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An unlikely clash: wind developers and environmentalists

Wind Dept.
The growing push for wind power in Rhode Island is creating friction between wind developers and an unlikely group of critics: environmentalists.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 13, 2010



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Debating the Middle East muddle

Global Politics
US military aid to Pakistan and Afghanistan is being wasted and should be redirected to the police and moderate non-violent groups working for education and the rule of law, according to two Middle East experts who spoke Sunday at the Community Church of Providence.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  June 17, 2009
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How much do lobbyists pay to get their way?

Special interests are big spenders at the State House
In 2008, corporations spent more than $3 million to hire lobbyists to protect their interests at the Rhode Island State House.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 18, 2009

Bad week for Lifespan: New financing plan comes under scrutiny

Health-care
Last week was a tough one for Rhode Island's largest hospital network. The Rhode Island Health Services Council refused to allow Lifespan to borrow $75.9 million to finish renovation and expansion projects at the Miriam and Rhode Island hospitals.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 04, 2009



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Bill proposes cap for hospital CEO salaries

Meanwhile, Lifespan postpones raises
All but two Rhode Island hospital CEO executives would face massive pay cuts under legislation filed last week by state senator Michael McCaffrey
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 18, 2009
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Ticket to ride

Reflections on 10 years at the Phoenix
In April 1999, two weeks after I started on the job at the Providence Phoenix , the FBI raided City Hall, formally unveiling the federal investigation that would land Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr., Rhode Island's rascal king, behind bars.
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 11, 2009

Close connections

Some of Lifespan's board members do business with the hospital network
Some of Lifespan's board members do business with the hospital network
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 11, 2009

'07 hospital CEO compensation


A list of hospital CEOs' compensation
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 20, 2009
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Health-care's big moneyman in New England

Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 20, 2009

Capital cash

Weiners donate $100K for Obama's inauguration
A well-connected Rhode Island couple has donated $100,000 for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 07, 2009

Expert: Expanding wind power could unhinge insects

Unintended Consequences
Last spring, a red tail hawk was hit and killed by Rhode Island's one functioning wind turbine at Portsmouth Abbey School. Brother Joseph Byron says the bird was the first animal fatality he has seen since the 241-foot-high structure started producing 660 kilowatts in March 2006.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  November 25, 2008
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The alt-candidates

On the Rhode Island ballot: a revolutionary, conservatives — and Ralph Nader, of course
A revolutionary, Ralph Nader, a Baptist minister, and two former congressmen from Georgia are all running for president in Rhode Island.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  October 29, 2008
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Are you paying too much for your heating bill?

Critics charge that lax regulation is inflating utility costs in Rhode Island
As winter approaches and energy prices rise worldwide, Rhode Islanders will wince when they open their monthly bills for electricity and natural gas.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  September 10, 2008

The ProJo opposes plastic bag use — but it uses plastic bags

Environment
In April, the Providence Journal strongly endorsed reducing use of plastic bags, but the newspaper continues to use more than 100,000 plastic bags a day.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  August 20, 2008

Critics say bill co-sponsored by Langevin and Kennedy heightens tensions

Iran
Rhode Island peace activists say a resolution co-sponsored by US Representatives James Langevin and Patrick Kennedy could lead to war with Iran.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  August 13, 2008
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Injured Wobbly awaits trial for resisting arrest

Annals of labor
One year after North Providence police severely injured Alexandra Svoboda during a demonstration, she awaits a fifth knee surgery and a trial for resisting arrest.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  July 23, 2008
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Expert warns of food and energy shortage

Environment
Unless farmers the world over adopt more intensive growing techniques, we may soon run short of both food and energy.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 26, 2008
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Activists protest the ongoing toll in Iraq

Four years later
Twenty people gathered in Bristol to discuss what will happen when the soldiers come home.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 14, 2007
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Iraq + surge = ???

Activists call for heightened anti-war effort
Certain that the newly elected Democratic Congress will not end American involvement in the Iraq War, Rhode Island peace movement leaders are calling for additional demonstrations to bring US troops home.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 24, 2007
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Global warming: Coming soon to a neighborhood near you

Climate Change
If you thought November was unusually warm, you weren’t alone.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  November 29, 2006
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Sea invaders pose a threat to Narragansett Bay

Small world  
Invasive plants are displacing Rhode Island’s native vegetation, changing the landscape and making it more difficult for amphibians, fish, and birds to survive.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  October 11, 2006
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RI’s mental-health system is unraveling

Falling down
More than 120 uninsured Rhode Islanders are waiting for mental health services at the Allen Berry Health and Dental Center on Prairie Avenue in Providence, according to one of its administrators.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  July 12, 2006

Federal anti-drug provision hits RI students hard

Drug wars
Rhode Island has been hit hard by an anti-drug law that bars college students with drug convictions from receiving federal grants and loans, according to US Department of Education statistics.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 17, 2006
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Taking a stand

Immigrant protesters push for equality
In perhaps the largest political demonstration in Rhode Island history, thousands of people rallied at the State House Monday to support the legalization of undocumented immigrants.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 03, 2006

Controllers at T.F. Green pan FAA contract

Annals of labor
The Federal Aviation Administra­tion’s current labor contract proposal is so bad that 16 of the 28 air traffic controllers working at T.F. Green Airport may retire, warns Jake Crowley, the National Air Traffic Controllers Associa­tion’s Rhode Island spokesman.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  April 27, 2006

Library critics press for more oversight at the PPL

City watch  
Calling the management of the Providence Public Library (PPL) arrogant and disinterested in providing library services, library critics continue to press for more public control of the nonprofit corporation.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 23, 2006
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Climate Catastrophe

Scientist warns of global warming’s worsening impact
Lyme disease will spread, northern Europe could become encased in ice, and powerful hurricanes will ravage coastal areas unless dramatic steps are taken to slow global warming.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 09, 2006

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