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Making masterpieces in 48 hours

The filmmakers scrambled upstairs Sunday night, spilling beers as they went, desperate to meet the deadline for the 48 Hour Film Project, an annual adventure in speedy cinematography.
Fast Films
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  July 24, 2009

Brogan takes on teens, social networking in Teaser

Former Providence Journal reporter Jan Brogan is out with her fourth mystery, Teaser .
Literary Life
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 28, 2009
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Downsizing the Mob

The arrest of 17 people last week as part of "Operation Mobbed Up" — as well as the subsequent discovery in East Providence of human remains thought to be those of Joseph "Joe Onions" Scanlon — put front and center the bygone days of the Rhode Island Mo
State Police superintendent Brendan Doherty discusses the fade of OC in RI
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 26, 2008

Dueling TV reporters tag team Prov police


<P>WLNE's <A href="http://www.abc6.com/news/rhodeisland/18147284.html">Jim Hum...
By Ian Donnis  |  April 25, 2008

Cianci: Providence FOP supports Carcieri's order


<P>It's not a big surprise that the Providence FOP, as Buddy Cianci reports, is backing Govern...
By Ian Donnis  |  April 09, 2008

Esserman not down with immigration crackdown


According to audio, via WPRO, from the Providence Police Department's news conference today, Police Chief Dean Esserman says the Providence department won't participate in Governor Carcieri's...
By Ian Donnis  |  April 03, 2008


Providence police to announce US Justice findings


<P>For a reminder of <A href="http://providencephoenix.com/archive/features/01/01/25/P...
By Ian Donnis  |  April 02, 2008

It's tough to put a value on prevention


The street workers associated with the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in Providence have been doing important work in reducing violence since...
By Ian Donnis  |  March 26, 2008

Channel 6 invites Esserman for interview


In responding to recent criticism from Deb Brayton, Providence Mayor David Cicilline's chief of staff, Channel 6 is inviting Police Chief Dean Esserman to take part in...
By Ian Donnis  |  March 14, 2008

WLNE to report on City Hall response to Hummel


As part of the continuing clash this week between Channel 6 and the City Hall of Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline, WLNE-TV plans to do...
By Ian Donnis  |  February 29, 2008

City Hall fires back on Hummel's crime report


Here's the text of a letter sent by City Hall in response to Jim Hummel's Tuesday night report on crime stats in Providence: February 28,...
By Ian Donnis  |  February 28, 2008


You get what you pay for with Esserman


Last night, Channel 6 featured the second installment of Jim Hummel's look at the Providence Police Department, focusing this time of the salary and benefits...
By Ian Donnis  |  February 28, 2008

Hummel questions Providence's crime statistics


It has become an article of faith for critics of Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline that the Providence Police Department is artificially lowering its crime...
By Ian Donnis  |  February 27, 2008

Clampdown in the Providence Police Department


As someone who helped chronicle the troubled state of the Providence Police Department during the latter part of Buddy II, I think Dean Esserman has represented a necessary...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 31, 2007
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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

Retirement Board to mull Cianci, Prignano, others


The City of Providence's effort to revoke the $64,000-a-year pension of former police chief Urbano Prignano Jr. is among the topics slated for tomorrow's meeting...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 23, 2007


Prov police pension coverage: interesting timing


Last week in the Phoenix, Mary Ann Sorrentino wrote that police cheaters don't deserve pensions: The Providence Journal quoted Police Chief Dean Esserman as asking...
By Ian Donnis  |  June 28, 2007

Keeping the peace in Providence


As previously reported in the Phoenix, joint patrols between Providence police and the state police are one part of what has helped to reduce violent...
By Ian Donnis  |  June 13, 2007

Providence Crime Update


A little more than a week ago, Providence had recorded two homicides this year. Now, that number has doubled, to four. The way in which the body...
By Ian Donnis  |  May 22, 2007

Reducing Violence: A Providence Success Story


Speaking of the Capital City, Providence has enjoyed some impressive success in reducing violent crime, a topic I take up in this week's Phoenix: Every...
By Ian Donnis  |  May 18, 2007

Memories of Prignano


The recent City of Providence effort to revoke the pension of former Providence Police Chief Urbano Prignano Jr. (as well as the uncertain fate of...
By Ian Donnis  |  May 09, 2007


Providence officer faces questions in rape investigation


WPRI's Tim White reported last night that a Providence police officer faces State Police questioning in connection with a rape that is alleged to have...
By Ian Donnis  |  March 23, 2007

An effective approach to reducing violence


The Providence Streetworkers program got some well-deserved kudos in yesterday's ProJo. Andy Rosenzweig didn't say it, but the traditional ethos of crime and punishment is part...
By Ian Donnis  |  March 20, 2007

The Providence Police Department's upward trend


Eight years ago, the Providence Police Department's failure to implement city-wide community policing was a source of widespread dissatisfaction. I got to see former police...
By Ian Donnis  |  March 12, 2007

Providence crime and nightlife


Providence is receiving attention for impressive reductions in crime, and justifiably so. The city's 11 homicides in 2006 represented the lowest figure in many years,...
By Ian Donnis  |  January 30, 2007
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Small state, big stage

When some of his childhood friends in Cranston were starting to party, Steven Feinberg remained transfixed by the movies -- to the point where he envisioned one day serving as Rhode Island’s celluloid king.
Steven Feinberg reveals how Rhode Island wound up on the Hollywood map
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 02, 2006