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Shaking up the school system

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.
The Reformer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 23, 2010
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Starting to clear Maine’s broadband backlog

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.
Mapping the Internet
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 29, 2010
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A split atop the RI Tea Party

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 n
Tea Time
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 25, 2009

Kennedy vs. the Catholic Church

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.
Opinion Dept.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 30, 2009
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Statewide referenda and Portland local races
Election 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 30, 2009
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Your Money

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,
Here comes the FairPoint bailout
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 04, 2009


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Hey guv: stop slashing!

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

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.
How the presidential candidates measure up on reproductive rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2008
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A sobering question

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

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

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.
Left untreated, drug addicts pose greater costs for everyone else 
By TE-PING CHEN  |  May 08, 2008


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Gathering steam

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.
Local train proposals seek funding, find support
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 06, 2008
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Hungry at the Holiday

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

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

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.
Bush's bullshit
By EDITORIAL  |  May 02, 2007
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The Pah-ty's ovah

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 si
Congressional reps from New England are poised to lead the attack on Republican waste and fraud
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 24, 2007


Federal anti-drug provision hits RI students hard

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.
Drug wars
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 17, 2006
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HIV safety net in jeopardy

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.
Management gaffes and rising costs imperil support services for Rhode Island’s federally funded program
By BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL  |  May 11, 2006

Planning ahead

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.
Peace recruiters barred from schools
By HOOTIE GIANGRECO  |  February 23, 2006

Citywatch

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 Dis
Why isn’t Providence backing the Ship Street Canal?  
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 30, 2005

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 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
  Why isn’t Providence backing the Ship Street Canal?
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 01, 1900