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  • June 01, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: The ProJo's curious print byline on the Paolino story seems to be due to how WPRO's John DePetro broke this story yesterday, with an interview with Paolino. In classic ProJo fashion, RI's paper of record opted to pretend that other media doesn't exist in RI.

    Mark Arsenault has the answer today to a question that a lot of people have been wondering about: when can the newly freed again run for his rightful place as perpetual mayor of Providence (2014).

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  • May 31, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Someone who wrote a letter earlier this week to the ProJo thinks so (he also thinks that Cianci got railroaded):

    Obviously, the people of Providence and Rhode Island did not appreciate Mayor Cianci’s tremendous talents — especially Judge Torres, who sent Mayor Cianci literally “up the river,” as the cliché goes.

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  • May 30, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    It was wholly predictable that those scribes staking out Fort Dix or the Coolidge House in Boston would get little from the newly freed Buddy Cianci other than a fleeting glimpse of the former Providence mayor.

    Some of this comes down to herd reporting. Still, the reporters had to be there, I suppose. Buddy is news, and even with his absence of comment -- beyond a quick hello -- he would probably have been disappointed if no cameras were there to greet him.

  • May 25, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Longtime RI broadcaster Ron St. Pierre, who maintains friendly ties with former Providence Mayor Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr., asserts that Buddy has "no bitterness" about his lengthy stay in federal prison and will have "no agenda" upon his return to Providence.

    While some have speculated that Buddy, who is considered likely to take up a talk-show perch -- perhaps as colleagues with St.

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  • May 23, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Today's Quote of the Day, naturally, relates to the news of Buddy Cianci's pending gig, following his release from the federal pen, at the plush Boston hotel Fifteen Beacon, and it comes from Boston PR maven George Regan, who represents the hotel's owner.

    Asked by the ProJo's Michael McKinney why the former Providence mayor would work at the hotel, Regan said: "[Hotel owner] Paul Roiff wants to do the right thing.

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  • May 22, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    We all know how Buddy Cianci could, as my old prof Kevin White used to say, talk a dog off a meat truck. Now comes the news that his first post-release gig from the federal pen in Fort Dix, New Jersey, will be doing PR for Fifteen Beacon, a tony Boston hotel near the Massachusetts State House. (For those paying close attention: this word comes from Boston PR impresario George Regan, who, long ago, was Kevin from Heaven's press secretary at Boston City Hall, and whose clients now include hotel owner Paul Roif.)

  • May 09, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    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.

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  • May 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    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:

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  • May 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    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.

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  • April 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Is there poetry in how the final season of The Sopranos -- a show once panned by Buddy Cianci, because it supposedly reinforces stereotypical depictions of Italian-Americans -- will just precede the former Providence mayor's release from the federal slammer? The last batch of installments begins this Sunday.

    Any way you slice it, The Sopranos, along with The Wire, another HBO production, is great art, far and away one of the best things on television.

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  • March 16, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    US Attorney Robert Clark Corrente predictably demurred when asked during a taping this week of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers about the widening national controversy involving the White House and eight of his fellow federal prosecutors. Not for Nothing, but Corrente, who confirmed his candidacy as a possible replacement for US District Court Judge Ernest Torres, knows how to choose his words carefully.

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  • March 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    During one of Lincoln Chafee's last news conferences as a US senator, he faced the inevitable questions about his political future. Noting how he had bought a home near Brown University, the Republican joked that he would run in 2010 to be the mayor of Providence.

    Was Chafee serious?

    Currently ensconced at Brown's Watson Institute, Chafee last week told me, "I'm very happy doing what I'm doing."

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  • February 23, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    -- Following up on my recent dispatch about the Buddy Cianci-Bruce Sundlun correspondence, WPRI's Tim White sat down with the former governor to get more of the details. In an 11 PM report last night, White detailed how Cianci's approximate day of release from the federal prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey, will be July 28 (unless he has an earlier departure for a halfway house or some similar destination).

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  • February 16, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Bruce Sundlun revealed today that he has been in touch with Buddy Cianci and tried to facilitate a jailhouse meeting between the former mayor and his daughter, Nicole. The colorful former Democratic governor was a guest speaker during a luncheon held by the RDW Group.

    Sundlun, who explored the prospect of buying the ProJo in 2003, did not disappoint.

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