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Riot squads

On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010

Pedal promise

Boston has its fair share of deserving bad reputations: the sports fans whined for some 86 years about a “curse” because the Red Sox couldn’t seal the deal; the drivers are terrible; and, thanks in no small part to those driving skills, the city’s street
The ongoing perils and recent improvements en route to a riding renaissance.
By TOM MEEK  |  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

The 'Urban and Rural' plan

How’s this for a sobering statistic: by 2035, Mainers will be spending 50 percent more time in our cars.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 16, 2010
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‘Wonderful Wickenden Street’ crumbles

At the end of Wickenden Street, just off the roadway, construction equipment stood guard over piles of steel and rubble: remnants of an old Route 195 overpass taken down over the last month or so as part of a larger effort to shift the highway.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 12, 2010

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


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Free for all

Striking parallels emerge between the upcoming mayor's race and the historic race of 1983.
Is Mayor Menino getting White-washed? Plus, Sam Yoon's not-so-friendly skies
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 10, 2008

Beatin’ the odds

Imagine this: A developer suddenly shows up in your rundown little town and announces plans for a multi-million-dollar project.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 2008

PACTS priorities are a green-transport victory

Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation Committee showed that Southern Maine’s transportation priorities are rooted in our current economic conditions.  
Reality-based community
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 09, 2008

No rules

The state of Maine doesn’t give away money. Except for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Economic Development, and the state treasurer.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 25, 2008
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Traffic Jammed

It’s not just the relatively small number of RIPTA users who suffer from the inadequacy of Rhode Island’s transit system.  
This small state should have better transit. So why doesn’t it?
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  August 20, 2008


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Traffic Jammed

It’s not just the relatively small number of RIPTA users who suffer from the inadequacy of Rhode Island’s transit system.  
This small state should have better transit. So why doesn’t it?
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  August 20, 2008
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What I learned from Free Fare Friday

Truth be told, I am an elitist asshole who rarely takes the bus.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 23, 2008
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Time for a clean sweep?

In early 2007, Rhonda Dawson, a thoughtful, candid, 45-year-old African-American guard at the Maine State Prison in Warren, quit her job after four years because, she says, of racist taunting from her fellow correctional officers.
A former guard calls for prison reform
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 23, 2008
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Sierra Club under fire from coastal activists

Two coastal advocacy organizations are accusing the Sierra Club of backing down from its position as a protector of Sears Island, a large, uninhabited island off Maine’s Down East coast.
Conservation
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 04, 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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Spitzer screws himself

In times of personal hardship and anguish, Phillipe + Jorge are always the first to offer our understanding and consolation to the aggrieved.
Wandering NY governor annihilates a once-promising political career
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 12, 2008
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The trouble with Carcieri’s musical chairs

Well, so much for the Carcieri administration’s assurances that the governor’s latest round of musical chairs would not bring with it an increase in staff positions and/or salary costs.
Roundabout
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 12, 2008
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A smack to the head

McCain’s pants-ing moment, as he entertained a typical GOP (all-white) AARP rally, was highly entertaining.
Pow! Chafee gets McCain right in the kisser
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 20, 2008

Are the prisons overcrowded?

I am asking the whole Legislative Committee to physically go and inspect the prison to ascertain how much bed space is there.
Letters to the Portland editor: February 15, 2008
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  February 13, 2008
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Gathering steam

As flight attendants do with pin-on airline wings, TrainRiders hosts used to distribute blue “I rode the Amtrak Downeaster today” stickers to children only.
Local train proposals seek funding, find support
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 06, 2008


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Our bridges are in a heap of trouble

About 40,000 vehicles cross the Sakonnet River Bridge, which connects Tiverton and Portsmouth, most days — more than the combined traffic of the Pell and Mount Hope bridges.
Local motion
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 30, 2008
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Democratic pig pile

Oh, are the other Democratic candidates “piling on” poor little Hillary Clinton?  
Hillary’s victimization rap is Clintonian politics at its best and worst
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 07, 2007
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Jockular plus

Phillipe + Jorge have been absolutely giddy, as we have gone crazy about the World Series’ success of the Olde Towne Team.
New England is the home of past and future champions
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 31, 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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Clash on the Providence waterfront

A specter is haunting the Providence waterfront — the prospect of change.
High-stakes battle pits competing visions for key real estate
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 17, 2007


The highway kind

For critics of government excess, the Maine Turnpike Authority is a big target. You can even see it from outer space.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 17, 2007
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State house stalemate

Many Rhode Islanders take an almost visceral delight in those occasions when a state worker is shown to be goofing off on the public’s dime.
Carcieri takes another run at cutting state workers, but the outlook is murky
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 12, 2007

The problem with teenage drivers


Reforms take a deliberate approach to improving safety
By BRIAN C JONES  |  August 20, 2007

Growing up and blowing away

State Representative Richard Sykes has discovered something alarming: old people are leaving Maine.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 02, 2007