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Are we losing our minds?

A graduation season guide to discussing Rhode Island's so-called "brain drain"
But how big of a problem is the “brain drain”? How much of our economic malaise can we rightly pin on this donkey?
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 21, 2014

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Local heroes 2014

Making Rhode Island a better place
Meet PrYSM and Andy Cutler
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 14, 2014

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In Kennedy Plaza, a small booth for a big problem

The (Rising) Ocean State
Two cardboard signs on the front of a table read “CLIMATE ANXIETY COUNSELING 5¢” and “THE DOCTOR IS IN.”
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 15, 2014

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Nonviolence by the numbers

Public Safety 
The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence saw nearly a million dollars in funding dwindle over the last few years.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 07, 2014

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No excuse not to be informed about RI's addiction and overdose epidemic

Public Health
By now the fact that Rhode Island is in the midst of what Dr. Fine calls an “epidemic” of drug addiction and fatal overdose isn’t news. But the recent news coverage of that crisis is, well, newsworthy.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 30, 2014

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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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Looking for a growth industry in RI? Eat something local

Taste Buds
A conversation with RI’s unofficial Food Laureate.
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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Discussing fatal overdoses with RI's top doc

Public Health
Dr. Michael Fine gave Rhode Island a “B-” in his first-ever “State of the State’s Health” address at the State House on February 26.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 05, 2014

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3 contests you should know about

"And The Winner Is . . ." Dept.
The bad news is that you’ve already missed your chance to submit an entry to the Providence Community Library’s “Dear Diorama” contest.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 05, 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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