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On Politics
12:43 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Nathaniel Philbrick to speak at RWU Commencement

Nathaniel Philbrick, a National Book Award winner and bestselling author, will be the commencement speaker at Roger Williams University for the 2015 graduation exercises.

Philbrick is a noted author who has made New England’s early history accessible to academics and lay readers alike, will receive an honorary degree at the university’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16.

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On Politics
2:43 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Olympic Skating Star Kwan to give Commencement Address at Salve Regina

Michelle Kwan, the most celebrated figure skater in U.S. history and spouse of unsuccessful R.I. gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell, has been chosen to deliver the commencement address at Salve Regina University in Newport.

Kwan, now a U.S. State Department official and a U.S. public diplomacy envoy, was recently nominated to serve on the board of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

A graduate of the University of Denver, Kwan also earned a master’s degree from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, majoring in international relations.

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On Politics
1:58 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Patriot Wilfork is N.E. Tech Graduation Speaker

Vince Wilfork
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New England Tech has landed a big speaker for the school’s 75th commencement – former New England Patriot and fan favorite Vince Wilfork, one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles.

Wilfork, at 6 foot 2 inches and 325 pounds, was with the Pats for eleven years and was a member of the 2015 Super Bowl champions. He recently became a free agent and will play next season for the Houston Texans. His jersey was number 75.

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On Politics
3:27 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

President Obama orders RI disaster for January snow storm

Credit RIPR File Photo

President Barack Obama today declared a disaster declaration for Rhode Island and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the huge snowstorm that blanketed the state between Jan. 26 and 28.

The White House said in a news release that federal funding is available to local governments and certain non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and for repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the storm in all of the state’s five counties.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:27 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Myth Of Rhode Island's Generous Programs For The Poor

State spending on programs for the poor is less than in most other state in New England.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island has long been engaged in a debate about government benefits for the poor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says our state isn’t as generous as most other New England states on helping those with less.

House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston has heard the complaints for years from conservatives and some elements of the business community:  That Rhode Island’s overly generous social welfare programs handcuff taxpayers and harm the state’s business climate.

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