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I was in the dark. Total darkness. I raised my hand, bringing it slowly to my face. I expected to see something before bumping my nose. I didn't. My world had closed in and my other senses heightened. The air was fresh and clean. I felt the gravel under more
You rarely see anyone hitchhiking, and if you do it's unlikely you would stop. It wasn't like that when I was in my teens and 20s. Hitchhiking was a respectable form of travel, and if you were driving you returned the favor; you felt guilty if you more
I'm one who pays attention to premonitions . well, at least, some of the time. For some reason, I had a strange feeling when envelopes to renew both Carol's registration and mine arrived simultaneously from the DMV. It made perfect sense they should come more
The protest movement sparked by the death of George Floyd is focused most immediately on calls to reform police departments throughout the U.S. Activists generally want to redirect a portion of money away from police budgets to social needs like housing. more
When I learned the Warwick Public Library would be reopening on Monday, I made a point of visiting, although I wasn't planning to look through the audio books as is the case when scheduling a trip. Like most of us, I haven't been traveling anywhere for more
The challenge facing any social movement is converting activism into change. So it will take time to assess the impact of the mass movement that formed in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police almost two weeks ago. Yet more
By the first week in June, things are usually humming. If not for COVID-19, it would be mid-celebration for Gaspee Days - the Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Festival having been held, and the concert and fireworks with the 5K and the parade the following more
When flashy LA litigator Johnnie Cochran came to Providence after the friendly-fire fatal shooting of Officer Cornel Young back in 2000, Buddy Cianci accused Cochran of trying to sow division. Cliff Monteiro, then the president of the Providence NAACP, more
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They looked like a trio of good friends - the three amigos. Standing in the middle, Carol was looking up at the brightening morning sky. To her left was Ollie, sniffing the ground and occasionally carefully selecting a blade of grass to chew. And on her more
Hi there! I'm Ian Donnis, the political reporter at Rhode Island's NPR member station, The Public's Radio (89.3 FM, online at thepublicsradio.org). I write a weekly column to look back at the top RI political stories of the week and to share some other more
Rhode Island's elected officials face a massive task in balancing Rhode Island's budget while trying to position the state for an economic recovery from the pandemic. "e;Just keeping the lights on, providing basic public services, will itself be a gigantic more
The bay beckons. I saw it Saturday when powering out of Warwick Cove, and there was a parade of incoming vessels in the wake of a sailboat under power. It looked and felt like mid-July and all thoughts and worries of COVID-19 were blown away by the warm more
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