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Bright lights, no city

I never cared about Africa. I never wanted to join the Peace Corps, raft the Zambezi, haggle in Fez or climb Kilimanjaro.
What the poorest of the poor can teach the rest of us
By MAX ALEXANDER  |  August 24, 2012
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My buddy, the spy

Mikhail Semenko, one of the Russians recently accused of spying for his government, was a friend of mine.
I didn't know Misha was a Russian agent. I just knew he wanted my apartment.
By MARK GRUETER  |  July 23, 2010
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Khazei, Like a Fox?

If there is to be a candidate in the Massachusetts US Senate race who inspires the sort of grassroots, progressive following that propelled Governor Deval Patrick into office three years ago — an insurgent candidacy, if you will — it figures to be ideali
Insiders don’t think Alan Khazei has a chance in the US Senate race. But progressive activists could make him an underdog with bite.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 16, 2009
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OMG the DTR

I'm obsessed with talking about sex and dating. You're obsessed with it too, whether you like to admit it or not.
Field Notes: Obeservations and stories about sex and dating in the 21st century
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  March 04, 2009
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Nice package

As the largest stimulus package in world history winds its way through Congress, the critics are already out in force.
Poetry not prose
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 28, 2009
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Two many Americas

It's worth reminding ourselves that when the Republicans are out of power, they go apeshit.
Could an Obama administration mean an end to the red-state/blue-state divide?
By BY MIKE MILIARD  |  November 12, 2008


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Bigger! Better!!

This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008
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Top 10 questions for Maine voters

Here are the top 10 stories and storylines shaping Maine's primary season.
The issues that define the primary campaign
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008
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Alma Obama

My niece Rachael was graduated from Wesleyan this past Sunday, an accomplishment perhaps overshadowed for some by the highly publicized circumstances surrounding the commencement ceremony.
Understated understudy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008
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Pop-powered

Big chord changes and bigger melodies mark Neo Nouveau’s second stellar album, Courtyard , released a few weeks back.
Neo Nouveau’s crafty Courtyard
By BOB GULLA  |  May 13, 2008
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What’s wrong with being sexy?

“Laughing is good,” she tells them, and her students laugh uncomfortably. And then the lesson begins. 
One woman’s story of gaining empowerment as a sex educator
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  February 13, 2008


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Brain gloss

The merger of thought and glossy spreads of girls in streaming, DIY couture.
Two new Boston mags aimed at women beg the question, why not the perfect women's magazine?
By ELLEE DEAN  |  January 15, 2008
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Good company

The show includes puppetry, cartoons, oils, watercolors, drawings, collage, photography, sculpture, installation, and even a political parable.
A wide-ranging collection at Hera
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2007
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Geek power

Like a lot of people, Soren Ryherd and Vida Jakabhazy were drawn to Providence by their fondness for the city.
Techies and digital innovators are injecting fresh life into the Rhode Island economy
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 18, 2007
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Pushing to replace Bush

On an overcast night in early June, nearly 100 of US Senator Barack Obama’s local supporters crowded into the Peerless Lofts in downtown Providence.
Rhode Islanders are getting busy while supporting their favorite democrats
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  July 11, 2007
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Chafee offers something rare: a memorable graduation address

Is there a more unnerving task than being asked to be a graduation speaker?
Go waste
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 23, 2007


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Pelosi’s press secretary boasts a RI link

When Erica Sagrans took a job on the staff of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, her move to the nation’s capital was noted in the Providence Journal’s Political Scene column and elsewhere.
DC Connection
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 25, 2007
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A better world

There is not much dimensionality in waging war, apart from scale — killing one person at a time or many.
‘Waging Peace’ at Hera Gallery
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 03, 2006
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Dirty dancing with the Douchebags

In high school, watching Dirty Dancing on UPN used to be my ultimate guilty pleasure.
Comedy duo gets its MST3K on
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 23, 2006
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Local heroes

In this, the ninth annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s “Best” issue, we highlight four people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
Bill Shuey, Valerie Tutson, Greg Gerritt, and Scott Wolf
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ + IAN DONNIS  |  April 19, 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