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Is our government bloated?

The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity has a weight loss plan
We’ve prepared a dossier to help you study up.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 23, 2014

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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Let's work together

Coworking spaces are on the rise in Rhode Island
We’re talking about those 21st-century gathering zones where people pay for access to shelter, a desk, climate control, coffee, wifi, and the general feeling they’re participating in a profound shift in the way we think about work.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 12, 2014

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The sky isn't falling

Countering the ProJo's anti-pot editorial
In a March 2 editorial titled “Get off pot,” members of the Providence Journal’s editorial board called the idea of legalizing pot “explosively contentious.”
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  March 12, 2014

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Brown at 250

The university by the numbers: stats, trivia, and fun facts
Brown University is not celebrating its 250th birthday quietly.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 06, 2014



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Our home sweet home

Richard and Sharon Jenkins on Trinity Rep, living in Rhode Island, and teaming up on 'Oliver!'
Richard Jenkins has an absurdly impressive resume.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 26, 2014

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Clay Pell's Winter Olympics

Can the neophyte pol surpass Taveras and Raimondo in the Dems' primary race?
Clay Pell is just a regular 32-year-old Rhode Island guy.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 23, 2014

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Rise of the e-currencies

How bitcoins and their ilk could save — or destroy — the world
Plus: Is Rhode Island ready for Bitcoin? Two perspectives
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2014

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Obama's smoke screen

All talk, no action on marijuana reform
I wish I had a dollar for every person I know who gets super excited about something President Obama says.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 13, 2014

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Words of love

(a journalistic box of chocolates)
It would be tough to find a single company responsible for everything wrong with modern-day American Valentine’s Day. But your neighborhood CVS is a good place to start.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 06, 2014



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Save these buildings!

The Providence Preservation Society fights for the soul of the city
This story is about mold. It’s about rotting floorboards and leaking roofs, vacant skyscrapers, vandalized homes, and churches where sinks and toilets are strewn across dusty basement floors.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 31, 2014

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Student Survival Guide: 'I'm different now'

When "life-changing" isn't an exaggeration
In the summer of 2007, I purchased a used copy of William Zinsser’s On Writing Well at the Brown University Bookstore.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 22, 2014

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Student Survival Guide: Take the plunge

Rhode Island's real dive bars are alive and well
Proper folks once referred to dive bars as sinister places where low life boozers escaped to get even lower. To “dive,” if you will. That’s no longer true — if it ever was. There’s a difference between a dive and a dump.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  January 22, 2014

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Student Survival Guide: A place of your own

A landlady tells you how to live (off-campus)
You’ll always remember your first apartment . . . .
By: VIKKI WARNER  |  January 22, 2014
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