Elisabeth Harrison

Thousands Catch Glimpse Of Solar Eclipse

At observatories, public libraries, parks and universities, people gathered Monday to watch the moon pass in front of the sun. The total eclipse was only partially visible in New England, but that did not seem to dampen the spirits of families, co-workers and students who gathered to see it.

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With 'Ask A Muslim Anything' Events, NE Man Hopes To Tackle Misunderstandings Around His Faith

Many Muslim-Americans will tell you that this is a tough time for them. From the 9/11 attacks to President Trump’s proposed travel ban, Muslims in America feel besieged by discrimination and misunderstanding.

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RI Community Present For Counter-protests in Boston

Aug 21, 2017
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Thousands marched through the streets of Boston Saturday afternoon to counter-protest what was being called a “free speech rally.” Members of the Rhode Island community were also present.

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About 65 percent of the sun will be covered in Providence when the eclipse takes its maximum effect at 2:47 Monday afternoon.

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Almost 300 members of the Yale class of 1985 have signed a letter asking their former classmate, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to resign. 

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On Monday, people across the country will gather to witness a total solar eclipse.

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R.I.P. Tom Bates

Aug 18, 2017

Update: Services for Tom Bates: Wake, Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman Street in Providence. Celebration of Life: Hot Club, South Water Street, Providence, Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Tom Bates, the burly, witty and friendly Providence tavern owner and raconteur, who came to Rhode Island’s capital to attend the Rhode Island School of Design and never left, was found dead today at his East Providence home. He was 73.

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Democrats and some Republicans criticized President Donald Trump this week, over his response to the events in Charlottesville, but some Trump voters say they still support their president. 

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The white supremacist march in Charlottesville has stirred a variety of emotions. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says there should be only one takeaway from this demonstration.  

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For the past few months, the Providence avant-rock trio Arc Iris has been touring New England with a concert it calls "Arc Iris Reimagines Joni Mitchell’s 'Blue.' " The show is exactly what it sounds like, with an emphasis on "reimagines." Arc Iris takes great liberties with Mitchell’s 1971 masterpiece, unraveling those lovely, corkscrewing melodies and laying them across funky beats and spacey synth licks.

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State Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown), a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from the weekend violence in Charlottesville, the impact of a bigger progressive caucus in the House, and the merits of a proposed hike for electricity customers in the state.

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