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Colbert Visits URI — Say Hi To Flynn

(10.2) Dear Mr. Colbert, remember your old show? Remember virtues? Eight years ago you interviewed Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse* about his new book, “On Virtues.” Unfortunately, Rhode Island has since lost its way. This Saturday you will be appearing at the University of Rhode Island for “a conversation” as part of URI Alumni Weekend. …

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URI Pres. Parlange — Rescind Flynn Honor!

Welcome to Marc Parlange, the University of Rhode Island’s new president. Now that you’ve had a few moments to get settled, there is an urgent matter requiring your attention: The honorary degree bestowed upon Michael Flynn by your predecessor must be rescinded. This retired Army lieutenant general is a QAnon supporter and a traitor, and …

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President Biden

What a relief. Normal, smart, competent, educated, experienced, decent people are back in charge. Science is now a Cabinet position! President Biden got immediately to work today signing 17 executive orders including: Reinstating ties with WHO. Rejoining the Paris climate accords. Blocking the deportation of Liberians who have been living in the United States. Ending …

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RI Republicans Have A Decision To Make

If you still identify as Republican, the recent statement of the state party Chairwoman Sue Cienki may be of interest, because this is what you stand for now. The ProJo reached her for comment by phone, and, while noting that the storming of the Capitol was “horrifying,” She stopped short of criticizing Trump, however, who …

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‘Rosa Parks House Project’ Events — WaterFire Arts Center

(4.1) Artist Ryan Mendoza has installed ‘The Rosa Parks House Project’ within the WaterFire Arts Center. If you have yet to visit the cavernous arts center you may not understand how one building would be erected inside another building. As you can see there is room to spare. (A photo of the original Detroit location, …

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Sen. Whitehouse Q&A — Nathan Bishop

(1.29) Last summer the statue of “America” in front of the Federal Building was briefly enshrouded, just as the horror of the presidential campaign raged on. It was such a fitting symbol I wasn’t altogether sure it wasn’t an art installation. The shroud should have remained in place and painted black. Our worst fears are …

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Big Drum Powwow

(9.25) A traditional eastern woodland gathering takes place this weekend at the Roger Williams National Memorial with traditional Native American drumming, dancing, storytelling, and authentic Native American crafts and foods. (Facebook event) Eastern Host Drums Eastern Medicine Singers Mountain Spirit Singers MC Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson Pocasset Pokanoket Native Food, Native Dancing, Native Crafts Noon …

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The Last Refuge Of The Scoundrel

How about we support the veterans and let the sports millionaires fend for themselves from now on? So what did Samuel Johnson mean when he said “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Seems clear enough, but apparently there was no shortage of cynical demagogues feigning outrage even back in the 18th century. Boswell …

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Let’s Talk About Pocahontas

(11.24) The Native Americans at Brown student group presents a screening of Disney’s Pocahontas in honor of Native American Heritage Month. This 1995 animated children’s film chronicles Pocahontas’ fictionalized encounter with British settlers. Running time 81 minutes. A panel discussion focusing on the historical inaccuracies of the film will follow the screening. Panelists will discuss …

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