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They can do it. They can win. The University of Rhode Island can beat Oregon Sunday night at Sacramento.

Sure, Oregon (30-5) is seeded No. 3 in the Midwest Regional and URI No. 11. Sure, the Ducks have Dillon Brooks, the Pac-12 player of the year, and Jordan Bell, the Pac-12 defensive player of the year. And they have a former blue chip recruit in sophomore shooting guard Tyler Dorsey, who scored 24 points in Oregon’s 93-77 rout of Iona in the first round Friday.

Winter will fade away one of these days, right? In the meanwhile, we can celebrate St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Day while continuing to plumb the depths of Rhode Island politics. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The latest twist in the never-ending 38  Studios soap opera is the joust over grand jury secrecy.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this spat is more about politics than legal precedent.

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An unusual funeral takes place in Providence Friday afternoon. It’s for a building: the John E. Fogarty Memorial Building on Fountain St. Built by the state in 1968 to house the Department of Human Services, it’s being torn down now, after a period of emptiness and deterioration.

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After President Trump released his proposed budget, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation was quick to denounce various cuts that would affect the state.

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Since 1997, the nonprofit Community MusicWorks has provided Providence-area children with classical music lessons in violin, viola, and cello. 

National Education Association RI executive director Robert Walsh joins Bonus Q&A to discuss public education and charter schools, the challenges facing national Democrats, and much more.

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While New England was getting hit with a mix of high winds and snow Tuesday, Deepwater Wind was having a productive work day. The off-shore wind energy company got through the storm without any problems while capturing the maximum amount of energy it could- 30 megawatts.

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Some Providence youths accused of non-violent infractions will soon have an option other than going through the courts. The Providence City Council established a Juvenile Hearing Board (JHB) to help keep first-time offenders out of the justice system. Instead of going to court and serving time, a panel would prescribe incarceration alternatives. 

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Rhode Island Hospital researchers say preparing for an infectious disease outbreak could be more efficient and cost-effective. That’s the conclusion of a new study that assessed the costs and benefits for hospitals of preparing to deal with potential Ebola cases during the 2014 outbreak.

We weren’t supposed to be there. We weren’t supposed to be there.

Repeat it, PC basketball fans.

We weren’t supposed to be there. We weren’t supposed to be there.

Say those words every four hours – Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, wash them down with a Guinness – and you should feel better.

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The Republican Governors Association on Thursday criticized Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo for the use of state funds to pay for a Facebook ad promoting the governor's jobs record.

The state Commerce Corporation spent $50 to publicize a recent New York Times story about Raimondo’s approach to economic development.

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The American Health Care Act, which is the House Republican bill to replace Obamacare, includes a provision that would defund Planned Parenthood. The organization serves around 70,000 residents in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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The Providence City Council’s Finance Committee approved a contract Wednesday that brings the city’s police force one step closer to procuring 250 new body cameras.

Courtesy of James Beard Foundation

Ben Sukle, chef of the downtown Providence restaurant Birch, was named a finalist for a James Beard Award yesterday. The awards are some of the highest honors of the food world, often likened to the Oscars. Sukle is one of five chefs left in the Best Chef Northeast category.

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