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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


The Cost of War

When assessing the cost to America of the war in Iraq, a blue-ribbon panel says President Obama is all wet
With the tenth anniversary of the war upon us, a team of economists, lawyers, humanitarian personnel, and political scientists has developed a comprehensive, by-the-numbers look at the human, financial, and social impacts of the Iraq conflict.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 20, 2013


Two shows highlight the RISD Museum's new direction

A dandy list  
It's been a year-and-a-half since John Smith took over as director of the RISD Museum. But it's only now that his vision for the place is becoming reality.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 13, 2013


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


Weeks after Aaron Swartz’s death, a friend takes action

Providence State Representative David Segal's 2010 Congressional campaign was a shoestring affair. It would not prevail.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 27, 2013


WPRO drops St. Pierre

Off Air
Buddy Cianci was on a plane to Florida for a five-day vacation. So Ron St. Pierre, his longtime talk radio sidekick, had the microphone to himself.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 20, 2013


The Station fire: 10 years after

Four writers on the tragedy that disfigured Rhode Island
It's been 10 years since fire tore through a roadhouse in West Warwick — killing 100, injuring 200 more, and singeing thousands of New Englanders whose mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends died inside The Station or never quite figured out how to live outside of it.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 13, 2013


Q&A: On climate change, it’s Sheldon Whitehouse v. Washington

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has taken a lead role in one of Washington's most important — and intractable — public policy fights: reining in climate change.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 13, 2013


Cutler goes to Copenhagen

Citizen Diplomacy
It was a woman who brought Andy Cutler to Providence 10 years ago.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 13, 2013


The Twitter map

Jack Dorsey, the billionaire co-founder of Twitter and, more recently, Square, sits at a long table at the Rhode Island School of Design's Market House.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 06, 2013


Q&A: Harry Belafonte on a narcissistic America

Singer Harry Belafonte, now 85, has engaged in a social activism of extraordinary breadth.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 30, 2013


Jonathan Levine returns to Providence, zombies in tow

Film Studies
Director Jonathan Levine is a genre guy. But he's never told it straight.  
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 23, 2013


Mike Dechaine strives to top the pool world

Great ball of fire
It is December 13, 2012 and York Hall, in the East End of London, is electric. The Mosconi Cup, one of the most prestigious events in pool, is coming to a dramatic close.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 16, 2013


Mike Dechaine shoots for Number One

Great ball of fire
It is December 13, 2012 and York Hall, in the East End of London, is electric. The Mosconi Cup, one of the most prestigious events in pool, is coming to a dramatic close.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 16, 2013


Patrick Kennedy's unexpected challenge to marijuana legalization

Next Act
Since leaving Capitol Hill in 2010, former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy has devoted much of his energy to mental health concerns.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 11, 2013


After terrorizing the NRA, a URI professor looks for his next victim

Shortly after the Newtown shootings, University of Rhode Island history professor Erik Loomis took to Twitter with this little jibe at the National Rifle Association's head honcho: "I was heartbroken in the first 20 mass murders. Now I want Wayne LaPierre's head on a stick."  
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 11, 2013


WPRI’s ambitious play for the Ocean State’s screens

Turn on, plug in, and go
Everything in Rhode Island is small. Even the Internet.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 09, 2013

West on the new political landscape

Darrell West, former political science professor at Brown University, moved to the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington a few years back. But he never quite left Rhode Island behind.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 02, 2013


A crowded field is gearing up to unseat Chafee

The race is (already) on
There will be plenty on the political calendar this coming year to titillate Rhode Island's chattering classes.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 27, 2012
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