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This I Believe New England: Seasons

Apr 17, 2018
Scott Indermaur

No doubt you have noticed how our lives ebb and flow, much like the seasons.  Both literally and figuratively we get to experience the wonder of stunningly beautiful spring days and the bitter assault delivered by the occasional winter blizzard.  Such is life.  Indeed, seasons seem to be able to teach us so much about coping with life's inevitable ups and downs, including its bittersweet moments.

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Rhode Island State Rep. Jeremiah "Jay" O'Grady was stretching after a workout at MacColl YMCA in Lincoln last August and he was looking forward to seeing a concert with his wife when his life was suddenly turned upside down.

Runners, Spectators Brave The Elements At The Boston Marathon

Apr 17, 2018
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WBUR's Martha Bebinger and Bruce Gellerman were at the Boston Marathon Monday. They talked to both runners, and spectators, who braved the elements for the love of a good race.

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A chemical engineering professor at the University of Rhode Island has created a portable bomb detector. The device is about the size of a toolbox, with a handle on top, and weighs 15 pounds. 

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April 17th is the due date for personal income tax payments and filings. The Rhode Island Division of Taxation said filers should not ignore the deadline. 

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Kent Willever, 74, retired last week as executive director of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. The commission was created by voters frustrated with government scandals in the 1980s. But it was in a state of crisis by the time Willever took over in 2001.

Some observers saw that as a sign of the difficulty of policing ethics in Rhode Island. Willever said that’s partly why he posted in his office an iconic print of Don Quixote. It recalled the moment in the novel when the idealistic protagonist takes on an impossible task of using a spear to attack a windmill.

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Fenway Park already has its Green Monster, and now environmental activists want the whole ballpark to “go green.”

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Farmers in Connecticut are looking to turn cow manure into money and, they want your leftover food scraps too. That’s because a burgeoning technology called “anaerobic digestion ” can take that waste, and keep it out of landfills, while turning it into electricity and profit.

They say never say never in sports, and it’s good advice.  Remember how we said the Patriots would never come back from 25 points down and win Super Bowl LI? How did that turn out? Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT), the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

Well, with the 122ndrunning of the Boston Marathon on Monday, I write with complete confidence that Rhode Island runners winning five times in nine years will never happen again.

Never.

One need not suffer from triskaidekaphobia to question Rhode Island's budget outlook. But lawmakers are heading off on their spring break, and the weather shows some (brief) signs of improvement, so it will have to wait. Thanks, regardless, 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.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, and two Democratic U.S. Senate colleagues are urging President Donald Trump to make a “clear and compelling case” before undertaking any major military action in Syria.

In a letter to the president, Reed and Sens. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Bob Menendez, D-NJ, said the president should provide a “legal basis for any potential or anticipated military action in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime in Douma on April 7th.”

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It’s that time of year again: income tax filings are due. And candidates for governor are talking about cutting taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says voters should be wary of political tax promises.

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Army veteran Brandon Korona pulls up his pant leg, rearranges a protective sleeve, and twists off the plastic socket on top of his prosthetic left leg. It comes off with a suction cup-like pop.

"There we go," says Korona.

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Thumb on the scaleloading the dice -- the English language is full of idioms for people who cheat the system.

If you’ve ever wondered why so many of those expressions invoke images of weights and measures, a good “rule of thumb” is to look back at New England’s colonial history, when standardizing the way we define our world today was a priority.

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Rhode Island State Rep. Shelby Maldonado joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the intersection of politics and immigration, the clash between progressives and establishment Democrats, abortion rights, affordable housing and much more.

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