Philip’s Recent Stories
Politics Nov 04Voters strip ‘Providence Plantations’ from Rhode Island’s formal name
Officially, Rhode Island was incorporated as The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations when it declared statehood in 1790. Calls to cut "Plantations" out of the state's name have intensified as protesters nationwide demand racial justice.
Nation Jul 20Amid COVID-19 pandemic, health officials brace for insect-borne illnesses
As the coronavirus pandemic subsides for now in the hard-hit Northeast, public health officials in the region are warning about another potentially bad summer for EEE virus and other insect-borne illnesses.
Nation Apr 12Millions of taxpaying immigrants won’t get stimulus checks
The relief package that Congress approved to help Americans during the coronavirus pandemic has one major exclusion: millions of immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. but work here and pay taxes.
Politics Mar 30Feds revoking reservation status for tribe’s 300 acres
Cedric Cromwell, the tribe's chairman, says the move was "cruel" and "unnecessary" as the land dispute is still pending in D.C federal court.
Health Mar 25Trump administration urged to free migrants as virus surges
Pressure was mounting on the Trump administration Wednesday to release people from immigration detention facilities where at least one detainee has tested positive for COVID-19 and advocates fear tight quarters and overall conditions could cause rapid spread of the virus.
Politics Feb 20New visa restrictions set off ‘panic wave’ in immigrant communities
A Dallas immigration lawyer from Nigeria says her phone has been ringing nonstop. The United African Organization has held legal clinics in Chicago to walk people through their options.
Health Nov 27WATCH: Massachusetts becomes 1st state to ban flavored tobacco and vaping products
The legislation immediately bans the sale of flavored vaping products and will outlaw sales of menthol cigarettes starting June 1, 2020.
Nation Aug 28U.S. turns away Palestinian who was an incoming freshman at Harvard
Ismail Ajjawi, who had been living in Lebanon, was refused entry into the U.S. after landing Friday at Logan International Airport in Boston, university and federal officials confirmed this week. The 17-year-old freshman said the denial had to do with…
Nation Aug 26Administration ends protection for migrant medical care
Critics denounced the decision as a cruel change that could force desperate migrants to accept lesser treatment in their poverty-stricken homelands.
Nation Jul 21Heat, humidity grips East Coast as central US sees reprieve
The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of heat and humidity in a stretch of weather so oppressive that a New Jersey drawbridge got stuck and suburban Boston police jokingly asked criminals to take it easy.