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The annual Red Bandana awards event, which honors the legacy of social activist and journalist Richard Walton, drew a huge crowd yesterday to Nick-a-Nees in Providence’s Jewelry District for an afternoon of music, fellowship and honors.

Winners of the Red Bandana awards this year were given to Providence College Professor Eric Hirsh for his work with the homeless and to the workers at the Renaissance Hotel who have been organizing for a union.

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This story is part of our series “Rising Tide” about how – or whether - Rhode Islanders are emerging from the deepest economic recession since the 1930s. The question we’re asking is: Does a rising tide really lift all boats, or are some Rhode Islanders still being left behind?

Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s left-leaning independent U.S. Senator, is launching his long shot Democratic nomination presidential campaign next Tuesday (May 26th)  with a rally along the Lake Champlain waterfront in his home city of Burlington, where his political career began in earnest with his 1981 upset election in the mayor’s race.

Sanders event will take place at 5 p.m. at Waterfront Park, with a rain venue of Memorial Auditorium a few blacks away on Main Street. Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will be served.

Citing economic benefits, the foundation’s Board of Trustees have voted to endorse the proposed relocation of the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a new riverfront site in the 195 land in downtown Providence., according to executive director Dan Baudouin of the foundation.

The foundation, a business-backed non profit organization, stated in a news release that state and city officials should pursue a financial partnership that is "fair to all parties."

The sweat box that is the Rhode Island Statehouse in the summer months may become a thing of the past.

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