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Shaking up the school system

The Reformer
Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 21, 2010
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Starting to clear Maine’s broadband backlog

Mapping the Internet
The biggest obstacle between Mainers and more, better, faster broadband Internet access is actually a very basic one: there's a lack of information about what kind of Internet service is already available where.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 27, 2010
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Split atop the RI Tea Party

Tea Time
The Rhode Island Tea Party, a right-wing assemblage best known for its tax day rally against government spending on the State House steps, was until recently run by three women — Colleen Conley, Marina Peterson and, to a lesser degree, Nan Hayden. But no more.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 30, 2009

Kennedy vs. the Catholic Church

Opinion Dept.
Last week, Congressman Patrick Kennedy took the Catholic Church to task for opposing health reform that fails to include an explicit ban on federal funding for abortion. And he was right to do it.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 30, 2009
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Election 2009
Statewide referenda and Portland local races
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 29, 2009
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Your Money

Here comes the FairPoint bailout
We thought the bailouts were over. They're not. FairPoint Communications, the nightmare that has become northern New England's landline provider, is seeking tax dollars that could help it fulfill the promises made to regulators in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont when the company spent $2.3 billion to buy Verizon's systems here.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 02, 2009
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Hey guv: stop slashing!

State budget cuts just make the recession worse
It seems as if there’s no light at the end of the state’s gloomy fiscal tunnel.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 31, 2008
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Obama and McCain: Repro Rights Checklist

How the presidential candidates measure up on reproductive rights
It’s important to know where our next president stands with regard to reproductive rights — and to remember that those rights depend on who’s in charge.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2008
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A sobering question

Can Obama make Democrats face up to economic reality?
With every passing week the nation’s already-screwed-up economy becomes even more distressed.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 30, 2008
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A sobering question

Can Obama make Democrats face up to economic reality?
With every passing week the nation’s already-screwed-up economy becomes even more distressed.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 30, 2008
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The failure of ‘tough-on-crime’ tactics

Left untreated, drug addicts pose greater costs for everyone else 
It was after midnight, and Dawn Jacques lay sleepless in her cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions, shuddering. Bathed in sweat, she stared at the ceiling for hours until it blurred.
By TE-PING CHEN  |  May 08, 2008
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Gathering steam

Local train proposals seek funding, find support
As flight attendants do with pin-on airline wings, TrainRiders hosts used to distribute blue “I rode the Amtrak Downeaster today” stickers to children only.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 06, 2008
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Hungry at the Holiday

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank battles a worsening hunger problem
Most of the food banks and soup kitchens across the United States emerged during the so-called Reagan recession of the early 1980s.
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 12, 2007
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Killing bills

Congress inaction
Auto workers, oil companies, and farmers all snarling together in a pit of special interests — it’s not a pretty picture.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 20, 2007
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Four years later

Bush's bullshit
In the aftermath of a surprise attack by Egypt and Syria that overwhelmed Israeli forces in 1973, a special commission was convened to determine what went wrong.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 02, 2007
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The Pah-ty's ovah

Congressional reps from New England are poised to lead the attack on Republican waste and fraud
For the past six years, the Republican-run federal government has been free to waste money, reward friends, and act incompetently, knowing that their misdeeds would go unexposed by the legislative branch. Nailing the GOP: New England Congressmen are sitting on some key committees. By David S. Bernstein
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 24, 2007

Federal anti-drug provision hits RI students hard

Drug wars
Rhode Island has been hit hard by an anti-drug law that bars college students with drug convictions from receiving federal grants and loans, according to US Department of Education statistics.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 17, 2006
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HIV safety net in jeopardy

Management gaffes and rising costs imperil support services for Rhode Island’s federally funded program
The 4000 Rhode Islanders living with HIV were on the mind of Dr. David Gifford when he went to Governor Donald L. Carcieri, and then the House Finance Committee, in late 2005 and early this year, with hat in hand.
By BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL  |  May 11, 2006

Planning ahead

Peace recruiters barred from schools
Military recruiters are still forced to fill their quotas — which means that despite plummeting interest, military enlistment must somehow remain as steady as the discouraging casualty rate.
By HOOTIE GIANGRECO  |  February 23, 2006

Citywatch

Why isn’t Providence backing the Ship Street Canal?  
How about this idea for a new and improved Providence: using land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195, the city taps mostly federal funds to create a distinctive canal extending from the Providence River into the heart of the Jewelry District. And unlike the paths alongside the river — which attract little activity beyond WaterFire nights — the additional waterfront constituted by the canal would attract pedestrians, cafes, mixed-use buildings, and other elements of heightened day-and-night activity.
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 28, 2010

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  Why isn’t Providence backing the Ship Street Canal?
 How about this idea for a new and improved Providence: using land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195, the city taps mostly federal funds to create a distinctive canal extending from the Providence River into the heart of the Jewelry District.
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 28, 2010

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