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Diane Sawyer and the new voice of authority

Anchors away
The sight of Barack Obama in the White House has, rather quickly, taken on the air of the ordinary.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 09, 2009


Hacking into pie

John Duksta's latest bit of high-tech wizardry — a machine that would aid in the creation of circuit boards — fell a bit short.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 09, 2009

With Kennedy's death, a chance to move beyond royalty

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the last "lion" of the Massachusetts clan, finally rests – in peace, I hope.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 02, 2009

Rhode Island weighs a succesions drama of its own

Political Watch
The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy has Massachusetts' political class speculating, in not-so-hushed tones, about the odds of a next-generation Kennedy running for and winning the seat.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 03, 2009

Providence filmmakers go cruisin'

The Islands
Any artistic triumph involves a little luck. Providence native Ben Chace was in Brooklyn's Prospect Park two years ago when he watched a raffle ticket turn into a pair of tickets for a Jamaican cruise.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 02, 2009

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Firehouse No. 13 shakes up summer slump

The Everything Parties
To wake the city from its summer slumber, Firehouse No. 13 has been programming, well, everything.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 03, 2009

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Limits of non-traditional leadership

The Academy
John Maeda arrived at the Rhode Island School of Design a year ago pledging a different sort of leadership.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 20, 2009

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On the water and off the grid

Anchors away
Olneyville neighbors Zach Weindel and Daniel Gladstone are determined to live off the grid — way off the grid.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  August 19, 2009

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Whole Foods health-care boycott gathers momentum

Human Rights Watch
Unfortunately for Whole Foods Market CEO and founder John Mackey, those who appreciate his store for the healthy, eco-friendly (read: left-leaning, progressive) lifestyle it promotes are the same citizens who support universal health care.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 24, 2009

RI goes DIY at the Maker Faire

Makin' It Work
Kipp Bradford builds things. For commercial clients, he puts together high-end mini-computers and other electronic gizmos. For his friends and himself, anything goes — a sea of LED-lit balloons, sound-activated light displays, circuit boards strung around partygoers necks programmed to "like" and "dislike" each other.
By MARION DAVIS  |  August 19, 2009

Candy for your sins

Confessions Dept.
Confessionals aren't just for holy rollers anymore. They are for everyman, according to Melissa Joy, creator of the Truth Booth — a wandering tent designed to collect secrets.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  August 12, 2009

Knowledge in a flash

Jake Rolan sat at Starbucks on Thayer Street one day last month, busy on both his laptop and iPhone, seemingly no different from the other students who had carved out an itinerant workspace there, cursing out the wireless network that seemed to fade in and out.
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  August 12, 2009

Trucking along with the Mobile Art Project

Street Art
When the Hera Gallery left its customary perch on Main Street in Wakefield last fall for a time, artist and curator Viera Levitt started thinking of ways to bring art back to the heart of South County. She struck upon the idea of the Mobile Art Project and this week it's hitting the road with stops in West Kingston, Peace Dale, and Providence.  
By GREG COOK  |  August 12, 2009

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Lynch's bumpy road

Nothing unusual here
There is nothing all that unusual about Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch's now well-publicized travels to New Orleans, San Francisco, and other far-flung locales. Just the networking and fundraising forays of a pol gearing up for a gubernatorial run.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 05, 2009

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The Wat Misaka story

Making a rebound
He only played three games and scored seven points in the 1947-48 season, but Wataru Misaka's story is netted, slammed, and sealed in NBA history. The 5'7" Japanese-American was the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick and the first non-white basketball player in the NBA.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  August 05, 2009

Magnificent machines

Inside AS220's Fab Lab
A machine that can make everything. It's been the stuff of science fiction for decades. But now, it's a reality. In fact, there's one in Providence.
By CHRISTOPHER COLLINS  |  August 05, 2009

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Interview: Jim Langevin

This Just In
Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin has been in the news of late.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 29, 2009


Get ready for RIIFF's 13th Filmapalooza
If the Rhode Island International Film Festival were a monster movie, it would be something like The Blob That Engulfed Delaware . Like its dozen predecessors, the 13th annual event will be taking over the state.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 29, 2009

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Tricycles, boob cubes, and all things Woolly

The Woolly Fair, the annual art bash at Monohasset Mill, has quite the reputation.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  July 30, 2009


The Journal gets a facelift

As the ProJo Turns
Metropolitan newspapers have been moving toward über-local coverage for some time now.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 22, 2009
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