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9:38 am
Mon April 20, 2015

2015 Boston Marathon Kicks Off Under Tight Security, Grey Skies

Course map for the 2015 Boston Marathon
Credit Boston Athletic Association

And they're off! Runners have begun their 26 mile race from Hopkinton to Boston. But runners on two legs aren't the only participants. This is the 40th anniversary of the wheelchair races. 

n 1975, Boston became the first major road race in the world to recognize wheelchair participation. There was no prize money for first place. Monday's winner will receive $20,000 dollars. South African Ernst Van Dyk has won the race 10 times.

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RI News
12:01 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Boston Marathon Survivor Heather Abbott Launches Charitable Foundation

Heather Abbott at her home in Newport
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Two years after losing her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, Newport resident Heather Abbott is starting a foundation.  The charity will provide funds for other amputees.

Before Heather Abbott lost her leg, she says she never realized the variety of prosthetics needed for things like swimming, biking, even wearing high heels.  Or that those prosthetics can cost tens of thousands of dollars each.

Abbot said that’s important because most insurers won’t cover leg prosthetics for activities other than walking.

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Business
6:55 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

The Bottom Line: Will A Rising Tide Lift Rhode Island's Economy?

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Providence College Business Professor Cary Collins about the state of Rhode Island's economy. Their conversation is part of our series "Rising Tide," which looks at how Rhode Islanders are faring after the Great Recession.

When to listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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On Politics
5:15 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

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

After two snow-packed months, the apparent settling of the pension conflict, and Lincoln Chafee's surprising emergence as a possible presidential hopeful, Rhode Island confronts a sharp debate involving baseball, public dollars, and the future of the state. No pressure, right? Thanks, as always, for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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The Pulse
5:08 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Tripling In Teen E-Cigarette Use: Reason To Worry?

At the Providence Place mall, an island displays e-cigarette wares for sale, promoting the benefits for quitting smoking.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the trend in smoking traditional cigarettes among teens is down. That's great news on many levels. But as traditional cigarette smoking has declined, the use of electronic cigarettes has tripled over the past few years.

Wondering whether to worry? Or even what the heck an e-cigarette actually is? I've been combing the latest research to help answer those questions.

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