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8:58 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Hundreds Take To The Streets In Providence In Solidarity With Baltimore

Protesters demonstrating in Providence
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Hundreds of protestors marched through the streets of Providence Saturday demanding better relations with law enforcement. The event took place in solidarity with similar demonstrations in Baltimore.

Flanked by police officers, community members, organizers and activists marched through the streets carrying signs that read ‘black lives matter,’ ‘end police brutality,’ and simply ‘resist.’

The demonstration was spurred by the recent death of Freddie Gray, a black man in Baltimore who died following injuries he sustained while in police custody.

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Environment
11:10 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Newport Third Graders Lobby For Official State Insect

The American Burying Beetle
Credit St. Michael's Country Day School

A group of third graders in Newport hope to convince lawmakers to name an official state insect.  The students at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport want to make the American Burying Beetle the Ocean State’s official bug.

Their teacher Linda Spinney says the students will make their case at the Statehouse Thursday before lawmakers.

“We’re taking the school bus up there today. It will be a late night for them but I think their parents want them to really see the process and where it takes you when your voices are heard.”

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Environment
8:58 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Providence and South Counties Receive An 'F' For Air Quality

The American Lung Association has given RI an 'F' for air quality.
Credit thisisbossi / flickr

Hot days last summer triggered high levels of smog pollution across the state, especially in Providence. 

The city earned an F in this year’s State of the Air report, issued by the American Lung Association. Karina Holyoak Wood is the organization’s public policy director in Rhode Island. She said tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders have chronic lung problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

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Arts & Culture
8:40 am
Thu April 30, 2015

RI's Brown Bird Finds A Solemn Victory On Final Album

MorganEve Swain sits in the Warren apartment she shared with husband and fellow band member David Lamb. Their dog Zed sits on her lap.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

It’s been a year since the death of local musician David Lamb, whose passing threw the future of the folk duo Brown Bird into question. This week saw the release of the band’s final album. Crafted during Lamb’s battle with leukemia, the album was finished by his wife MorganEve Swain, the other half of the band. Music journalists are calling it Brown Bird’s swan song.

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Politics
8:57 am
Wed April 29, 2015

House Judiciary Takes Up Series Of Bills Relating To Marijuana

Cannabis plant
Credit Federal Wildlife Service

The House Judiciary Committee is slated to hear Wednesday a series of bills about marijuana.

One bill proposes to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over.  The drug would be regulated and taxed like alcohol, which proponents say would bring in new tax revenue for the state.  But opponents point to the potential negative impact on health and public safety.

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