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11 Big ideas for Rhode Island

Rhode Island has problems. We all know it. Unemployment, political corruption, the Providence College basketball team.
Great notions to make things better in tough times: internpreneurships, dance parties, and Netflix for underwear 
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 01, 2010
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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

Nobody dies

Some things in life are essential — beer, the MLB Network, caller ID — and some things aren't — tofu, Jay Leno, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
The Department of Economic and Community Development dodges the axe
By AL DIAMON  |  January 01, 2010
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The Loan Groan

Each month, with miserable certitude, the snail-mailboxes of middle-class twenty- and thirtysomethings are stuffed with student-loan bills, from both federal and private lenders. The balance seems to remain stagnant, even as we mail in check after chec
Never a borrower or a lender be dept.  
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2009
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Loan Groan

Each month, with miserable certitude, the snail-mailboxes of middle-class twenty- and thirtysomethings are stuffed with student-loan bills, from both federal and private lenders. The balance seems to remain stagnant, even as we mail in check after check
A new federal program aims to help overburdened student borrowers
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2009
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Loan Groan

Each month, with miserable certitude, the snail-mailboxes of middle-class twenty- and thirtysomethings are stuffed with student-loan bills, from both federal and private lenders. The balance seems to remain stagnant, even as we mail in check after check
A new federal program aims to help overburdened student borrowers
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2009


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Carter’s cajones

The Republican Party is rife with classic wimps and bullies.
Jimmy makes Dubya look like a wimp
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 27, 2008

Bad schooling

When it comes to top advisors, it’s good to see John “Dubya” McCain keeping up his streak of employing clapped-out old political whores like Phil Gramm and Trent Lott, not to mention a rich lobbyist who represent brutal foreign dictators.
McCain’s education advisor has the whiff of debacle around her
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 23, 2008
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Can the Providence schools get it together?

As Rhode Island continues to struggle with budget deficits and economic development, the future of education is a piece of a large puzzle.
The answer will have a serious impact on the state’s economic future
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 11, 2008
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Traces of the Trade advances the discussion

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North charts the early history of the DeWolfs, a prominent Bristol family whose first three generations were prosperously involved in the slave trade.
Race + Reconciliation
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2008
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Got sustainability?

Growing numbers of Americans are taking up bicycling and gardening, and perhaps reconsidering the more costly habits of the not-so-distant boom times.
Apeiron’s annual festival points the way to different possibilities
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 04, 2008


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The long view

Bob Blumenthal’s first book is out, and the wonder is that we didn’t get it sooner.
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By JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2008
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It’s not easy being green

Seth Handy does not have a long pony tail that snakes down the back of his rumpled hemp shirt, nor does he wear Birkenstocks to work.
Sustainable design is rising in popularity, but Rhode Island remains slow on the uptake
By MARISA ANGELL BROWN  |  June 20, 2007
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Lender bending

It should come as little surprise that financial institutions resort to heavy-handed and ethically shady tactics to increase their share of the student-loan business.
It’s time to rein in the student-loan industry. Plus, trying to make sense of the horror at Virginia Tech.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 18, 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

School was my hustle

What a relief to discover that solving the problem of high property taxes in Maine isn’t complicated.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 24, 2007


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Manhandled no more

A few years ago, if you googled student-loan giant Sallie Mae and the word “lawsuit,” a live-journal blog called Southern Girl Babbling would turn up.
 Running with a PAC
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  December 14, 2006

Put on your rosy red glasses

Governor John Baldacci has plans for his second term that will transform the lives of every Mainer. Which will probably annoy those Mainers who don’t want their lives transformed.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 21, 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
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Second time around

If you are thinking of going back to school, you will want to do four things before making that commitment.
Meeting the high costs of going back to school
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  May 08, 2006
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No money, mo problems

There are more than 4000 degree-granting higher-education institutions in the United States.
Screwed students get heard
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 22, 2006


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College students be damned

Neither public nor private institutions are doing enough to contain costs.
Plus, Islamic democracy?
By EDITORIAL  |  March 22, 2006
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Weld’s college try

Bill Weld has hit rocky shoals in his attempt to become the first person since Sam Houston to get elected governor of two states.
An obscure school in Kentucky may cost Bill Weld an election — and maybe more
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN AND HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  February 18, 2006

Frequently asked questions

Bill Weld is loaded. Why did he decide to become an equity investor instead of just writing novels and fishing?
How did Bill Weld get into this mess?  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN AND HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  February 15, 2006

Multiple fronts

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With that in mind, here is some other DV-related news from around Maine.
  Other domestic-violence-related news from around Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 01, 1900