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4:48 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

The gifts have been unwrapped, the eggnog raised, and now it's quick sprint to New Year's before the start of a new phase in Rhode Island politics. So thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to share tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) or to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Brown Med Students "Decode" Ferguson Evidence

Brown University
Credit RIPR FILE

The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri reviewed thousands of pages of evidence surrounding the shooting death of an unarmed black man. Among those pages: lots of inscrutable medical terminology from an autopsy and other medical reports. That’s why a group of Brown University medical students decided to translate that jargon into everyday language. Third year medical student Rian Yalamanchili led the “Ferguson Decoded” project.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Tencher Calls the Obama Coalition A One-Time Thing

West Warwick native Paul Tencher managed winning US Senate campaigns for Democrats Joe Donnelly in Indiana in 2012, and for Gary Peter in Michigan in 2014. He sat down with Bonus Q&A to talk about the national outlook for Democrats and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Political Roundtable: Tencher on Democrats' Plight, Chafee's Legacy & Raimondo's Staff Moves

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

West Warwick native Paul Tencher, who has managed winning Democratic US Senate campaigns in Indiana and Michigan, joins Roundtable to talk about the national challenges facing Democrats; Lincoln Chafee's legacy as governor; the latest administration moves by Governor-elect Gina Raimondo; and more.

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On Sports
12:10 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Dave Belisle, PC Basketball And Soccer, Marvin Barnes; 10 Top Stories From 2014

With less than a week to go before we welcome 2015, it’s time to reflect upon the stories that informed, entertained and intrigued us most during 2014. These are the sports stories that grabbed my attention.

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RI News
8:31 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Central Coventry Firefighters Still Willing To Negotiate As It Heads For Bankruptcy

Coventry town seal

The Central Coventry Fire district’s union says it’s still willing to negotiate even though the district has filed for bankruptcy.  

The governor’s office announced Tuesday a chapter 9 bankruptcy after months of receivership.  Head of the firefighters’ union David Gorman says the bankruptcy will hurt the town of Coventry.  “I still maintain that the governor’s bankruptcy plan will jeopardize public safety even further than we’re at today.  We’re down just 31 firefighters from 52,” said Gorman.  He added that the firefighters have also downsized from five stations to two. 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: The Rhode Island Philharmonic Delves Into Handel's Messiah

Final bars of the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's manuscript.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

One can usually hear the familiar strains of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah this time of year.  The Rhode Island Philharmonic performed the piece last week, as they do each year around Christmas. 

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with conductor Andy Clark, who led the philharmonic to talk about the famous piece, and how it’s come to be such a beloved holiday tradition.

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Higher Education
12:26 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Study Looks At ADHD In College Students

Researchers are collecting data on college students in Rhode Island and three other states, who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison reports the study is believed to be the first of it's kind, following hundreds of college students over a five-year period.

The study follows more than 400 college students in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Roughly half have been diagnosed with ADHD, the other half do not have attention issues.

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Weather
8:26 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Rhode Island In For A Wet, Warm Christmas

Rhode Island is in for a wet Christmas.  And, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, unseasonably warm weather.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures could hit the upper fifties on Christmas Eve.  There won’t be any snow, but the state can still expect precipitation in the form of heavy rain into Christmas Day.  National Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly Buttrick said temperatures could reach near-record highs.   “Normal highs usually run around forty degrees so for the next three days we can expect unseasonable warmth,” said Buttrick.

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Science
5:58 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Brown University Scientist Uses Time-Lapse Photography To Study Change In Antarctica

A field photo of this year’s first time-lapse station of the season, which Dickson installed earlier this week, showing the southern wall of Taylor Valley with its dense concentrations of "water tracks," the dark streaks flowing down the slope.
Jay Dickson Brown University/University of Texas/National Science Foundation

Monitoring how the climate is changing in Antarctica’s most stable environments, the desert valleys, is very difficult. But that’s what Jay Dickson, a staff scientist at Brown University’s Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, is trying to do, using time-lapse photography.

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