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A few great places to go when you want to look great

You're new to town and you want to get all dolled up for that lecture on cognitive linguistics. What to do?
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By ELIZABETH RAU  |  September 30, 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
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The death of Irish-Italian political entitlement

Angel Taveras may soon be Providence’s first Latino mayor. But his victory in the recent Democratic primary is much more than a triumph of the city’s growing Hispanic population.
Tribes
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 24, 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
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Flying blind: A primary-season post-mortem

With little public polling on the most hotly contested races in memory, Rhode Island’s pundit class was in the dark as the primary approached. But could the presence of a high-profile gay candidate make opinion surveys suspect anyway?
With little public polling on the most hotly contested races in memory, Rhode Island’s pundit class was in the dark as the primary approached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  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


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Providence's mayoral candidates, on bended knee

In a parallel universe, where serial candidate Christopher Young's antics are simply an ingenious bit of performance art — and not evidence of a worrisome and often obnoxious instability — his display at the recent Providence mayoral debate might quali
Wedding Bells
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 27, 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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Joe Paolino weighs a different kind of mayoral run

It had been rumored for some time.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 16, 2010
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The first Latino mayor?

Until recently, to talk about Angel Taveras was to talk about the future.
Angel Taveras’s moment suddenly arrives
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 16, 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


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Down ballot drama

The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general,
Important races to watch in '10
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 12, 2010
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What’s next for Cicilline?

Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline rode into office seven years ago as the fresh-faced anti-Buddy. Bleach for a soiled City Hall.
After a couple of tough years — and some jabs from Buddy — how bright is his political future?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 22, 2010
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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
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Cicilline: A go or no for governor?

Call it a case of art imitating life.
His rough patch shows how the mayor’s office remains a tricky launching pad
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 09, 2008
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Providence city solicitor organizes for AG run in 2010

While Rhode Island’s statewide election in 2010 remains more than 30 months away, we can expect to see a heightened level of organizing among potential candidates in 2008.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 02, 2008


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Clampdown at the Providence Police Department

At age 42, former Providence Police sergeant Steven Petrella has the look of a besieged man.
Esserman imposes tougher standards, but some cops cite inconsistent discipline
By TE-PING CHEN  |  October 31, 2007

Cicilline leads charge to replace economic development guru

Three years after Donald C. Eversley was ceremoniously introduced as the president of the Providence Economic Development Partnership, the partnership has moved to not renew Eversley’s contract.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  June 07, 2007
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Providence Tomorrow process faces a measure of skepticism

“The people of Providence will get the Providence that they want, the Providence that they deserve.”  
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By CLAIRE HARLAN-OSI  |  March 21, 2007
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Toste and Jabour duke it out in District 5

Although Providence city councilor David Segal — the only Green Party member to win election in Rhode Island — became a Democrat to pursue a seat in the House of Representatives, Jeff Toste is maintaining his Green identification while making his third b
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By TIM LEHNERT  |  October 11, 2006
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Down to the wire

So will Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey prove the ascending dragon-slayer who knocks off US Senator Lincoln Chafee, a favorite target of conservatives everywhere, or will the herky-jerky heir to one of the best brand names in Ocean State politics repel
Will Chafee or Laffey emerge victorious? Plus, Rhode Island’s other top primary races
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 06, 2006


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The best and worst of David Cicilline

As he heads into the home stretch of his first term, Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline couldn’t have asked for a better seal of approval.
With only token opposition this fall, the Providence mayor has serious triumphs and challenges
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 12, 2006
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Return of the rogue

In December 2002, when Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci stepped into a car for the drive to his new home at a federal prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey, some thought that life in Rhode Island would never be the same.
Will Buddy Cianci try to make life difficult for Cicilline?
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 12, 2006

Debate rages on tax proposal

“Freeze! Everybody, hands up!” yell three community members sneaking up on a surprised crowd of 30 or 40 people seated inside Beneficent Congregational Church in Providence.
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By VANESSA HUANG  |  March 08, 2006

John J. Partington was a class act

Serving as Providence’s public safety commissioner during the waning years of Buddy Cianci’s rule must have been a thankless task.
In Memoriam
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 15, 2006

Power play

After supplanting Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. almost four years ago as the 800-pound gorilla of Providence politics, Mayor David N. Cicilline continues to trumpet an agenda of civic reform and economic development.
Is Cicilline trying to remake the City Council? A department head’s incipient run against an East Side incumbent raises eyebrows
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 09, 2006