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  • February 04, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Former Providence Mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., who has publicly voiced interest in purchasing the financially troubled WLNE television station, told N4N this week that he put in a bid on the station several weeks ago as part of a larger investment group.

    Paolino, who declined to name his partners, said his understanding is that about a half-dozen other groups put in bids as well.

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  • February 03, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    My cover story in this week's Phoenix on City Year, the urban peace corps, was an unusually personal project. I was a City Year corps member myself in Boston, fresh out of high school, in 1993-1994 - working in a day care center in a public housing project in the mornings and in an afterschool program in the afternoons.

    It was an impactful experience - working with the kids, but also with my team - composed of 10 other people of enormously different backgrounds: a Wesleyan graduate from Hawaii, a high school dropout, a young man struggling with a drug problem.

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  • February 02, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    As Ted Nesi over at WPRI reports, the union representing Providence Journal editorial and advertising staff has reached a tentative, three-year deal with the paper.

    The deal comes out where most expected it would: a wage freeze for the union, unless other employees get something larger than a 2.5 percent raise during the three-year span of the contract.

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  • February 01, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    I've spoken with some in the education reform crowd - all strong supporters of Education Commissioner Deborah Gist - about Chafee's picks for the Board of Regents. Their official posture is wait-and-see. And there is even a glimmer of hope that Caruolo, a supporter of charter schools in the past, will give the reform push a fair shake.

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