Former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci dies at 74

Buddy Cianci, dead at 74

Two-time former mayor of Providence, Vincent ‘Buddy’ Cianci, died Thursday morning at 74 of colon cancer, according to the Providence Journal. He was rushed to Miriam Hospital due to stomach pains he was experiencing Wednesday night.

Cianci’s legacy is quite muddled; while he is often credited with the economic transformation seen in Providence in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which birthed a commercial boom marked most notably by the Providence Place Mall and Waterfire, he was also removed twice from office on felony charges and faced rape accusations.

Felon or not, Buddy has been a relevant figure in the College Hill community for decades. He’s taken selfies with our staffers, sent in pictures of his breakfast, and dealt with drunk bloggers attending his campaign events. Another fun fact is that he had his own line of pasta sauces, which may not have been terribly profitable but were somehow displayed in the window of a Cartier store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Mayor Jorge Elorza, who defeated Buddy’s mayoral campaign in 2014, has ordered that flags in Providence be flown at half-staff, and said that arrangements are being made to memorialize Cianci.

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Breakfast with Buddy

It came to our attention that some fools on campus thought our inaugural Breakfast with Buddy post was fake. That we had a meal put together and photographed. That we were lying to you. That we had betrayed our blah blah… you know the drill.

To the haters we have only this to say: you don’t got no swag until you’ve worn a suit to breakfast. Haters gon’ hate.

Calorie crunch:

  • Two slices of whole wheat toast, 100.
  • Yogurt, 80.
  • Grapefruit and banana, 120.

We also asked Buddy about his favorite restaurant in Providence, and he said, “Depends on what I am in the mood for!” Guess that means y’all better be on your best behavior during those 5 a.m. Loui’s runs…

Hold on to your hats, this is huge

A month ago, one of our editors had a ridiculous idea. A phenomenally unfeasible plan. Something that would drag BlogDailyHerald kicking and screaming into the limelight of college journalism.

No one thought we could pull it off. We didn’t think we could pull it off.

But the Fates work in mysterious ways.

Much like Indiana Jones escaping from that boulder, or Frodo making it to the Cracks of Doom, our wildest hopes were realized. At least one dove fluttered through the air. Genius, traditionally, is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. What Thomas Edison didn’t know, though, was that you sometimes need to put in some slick phone calls and emails. Come with us, children, and see the groundbreaking results of our labors… after the jump. Continue Reading