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Stephen Lane and Aidan Petrie of Item Group show off some of the gadgets they have created with their clients. The company develops new products and helps redesign and rebrand others. /

Inventors help meet global demand for new ideas

To stay alive, some fish must stay in motion constantly, driving water through their gills to move oxygen into their bloodstream. And to stay...

Restoration program marks 1.25 million lobsters

Lanny Dellinger, a full-time lobsterman since the early 1990s, said the best thing to come out of a recently completed six-year lobster restoration program,...

Specialty tech firms serving R.I.

In February 2004, five entrepreneurs met up in a San Francisco suburb and spent a long weekend thinking up ideas for a new technology...

Newport’s North End could soon see revitalization

In the area of redevelopment, Keith W. Stokes says, Newport has been at a disadvantage for years. Other Rhode Island communities, such as Providence and...
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A streetcar goes down Charles Street in New Orleans, one of the spots where
Collette Vacations is taking a tour group this month.

Collette works to revive tourism in New Orleans

Collette Vacations has been taking tour groups to New Orleans for more than half a century, lodging them in the heart of the French...

Casino gambling a perennial hot topic since ’90s

The town-wide “straw vote” on a Narragansett Indian casino in West Warwick came on a day so hot in June 1999 that then-Gov. Lincoln...

Downtown tries to lure more retail

Vacancy rates down but cost remains a deterrent Last December, the vibrant window design at Biggles toy store looked like the embodiment of the momentum...
A ROOFTOP TERRACE is one of many luxury touches added to the former Peerless Building when Cornish Associates turned the old department store in downtown Providence into loft-style apartments.

‘Perfect storm’ leads to housing boom in the city

During the recession of the early 1990s, housing development in Providence slowed along with the city’s real estate values. Just ask Arnold “Buff” Chace...
PBN Photo From May 16, 2005/courtesy Waterfire
WaterFire Providence has become a major tourist attraction, drawing more than 1.1 million people to Providence in 2004, with a direct economic impact of $33.2 million, according to studies.

Tourism flourishes, yields billions for R.I. economy

It looked like difficult times for Rhode Island’s travel economy when David DePetrillo became the state’s tourism director in 1983. Providence had just come out...
PBN photo/Frank Mullin
GRADUATE STUDENTS at Brown's new Microsoft Center for Pen-Centric Computing are working on new technologies such as the MusicPad, above, which allows composers to hand-write music notes on a tablet PC.

Microsoft pledges $1.2M for Brown pen technology

If words are your language, a keyboard is your friend. With a little help from a mouse, you can easily enter text, edit it...
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