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Joseph Almeida

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Moving Off the Plantation?

Rhode Island, whatever its obsession with history, has only lately begun to come to terms with the darkest stain on its past: slavery.
Rhode Island's identity crisis
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 03, 2009
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Should 'Plantations' be removed from the state name?

Eight years after an effort began to remove the word “plantations” from Rhode Island’s official state name, a related bill has not made it out of committee.
Race
By MATT JERZYK  |  May 14, 2008
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Activist leads criminal-justice reform festival

When Bruce Reilly was released from the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) in 2005 he had serious plans for how he intended to make up for lost time.
Justice or just us?
By ARIEL WERNER  |  May 08, 2008
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Providence endorsements

The Providence Phoenix enthusiastically endorses Sheldon Whitehouse.
Whitehouse for US Senate; Fogarty for governor; Kennedy and Langevin for Congress; lynch for attorney general; “yes” for the casino
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 01, 2006
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Rebels in the general assembly

To the displeasure of progressives around Rhode Island, the Democrat-controlled General Assembly this year passed mammoth tax cuts for the wealthiest of Rhode Islanders — the same kind of tax cuts for which national Democrats have hammered President Geor
Can progressives change the debate on the issues that matter?
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  October 18, 2006
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The blacks try to get back in the game

If ever there were a golden opportunity to increase black political representation in Rhode Island, it would be this fall’s City Council elections in Providence, home to the largest black community in the state.
Increased political organizing is targeted after years of lethargy
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 18, 2006


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