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The Pulse
4:10 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Diabetes Rising In RI + A Diabetic Teddy Bear

Interactive map of diabetes rates by county, over time.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On this World Diabetes Day, I decided to look into the prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island and find out whether diagnoses are on the rise. They are, unsurprisingly. Check out this interactive map from the CDC that shows the increase in diabetes rates over time in each Rhode Island county.

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Health Care
11:52 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Local Cardiologist Calls Trans Fat Ban "Overdue"

Illustration of hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis
Credit U.S. National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health

Miriam Hospital cardiologist and Brown medical school professor Dr. Barbara Roberts said the Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to ban trans fats in processed foods is long overdue. Trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils, are added to foods like cookies, ready-to-use frostings, and microwave popcorn to extend their shelf life. Scientists have known for decades that they can lead to hardened arteries and higher bad cholesterol.

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RI News
3:16 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Brown Forming A Committee to Review Disruption of Raymond Kelly's Talk

Students and community members shut down a lecture by New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly. Now a committee will look into disciplinary action against the students.
Credit RIPR FILE

Brown University is creating a committee to review how a talk by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was canceled last week after a noisy protest. Kelly’s critics object to his department’s controversial stop and frisk policy.

Kelly was repeatedly interrupted by students and outside activists when he tried speaking during an October 29 appearance at Brown. The university responded by cancelling the talk and clearing the room where the event was taking place.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Political Roundtable: Kilmartin on Exeter, Gun Legislation + Free Speech at Brown

Credit Ian Donnis

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the race for governor; the fate of gun-related legislation in the General Assembly; the cancaled appearance at Brown University involving New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly, and other issues.

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Artscape
9:05 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Artscape: At Brown, Annual Organ Concert Keeps Things Creepy Each Halloween

The massive 1903 organ in Sayles Hall at Brown University.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

For the last twenty years Brown University’s organist Mark Steinbach has been playing a concert on Halloween at midnight.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender, went out to the University to learn more about the spooky tradition, and what makes a piece of music scary.

That’s Mark Steinbach, the University Organist at Brown.  He’s practicing for his annual organ recital which happens at midnight on Halloween.

“Technically it starts at 11:59 pm, so that people know which day to come,” said Steinbach.

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The Education Blog
9:35 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Protesters Drown Out Kelly Lecture

Brown University had to cancel New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s lecture yesterday, after protesters refused to let him speak. More than 100 students and activists turned out for the talk, and began shouting at Kelly as he tried to speak.

Brown officials told the protesters to wait for a question and answer session at the end of Kelly's talk, but they refused to quiet down. After nearly 30 minutes, Brown officials say they made the decision to clear the lecture hall.

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RI News
9:34 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Students and Activists Shut Down Lecuture At Brown University

Students and community members protest a lecture by New York City's Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

More than 100 Student and community protestors shut down a lecture by New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly at Brown University yesterday afternoon.

Mario Vega, a Brown student, says he was there to protest the way NYC police have monitored Muslim residents since 9/11.

“I think Ray Kelly’s policies are completely racist and Islamiphobic, and I completely do not support how Brown is paying him to come here and unilaterally impose his doctrine on the people of the University.  That gives the impression that we support it and we don’t," said Vega.

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The Education Blog
9:22 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Protest Expected At Kelly Lecture

Students and community groups plan to demonstrate outside the Brown University lecture hall where New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is slated to speak this afternoon.

Kelly has overseen New York’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policing strategy. The demonstrators say they believe the policy amounts to racial profiling, and they are also angered by what they call Kelly’s “widespread surveillance” of the Muslim community.

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The Education Blog
8:28 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Brown Will Keep Investments in Coal

The governing board of Brown University has decided against divesting from the coal industry, saying there are better ways to fight global warming.

Students had led an effort to get the Ivy League university to take its money out of coal, arguing Brown should set an example and stop investing in companies that contribute to greenhouse gasses emissions, which are a major contributor to climate change. 

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On Politics
4:56 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Brown votes against coal industry disvestment

The corporation that runs Brown University has decided against purging its endowment of investments in coal companies, as a student-led group, Brown Divest Coal, had campaigned for.

In a statement released by university President Christina Paxson, the corporation decided that Brown will address climate change though teaching and research, rather than through coal divestment.

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