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Locals join fight to end a bogus blood ban

Bad Policy Dept.
The drive’s founder argues that the ban promotes stigma and misinformation about gay men.
By: MATTHEW LAWRENCE  |  July 09, 2014

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Summer Guide: Offbeat Ocean State

A unique collection of summer diversions
From a polo match and a shark-hunting tournament to ethnic festivals from the old and new world.
By: MATTHEW LAWRENCE  |  June 11, 2014

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In Burrillville, Peepshow Popeye and electric shocks

Fun and Games
Few Rhode Islanders seem to know it, but the World’s Oldest Penny Arcade is located in the northwest corner of the state.
By: MATTHEW LAWRENCE  |  June 04, 2014

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Ocean State Jingle Lot, at your service

Advertising Dept.
“Did you know that the Block Island Ferry jingle and the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry jingle are the same song?”
By: MATTHEW LAWRENCE  |  April 23, 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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Cold case, good cause

Roy Weber's 2003 murder remains unsolved. But his death inspired Project Weber, a harm reduction program for male sex workers in Rhode Island
Shortly after 10 am on Christmas Day, 2003, a Johnson & Wales campus safety officer patrolling a desolate stretch of road near Allens Avenue in Providence discovered the body of 22-year-old Roy Weber.
By: MATTHEW LAWRENCE  |  December 18, 2013



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30 days. 50,000 words. NaNoWriMo.

Literary Experiments
As you read this article, the clock is ticking for participants in the 15th annual National Novel Writing Month, commonly known as NaNoWriMo.
By: MATTHEW LAWRENCE  |  November 26, 2013

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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
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