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  • June 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    So says Anchor's Rising's Andrew Morse:

    I Don’t Suppose We Can Blame This On a Lack of Local Ownership

    From an unsigned editorial in today’s Projo

    It is time to consider consolidating many more town and city services regionally. To that end, it might be time to revive Rhode Island’s four counties — Providence, Kent, Bristol and Washington (aka South County) to provide local services.

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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.

  • May 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    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.

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  • May 01, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    N4N says the answer is a definite "no." Still, you can get a chuckle out of how, as the New York Times reported Monday, blogging has become a mainstay of American suburbs and gentrifying urban neighborhoods:

    First come the renovated condominiums, the latte bars and the expensive baby strollers. Next, apparently, come the bloggers.

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  • April 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Justin and Marc at Anchor Rising have some thoughts about what Mary Ann Sorrentino and N4N said about reversing orientation in the womb.

    Elsewhere:

    -- Matt at RI Future has the results of MoveOn's poll of Democratic presidential candidates and their stands on Iraq.

    -- Matt also has the scoop on Culture Vulture Time, Scott Duhamel's terrific new blog.

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  • March 30, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    N4N tends to agree with those who say the 2003 Station fire disaster caused an overreaction in new laws and regulation. Representatives Joseph Trillo (R-Warwick) and Peter Ginaitt (D-Warwick) discuss this topic during an appearance Sunday on Newsmakers, broadcast at 5:30 AM on Channel 12 and at 10 AM on Fox 64. Also, Providence City Councilman Miguel Luna appears on the show to discuss immigration and his proposal for making Providence a sanctuary city.

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  • March 23, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As RI Future has pointed out, Brown grad Joshua Micah Marshall has played a significant role in advancing the national story involving the Bush administration's dismissal of federal prosecutors. I heard Marshall interviewed yesterday on NPR and he outlined a very plausible view of how citizen-journalists can play an important role in moving forward stories and fact-checking others.

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  • March 16, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    It should make for riveting television when WPRO-AM talk-show host Dan Yorke and blogger-political activist Matt Jerzyk square off on immigration on 10 News Conference at 6:30 AM this Sunday. (A few disclosures: I'm a weekly guest on Yorke's show, and Jerzyk is an occasional Phoenix contributor.)

    Jerzyk and Yorke have been engaged in a tiff since Jerzyk made a recent post responding to some of Yorke's assertions about the New Bedford immigration bust.

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  • February 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Besides being a valuable resource for Sox fans, Bruce Allen's Boston Sports Media Watch does a good job of critiquing the periodic overblown, media-driven Manny Ramirez controversies. Yesterday was no exception:

    The power of the press to slant opinion was evident this morning, as Manny Ramirez reported to camp. The accounts on blogs such as the Globe's Extra Bases, described things as "terse" and that Manny spoke "sharply" to Jackie MacMullan.

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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 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Andrew, Justin, Marc, and Don from Anchor Rising, Rhode Island's leading conservative blog, were kind enough to ask me to join them for dinner, and we enjoyed a lively, wide-ranging discussion last night at Hemenway's.

    The liberal-leaning Phoenix scribe and conservative bloggers breaking bread (calamari, actually) over beers and banter? Surely, you jest.

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  • February 16, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Blogging continues to grow in new and fascinating ways. The New York Times had a good story yesterday about how the bloggers at Firedoglake have provided the most extensive coverage of the Scott Libby trial.

    A few other odds and ends:

    -- Seth Gitell, the astute former Boston Phoenix political reporter, had some kind words for Not for Nothing on his blog yesterday, saying, "Even though disgraced mayor, Buddy Cianci is still in federal prison, Rhode Island politics are still colorful.

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  • February 01, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As promised, Erica Sagrans has an excellent story in this week's Phoenix about the netroots and their efforts to use technology to increase political participation and diffuse political power. Erica's piece looks at this locally and nationally, and includes a fascinating anecdote of how a ring tone became a major headache for the president of the Philippines.

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  • January 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Today marks the official launch of my blog, Not for Nothing, which draws its name from a bit of the Rhode Island vernacular and focuses on Rhode Island politics and media. I hope to add to the civic discussion and to break some news.

    Later this week, the Phoenix will carry a story by Erica Sagrans about the growing merger of politics and technology in the state.

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