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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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Katy Perry, tighty-whities, and fine art from Ocean State Job Lot

Grants & Galleries
Our conversation ranged from Jesus to Photoshop to student debt to social media to her fascination with beards
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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9 Yards: An experimental approach to prison reform

Incarceration Nation
There are 15 participants in the first-ever 9 Yards program. Eight of them have a history of addiction involving cocaine, crack, heroin, or alcohol. Zero of them have high school diplomas, though 11 have obtained a GED.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 20, 2014



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Real talk, 'radical love,' and plugged-in black consciousness

Black History Month
It took an extraordinary amount of time at the beginning of our recent interview with Reza C. Clifton to catalogue everything that she’s doing.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 12, 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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A radical take on Black History Month

Activist Education
“Perhaps some of you will recall the Kenyan proverb that says, ‘Until the lion writes his or her own history, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.’ ”
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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