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Such a Pretty Little Package I Never Did See

I’m guessing little of Rhode Island’s FY 2010 budget is soothing. But a watercolor on the budget’s cover called “Leave Your Troubles Behind” is offsetting the despair (or at least has to be better for morale than, say, plywood-boarded homes). Kudos to artist Donna Kenney Kirwin for winning the 2009 “Scenes of RI” show with

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Want Your Own Warhol?

You may be in luck.  Madoff scandal victim Brandeis University is closing down its Rose Art Museum late this summer and selling thousands of works by artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Nam June Paik, James Rosenquist, and Roy Lichtenstein.  In addition to its collections, the Rose hosts public programs, live jazz on the second Sunday each month, and

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Feds need to help struggling states

In these times of budget shortfalls, state governments across the nation have been forced to lay off workers and cut back vital services to their residents. Contributing to the fiscal crises is a deepening recession that has left millions unemployed. As a result, state revenues from sales and personal income taxes are down sharply. The

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We Don’t Need Polar Bears

In Rhode Island that is. Today’s Providence Journal discusses the relative merits of certain proposed stimulus package projects, mentioning that the Roger Williams Park Zoo polar bear exhibit has come under attack in the national media. Among 607 pages of stimulus spending proposed last month by the United States Conference of Mayors — and now

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