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  • October 25, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The DVD-release party for Cherry Arnold's Buddy Cianci documentary will be held tonight, appropriately enough, in the ballroom of the Providence Biltmore. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $40.

    The highlights, Cherry says, will include:

    * The last showing (7 pm) of this award-winning movie on the big screen, with a post-film party

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  • October 23, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The City of Providence's effort to revoke the $64,000-a-year pension of former police chief Urbano Prignano Jr. is among the topics slated for tomorrow's meeting of the Providence Retirement Board. Also slated for consideration are the retirement benefits of Buddy Cianci and his former right-hand man, Frank Corrente.

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  • October 19, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    -- N4N got a good feeling when old friend Kevin Millar offered encouragement to Sox Nation before the start of Game 5 with the Indians. It was probably El Bencho who approached Fox, rather than the other way around.

    -- Joe Torre is a classy guy, but he let himself twist in the wind too long, IMHO, before deciding to walk.

    -- Not much of a surprise here, but RI Report has the details on Buddy Cianci seeming bound for a gig with Channel 6.

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  • September 20, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    With the debut this morning of his latest inception as a radio host, former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci scores an impressive media hat trick -- landing on the front of three publications: the Phoenix, the ProJo, and the new issue of Rhode Island Monthly.

    Here's an excerpt from our Q+A with Cianci by Joe Vileno, a former aide:

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  • September 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci -- who is slated to resume his career as a talk-show host this Thursday -- says he has been in talks with Robert De Niro's Tribeca Films about a possible movie deal. The revelation comes in an interview that will be published in this week's Phoenix.

    When asked about the Michael Corrente-helmed movie to be based on Mike Stanton's The Prince of Providence, Cianci tells interviewer Joe Vileno, a former aide, "They have been talking about that for years and nothing seems to be happening .

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  • August 16, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    It's little surprise that Buddy is landing at WPRO-AM. In the short term, with the station vowing that it will maintain its current hosts, this is the main upshot of Cianci's plan to start at WPRO next month:

    -- It provides a revenue stream for Cianci, who was not in the best financial shape before going away.

    -- It further strengthens WPRO (disclosure: I'm a weekly guest on the Dan Yorke Show), which has emerged since as Rhode Island's dominant local talk station since WHJJ axed Arlene Violet and diminished its local presence last year.

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  • August 01, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

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    The scene above is the Buddy stakeout last Friday outside the Old Canteen on Federal Hill. I use this as the jumping off point for my look at the Rhode Island icon's return to the local limelight.

    Buddy Cianci was already making the media wait.

    Last Friday, as he lunched with friends and family at Joe Marzilli’s Old Canteen on Federal Hill, Rhode Island’s rascal king still had another 11 hours or so under the jurisdiction of the US Bureau of Prisons, his keeper for the last four-plus years.

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  • August 01, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Is the media too obsessed with Buddy Cianci?

    Rhode Islanders have been innundated with Cianci news over the last week, and I'm as guilty as the next wretch in dishing it out on this blog. In this week's Phoenix, I take a look at the media frenzy surrounding Cianci's reemergence, and I'll post that link after it goes up.

    In some ways, the media's fascination with Buddy is probably greater than that of the public at large, although he certainly is a legitimate story.

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  • July 30, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    While we await word on Buddy Cianci's future in broadcasting, the ProJo's Dan Barbarisi today takes a look at a question with broader implications: how will the rascal king's return to Rhode Island affect David Cicilline? (I wrote about the same question in July 2006.)

    “Buddy’s return will change the public conversation about Providence.

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  • July 27, 2007
    By webteam

    Mansolillo confirmed to N4N that Buddy Cianci has explored a possible talk-radio job in Boston. His anticipated future in broadcasting is "likely to be here [in Rhode Island], although there have been discussions also with Boston, an opportunity," Mansolillo said.

  • July 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Cianci confidante Charles Mansolillo says the newly freed former mayor will be present at tomorrow night's WaterFire in Providence.

    Asked if Cianci would make a grand entrance, the former city solicitor said, "I don't think that's been given very much thought. I don't know the answer to that question."

    Mansolillo says Buddy will speak with reporters later, rather than sooner, because "he doesn't want to go through a cacophony of questions."

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  • July 02, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

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    David Segal pretty much nails it with his RI's Future post about Shaw's plans to close its supermarket in Eagle Square:

    Many Olneyville residents and activists are (rightfully) saying “I told you so” at the news that the Shaws at Eagle Square will be closing.

    The Shaws was one of the major supposed benefits of the Eagle Square project, which got a huge tax incremental financing deal from the city — even while displacing countless residents and businesses and entailing the demolition of several historic mill buildings.

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  • June 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Particularly when you're Buddy Cianci and still under the constraints of a federal sentence.

    On the flip side, I agree with those who find it appalling that a blogger was ejected for filing a live report from an NCAA baseball game.

  • June 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Is there any cognitive dissonance between how Charlie Bakst and Ed Achorn (and Richard Rose) just want Buddy Cianci to make a very, very, quiet return, and the way in which the ProJo continually features prominent coverage of its favorite bete noire? Just asking.

    In related Buddy news, Cherry Arnold reports that her Cianci documentary won the Best of Festival Prize at the Pacific Palisades Film Festival in California.

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  • June 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As Brian C. Jones points out in this week's Phoenix, Governor Carcieri has superb communication skills and a penchant for putting on the white hat during appearances on talk radio. So, if Buddy Cianci gets a radio show, as is widely expected to be the case, will Carcieri go on the Buddy show?

    “I knew Buddy when I was in the private world,” the governor says, noting the ex-mayor is “very bright, very personable .

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