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Pandemic Pod Person: His vibrant wife was replaced with a couch potato. What gives?

Dear C and Dr. B; Before COVID, my wife almost never watched TV. She’d tune in for news, but that was about it. Now all she seems to do anymore is surf Netflix and binge on series she had absolutely no interest in before the pandemic. These new sports are doing nothing for her cardiovascular system, and […]

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25% of RI Adults Vaccinated: A summary of the weekly COVID press conference

There was a different look at the weekly COVID press conference today. In addition to newly minted Governor Dan McKee’s presence, state officials sat behind tables throughout the conference, with local thought leaders drawing comparisons to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York. “Together we will beat COVID-19, who is our enemy and we will beat […]

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Their Bad: Thousands notified in error of end of RI Unemployment Insurance eligibility

Motif previously reported (“Unemployment insurance runs out for hundreds in RI”, by Michael Bilow, Mar 1, 2021) that 213 beneficiaries had exhausted their available Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), but further information emerged on Wednesday, March 3, from the RI Department of Labor and Training (DLT), which administers the program, that many more were notified in […]

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Recycling Facilities, But With Feathers: Why backyard chickens were the perfect addition to my urban farm

I’m going to be honest, the inspiration for this piece came to me while I was rummaging through my refrigerator. I grabbed a handful of strawberries, and an enthusiastic thought popped into my head: “Those leafy bits at the top will be a great treat for the chickens later.” Yup, I have a flock of […]

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The Fight to Rescue Rhode Island: An interview with Renew RI coalition chair Monica Huertas

Out of the hundreds of bills submitted to the General Assembly, there’s a package of three bills squarely aimed at affordable housing, local food and green justice zones. They’re called the Rescue Rhode Island Act, and the legislation was drafted by a new progressive alliance, the Renew Rhode Island Coalition. The Coalition is composed of […]

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Rhody Gluten-Free

This is the gluten-free “Four Cheesy” pasta at Bettola, located in Cranston’s Rolfe Square. The smoked gouda, mozzarella, pecorino and fior de latte blend perfectly to create a unique and creamy flavor that does not overpower the penne. The grilled chicken was the perfect complement to this hearty dish. Their entire menu of pizzas, pastas […]

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