This I Believe New England: Winter

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Scott Indermaur

Here we are, right smack in the heart of another New England winter. For some, this stretch of months with early sunsets is filled with dread -- frosty temperatures, snow piles to shovel, and ice patches to dodge. But for others of us, this wintry mix is the stuff of pure delight. As the poet Robert Frost wrote, "You can't get too much winter in the winter." And we hear similar sentiments from Gabriel Warren. 


Gabriel Warren is a sculptor living in both South County, Rhode Island and Nova Scotia, Canada.

Courtesy of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Both of Rhode Island’s U.S. senators voted Monday for an agreement to end the federal government shutdown.

Providence elementary school principal Violet LeMar is appealing the guilty verdict handed down Monday for failing to report allegations of sexual assault at her school. LeMar is the first educator to be found guilty under a new state reporting law.

The new law was adopted in 2016, and requires educators to notify DCYF within 24 hours of abuse allegations at schools. LeMar, principal at Harry Kizirian elementary school in Providence, was accused of initiating an internal investigation when allegations of abuse of students by a gym teacher came to light.

Pats Are AFC Champs!

Jan 22, 2018
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The New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl. They beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-to-20 Sunday night at Foxboro Stadium.

The Patriots trailed for most of the game until quarterback Tom Brady completed a pass to wide receiver Danny Amendola with just under three minutes remaining. 

Amendola credits the come-back win to Brady, who played with stitches in his right hand.

"It's hard to throw a football with stitches in your thumb," said Amendola. "Not only is he the best player in our locker room but he gets everyone else to play well."

Multidisciplinary Instrumentation in Support of Oceanography Facility / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have discovered the largest volcanic eruption on record in the deep ocean.

It was a busy week in Rhode Island politics, so let's take some time to look back and ahead. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Diane Barense

Large crowds of marchers packed the Rhode Island State House steps and lawn on Saturday, the one-year anniversary of the Women's March to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump. 

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has delivered her annual state budget proposal to the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says her objective this year for the $9.4 billion tax and spending proposal is focused on voters.

John Bender

Bernice King, daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. expanded on her late father’s philosophy at Providence College Thursday night. King discussed her father’s legacy and current national divides.

Invenergy To Withhold Payments To Burrillville

Jan 19, 2018

The developer of a power plant in Burrillville has refused to continue paying fees to the town. Invenergy complained that Burrillville has been using the money to fund a legal fight against the natural gas-fired power plant.

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Rhode Island House Republican Whip Blake Filippi of Block Island joins Political Roundtable 

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Rhode Island House Minority Whip Blake Filippi (R-Block Island) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues.



Governor Gina Raimondo has proposed cutting more than $70 million in state funding for Medicaid, the government health insurance for low-income residents, while preserving eligibility for the nearly one in three residents in the program.

Elisabeth Harrison

The single largest piece of the state budget – roughly $1.4 billion from general revenue – goes to education. 

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Rhode Island didn’t make the short list for Amazon’s much anticipated new headquarters, but Boston did. Boston is among 20 cities that the tech giant says could fit the bill for a new headquarters.