Technology problems kept me off the blog yesterday. But I'm back with a
belated take on Geoffrey Canada, who was the headline speaker at a
well-attended Family Service of Rhode Island fundraiser at the Rhode Island Convention Center yesterday
Canada is the charismatic
figure behind the Harlem Children's Zone, a sweeping effort to transform the
lives of some 10,000 children in a 97-block area of Manhattan.
Rhode Island's PBS station, WSBE, will be tackling Rhode Island's green energy foray with a pair of panel discussions, spliced with recorded segments, set to premier October 17.
The "Powering the Future" panels will look first at the state's broad energy needs and practices and second at the massive wind farm project planned off the Rhode Island coast.
The death of Steve Jobs has inspired reflection nationwide. I spoke, this afternoon, with RISD President John Maeda, who has done plenty of thinking about technology and design - and Jobs's special place at their intersection. The interview is edited and condensed.
WHAT DOES THE DEATH OF STEVE JOBS HIGHLIGHT FOR THE REST OF US ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF DESIGN? I think it's making us think what design is all about.
A new poll from EngageRI, a coalition of businesses, trade asscoations, and social services agencies, finds three-quarters of Rhode Island voters support pension reform along the lines that Treasurer Gina Raimondo has been pushing.
The poll, conducted September 7-10, found 73 percent strongly or somewhat supporting a plan described as follows:
The Providence Journal's Groupon-style daily deals service, announced a few weeks back, is now operational. The paper is promoting it heavily on its web site, projo.com.
As I've written in this space before, there are some analysts who contend the market for daily deals sites is saturated. But that's not the opnly concern.
Last week, I sat down with Governor Chafee for an interview on several topics. I've written, in this space, about his comments on medical marijuana. But there were other quotes of note, too.
Last month in a story on organized labor I reported that reamortizing the state's pension obligation - refinancing and kicking some of the problem down the road - was still part of the behind-the-scenes conversation on pension reform, even if the idea had largely disappeared from the public discourse.
Former Rhode Island GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione is among the consultants retired police Col. Brendan Doherty has named to his campaign team for the Republican primary in the First Congressional District.
Cicione has been talking up Doherty's candidacy for some time now and critiquing former state Representative John J.