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Can Providence rise to the greatest civil rights challenge of our times?

School reform
Standardized test scores — cold, flawed, too often depressing — come and go with little notice these days; an ugly drumbeat we'd prefer to ignore.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 06, 2013
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In Woonsocket, a kinky empire

Sex and the city
Browsing the catalog for Athena's Home Novelties, you can almost hear Roy Orbison faintly warbling "Only the Lonely."
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  February 06, 2013
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The urban chicken roost movement hits Rhode Island

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Ernest and Linda Lambert, retirees living in a shaded suburban cul-de-sac just off Woonsocket's Mendon Road, have an unusual backyard project.
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  November 21, 2012
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New York Times misses the mark with Woonsocket column

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Rhode Island's fiscal woes have attracted plenty of national press, much of it unflattering. But if the locals have grumbled a bit about the stories, they've been forced to concede their basic veracity.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 20, 2012



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The vultures of Woonsocket

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You see the scene over and over in the B-grade Western. The cowboy hero wanders across a desert, praying he'll find a watering hole. Above him appears a dismal omen — vultures circling in the sky.
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  March 07, 2012
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In Woonsocket, questions for a questionable doctor

Billing Dept.
There's a name for that ailment seen in news photos of rail-thin Third World kids with protruding bellies. It's called "kwashiorkor," and it's seldom ever reported outside famine-stricken regions.
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  May 18, 2011
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A bank robber downsizes

The long fall from ripping off Rembrandts to shoplifting sunglasses
There's nothing like an art heist to make journalists spout hyperbole. What else could explain the wild things they've said about Myles J. Connor, the Boston career criminal who by his own account has tiptoed by night through literally dozens of museums?
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  April 27, 2011
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Culture notes

Poetry and prose; not-so-young adults; the return of invective
You have to give the BeloJo some credit for publishing Tom Chandler's missives on the local poetry scene.
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 20, 2011
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The Devil makes them do it

Digging deep with the Benedictions
"Americana, on the rocks" is the official tagline for the Benedictions, steady cooking since forming just 16 months ago (more on that in a minute), led by a familiar name on the folk circuit in G.W. Mercure.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 24, 2010
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An education funding formula, hailed as a breakthrough, faces its critics

Fuzzy math
For years, Rhode Island was one of just two states in the union without a funding formula for its public schools. And then, for a time, it was the only state with that dubious dis-tinction.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 24, 2010

A Rhode Island filmmaker’s tribute to the Good War

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Amid the moral ambiguity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the handwringing over weapons of mass destruction, drone attacks, and the rights of detainees — there is something startling about the raw patriotism of the documentary Navy Heroes of Normandy .  
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 02, 2010
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Murderabilia

A serial killer seeks a payoff
Incarcerated in a maximum-security prison in Cranston, Rhode Island, Jeff Mailhot grabbed a pen and a sheet of stationery and traced an outline of his beefy left hand.
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  April 05, 2010

Border patrol

Off the Couch
Good stuff from Woonsocket to Newport
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 10, 2010
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What now?

Kennedy's exit rewrites the political game book.
Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's campaigns were always about something far larger than Rhode Island's First Congressional District, which snakes from Burrillville down through the Blackstone Valley and into Newport.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 17, 2010
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The next Scott Brown?

John J. Loughlin’s suddenly high-profile campaign to oust Patrick Kennedy
Republican Scott Brown's victory last month in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat has every two-bit GOP hopeful in the Northeast claiming the mantle of the pick-up truck populist.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 10, 2010

Candles + caring

Bob Marley’s b-day + downcity benefits
Former Best Music Poll nominee Mike Gendron and uncle Pete Gendron team up and unplug at the Greenwich Hotel on THURSDAY (the 4th), rocking the lounge free of charge til 12:30 am.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 03, 2010

Shake some action

Off the Couch
Psych + sludge + metal + more
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2010

See ya, '09!

Off the Couch
Forget those gift cards burning a hole in your pocket and catch some good shows around to close out '09.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 22, 2009
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Make-believe Main Street

Lifestyle centers create public squares in private places. Can a nation undone by sprawl be saved by the Mall?
WaterFire, bocce, oh my!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 10, 2009

Affordable housing in a wealthy redoubt

At Home
Barrington, not exactly known for its welcome mat to working poor families, now has its first affordable housing project in living memory.
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  October 21, 2009
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A look at a ‘very different senator’

Biography
Six-term Senator Claiborne Pell died at 90 early this year.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 23, 2009

Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 17, 2009

Common-ers

Off the Couch
Six Star and friends get raucous in Bristol
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 08, 2009

Health of a nation

Enough with the 'forums!' Plus, playing politics and sporting news.
Let's just forget about all these dog and pony health care "forums" and face some facts. First and foremost, the main (and, perhaps, only) debate is this: Do you believe that health should be subject to the marketplace?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 19, 2009



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Get ready for RIIFF's 13th Filmapalooza
If the Rhode Island International Film Festival were a monster movie, it would be something like The Blob That Engulfed Delaware . Like its dozen predecessors, the 13th annual event will be taking over the state.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 29, 2009
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Hail, Deer Tick!

The Providence rockers are poised for a breakthrough with Born On Flag Day
Heady days for Deer Tick.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 17, 2009

Surviving the econopocalypse

Want to keep your head above water in post-meltdown America? Here's some ways to get your own bailout bucks — without a W2.
If you're like the more than nine percent of Americans currently unemployed, your "Yes We Can!" has lately lost some of its gusto. You've hit up everyone you know for work, including your mom, your ex, and your ex's ex.
By LISSA HARRIS  |  June 11, 2009

Champlin's Seafood

Clam shack bragging rights
There are clam shacks and there are clam shacks. Champlin's is more of a clam duplex, hot meals upstairs and fish market below. If you have friends visiting from the coast of Maine, where they take this sort of place seriously, bring them down and show them how things should be done.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 03, 2009

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