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Bleed for This All Over Rhode Island

Find out where in the state Vinny Paz's biopic was shot.

We have long known that Vinny Paz is a special guy. But in select theaters starting November 4 (November 10 in Rhode Island), the story of the Cranston-raised, five-time world champion boxer will be told around the world. That’s the date of the release of the Martin Scorsese-produced, Miles Teller-starring biopic, Bleed for This, which, with the exception of some…

Deepwater Wind Goes Live

The historic project is the country's first offshore wind farm.

It is hard to know where to begin a story about the five-turbine wind farm built off the southeast coast of Block Island. The most obvious angle is historic. Our little state, which gave the world religious freedom (after Roger Williams defected from Massachusetts in the 1630s) and the Industrial Revolution (with the construction of Slater Mill in 1790s), is…

The Last Good Heist in Rhode Island

Local journalists tell the tale of a legendary crime.

There are a number of potent ingredients in the new book, The Last Good Heist: The Inside Story of the Biggest Single Payday in the Criminal History of the Northeast. There is an eight-man crew of criminals who pull off the “biggest heist as of in U.S. history.” There is Raymond L.S. Patriarca, “the man who ruthlessly controls all organized…

The Ups and Downs of Mayor Jorge Elorza

Inside the Providence mayor's first year.

Was the 2014 Providence mayor's race a hallucination? It often felt that way. From the moment Buddy Cianci announced his candidacy on June 25 — live on-air during his News Talk WPRO 630 radio show, as the minutes ticked down to the paperwork-filing deadline — Providence seemed to descend into a fever dream. National news outlets, including Esquire, the New…

4 Things You Didn't Know about H.P. Lovecraft

Bone up on the "cosmic horror maestro" for NecronomiCon Providence.

The Florida Keys have Hemingway Days. Louisiana throws the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Hannibal, Missouri, celebrates the Twain on Main Festival. And Rhode Island runs NecronomiCon Providence. If that last item doesn’t conjure a mental picture, perhaps it’s time you got better acquainted with the late “cosmic horror” maestro, Howard Phillips Lovecraft — the inspiration for the International Conference…

Profile: 38 Studios Attorney Max Wistow

The attorney representing Rhode Island in the 38 Studios litigation has been involved in some of the state's most high-profile legal battles over the years.

Max Wistow has won millions of dollars for his clients in some of Rhode Island’s most notorious lawsuits. But in taking on the 38 Studios mess on behalf of taxpayers, his biggest legal challenge may still be ahead. On September 8, 2006, Curt Schilling issued a press release introducing Green Monster Games, LLC, "a new company dedicated to producing innovative…