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Why isn't Rhode Island the greenest state in the country?

As Earth Day approaches, we look for answers
Rhode Island’s 400 miles of coastline may be our top tourism selling point, but they’re also a reminder of how vulnerable we are.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 17, 2014

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Can a guitar save the whales?

Six-string activism
Just as whales travel in groups called “pods,” Jen Long gathered a pod of creative colleagues to help create the Whale Guitar.
By: NANCY KIRSCH  |  April 16, 2014

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Help wanted

The murky world of marijuana
T he most frequent kind of emails I receive: the plea for a hook-up or connection.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  April 16, 2014

One fine lady

Remembering Nuala; the governor's race is warming up; offspring on the bases
Nuala Pell was a woman whom Phillipe and Jorge liked, admired, and respected, and we are saddened by her death this week at the age of 89.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 16, 2014

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Remembering David Lamb

Friends, family, and fellow musicians pay tribute to the beloved member of Brown Bird
Our local music community was dealt a devastating blow with the announcement that Brown Bird’s David Lamb had succumbed to his second bout with leukemia, at age 36.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 10, 2014

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Is Alex and Ani University a university?

"Learning"
Rhode Island’s loudest jewelry company, Alex and Ani, was recently featured in an intriguing newspaper article.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 09, 2014



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Guns, taxes, and a few things we all might agree on

The Political Scene
Tuesday, April 15 is Tax Day.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 10, 2014

Man of more than letters

Mad for Mattheissen; swimming with sharks; RIP, Dave and Mickey
Peter Matthiessen, one of the greatest American writers of his generation and a longtime hero to Phillipe and Jorge, passed away on April 5.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 09, 2014

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The seat of power

 When the Speaker speaks, people listen. Here's why
The most important election of 2014 — for Speaker of the House — already happened. And you didn't get a vote
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 03, 2014

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Meet Franny Choi, your new favorite poet

Stanzas
From a catcall to the mantis shrimp.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 03, 2014

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A chance to change your idea of Olneyville

Providence's "Second Downtown"
Altering public perceptions is part of what “Community in Focus: Photographs and Stories of Olneyville” is about.
By: LIZ LEE  |  April 02, 2014



The good news

No, really — good news; let's be friends; more political posturings
We like to highlight the inspiring things that occasionally happen in the Biggest Little.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 02, 2014

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Rhode Island horror story

Bruce DeSilva revisits the Craig Price case in his novel, 'Providence Rag'
Bruce DeSilva has a knack for timing.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 26, 2014

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The case and the coverage

Excerpts from 'Providence Rag'
After her live-in boyfriend was transferred to the graveyard shift, Becky Medeiros fell into the evening habit of lounging around the house in her underwear.
By: BRUCE DESILVA  |  March 26, 2014

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In Olneyville: Bright lights, blood, and bag lunches

Contact Sports
The wrestling fans are chanting.
By: MATTHEW LAWRENCE  |  March 26, 2014

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An event unpacks the 'black vote' in Providence

The Political Scene
It’s an election year in Rhode Island, aka that time every few years when newsmakers try to address race relations through questions like, “Where is the Latino vote swinging?” and “How will she/he win over black voters?”
By: REZA CLIFTON  |  March 26, 2014



Vote them all out!

It's time to clean house; send in the clowns; thank you, Mr. Brown
Rhode Island’s newly-christened Speaker of the House, Rep. Nicholas Mattiello (D-Cranston), makes Phillipe and Jorge think of someone who, if you went mountain climbing with him and if you started to fall, would be sawing with a knife furiously at the safety line connecting you in case you might take him down with you.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2014

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What's so funny?

 Comedy goes under the microscope at URI
When guests arrive at URI’s first-ever humor symposium, “Open Mic, Open Minds: An Exploration of Social Issues Through Stand-up,” on Saturday, March 22, they will receive “gag bags” that contain a whoopee cushion or rubber chicken or electric hand buzzer in addition to the usual conference swag (folder, pen, water bottle).
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 20, 2014

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Bert Crenca talks nooses, nuclear meltdowns, and 'Building AS220'

Institutions
Our initial plan for interviewing AS220 co-founder and artistic director Bert Crenca involved a third participant: longtime Providence Journal arts writer Channing Gray.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 24, 2014

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Farewell, pot bust photos

Local Media
It’s time to retire the marijuana bust photograph.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 20, 2014
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