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This I Believe Rhode Island: The Wild Place

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  The famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once opined, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  Such sentiments often conjure up images of sweeping social change.  But as we hear from Diana Jackson, a small group of committed people can also have a profound impact on the quality of life in our own little corner of the world here in the Ocean State.

Diana Harmon Jackson is an artist, educator, political activist based in Providence.

Notes from Iowa: Chafee Plugs On, Despite a Lack of Support

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Chafee campaign

Antonia Noori Farzan, a Rhode Island-based freelancer writer, recently caught with Lincoln Chafee as he campaigned in Iowa. Here's her guest report for On Politics:

At Milio’s Sandwiches, next to the convention center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Lincoln Chafee’s name drew a blank.

“I don’t even know who that is,” Dustin Heller, who was working the register as a steady stream of campaign staffers, reporters, and off-duty Secret Service agents wandered in, said.

John Bender

Embattled Cranston Mayor Tours Storm Damage

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is dealing with multiple storms this week. First, the release of a State Police report Monday, which sharply criticized Fung and the Cranston Police Department. Now, a severe thunderstorm has downed trees and power lines, leaving thousands without electricity.

Fung’s office says he has been traveling the city, getting a first-hand look at the damage. Many traffic lights are no longer working. The Cranston fire department reported dozens of calls for help during the morning hours.

  Thank goodness for a new week. Could last week have been any worse for Boston sports?

Don Borman

Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Monday he's hopeful an agreement will emerge in the near future for a plan to build a new PawSox stadium in downtown Providence.

"Since I don't have a finalized set of terms at this point, I can't predict," Mattiello said. "But in the near future. I would like to see something come out within the next few weeks, several weeks."

Mattiello said the intention is to arrive at an agreement for a revenue-neutral proposal and solicit feedback from the public.

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