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.
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.
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.
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.