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On economic development, the Speaker cedes the spotlight

Playing Politics
In recent months, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed has emerged as perhaps the state's leading voice for economic revival.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 20, 2013
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Shine a Light

Letters to the Boston editors, September 16, 2011
Letters to the Boston editors, September 16, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 14, 2011
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Back from vacation

Gubernatorial Scorecard
Governor Paul LePage recently returned from a Jamaican vacation, which provided fodder for some political controversy, and probably helped him avoid getting into new messes.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 04, 2011



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A Providence non-profit loans out the future

Where Credit Is Due
Eva Jiménez came here from the Dominican Republic in September 2001.
By MARION DAVIS  |  May 12, 2010
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Joe Paolino weighs a different kind of mayoral run

The Independent
It had been rumored for some time.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 14, 2010
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Maine women take to the gridiron

Full Contact
Saturday will be a different kind of ladies’ night at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 08, 2010
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Parish Cafe and Bar

A veteran Back Bay restaurant expands to the South End
The edge of gentrification can present some close-minded folks with a barrier to finding good cheap eats.
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 13, 2010

Nobody dies

The Department of Economic and Community Development dodges the axe
Some things in life are essential — beer, the MLB Network, caller ID — and some things aren't — tofu, Jay Leno, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 30, 2009
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Kristof on the ‘paramount moral challenge’ of our era

Q+A
Since he began writing a column for the New York Times eight years ago, Nicholas D. Kristof has become the closest thing we have to a voice of conscience on human rights abuses around the world.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 16, 2009
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Worth the gamble?

A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 16, 2009
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A turbine grows in Warwick

Windy City
If all goes well, Shalom Housing in Warwick, a division of Jewish Seniors Agency, will be the home of a 100-kilowatt wind turbine, part of new federal “green” stimulus award of up to $1.5 million from the US Housing and Urban Development to retrofit the 30-year-old, 100-unit low-cost senior housing project.
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  November 04, 2009

Conservation in Copenhagen

Going Green
In about a month, representatives from almost 200 nations will converge on Copenhagen, Denmark, for what could be the most meaningful meeting on climate change, ever.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 04, 2009
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Co-dependent? The US and China

 Action Speaks!
Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall run with a conversation about the increasingly dependent relationship between the United States and China.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 14, 2009

Protestors head to the G-20 summit

Global Outrage
As President Obama prepares to ask representatives of the world's largest economic powers for more money to help reverse the global recession, thousands of activists will take to the streets to protest the policies of the G-20 and its members, who are meeting in Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2009
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Vote Yoon

It is time for Boston to debate its future
Barring supernatural intervention next Tuesday, incumbent Thomas Menino is expected to top the ticket in Boston's four-candidate mayoral preliminary. The final vote will take place November 3.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 17, 2009
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Flaherty's fix for the BRA

Letters to the Boston editor, August 21, 2009
Your recent article regarding the upcoming preliminary election for mayor of Boston, inaccurately portrays my proposal for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the city’s planning and development agency.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 19, 2009



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State of the State House coverage

Letters to the Boston editor, July 10, 2009
Adam Reilly made an erroneous assumption when he bemoaned the loss of State House news coverage with the downsizing of the Boston Globe . Fortunately, Boston is still a two-newspaper town.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 08, 2009

System failure

Letters to the Boston editor, July 3, 2009
In the “Talking Politics” column “Mass betrayal,” you attribute our state’s long, sad history of corrupt politicians to the culture of the State House. You’re probably right.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 01, 2009

Stickin' it to the poor

Right wing celebrates state budget
The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a right-wing Portland think tank, has been bragging in news releases about how state leaders have followed its advice, approving a two-year state-government budget that, among other cuts, slashes school aid, programs for the needy, and state-employee pay.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 03, 2009

Battle over open space in North Providence

Real estate
Will the last large piece of open space in North Providence turn into the site of 47 single family homes? That decision currently rests with the Rhode Island General Assembly and the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The outcome could jeopardize open space preservation statewide.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 27, 2009

A bad development

Citywatch
The most telling thing about this week's report on the R.I. Economic Development Corporation may be how many people didn't want to talk about it
By MARION DAVIS  |  April 22, 2009

Striving to build a 'sustainable' arts sector

Dire numbers from the Rhode Island State Council On the Arts
While some sectors, such as broadband technology and "green" energy, expect a big boost from the federal stimulus package, the arts got just $50 million — 1/100th as much as weatherization programs.
By MARION DAVIS  |  March 18, 2009
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The Milky Way takes it to the streets

A parade from dead end to new beginning
Nobody likes gentrification, but everyone loves a parade.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 18, 2009

'Creative Providence' strives to rebrand the capital city

Public image
Perhaps you've seen the banners, with the big, stylized "P" and the tagline, "Providence: The Creative Capital."
By MARION DAVIS  |  March 04, 2009

An accidentally tragic timeline

Letters to the Boston editor, December 12, 2008
Your “Terror Masala” article, unintentionally of course, is very timely in view of the atrocities in Mumbai.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 10, 2008
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As RI struggles, entrepreneur sees promise

Techwatch
The revelation that Rhode Island faces a $300 million-plus deficit for the current year is just the latest bit of dire economic news about the state.
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 12, 2008
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Racial healing

Former mayoral opponents Ray Flynn and Mel King discuss how far their city’s come, and how far it hasn’t, since 1983
To be sure, racism still exists. But the distance our culture has come in 50 years — from blacks fighting for basic civil rights to a black man running for the White House — is remarkable.
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 10, 2008

Portland City Council

A look at who’s running for City Hall
As with the other races, we asked each candidate what their first major effort would be, once elected.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

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