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  • February 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: More from Segal.

    Linking to this post, the representative has cross-posted at RI's Future and Dose a longer response to PPRIAN.

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    It's no surprise that the Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island Action Network would applaud Representative Art Handy and Senator Josh Miller for backing legislation to implement a "buffer safety zone" around reproductive health clinics.

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  • February 07, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From Bruno Uno:

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Social activist and educator Angela Davis will deliver the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture at Brown University on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at 4 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. Her talk, titled “Recognizing Racism in the Era of Neo-Liberalism,” is free and open to the public.

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  • February 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The most striking thing in Charlie Bakst's recent column on what the governor and his wife are thinking as the budget battle is joined had to be this exchange involving Sue Carcieri:

    Soon she turned the conversation to a protest last month against the governor’s layoff of three Southeast Asian interpreters. At a news conference, a 15-year-old Cambodian girl said, among other things, “The governor is sending a clear message to my community that we are not valued or welcome.

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  • February 01, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Matt also has a bit on Governor Carcieri being talked up as a VP possibility for Mitt Romney:

    The WaPo's Chris Cillizza has a good run-through of the possible VPs for each candidate. Look who he has listed for Mitt Romney:

    * Don Carcieri: The Rhode Island governor doesn't get much publicity, but he has been elected and reelected in a VERY blue state and, before getting involved in politics, was a successful businessman.

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  • February 01, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In what even Steve Brown might call a man-bites-dog story, the RI chapter of the ACLU, which has been known to criticize Attorney General Patrick Lynch, is coming to the AG's aid in a matter related to the state's blockbuster lead paint case.

    Supporting the public’s right to know, the Rhode Island ACLU has today filed a brief urging the R.

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  • January 31, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Over at Anchor, Marc seems to have been first with the news that Forbes is calling Providence the 10th most miserable city in the United States.

    Misery is defined as a state of great unhappiness and emotional distress. The economic indicator most often used to measure misery is the Misery Index. The index, created by economist Arthur Okun, adds the unemployment rate to the inflation rate.

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  • January 31, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Writing in the Phoenix, Sharon Steel describes how, in a time of global upheaval, many Americans are turning to Hello Kitty, Lolcats, and Juno, among other elements of what she dubs the cuteness surge.

    “We’ve had manifestations of this cute business, through good times and bad, militaristically,” says Robert Thompson, a professor of television and pop-culture at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.

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  • January 24, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Pat Crowley has a strong post up at RI's Future, pointing to a state report to indicate how Rhode Island taxpayers are paying more than $5 million (plus about $6M from the feds) to pay for health insurance for workers at some of the state's biggest and more profitable corporations:

    As I was driving through Providence today, I heard Our Governor on the Helen Glover “Show” getting the facts wrong again about the State he has run for six years but apparently bears no responsibility for mismanaging (personal responsibility and all).

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  • January 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    We all know how a lot of cities are struggling with the fallout of the foreclosure mess, but Baltimore leads the pack in pushing the envelope. From yesterday's New York Times:

    Baltimore’s mayor and City Council are suing Wells Fargo Bank, contending that its lending practices discriminated against black borrowers and led to a wave of foreclosures that has reduced city tax revenues and increased its costs.

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  • January 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Lu Heintz, creator of the controversial Olneyville trash cans, just relayed this news, from Steel Yard director Drake Patten, via e-mail:

    The Steel Yard announced today that artist Lu Heintz’s sculptural trash cans will be installed in Olneyville, the neighborhood for which they were initially intended. The industrial arts-focused non-profit spent many months negotiating a new location for the cans after the original clients were unwilling to accept the cans due to differences between the design concept they approved and the final product.

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  • January 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    David Simon, the creator of HBO's The Wire -- far and away, the best thing on television -- has lived the fantasy of a lot of reporters by naming one of his less enviable characters for a former newspaper colleague he doesn't much like.

    Here's how Margaret Talbot described the situation in an October profile of Simon in the New Yorker:

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  • January 02, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As we greet the new year, it's worth taking the time for a read of a compilation, by Slate's William Saletan, of the top scientific and technological threats of 2007. Here are a few excerpts:

    It's been another big year for scientific and technological encroachments on individual privacy. For good or ill, governments and businesses are finding new ways to enter what used to be considered personal space.

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  • December 30, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The ProJo's Sunday Money & Business section closes the year, sadly, without any staff-written content on the section front, although there is a useful Associated Press piece on the second page about the so-called XO laptop (previously described in the New York Times), a cheap (under $200) computer that is helping to bring poor children into the contemporary age:

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  • December 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    In this week's Phoenix, ace Red Sox amigo Mike Miliard looks into his crystal ball for 2008:

    Hey geeks: all that online talk (nine billion Google hits and counting) notwithstanding, “Web 3.0” won’t be happening any time soon. And even if the anticipated advance to the next technological level was imminent, the growing consensus is that any blogger using that awful neologism should have his broadband connection yanked from the wall with extreme prejudice.

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  • December 24, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Amid the bustle and rampant consumerism of the holidays, not to mention the violence and madness of the world, it's great to see a reminder -- such as Mark Arsenault's ProJo story yesterday -- about the true meaning of Christmas:

    Spencer Furey is information-technology director for Priority Management Group, a Pawtucket medical-billing company.

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