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Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council and KaBOOM! Announce Donation of $53,000 in Playground Equip

Funding from Staples, Inc. to Create a New Merino Park Playground Providence, RI (May 19, 2008) – The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, along with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America, today

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

I am doing a sexy little dance in my office chair right now, because: Same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the California Supreme Court ruled [today]. According to the court, “In contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individual’s capacity

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Now You Can Own JFK’s Air Guitar

From Ebay: “Extremely rare oppurtunity. up for auction is the only air guitar known to have been owned by US president JFK. President kennedy was under constant stress from political rivals and upsets.” “Many silent and melancholy impromptu jam sessions haunted the air in Kennedy’s office

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28 days later

Next time you are scurrying across Kennedy Plaza, stop for a second or two and look up (close your mouth). Peregrine falcons are once again nesting atop the Bank of America building. According to Tom Meade writing in the ProJo the nestlings hatch after 28

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Tom Friedman Pied by Brown Student

UPDATE: Footage, courtesy of the Greenwash Gorillas themselves… even as this was a pretty amazing spectacle, the footage kind of makes me want to give Tom a big hug. While I understand the criticisms of Friedman’s work, I wonder if this was an effective way

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National Popular Vote signed into law in Illinois. What about RI?

After passing in the Vermont Senate and the Maine Senate last week, more NPV news out of Illinois, where Gov. Rod Blagojevich just signed the plan to elect the president by national popular vote into law. A bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Rod

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used book sale

The Friends of Rochambeau are holding one of their bi-annual book sales, and it’s going on right now through Saturday. I just took a quick look around and there is some pretty good stuff — hardcover and paperbacks as well as A.V. items. It would

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senate hearing today, show your support

Jesse Stout, Executive Director of RIPAC, the medical marijuana advocacy coalition, encourages all interested parties to attend today’s hearing at the State House to show support for the patients, doctors and experts testifying in front of the Senate’s Health and Human Services committee in favor

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This is the Best Thing That’s Ever Happened to Me

For today, anyway. From Pitchfork: Fifteen years after its Matador Records release in 1993, Exile in Guyville is getting the reissue celebration it deserves. On June 24, ATO Records will beef up the album with four bonus tracks from the original Guyville sessions as well

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it’s beer o’clock on wickenden

This bar crawl appears to be working its way west.  I caught up with it in a place that shall remain nameless because they refuse to remove the big Christmas wreath from the front window!  (It’s St. Patrick’s Day ferchrissake.)  At any rate, this crew

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Why I Love the Irish

As reported in the New York Times, Ireland has virtually eliminated the hated plastic grocery bag by imposing a 33¢ tax on each one. The law prohibits grocers from absorbing the cost. Faster than anyone could have predicted people switched to the reusable totes. If

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Zinn on Election Madness

Don’t you hate how real news like the massive foreclosure crisis get second row to election-mania? I know I do. Well so does Howard Zinn. In a piece in the March issue of Progressive magazine he points out that even progressive activists fall into the