stupid and ridiculous that no one could have made it up.
Octogenarian rap enthusiast roils Roger Williams University
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 18, 2007

Fading memory

When former Dodgers pitcher Clem Labine died at age 80 on March 2, his death barely got a mention in the next day’s Providence Journal .
The Projo ’s institutional knowledge is on the wane
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 29, 2007

Talk show titan

The topic of the day is President George W. Bush’s nationally televised speech about increasing the number of troops in Iraq — and Dan Yorke isn’t particularly pleased.
WPRO’S Dan Yorke is making waves in Rhode Island — and Cianci may be his new buddy
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 17, 2007

R.I.P., Godfather of Soul

Regular readers of the Cool, Cool World obviously recognize the musical genius of James Brown.
James Brown stood his ground against Cianci
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  December 27, 2006


A curious editorial switch on the Harrah’s casino

Reporters at the Providence Journal were among those taken by surprise when the paper, in an abrupt and unacknowledged reversal of its long-held position, editorialized on Sunday, October 22, in favor of the proposed Harrah’s Entertainment-Narragansett
As the ProJo turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 01, 2006

Not so jockular

The field of sports is normally one of the areas with the least racism in the US.
The ugly racial shakedown in Coventry diminishes all of us
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  October 11, 2006

When pigboys fly

For those of you old enough to remember the TV show Car 54, Where Are You? , it is time to do your best Gunther Toody impersonation, with an excited shout of “Ooh! Ooh!”
Is Karl Rove’s comeuppance at hand?
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  May 17, 2006

Bureau consolidation sparks concern about local presence

In its day, the Providence Journal ’s statewide network of news bureaus was a marvel.
As The ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 16, 2006