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  • November 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Matt just beat me to the punch in reporting what has become widely known in Providence -- that John Kelly, the CEO of Meeting Street School, the chief of the Providence Zoning Board, and a former in-house lawyer for Buff Chace's Cornish Associates -- is in the mayoral mix for 2010. Kelly has formed a political organization for the purpose of fundraising, and been working to build a war chest.

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  • November 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: A little housekeeping.

    Although I should have noted that this House district includes just a part of Warwick, the central point -- about the sclerotic nature of our civic life -- remains on-target.

    . . . .

    As we now know, Democrat Frank Ferri easily outpaced Republican Jonathan Wheeler in the Warwick special election yesterday to fill the House seat vacated by Peter Ginaitt.

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  • November 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Former ProJo scribe Elizabeth Gudrais and Brian Boyd of the Standard Times of New Bedford send word about a gathering tonight (7:30) of the Association of Young Journalists at Three Sisters coffee shop, 1074 Hope St., Providence. Because the local chapter of AYJ has lost or is about to lose a few board members, the group is looking to get new people involved.

  • November 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    With the Angels having bulked up with the addition of Torii Hunter and Jon Garland -- moves that might be a prelude to the acquisition of Miguel Cabrera -- trade talks about Venezuelan native Johan Santana, one of the top pitchers in the bigs, are intensifying. The Twins are reportedly requesting that Jacoby Ellsbury be included in any deal for Santana.

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  • November 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The headline on this post is deliberately tongue-in-cheek since, considering the reflexive antipathy held by some for the American Civil Liberties Union, there are clearly those who will see this news release (below) as part of some kind of liberal ACLU conspiracy. Yet aren't those who mistakenly call it "a technicality" when a criminal defendant gets off because of an investigative or legal lapse the same ones who should support the rule of law?

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  • November 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Citadel Broadcasting, the owner of WPRO AM and 790 the Score, has announced two moves:

    The Imus in the Morning Show will return to Providence on Monday December 3, 2007 from 6A – 10A on 790 AM, The Score.

    “Imus has always had a loyal audience in Rhode Island. I am very pleased that he will be on 790 AM The Score,” said Barbara Haynes, General Manager of Citadel Broadcasting Company in Providence

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  • November 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As the Phoenix's David Bernstein recently noted, it's big business and China that stand to make the greatest impact in reducing the threat of global warming. Yet a regional report card by environmental advocates in New England and Canada gives Rhode Island a measly C+ for the state's effforts to preclude this looming enviro-catastrophe:

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  • November 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Is it really news, as Kathy Gregg reports today, that Governor Carcieri loves talk radio? I suppose so, given how "the memo" encouraged him to go around the ProJo in communicating with the public. The bottom line, as noted in fewer words by Linda Levin and Darrell West, is that while talkers generate political discussion, they don't tend to have a broad impact on elections.

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  • November 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As Democrat Frank Ferri and Republican Jonathan Wheeler square off today for the Warwick House seat formerly held by Peter Ginaitt, the Ocean State Republican has an open letter from Governor Carcieri that sounds very similar to Patricia Morgan's playbook from 2004 (not that we think that single-party domination of a legislative body is a good thing):

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  • November 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Jack Gold, executive director of the Providence Preservation Society, is leaving to take a similar job at San Francisco Architectural Heritage. An announcement is expected later today.

    Gold, who came to PPS three years ago from Connecticut, tells N4N, "I'm really excited about it, but it's incredibly bittersweet for me, because it's been a great experience for me here in Providence."

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  • November 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Improvements in the security situation in Iraq, as well as the growing proximity of the 2008 presidential election, are combining with potentially significant effects for the field of US candidates. With side-by-side stories on Sunday, the New York Times looked at both situations.

    The political fallout:

    As violence declines in Baghdad, the leading Democratic presidential candidates are undertaking a new and challenging balancing act on Iraq: acknowledging that success, trying to shift the focus to the lack of political progress there, and highlighting more domestic concerns like health care and the economy.

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  • November 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Considering how his ties with Larry Lucchino span nearly three decades, Dr. Charles Steinberg's move to become the top marketing official of the Los Angeles Dodgers seems rather surprising. At least for now, the Globe's Gordon Edes isn't reading a deeper meaning into the departure, which certainly represents a lucrative payday (reportedly including a $500,000 salary) for Steinberg.

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  • November 26, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    We knew that success in the World Series would increase demand, but as of rising ticket costs straight from the source aren't bad enough, things are getting out of hand.

    The Boston Globe's Bruce Mohl reported on Saturday:

    Red Sox season ticket holders don't even have their tickets for next year yet, but many are already reselling their seats at astronomical prices.

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  • November 26, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As public developments involving Operation Dollar Bill have periodically unfolded in recent years, an FBI investigation related to the Cadillac Lounge in Providence has received far less attention. Last week, WJAR-TV's Jim Taricani offered an update:

    NBC 10's I-Team has learned that a convicted felon tried to influence Providence city officials about a liquor license.

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  • November 26, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Let's say you're Prince Bandar, a royal in Saudi Arabia -- a top-two source for insurgents in Iraq, and a place where a 19-year-old female gang-rape victim gets a sentence of 200 lashes -- and that you're facing US Justice Department scrutiny in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) probe. Who ya gonna call?

    Prince Bandar, a confidant of the Bush family, recently retained the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Louis J.

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