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What Is Missing From This Picture?

If you said ‘absolutely nothing’ (or ‘fat children’) congratulations, you get it. If you said ‘adult supervision’ or ‘helmets’ then you are a tedious fool. I have not seen the movie Where Do the Children Play? but I’m pretty sure I’m on board with the

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If We Let The Straights Get Married, Then Next We’ll Have Polygamy

Maggie Gallagher from yesterday’s NOM rally. (Polygamy gets a shout-out at the 3:00 mark.)

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It’s Just As Well

Pole-handling skills this poor are unlikely to result in much of a catch — or ever getting pregnant for that matter — so this gal will be fine. But the Rhode Island Department of Health issued an advisory Wednesday regarding consumption of stripers and blue

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Go Ahead Ladies, Whip ’em Out!

But wait until midnight tonight.  A new law goes into effect on March 1st mandating that women be allowed to breastfeed any place open to the public (presumably this would include Club Balloons).  Oh to be a fly on the wall when this legislation was

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Tribe of Weird

Providence is a haven for weirdness and weirdos. This is what makes the town so great. Where else can your day start with a phone call from a Cheyenne “hobo,” checked in to the RI Hospital for a suicide attempt, and end with synth rock

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

In lieu of getting laid. This afternoon the Patriots (8-5) will be playing the Raiders (3-10).  So… this may not be the greatest game, but in Oakland there is always another show and if this turns into a blowout, the cameramen may turn their attention

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Candlelight Vigil for Mumbai Tonight

Lots of pretty lights have popped up around town for the holidays. Here’s another type: The India Association of Rhode Island is hosting a candlelight vigil tonight to share its solidarity with caring and concerned people and to express its outrage and sorrow on behalf

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AIDS quilt covers Providence

 Parts of the Aids Quilt, which memorializes more than 91,000 individuals lost to AIDS, will be on display at RISD this weekend.  This handmade quilt, which was started in 1987 and now weighs 54 tons, is the largest piece of ongoing community art in the

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Well, 1/3 of New England is on board…

As of this morning, same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut.  Two down, 48 to go.

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Can Bone Marrow Transplants Lead To Virus Resistant Cells?

From the Wall Street Journal, a startling medical mystery: “The patient, a 42-year-old American living in Berlin, is still recovering from his leukemia therapy, but he appears to have won his battle with AIDS. Doctors have not been able to detect the virus in his

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Sustainability Show!

Sustainability Print Show! The opening is this SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd 2008 from 4-7pm at The AS220 Main Gallery space, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903. It’s also FREE! Print Show by Just Seeds Visual Arts Cooperative & Thirty+ RI Artists, including (but not limited to!

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Downtown planning sesh starts today

The Downtown Neighborhood Charette (whose area of focus includes the Jewelry District too) kicks off today. Full schedule is posted here, and today’s workshops are as follows: 11 am-12:30 pm Focus on Capital Center What do we need to do to complete Capital Center? Are

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From the state that gave us Cliffs Notes

Nebraska law-makers scrambled to narrow the wording of their new “safe haven” law. Initially passed to provide an anonymous alternative to panicky teens for safely disposing of an inconvenient newborn, the law had unintended consequences to say the least.  There was no age limit in

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Almost makes you want to have brain surgery

Banjo player Eddie Adcock recently had brain surgery where surgeons installed deep brain stimulator electrodes to control a tremor in his right hand. Patients are sometimes kept awake during brain surgery to interact with the surgeon and help guide the procedure. In Adcock’s case, he

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My fellow prisoners?

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mBi7d6e5KI] So, when McCain refers to Americans as “my fellow prisoners,” is it: a) a flashback, possibly drug or senility induced, to his actual days of being a prisoner, or b) a reference, albeit an oblique one, to his outmoded economic views, inasmuch as he

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Mo mammals? No. Mo problems? Yes.

Indeed, the problem appears to be fewer mammals. All of your cute n cuddly favorites, from the super intelligent dolphins, to bulky, lovable whales, to apes and cats and hyraxes are dying off in a horrible evolutionary cataclysm, termed an “extinction crisis” by the International