The Providence Phoenix survives

Our sister paper, The Phoenix in Boston, is closing. But the Providence Phoenix and the company's other paper, the Portland Phoenix, will remain open.

Stephen Mindich, who owns the company, just announced the heartbreaking news about the Boston paper - for decades, one of the nation's most prominent alternative weeklies - in a companywide meeting. I won't say much here. I don't know much, to be honest. And a press release is forthcoming.

But I will say that my heart goes out to my colleagues in Boston. And I will say my faith in the importance of the Providence Phoenix to this city, and state, is unshaken.

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