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Electric cars: Rhode Island plugs in

“I’m not a car guy,” says Al Dahlberg, sitting in his office on a recent afternoon.
Can the smallest state make the biggest use of electric cars — and help save the world?
By DAVID SCHARFFENBERG  |  November 12, 2010

A wind farm — and a governor’s legacy — hang in the balance

With Governor Carcieri’s second and final term coming to an end, it is time to think about the “L” word — legacy.
Not Easy Being Green
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 09, 2010

Settling for half a loaf

I’m sure you will recall that your superior correspondents were early and ardent supporters of our president, Barack Obama.
Backing Barack. Plus, the utilities’ power play, and shoveling some snow musings.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 25, 2009

2009: Year in national pop

These days, it's not so easy to feel useful as a music critic.
The cocky and the cock-blocked
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 25, 2009
barge list

The Mighty Wind

The Rhode Island recession, among the worst in the country, has become something of a national curiosity: how could such a little state be in such big trouble?
New England is answering Obama's clarion call and beginning to harvest its most viable renewable energy source. In Rhode Island, can Deepwater also blow life into our ailing economy?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 21, 2009

Grappling with Going Green

Green energy," for most, is solar panels and wind turbines.
The waste-to-energy incinerator debate
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 12, 2009


Bachelorette | My Electric Family

Annabel Alpers's debut album for Drag City (as Bachelorette) seems wholly devoted to her first uttered ground rule: "Daydream: Make sure it's good stuff."
Drag City (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 05, 2009

How much do lobbyists pay to get their way?

In 2008, corporations spent more than $3 million to hire lobbyists to protect their interests at the Rhode Island State House.
Special interests are big spenders at the State House
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 18, 2009

Run the gamut

Mellow out and rest up on the folk front February 5th when Maryland-based singer SUSAN SOUZA visits the Greenwich Hotel (401.884.4200) while on a national tour.
From death metal to ambient opera
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 04, 2009

Money talks

To hear our state legislators talk lately, Beacon Hill is all about reforming the sketchy, poorly governed relationships between lawmakers and lobbyists.
Can Beacon Hill reform itself when the State Senate President and the new House Speaker rake in so much lobbyist cash?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 04, 2009

Are you paying too much for your heating bill?

As winter approaches and energy prices rise worldwide, Rhode Islanders will wince when they open their monthly bills for electricity and natural gas.
Critics charge that lax regulation is inflating utility costs in Rhode Island
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  September 10, 2008

State’s renewable energy effort goes into neutral

When it comes to advancing the cause of solar energy in Rhode Island, nothing is ever easy, or so it seems.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 02, 2008

Legislators push for local action on global warming

The impetus du jour on Smith Hill? Renewable energy.
By AJ PACITTI  |  June 11, 2008


Sister Corita Kent was something of a celebrity.
The high voltage work of Corita Kent
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2008

A win-wind situation

It’s a pretty rare day when lobbyists, environmentalists, and labor officials are all happy about supporting the same legislation.
Renewable energy’s promise is a bright spot amid the state’s deficit gloom
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008


The question that arises when you consider the dazzling screenprints of the late Boston artist Sister Corita Kent is: how could an artist so good be so ignored?
The dazzling art of Boston’s Sister Corita
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2007


It’s not easy being green

Seth Handy does not have a long pony tail that snakes down the back of his rumpled hemp shirt, nor does he wear Birkenstocks to work.
Sustainable design is rising in popularity, but Rhode Island remains slow on the uptake
By MARISA ANGELL BROWN  |  June 20, 2007

Martha’s quick start

Martha Coakley told opponents of same-sex marriage this past week she would use the full force of her new office to fight their efforts.
In her first four months as attorney general, Martha Coakley has shown political deftness — and a desire to play a major role in state policy
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 16, 2007

Thousands of Rhode Islanders lack heat every winter

There are many rites that mark the beginning of winter in Rhode Island.
Mean season
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  November 08, 2006

Struever Brothers to redevelop Providence City Hall

We obtained a pre-publication copy of a rather interesting upcoming story in the Other Paper.
Cicilline hails move as part of heightened ‘trust dividend.’  

Kiwi komeback

Beginning with 1985’s Tuatara compilation, the New Zealand bands allied with Dunedin’s Flying Nun label became indie-pop manna in the US.
The return of the Bats and more
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  March 07, 2006

More of the same

There's a story that famed author P.G. Wodehouse — aged, ill, and confined to his bed — woke up one morning, opened his eyes, and said, “Not again !”
Let’s pray for an awakened public in 2006
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 06, 2006

Add it up, suckers

When you live in Boston, you may not notice every little price hike. But they add up.
Taxi surcharges, rising cable rates, higher oil prices — it’s gonna cost a lot more to live in Boston in 2006
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  January 17, 2006