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An education funding formula, hailed as a breakthrough, faces its critics

For years, Rhode Island was one of just two states in the union without a funding formula for its public schools. And then, for a time, it was the only state with that dubious dis-tinction.
Fuzzy math
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 25, 2010

Election attracting urine stains

For those who have felt that the entertainment value of Our Little Towne’s mayoral elections has been in serious decline since the Bud-I’s extended stay in New Jersey, look no further than the RIFuture blog.
Drama queens and vampire squids
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 23, 2010
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Party like it’s 2010

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. So to help you make this one count, here are some sure-thing NYE happenings, and some suggestions for the first day of '1
Get your New Year’s Eve on — and hit the ground running on New Year’s Day
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 01, 2010
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Take a look

A year ago the future looked bright as the RISD Museum debuted its shiny new Chace Center.
New spaces and fresh faces
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009
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Water, benign and fierce

In Onne van der Wal's sailing photos, it seems the weather is always balmy and the golden sun always setting. The Jamestown resident's exhibit at Moses Brown School's Krause Gallery (250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, through October 2) depicts a world that's
Sailing photos at Moses Brown, Katrina’s aftermath at Brown
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009

RISD's hope-less situation

On August 3 it was announced by the Rhode Island School of Design that Hope Alswang had resigned as the director of the RISD Museum. Those who have followed the coverage of this story may be somewhat confused by the revelation that absolutely everyone
Outrage over the Alswang 'Resignation.' Plus, too many sad passings
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 14, 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

Ride, Captain, Ride

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 ass
Sundlun gets off the road. Plus, as A for the Gamm, and corporate lies
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 08, 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

Slice of Heaven

Like mama used to say, don't fix what's not broken. In the kitchen, after requisite recipe fine-tuning and repair, after you have it tasting wonderful, slowly step away from that mixing bowl.
All this and bagels, too
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 10, 2009

Phillippe and Jorge: Fixing the system

The always reliable Tom Sgouros raised some interesting issues in his February 7 e-mail newsletter, "Rhode Island Policy Reporter," that P+J were unable to find space for last week.
Suggestions for the next visit to the voting booth
By PHILLIPPE AND JORGE  |  February 18, 2009


Search continues for our next chief justice

Ah, the PR campaigns and infighting continue to see who will be chosen as Vo Dilun's newest Supreme Court chief justice.
Maureen is no Diana for the RI Supremes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 14, 2009
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30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008

How to eat seed corn

It is now revealed that the first quarter revenue projections for the state have come in an additional $33 million less than expected, running our deficit up to $66 million.  
Fiscal due-diligence is a concept unfamiliar to denizens of Smith Hill
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 16, 2008
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Going with the flow

Business is picking up for East Bay newcomers Gamblin’ Hands, who perform their first headlining show tonight (the 2nd) at the Living Room.  
Gamblin’ Hands dives right in
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 02, 2008

Volunteers power Habitat for Humanity

On Wednesday mornings, retirees George Issa and Gene Jolie, each 61, can be found at the ReStore on Route 2 in Charleston, one of dozens Habitat for Humanity ReStores.
Good deeds
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  September 25, 2008


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The Quiet Power of Jack Reed

As he closes out his second six-year term in the Senate, perhaps the most elite club in politics, Reed is the subject of ongoing speculation about his future.
Without seeking the spotlight, the senator and his star continue to rise
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 13, 2008
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Johnny Carlevale and the Rollin’ Pins live it up

Over the years, Providence’s Johnny Carlevale has served as a kind of musical archivist.
Gettin' real gone
By BOB GULLA  |  June 10, 2008
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Old Dogs, new tricks

After the Jungle Dogs went down in 1998, bandleader Tom Kutcher was keen on lightening things up.
The mighty Indestructibles
By BOB GULLA  |  April 23, 2008
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RIPTA drones thrown under the bus

Beautiful! The people responsible for the longstanding mishandling of RIPTA have earned their brownie points, but little else.
It’s high time for a better mass transit system
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 23, 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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Rockin’ ’n’ writin’

Fall River artiste Don Hammontree has done his share of recording, with a couple of solo discs out since debuting in 2003.
Don Hammontree’s Baptized in Formaldehyde
By BOB GULLA  |  April 10, 2008
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RI DOT marks the spot

Just when you think questionable doings couldn’t get any more questionable in Rhode Island, along comes the state Department of Transportation.
A veritable treasure trove of dubious state doings
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2008
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Bouncing back

There couldn’t be a more deserving venue.
Good news for Black Rep and Stone Soup
By BOB GULLA  |  January 29, 2008
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Stormy weather

Phillipe + Jorge are not upset or disappointed that Governor Don “Laughing Boy” Carcieri was out of the country, in Iraq, during the recent winter storm imbroglio.
Snow cleanup undermined by incompetents and flying monkeys
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 19, 2007
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Last call

All good things must come to an end.
A changing of the guard at the Narragansett Café
By BOB GULLA  |  December 12, 2007


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Green local heroes

Decades after the birth of the modern environmental movement, the US and other nations are still struggling to come to terms with humanity’s impact on the planet.
Ten people and organizations highlighting Rhode Island’s environmental vanguard 
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 07, 2007
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Comings and goings

Low Anthem’s new record is a barnwood-built corncrib of pastoral vibes.
Low Anthem, Scarce, Johnny Lingo, and more
By BOB GULLA  |  October 02, 2007
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The good fight

The Cold War’s first recording doesn’t sound like anything on the Providence music scene, which is curious.
The Cold War; Daughters; Summerfest Providence; and more!
By BOB GULLA  |  August 14, 2007
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Pushing to replace Bush

On an overcast night in early June, nearly 100 of US Senator Barack Obama’s local supporters crowded into the Peerless Lofts in downtown Providence.
Rhode Islanders are getting busy while supporting their favorite democrats
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  July 11, 2007