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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

The new Netroots

The netroots story — lefty bloggers storming the barricades — can seem, well, so 2006. Little wonder, then, that this year's Netroots Nation conference in Providence didn't receive much national press.
Activism 2.0
By  |  June 09, 2012
Smash Mouth Big Hurt 2

Smash Mouth chicken out

In the end, some eggs were eaten and a bunch of money was raised to help sick kids, which is great. But did Steve Harwell truly meet the egg challenge? No!
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 21, 2011

Agents of change

The highly publicized turmoil at Central Falls High School is but the leading edge of a major crisis in urban education in this state.
City Year Rhode Island is engaged in an ambitious assault on the urban education crisis. But the push has required the group to engage in a transformation that raises unsettling questions about diversity and public service
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 04, 2011

Granola with a conscience

With all those honey-flavored oats and nuts, granola is tempting enough for Rhode Island's neo-hippie set. But add a scoop of goodwill to the mix and you invite a veritable stampede of Birkenstocks.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  November 26, 2010
Halo: Reach tournament to support breast cancer

Halo: Reach tournament to support breast cancer

The name of this Halo: Reach tournament, "Fight Like A Girl," is enough to get me to raise my hackles, but don't worry, these women...
By Maddy Myers  |  October 07, 2010

Street scene

Walking down Congress Street with John Dana and Jesse Flynn on a Friday afternoon, I am struck by how many people's names they know.
New program forges personal connections with the homeless
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 23, 2010

Food for the hungry

For many Maine kids, the end of the academic year means an end to regular meals.
Gourmet chefs seek to feed Maine's kids
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  June 25, 2010

Helping Haiti

Lots of people are finding all sorts of ways to help the victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti. But, since we'll assume that you...
By Jeff Inglis  |  January 14, 2010
Charitable gestures

Charitable gestures

It may turn me into a a bitter grump, but it seems that the cold weather has an altruistic effect on...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  February 06, 2009

Slideshow: Santa Speedo Run

 Shrinkage in a red suit
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 15, 2008

I Ran the Santa Speedo Run

I Ran the Santa Speedo Run

SLIDESHOW: 19 MORE PHOTOS On Saturday, I did one of the dumbest things I've ever done in my life: kn...
By Sara Faith Alterman  |  December 15, 2008

Local musicians help the hungry

The folks at WBLM (102.9 FM, "the Blimp") have banded together to raise money for the Good Shepherd ...
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 09, 2008

Red, White & Bid

An evening of drinking usually leaves our wallets a little lighter than when we started, and the on...
By Staff@Night  |  November 13, 2008

Mascherata Veneziana

Trick or treat? From 6 to 9 p.m., you can do a little of both at Mascherata Veneziana, a fanciful ...
By Staff@Night  |  November 13, 2008

Chimay tasting at Morton’s

If your palate isn’t quite sophisticated enough to tell the difference between a Bud and a Belgian,...
By Staff@Night  |  November 13, 2008

fashion and fitness: trunk show at exhale spa

Local designer Hadley Pollet and yoga instructor Amy Leydon are combining the catwalk and downwar...
By Staff@Night  |  November 13, 2008