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Phil Marcelo, part of the Providence Journal's three-person Statehouse bureau, plans to leave the newspaper after seven years to take a reporting job with the Boston office of The Associated Press, Marcelo tells me. His start date is March 31.

In part, the change reflects how the AP has emerged as a stable source of reporting jobs amid continued uncertainty in the newspaper industry. Marcelo's Statehouse predecessor, Steve Peoples, who left the ProJo for a job with Roll Call in 2010, has fared well since joining the AP.

Stephen L. Brown, longtime associate publisher of the Providence Phoenix, is leaving the alternative newspaper after a career of nearly four decades as a leader in New England’s alternative newspaper landscape.

Brown, of Jamestown, turns 60 next month. Steve started in newspapering at the University of Vermont, where he began working on the student newspaper, `The Vermont Cynic’ as an undergraduate in the 1970s.

Welcome back to my weekly column. Don your ear muffs, cook up some cocoa and settle in for another exciting seven days in Rhode Island politics. Your thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and feel free to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

What a week in Rhode Island politics. Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get snapping.

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Former Providence mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr. sat down at his Dorrance Street real estate office earlier this week to talk about his recent property acquisitions; downtown Providence; the city's economic challenges; the Superman Building; a possible mayoral run by Buddy Cianci; and the future of the Providence Journal.

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Former Providence mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., who was part of a group that tried to buy WLNE-TV (Channel 6) in 2011, is keeping his cards close to his vest on whether he's looking at being part of an effort to acquire the Providence Journal.

Buried deep in Governor Chafee’s budget is a provision that would save Rhode Islanders several million dollars annually by ending corporate welfare for the beleaguered newspaper industry.

Currently there are more than 250 requirements for legal notices and advertisements to be published in newspapers. These are the agate type legal ads for such things as foreclosures, tax liens, bankruptcy proceedings, public board meetings and the like.

Rhode Island is the gift that keeps giving -- as the saying goes -- and 2013 was chock full of news. Who knows what the next day could bring? With a few weeks still left to go in December, on the way to a big news year, here's a rundown on the most-read posts this year on our politics blog.

10. The Providence Journal continued to bleed readers.

9. Scott MacKay's analysis of Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision not to seek re-election.

Roger Williams University is pursuing negotiations to use part of the Providence Journal building at 75 Fountain Street. Since the building is not part of a City of Providence's institutional zone, a special use permit is needed before part of the structure could be re-purposed for university use, according to David Ortiz, spokesman for Mayor Angel Taveras.

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For nearly two centuries, the Providence Journal has been Rhode Island’s most important news organization. Now that it is up for sale, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay brings us the ProJo’s  storied  past and uncertain future.

When the first edition of the Providence Journal  was printed in 1829, it was a four-page broadsheet hand pressed into paper fashioned from recycled linen rags.

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A.H. Belo, the Dallas-based owner of the Providence Journal, has hired an Arkansas-based firm to help explore a possible sale of the ProJo, newspaper employees were told during a meeting with publisher Howard Sutton Wednesday morning.

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Here we go: after months (years?) of salivating by local political junkies, Rhode Island's 2014 race for governor is about to get real. Sure, most voters won't tune in until some time next year, but an announcement on Monday will mark a new phase in the contest. So thanks for stopping by, and as always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) dot (org) or to follow me on the twitters. Let's head in.

The Providence Journal is reporting that 11 employees have been laid off, including eight full-time employees in the newsroom, in the newspaper's latest round of cost-cutting.

The layoffs were expected after a recent buyout attracted less interest than the target set by management.

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