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Caught in Providence

Our partner in radio crime, Buddy "Vincent A" Cianci, has been creaming his jeans on the air recently.
Trouble in the capital city; Flo’s goes national; separated at birth; and more
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 12, 2010

Stones arrive

The Garden was the scene of a historical rock experience last Saturday when the Stones came to Boston. All the past fiascos staged in the hulking home of the Bruins and the Celtics are forgotten.
Jagger as a hero-rapist
By KEN EMERSON AND SHEILA  |  December 04, 2009

Justice prevails

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.
Suttell's supreme nomination. Plus, no E-Z Pass, and a few big nights out.
By PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  June 05, 2009

Ticket to ride

In April 1999, two weeks after I started on the job at the Providence Phoenix , the FBI raided City Hall, formally unveiling the federal investigation that would land Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr., Rhode Island's rascal king, behind bars.
Reflections on 10 years at the Phoenix
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 11, 2009

Why care for me, but not poor RI kids?

On weekdays this spring, I’ve been driving from my home in Newport to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where I lie under a fabulous machine that’s saving my life.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  May 08, 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


Thanks again Red Sox!

Big fat whale
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  October 31, 2007

The art of . . .

Craig Smith’s Emmanuel Music began its season with Bach, the composer it’s best known for.
Bach at Emmanuel, Boston Baroque’s Cosí fan tutte, Kiri Te Kanawa’s farewell to Boston  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 16, 2007

Don’t you dare come after my bottled water

In a fiercely divided America, there’s one thing that the usually-correct Left shares with the almost-never Right.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  September 19, 2007

The problem with teenage drivers

Reforms take a deliberate approach to improving safety
By BRIAN C JONES  |  August 20, 2007

Screwing the youth

Wole Akinbi was 16 when someone phoned to say his best friend had been shot.
When the budget gets tight, young people become an easy target  
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  August 20, 2007

Moving target

The point of adulthood changes with the economy
By BRIAN C JONES  |  August 20, 2007

What would Guthrie say about America in 2007?

This year’s edition of the Newport Folk Festival was almost perfect.
Just folks
By BRIAN C JONES  |  August 15, 2007

Implementation of First Source moves forward

Now, the law is beginning to help substantial number of workers get jobs.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  August 01, 2007

Can Carcieri deliver a reduction in the state workforce?

With Carcieri moving toward lame-duck status, the General Assembly remains the wild card.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 01, 2007

It’s a bleak budget season — with no relief in sight

The reams of paper pouring from industrial-strength copying machines at the State House were still warm to the touch as they were distributed to a packed hearing room.
Talking politics
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  June 12, 2007


Just grow up

Just last week I was reading a commentary decrying the continued use of the words “boyfriend” and “girlfriend.”
Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  June 12, 2007

Is Carcieri already a lame duck?

For openers, Carcieri returned to a State House devoid as ever of fellow Republicans.
The Governor is politically skillful, but his ability to deliver remains a big question
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  June 06, 2007

Isn’t there a better term than ‘girlfriend’?

What do Rhode Island state Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Shaha Riza, Miledis Hilario, and Karla Jensen have in common?
Guys and dolls
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  May 30, 2007

Activists fight for arts funding in tough times

Overseen by General George Washington, a small army of arts advocates for funding has gathered at the State House.
Talking politics
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  May 23, 2007

RI’s last execution resonates in our current moment

Rhode Island’s last execution was on Valentine’s Day in 1845, below Nordstrom’s shoe department in the Providence Place Mall.
Capital case
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  May 18, 2007


PPL drama continues

The saga of the financially stressed Providence Public Library sometimes seems like a story being written by multiple authors.
Got books?
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  May 09, 2007

Carrying the banner

It is always nice to see Little Rhody looking good on the national scene.
Whitehouse impresses in the nation’s capital
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 02, 2007

Rhode Island at a crossroads

Among the hundred young people at a recent State House rally was a 17-year-old high school student, who could find himself in one of two places — either in college or homeless — a year from now.
This year’s budget could signal a major shift in the state’s underlying principles
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  April 25, 2007

From her to eternity

As a consort of the elite, Nico ruled them all.
The real Nico emerges on The Frozen Borderline
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 10, 2007

Rhode Island’s billion-dollar man

Jack McConnell grew up in modest circumstances.
Lawyer Jack McConnell took the fight to the lead paint industry
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  February 28, 2007

How the lead paint case was won

Blame “Fidelma’s Wacky Idea” for Rhode Island’s victories in its landmark lead paint case.
A 'public nuisance' argument succeeded where 'product liability' has failed
By BY BRIAN C. JONES  |  February 28, 2007

Quest continues for resolution of Providence Public Library woes

The battle to rescue the historic Providence Public Library system from financial collapse may be nearing potential resolution.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  February 28, 2007

Budget math

Here’s an example of Bad Robin Hood busy at work robbing the poor and giving to the rich.
Who gets the short end in RI's politics of the rich and poor?
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  February 07, 2007

Ongoing recovery

Rhode Islanders at a packed State House hearing last week got a close-up look at how US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy is managing his very public struggle with addiction and mental illness.
Kennedy pushes the fight for parity on mental health
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  January 24, 2007