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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

snus list

You Snus you lose

Rhymes with noose
Unbowed by last month's $1 a pack increase in the cigarette tax, the tobacco industry is pushing new unhealthy products to gain more Rhode Island customers.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 13, 2009


Fighting the good fight

DARE faces major changes and challenges
As Rhode Island's poor and working-class citizens face a shrinking job market, social program cuts, and an avalanche of home foreclosures, a leading low-income advocacy group faces major changes.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  April 01, 2009


How much do lobbyists pay to get their way?

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

Bad week for Lifespan: New financing plan comes under scrutiny

Last week was a tough one for Rhode Island's largest hospital network. The Rhode Island Health Services Council refused to allow Lifespan to borrow $75.9 million to finish renovation and expansion projects at the Miriam and Rhode Island hospitals.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 04, 2009


Bill proposes cap for hospital CEO salaries

Meanwhile, Lifespan postpones raises
All but two Rhode Island hospital CEO executives would face massive pay cuts under legislation filed last week by state senator Michael McCaffrey
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 18, 2009


Health-care's big moneyman in New England

Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 20, 2009

Primary care doctors could be harder to find in RI

Finding a primary care doctor in Rhode Island may get harder. Faced with increasing workloads, some Rhode Island internists and family physicians are reducing their patient numbers.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 21, 2009

Capital cash

Weiners donate $100K for Obama's inauguration
A well-connected Rhode Island couple has donated $100,000 for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 07, 2009

Expert: Expanding wind power could unhinge insects

Unintended Consequences
Last spring, a red tail hawk was hit and killed by Rhode Island's one functioning wind turbine at Portsmouth Abbey School. Brother Joseph Byron says the bird was the first animal fatality he has seen since the 241-foot-high structure started producing 660 kilowatts in March 2006.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  November 25, 2008


The alt-candidates

On the Rhode Island ballot: a revolutionary, conservatives — and Ralph Nader, of course
A revolutionary, Ralph Nader, a Baptist minister, and two former congressmen from Georgia are all running for president in Rhode Island.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  October 29, 2008


Are you paying too much for your heating bill?

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

The ProJo opposes plastic bag use — but it uses plastic bags

In April, the Providence Journal strongly endorsed reducing use of plastic bags, but the newspaper continues to use more than 100,000 plastic bags a day.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  August 20, 2008

Critics say bill co-sponsored by Langevin and Kennedy heightens tensions

Rhode Island peace activists say a resolution co-sponsored by US Representatives James Langevin and Patrick Kennedy could lead to war with Iran.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  August 13, 2008


Injured Wobbly awaits trial for resisting arrest

Annals of labor
One year after North Providence police severely injured Alexandra Svoboda during a demonstration, she awaits a fifth knee surgery and a trial for resisting arrest.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  July 23, 2008


Expert warns of food and energy shortage

Unless farmers the world over adopt more intensive growing techniques, we may soon run short of both food and energy.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 26, 2008


Activists protest the ongoing toll in Iraq

Four years later
Twenty people gathered in Bristol to discuss what will happen when the soldiers come home.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 14, 2007


Iraq + surge = ???

Activists call for heightened anti-war effort
Certain that the newly elected Democratic Congress will not end American involvement in the Iraq War, Rhode Island peace movement leaders are calling for additional demonstrations to bring US troops home.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 24, 2007


Global warming: Coming soon to a neighborhood near you

Climate Change
If you thought November was unusually warm, you weren’t alone.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  November 29, 2006


Sea invaders pose a threat to Narragansett Bay

Small world  
Invasive plants are displacing Rhode Island’s native vegetation, changing the landscape and making it more difficult for amphibians, fish, and birds to survive.
By: STEVEN STYCOS  |  October 11, 2006
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