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  • June 20, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    N4N was enjoying a midday repast at an Indian joint on Wickenden Street last week when he overheard someone at a big table trying to describe the difference between "a geek" and "a nerd." Bigger minds are needed to clarify this distinction, but you can do a little field work by checking out the latest Providence Geek Dinner, slated to happen tonight at AS220, 115 Empire St.

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  • June 14, 2007
    By webteam

    Providence Schools Superintendent Donnie W. Evans, fresh from his first State of the Schools Address, appears on Newsmakers this Sunday. The show is broadcast at 5:30 am on Channel 12 (CBS) and at 10 am on Fox 64. Also appearing this week is UMass/Dartmouth professor Clyde Barrow, a close observer of the changing casino landscape in RI and Massachusetts.

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  • June 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Struever Brothers Eccles & Rouse and Janet Marie Smith get only props from N4N for their fine improvements to Fenway Park, including the much-coveted Monster Seats and the Rightfield roof deck. Here in Providence, where Struever is moving forward with its anbitious American Locomotive project, some have seen the Baltimore-based developer as a force for gentrification.

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  • June 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Today's Boston Globe has the details of how the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, appears to be closing in on a deal to host a casino:

    The Middleborough Board of Selectmen has agreed to support an Indian-owned casino in exchange for a promise from developers to pay the town $7 million a year in compensation for accommodating the millions of expected visitors, according to town officials.

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  • June 08, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The deficit-reduction plan offered yesterday by the governor is classic Carcieri: 1) set himself firmly against the status quo and the Democrat-dominated General Assembly; 2) target greater privatization and fewer state employees; and 3) leave the legislature to try to figure it out.

    Rumors started circulating yesterday morning of a gubernatorial plan to cut 1000 employees.

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  • June 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The rumors are true. Governor Carcieri is proposing cutting 1000 state workers to help resolve the budget deficit. As indicated in Brian C. Jones' story on the governor in this week's Phoenix, Carcieri plans to use his bully pulpit to challenge what he calls the excessive costs associated with the state workforce.

  • June 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The aforementioned Jones offers a deep look at the second-term hurdles facing Carcieri, who took the state by storm as a political newcomer in 2002.

    Carcieri’s first headache has been the state budget. It’s a mess, thanks to the ever-increasing cost of government, combined with the loss of potential revenue because of tax cuts engineered by Carcieri and legislative Democrats.

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  • June 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: I was mistaken in reporting that the PEDP voted not to renew Eversley's contact. Cicilline says the non-renewal came after he recommended the move to the partnership's personnel committee. And Eversley says that in essence, "The contract just sort of ran out."

    Three years ago, Brown University President Ruth Simmons hosted a reception to welcome back to Providence Donald C.

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  • June 04, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    While Rhode Island voters last year overwhelmingly rejected a Harrah's Entertainment-Narragansett Indian casino, it increasingly seems a matter of time before the gambling parlors in Lincoln and Newport are converted into full-fledged casinos. In large measure, this is due to how, as the ProJo's John Kostrzewa pointed out yesterday, it's a good bet that Massachusetts will soon get casinos:

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  • June 01, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    In the early '90s, Rhode Island was hard hit by the state banking crisis and subsequent cuts to social programs under Bruce Sundlun. Now, because of a big deficit and growing state spending, Rhode Island is again facing painful cuts. Meanwhile, although Governor Carcieri has won plaudits for placing greater emphasis on adult education, the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council this morning offered more bad economic news for the state.

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  • May 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Tax subsidies for development projects in Providence have been a contentious subject in recent years. Edward Mazze, a professor of business administration at URI, took on the "let's-make-a-deal state" with a smart op-ed in Saturday's ProJo.

    In particular, Mazze calls for a hard look at the reality and rhetoric of fostering business in the state:

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  • May 24, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    RI Future's Matt Jerzyk writes in this week's Phoenix about how Rhode Island is poised to become the first state with a border-to-border wireless network, and how people like Saul Kaplan, the state's creative economy guru, sees this as an important tool for much needed economic development.

    Operating from a refurbished mill west of the Providence Place Mall, once a hot spot of Providence’s industrial economy, a group of innovation leaders plan to make Rhode Island the first state with a fast and accessible border-to-border wireless network that could spur economic growth, improve government services, and enhance the Ocean State’s place in the 21st century.

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  • February 15, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    When even Ed Achorn whacks Governor Carcieri for not sounding a sufficient alarm about Rhode Island's problems, you get a sense of the difficult times facing the Ocean State. One piece of this puzzle is the state's brain drain, and I've got a story about it in today's Phoenix.

    Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline offers an implicit response, of sorts, to Achorn with an op-ed in today's ProJo, headlined, "RI must climb out of its budget rut."

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  • February 09, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Once upon a time, a pair of Providence city councilors found out that moving forward a progressive agenda was much more difficult than they thought would be the case. (Note: This is one of those dodgy older links that is highly irregular. Suffice it to say, it concerns a 2004 story I wrote in the Phoenix about how Miguel Luna and David Segal ran into a lot of frustration while trying to make progress in bringing First Source to fruition.

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