Providence Mayor David Cicilline was slated to join hundreds of other bicyclists this morning as part of the city's annual Bike to Work Day. The weather remained cold and wet, so good for the mayor for encouraging Providence denizens to use their two-wheelers. The only problem is how annual events like this speak to the ongoing marginalization of bicyclists in Rhode Island's capital.
In a significant step forward for public radio station WRNI (1290 AM), which has been handicapped since its inception by a signal that doesn't reach throughout Rhode Island, it is slated to begin broadcasting tomorrow on 102.7 FM in southern RI.
The expansion is thanks to WRNI's acquistion by a group of Rhode Islanders, a story first reported by N4N.
-- Kudos and congrats to activist and occasional Phoenix contributor Peter Asen, who is leaving Rhode Island to run Mike Brennan's campaign for US Congress in Maine. Peter's a Yankees' fan, but he's still a nice guy.
-- Matt Burgess, the campaign spokesman for Matt Brown's 2006 US Senate campaign, has landed a gig with EMILY's List in DC.
More than a decade after the Internet became a household word, the Web continues to evolve in new and fascinating ways.
60 Minutes offered a look last night at how Redfin (motto: buy a home online and save about $10,000), an Internet-based company in the Pacific Northwest, is chipping away at the six percent commission claimed on home sales by Realtors.
The concern about the state's growing use of privately contracted employees has grown into a full-fledged frittata, and for good reason.
From his emergence on the political scene in 2002, Carcieri touted his ability to bring more efficiency, common sense, and accountability to state government. The surfacing of the overly generous contract for a DOT clerk, even though it involves federal funds, makes one wonder why it wasn't discovered sooner.
As preliminary moves start to take place for the 2010 political season, House Majority Leader Gordon Fox is a potential candidate for mayor of Providence, although he tells N4N that his current preference would be to succeed Speaker William J. Murphy.
Murphy -- if he sticks with a self-imposed eight-year term limit as House leader -- would yield the post in January 2011.
The recent City of Providence effort to revoke the pension of former Providence Police Chief Urbano Prignano Jr. (as well as the uncertain fate of the former police department HQ in LaSalle Square) got me thinking about the guy.
Back in the late '90s, the Providence PD was riven by problems. Even community policing, an approach that had been implemented in scores of American cities, proved a hard sell at the time.
Linda Borg has the story in today's ProJo of how the Providence Board of Park Commissioners voted to remake an Armory District ball field as a dog park. Charles Pinning, one of the ball field boosters, was arrested during the meeting.
This vote, with support from Mayor Cicilline, has all the hallmarks of a pre-made decision.
Just when it seemed like the oversight conflict between Governor Carcieri and the state Senate was going to cause more sparks, the governor's administration is moving to lower the tension.
In a letter sent yesterday to Senator Michael Lenihan, chairman of the Government Oversight Committee, J.R. Pagliarini, the gov's deputy chief of staff, said he "was writing to establish mutually-acceptable plans to enable the Senate to continue its inquiry into the state Purchasing Division.
The drama of press baron Conrad Black, who is accused of swindling Hollinger International out of $84 million, continued to play out today in US District Court in Chicago. The star witness, former Chicago Sun-Times publisher David Radler, a former Black pal who's turned state's evidence, made an appearance.
What's this got to do with Rhode Island?
The mind boggles at the money being thrown around, but Roger Clemens' decision to join the Yankees makes for a far more interesting storyline -- given the competitive imbalance thus far -- than if he were to have come to the Sox. As far as bolstering the Yankees' fortunes, it might be too little (welcome back to the AL, Rocket), too late.
Since Buddy Cianci is due to released later this month from the federal prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey (before spending some time in a halfway house), the former Providence mayor is claiming a growing amount of attention. This will rise to a crescendo, of course, the closer that Buddy gets to Rhode Island.
Writing in last week's Phoenix, Mary Ann Sorrentino puts out the possibility that time may have passed Buddy by:
Is the City of Providence trying to do an end-run around proponents of maintaining a ball field on the Dexter Training Ground in the Armory District? Has a calculated decision been made that dog owners are more numerous, and more likely to vote, than the baseball boosters?
Ball field supporters believe the field can be saved, even with the addition of a fenced-in dog park at the site.
Interesting crowd last night for state Representative David Segal's (D-Providence) fundraiser at Nick-a-Nee's. Aside from assorted advocates (Matt Auten, Peter Asen), neighborhood activists (David Riley), artists (Bert Crenca, Mimo Riley) and scribes (Scott MacKay, yours truly), there was a strong showing from the Green-turned-Democrat's House colleagues, including good sports Republican Minority Leader Bob Watson and Minority Whip Nick Gorham.
A few years ago, the story I did previewing Buddy Cianci's corruption trial carried a cover image of the then-mayor looming, King Kong-like, over downtown Providence. It might not be quite the same, but Buddy will go head-to-head with Spider-Man 3 this weekend, since Cherry Arnold reports that her Cianci documentary is currently the top grossing movie in Rhode Island.