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A senator walks into a bar in Matunuck...but it's no joke

Climate Change
There’s a sea breeze whipping through the Ocean Mist in Matunuck on Friday afternoon, but the place is still sweltering.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  July 24, 2013


'Locally Made'

The RISD Museum unleashes DJs, drag queens, and hundreds of other artists in a landmark show
The RISD Museum unleashes DJs, drag queens, and hundreds of other artists in a landmark show
By: PHILIP EIL  |  July 17, 2013


30 days, 50 islands

Riding shotgun — and eating seaweed — with Operation Landfall
Before the month ends, Dave Gracer and Trip Wolfskehl plan to hit all of Rhode Island’s 50 islands.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  July 11, 2013


Project Night Vision fights violence by keeping doors unlocked

Urban studies
There were three shootings in Providence over the night of July 4 and the early morning of the next day. One of them was fatal.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  July 10, 2013


From Newport, an ex-spy's take on Snowden

“There has never been anything quite like this in the annals of American espionage,” John Schindler wrote in 'The National Interest' last month.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  July 02, 2013


Hoping to spark a tradition

Medical marijuana
It’s Sunday afternoon at a crumbling, overgrown parking lot a mile west of the Providence Place Mall. Today’s first-ever RIPAC Medical Marijuana Festival isn’t quite a medical convention and isn’t quite a block party.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  July 02, 2013


Calling all 'Rogers'

There was a conspicuous absence in Providence on Saturday during celebrations of the 350th anniversary of Rhode Island’s charter.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  June 26, 2013


Decoding an overdose epidemic

In Rhode Island, 14 deaths have been attributed to acetyl fentanyl, a newly identified synthetic opiate. Here's what we know
On the afternoon of Friday, June 14 — around when White House Deputy Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli entered a closed-door meeting with health and law enforcement officials in Woonsocket, arranged in light of the region’s recent rash of overdoses — the Rhode Island Department of Health issued a press release.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  June 21, 2013


The Roosevelt Society turns to @GOPBlackChick for inspiration

Party politics
“I think Democrats have co-opted our history. . . the narrative about which party really did most for blacks,” Crystal Wright said.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  June 19, 2013


News at what cost?

Local reporters and community members discuss ABC6's viral woman-attacks-news crew story. Plus, a talk with Melisa Lawrence
A 16-year-old girl is shot at a graduation party. Days later, after the shooter (also 16) turns himself in, a young TV news reporter heads to the home of the shooting victim’s mother’s in search of a comment.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  June 13, 2013


Slipping and sliding for Pride on Allens Ave

Club sports
Jacqueline DiMera — “Rhode Island’s Drag Sweetheart” — is wearing a red sequined dress and a healthy coat of eye shadow. And, at the moment, she’s strutting the length of the dance floor at Hush, a dimly lit, techno-thumping strip club across from a scrapyard on Allens Ave. in Providence.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  June 13, 2013


Summer Guide: The lo-down on froyo

 Weighing the existential question of the summer
By the time you finish reading this article, another froyo lounge may have opened in Rhode Island.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  June 05, 2013


A journalism 'giant' sits for an exit interview

As the ' ProJo ' Turns
Robert Whitcomb set a ground rule before our interview about his retirement as longtime ' Providence Journal ' vice president and editorial page editor. He would talk about industry trends, he wrote in an email, but he would "NOT" talk about the paper's internal operations.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  June 05, 2013


'Street Sights' sends up a distress flare

A vital voice
It's Saturday afternoon at the George Hunt H.E.L.P. Center in downtown Providence, and  the staff of ' Street Sights ' is sitting around a conference table, brainstorming ways for the paper to survive.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  June 05, 2013


A professor maps out a smuggler nation

In the epilogue of his recently published book, ' Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America ,' Peter Andreas describes an informal poll he took with his "Politics of the Illicit Global Economy" students at Brown University.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 29, 2013


The real Rhode Island

A new wave of grassroots documentaries captures Ocean State life, from Haven Bros. to the Ladd School to Fanny the Elephant
There are no red carpets, flashing cameras, stilettos, or sparkling dresses tonight. Instead, at the Woonsocket Public Library on an overcast Wednesday evening, a small group hovers around a metal A/V cart, trying to figure out the right combination of wires to make the digital projector spark to life.  
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 22, 2013


What to watch

 Ten films, ten compelling stories
From 'Hope City' to "WaterFire: Art & Soul of a City'
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 22, 2013


An open casting call (with background checks) in Providence

Crime Notes
"You gonna apply?" Providence Police Chief Hugh T. Clements Jr. says. We're in his office at the Providence Public Safety Complex and he's talking about the department's current recruiting drive — its first since 2010.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 22, 2013


Young Dems and dance dads

Conventions Bureau
"Hypothetically, in an alternate universe, if you were governor," a college-age guy with tousled hair is asking Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, "if you were sent a bill that would regulate and tax marijuana, would you be willing to sign that bill?"
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 22, 2013


Equal, at last

Six same-sex couples share their newly-legal love
On May 2, Gov. Lincoln Chafee made Rhode Island the tenth state in the United States of America to legalize same-sex marriage. The law doesn't officially go into effect until August 1, which gives us a chance to check in with some of the people whose lives changed that day at the State House.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 14, 2013


Digital alchemy on Power Street

Welcome To the Machine
The Ming Mecca has been described as a "reality synthesizer" capable of diving into old-school Mario or Zelda-esque game worlds and molding them like clay.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 14, 2013

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