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Patrick Kennedy's unexpected challenge to marijuana legalization

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Since leaving Capitol Hill in 2010, former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy has devoted much of his energy to mental health concerns.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 11, 2013

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After terrorizing the NRA, a URI professor looks for his next victim

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Shortly after the Newtown shootings, University of Rhode Island history professor Erik Loomis took to Twitter with this little jibe at the National Rifle Association's head honcho: "I was heartbroken in the first 20 mass murders. Now I want Wayne LaPierre's head on a stick."  
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 11, 2013

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WPRI’s ambitious play for the Ocean State’s screens

Turn on, plug in, and go
Everything in Rhode Island is small. Even the Internet.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 09, 2013

West on the new political landscape

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Darrell West, former political science professor at Brown University, moved to the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington a few years back. But he never quite left Rhode Island behind.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 02, 2013

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A crowded field is gearing up to unseat Chafee

The race is (already) on
There will be plenty on the political calendar this coming year to titillate Rhode Island's chattering classes.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 27, 2012

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This year’s follies highlight the biggest problem in Rhode Island politics: amateurism

State House blunders
About halfway through Democrat Anthony Gemma's ridiculous Congressional campaign, I began to wonder if it was all an elaborate piece of performance art.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 19, 2012



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A pollster critiques Nate Silver

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Professional pundits, conservative blowhards, and the math-challenged — sometimes one-in-the-same — went after New York Times blogger Nate Silver hard during the presidential race.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 12, 2012

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Brown's Patterson on 'The Eve of Destruction'


James Patterson, professor emeritus of history at Brown University, has emerged as a premier chronicler of the momentous and explosive politics of the '60s.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 06, 2012

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Saving the ProJo

Why the paper is falling apart — and how to bring it back
When I interviewed for a job as a reporter at the Providence Journal in early 2007, there was still a whiff of innovation about the place.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 28, 2012

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Bill McKibben’s climate change crusade comes to Providence

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Environmental activist and journalist Bill McKibben was at the heart of the remarkable uprising that forced President Obama to delay approval of the Keystone pipeline, which would funnel oil from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 28, 2012

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After the election, whither the Tea Party?

Action Speaks
Action Speaks, the panel discussion series at AS220, concludes its fall season November 21 with a look at movement conservatism.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 14, 2012



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Providence tackles a 32-million-word problem

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We all know, on some level, that impoverished kids face long odds. But quantification has a way of casting a problem like this in stark relief.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 14, 2012

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Should the government guarantee economic security?

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Action Speaks, the always entertaining panel discussion series at AS220, continues its fall season November 14 with a look at topic of great interest in Rhode Island: economic security.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 08, 2012

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How Cicilline won

A Congressman's comeback
It was Tuesday morning and Eric Hyers, Congressman David Cicilline's lanky, sharp-tongued campaign manager, was sitting in a Starbucks on the bottom floor of the Biltmore Hotel gripping a wiffle ball and furiously sending text messages.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 07, 2012

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Interview: Junot Diaz on manhood, monsters, and Cancer Planet

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Junot Diaz shows up late for our interview, his Red Sox cap askew and one shoelace untied.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 07, 2012

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Abel Collins occupies Rhode Island politics

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Occupy Providence isn't dead. But it's been pretty quiet since it decamped from Burnside Park in January.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 31, 2012



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Does the photograph endure?

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Action Speaks, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues November 7 with a look at the power of the image.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 31, 2012

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Election 2012: the big finish

Cicilline and Doherty go to the wire — and what it all means
If you live in Rhode Island, own a television, and have a pulse, you know there is a quite nasty Congressional race underway, pitting Representative David Cicilline against Republican challenger Brendan Doherty.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 31, 2012

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Born in the wrong body

A Providence doctor is on the leading edge of a new approach to transgender kids
Dr. Michelle Forcier can't remember his name. But she remembers his face: a boy, 14, trapped in a girl's body. He was anguished. Hated what he was becoming.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 26, 2012

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Facial recognition software and other badass privacy intrusions

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Action Speaks, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall season — "Private Rights and Public Fights" — on October 31 with a look at our surveillance society. The event, free and open to the public, begins at 5:30 pm.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 24, 2012

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Gay Marriage: yes or no?

Rhode Island advocates have shunned the ballot box, fearing defeat. Is it time to reconsider?
In 32 states, voters have weighed in on same-sex marriage. In 32 states, they have rejected it.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 17, 2012


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