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HITTING THE PAVEMENT: Gubernatorial candidate Joseph A. Trillo, a former Republican state representative who has owned several manufacturing and retail businesses in Rhode Island, is running as an independent in the Nov. 6 general election. Trillo uses two buses and a truck to travel around the state and spread his message to voters.
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In a year of highly partisan politics, can independents boost political...

From his lofty perch atop the Statehouse, the Independent Man seems like a lonely soul, but he really isn’t.With spear in hand, the statue...
FRUSTRATED: Steven Porter, co-owner with his wife, Dawn, of Stillwater Books on Main Street in Pawtucket, said the decision of the Pawtucket Red Sox to move to Worcester, Mass., is a missed opportunity to “revitalize the downtown in one fell swoop,” adding the city will lose hundreds of thousands of potential visitors. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

With the dream of a gleaming new ballpark gone, Pawtucket businesses...

Out the picture windows of his Pawtucket bookstore, Steven Porter can see what might have been.With a sweep of his hand, he identified the...
TAKING THE LEAD: Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza says he’s proud that the Providence Police Department was the first in the state to adopt body cameras for its police officers. He said the program has been well-received, adding it helps to calm people down because they know they are being recorded, while also allowing “the entire picture” of an incident to get out.
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Can a self-described ‘pro[business]-growth progressive’ mayor boost investment in Providence?

The son of Guatemalan immigrants who settled in the West End of Providence, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is a pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps story: The first in...
FAVORABLE CHANGES: Rick Simone, executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, said merchants in the Federal Hill section of Providence are pleased with changes to the city’s licensing and permitting system that have made the process faster and easier, adding the city’s Board of Licenses has been more responsive to merchant concerns.
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Providence mayoral candidates vie for pulse on small businesses

It may be hard to think of the many rundown and abandoned houses that have tarnished Providence’s neighborhoods in the context of small business...

Is liberal-leaning Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse making a difference in a deeply...

A consistently liberal voice on both fiscal and social issues since joining the Senate in 2007, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., has made a name...

Can a onetime garbageman who served on the state’s highest court...

A onetime garbageman who became an attorney and member of Rhode Island’s highest court, Robert G. Flanders Jr. has called himself the “embodiment of...
PANGEANS: Pangea.app is a startup created to link college students to gigs through an app. From left, Pangeans (users of the app) and Johnson & Wales University sophomores Marc Marasco and Jack Rittereiser with Pangea.app co-founder and CEO Adam Alpert, a Brown University graduate. In the background are JWU sophomores Deanna Tacmo, left, and Sam Farley.
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Pangea.app offers college students a foothold in the gig economy. But...

As an undergraduate history major at Brown University, Adam Alpert did what many cash-poor college students do: He tried to earn extra money any...
PROPERTY PLANS: Christine M. West, principal at KITE Architects in Providence, looks at some residential plans for a property in Exeter with Albert Garcia, principal.
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Business is good, but many companies take a “wait-and-see” attitude

Business continues to be good for most Rhode Island companies, and a majority expect that to continue, though their optimism is tempered by uncertainty...
NO INCOME TAX: Republican gubernatorial candidate Giovanni Feroce said he would cut spending by eliminating “complete budgets,” such as the Department of Revenue and the Department of Motor Vehicles, to make up the difference for his proposal to get rid of the state income tax.
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Self-described visionary and GOP gubernatorial candidate Giovanni Feroce wants to disrupt...

Giovanni Feroce sees himself as a proven leader, a visionary, someone who can create an economic future for Rhode Island as a hub for...

Gubernatorial candidates all talk jobs: Do their plans add up?

Every candidate for governor wants to create jobs. But how would they do it?Do they offer a comprehensive solution for the Ocean State, where...
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