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Can Providence rise to the greatest civil rights challenge of our times?

Standardized test scores — cold, flawed, too often depressing — come and go with little notice these days; an ugly drumbeat we'd prefer to ignore.
School reform
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 08, 2013

At the trough

In another example of the wonderful money management skills of government everywhere in Rhode Island, it appears that when it comes to getting rid of a budget deficit, you do it by throwing money at lawyers.
Good money after bad; letter from London; road woes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 19, 2011

A defiant mayor in a defaulting city

It's been a year since the state appointed a receiver to take control of a nearly insolvent Central Falls and Mayor Charles Moreau, reduced to a mere figurehead, rides shotgun in a blue Chevy Impala — surveying all that he's lost.
Urban Affairs
By MALCOLM BURNLEY  |  July 08, 2011
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Chafee makes his mark on education reform

The State House was mostly empty Tuesday afternoon, as the snow dropped cold and wet outside. So the crowd was rather modest as Governor Lincoln Chafee walked into the ornate State Room, just outside his office, to announce four new picks for the nine-m
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 04, 2011
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Making waves

Rhode Island’s upstart National Public Radio affiliate, WRNI, aims to be nothing less than a major media player here. And in the space of just a couple of years, the station has taken some impressive first steps.
Can WRNI supplant the ProJo as the state’s news king?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 11, 2010
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How Rhode Island can eliminate homelessness

Making it a reality is a matter of political will.
The concept is as simple as it is radical: give the homeless a place to live, with no strings attached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 14, 2010


A media market splintered

The fragmentation of the local media market, long predicted, is finally a reality.
Online
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 07, 2010
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Shaking up the school system

Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
The Reformer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 23, 2010

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

The faded Follies

As regular readers of the Cool, Cool World well know, one of the social highlights of the year at Casa Diablo is the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies.
The thrill is gone at the ProJo shindig; there’s something about Cumberland; and more
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 05, 2010

Bouquets all around

While it is difficult to be very jolly during February, P+J are in a generous mood and are willing to salute a few people, rather than dissect them. Yes, we are just wonderful.
P+J spread the love; haigiography; hate-mongers in the Biggest Little
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 26, 2010


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Bringing it all back home

"Pull around back, head up the fire escape and knock twice, someone will let you in."
In the studio — a former pasta sauce factory in Central Falls — with the Low Anthem
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 26, 2010
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In focus

Photography has been New England’s greatest contribution to art of the past century.
‘Focus on Four’ is a sharp sampler
By GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2009

Short-sighted?

There may, in the end, be no way to save the American metropolitan newspaper. Plummeting advertising revenue and competition from the Internet often seem forces too daunting for even the savviest of publishers.
The Projo 's ultra-local approach could save the paper — or spell its demise
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 28, 2009
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The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009
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Write. Record. Gig. Repeat.

The Warren-based Propellers are yet another notable band putting in work for the Warren-based label 75OrLess Rec-ords, and their sophomore release, The Propellers: 2 , offers a gradual growth from their self-titled debut.
The Propellers stay the course on The Propellers: 2
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 15, 2009


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Fighting the good fight

As Rhode Island's poor and working-class citizens face a shrinking job market, social program cuts, and an avalanche of home foreclosures, a leading low-income advocacy group faces major changes.
DARE faces major changes and challenges
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  April 01, 2009

Making a musical connection

In 1998, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma envisioned connecting artists and audiences around the world by focusing on the cultures along the historic 4000-mile Silk Road trade route.
Commingling cultures
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 2009

Media kills hero pilot

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.
Herd-mentality pack lacks sufficient imagination to find another story
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 28, 2009

Mister Sister picks up where Miko left off

When Miko Exoticwear on Wickenden Street closed its doors for good this summer, Providence lost a local landmark.
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By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  November 19, 2008
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Exploring Providence's real underground

Photographer Peter Goldberg documents the subterranean world of the Combined Sewage Overflow project
Photographer Peter Goldberg documents the subterranean world of the Combined Sewage Overflow project
By  |  November 12, 2008


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The alt-candidates

A revolutionary, Ralph Nader, a Baptist minister, and two former congressmen from Georgia are all running for president in Rhode Island.
On the Rhode Island ballot: a revolutionary, conservatives — and Ralph Nader, of course
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  October 29, 2008
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Avant-oompah!

Unexpected and improbable spontaneity is a trademark for What Cheer?, one of a number of groups that blend punk rock ethos with the mobility of marching bands  
Mixing old and new, Providence’s What Cheer? Brigade takes a stand against pre-fabricated culture
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 09, 2008
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Gov. Darwin’s excellent misadventure

Welcome to Casa Diablo, Alaska Governess Sarah Palin. Oh, and, wait for it . . . she doesn’t believe in evolution. Jackpot!
Palin may rally the right, but she doesn’t make the cut
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 03, 2008
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Can the Providence schools get it together?

As Rhode Island continues to struggle with budget deficits and economic development, the future of education is a piece of a large puzzle.
The answer will have a serious impact on the state’s economic future
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 11, 2008
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Local heroes 2008

In this, the eleventh annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s “Best” issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
Ramon Martinez, Bill Harley, Ren Whitaker, and Bob Fusaro
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2008


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Behind the immigration debate

Over the desk in Stella Carrera’s cubicle are a few ceramic angels, a colorful bundle of rosary beads, and a cartoon of a fat, lazy American watching a televised protest for immigrants’ rights.
Stella Carrera helps newcomers navigate a rigid bureaucracy
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008
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Affordable housing effort targets $30-60k bracket

The Armory Revival Company may not be the first developer that comes to mind when affordable housing is mentioned.
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By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  December 12, 2007
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Carcieri goes for his cuts

Carcieri seems to find motivation in things like a handwritten note sent by an elderly telephone company retiree, exhorting him to cut state spending.
The Governor on his cost-reduction plan, the casino threat, and more
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 24, 2007
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Measure would base presidential elections on popular support

Rhode Island is decidedly not one of the battleground states that play a central role in electing the president.
Add it up
By JESSICA KERRY  |  July 02, 2007