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Anatomy of a scandal

Crowd-sourcing the news trail
From a local tweet to The New York Times' editorial page . . .
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 09, 2013


What DO we celebrate on Federal Hill in October?

Festivals Dept.
“Everyone has to have their heroes,” says John Brown, a historic preservationist for the Narragansett Indian Tribe. “But you just have to understand that one person’s hero is another person’s despot or dictator."
By: MATTHEW LAWRENCE  |  October 09, 2013


A Pentecostal minister swaps the pulpit for a panel

"Action Speaks!"
AS220 looks at the 1906 Azusa Street Revival and the birth of Pentecostalism.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 09, 2013


Stop the war (on drugs)

Plus, medical marijuana vacations
Contrary to the popular assertions of US marijuana activists, legalizing marijuana in the USA will not end the Drug War in Mexico.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  October 09, 2013


WikiLeaks: The Rhode Island Connection

Pfc. Manning's lawyer takes a local audience inside the courtroom
Whistleblowing. Treason. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Julian Assange and the definition of the word “journalist.” The politics of gender dysphoria . . .
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 02, 2013


At AS220: A virtual world tour

'Action Speaks!'
This past spring, Arthur Frommer — the 83-year-old whose name has been synonymous with travel-guide writing since he published Europe On 5 Dollars a Day in 1957 — bought his brand back from Google.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 02, 2013


Student Survival Guide: Rhode Island by the numbers

Let's make a list!
We indulge in our urge to rank and list every subject known to humankind.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 25, 2013


Student Survival Guide: Words of wisdom

Advice to stimulate your mind, body, and soul. And maybe get you laid
Life, and how to live it.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 25, 2013


Student Survival Guide: Mix it up!

Extracurricular networking made easy
If you’re a college student trying to figure out what to do with your life, chances are you’ve had more than one conversation with an elder who told you not worry, you have plenty of time to figure it out.
By: LIZ LEE  |  September 25, 2013


Student Survival Guide: College 101

15 courses you should take ASAP
For the most part, this is not a list of academic stuff. It’s more important. Your literal survival may depend on the mastery of a point or two on this list.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 25, 2013


Student Survival Guide: Professorial notes

What the person standing in the front of the room really wants you to know
Unsolicited free advice from a former college freshman who has been a college professor for eight years.
By: RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 25, 2013


Student Survival Guide: Bedtime matters

You're free of parental rules. But still — go to sleep
The risks of sleep deprivation are serious and real, especially for hard-working (and hard-living) students.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 25, 2013


On tap at AS220: America's glimmering city of sin

Action Speaks!
The theme of this year's AS220's Action Speaks! series is "Utopian/Dystopian."
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 26, 2013


Panic strikes and 'F*ckin' Foam' flies in Providence

The foam starts flying just after 9:45 pm.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 25, 2013


It's Alex and Ani's state...

...we only live in it. An in-depth look at the 'positive energy' powerhouse
Has Rhode Island ever seen a company as ambitious or as hungry to broadcast its name as Alex and Ani?
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 18, 2013


Black powder, mobsters, and 'clandestine graves' at URI

Back to School
“Anybody here take LSD?” Bob Fitzpatrick says.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 18, 2013


No such thing as free parking: A biker's manifesto

This past summer, the city of Providence produced a TV ad citing parking as a reason to visit. “We have over 15,000 parking spaces!”
By: JAMES KENNEDY  |  September 18, 2013


Lincoln Chafee's political eulogy

Rhode Island’s 74th Governor Lincoln Davenport Chafee called a press conference on Wednesday, September 4 at 2 pm. The details were mysterious.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 11, 2013


Dan Yorke enters Rhody TV talk

On the Airwaves
If you’ve been wondering when Rhode Island was going to get its very own nighttime, cable-news-inspired, Hannity - or Hardball -style talk show, the wait is over.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 11, 2013


Mission to Mars

Brown University's John Mustard explains why the Red Planet matters
There are four seasons on Mars and about 144 million square kilometers of surface land — almost exactly the same amount that the Earth has above sea level. The planet tilts at an angle of around 23 degrees, like the Earth, and its days are 24 hours and 40 minutes long.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 04, 2013


With galas, gardens, and grants, the WBNA turns 30

West Side Story
The WBNA, has a knack for making successful grants — for new street lamps on Westminster Street; for the installation of cobblestones, a fountain, and an outdoor seating area in Luongo Square, a project scheduled for completion in 2014 — seemingly fall from the sky.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 04, 2013

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