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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) - The Providence Journal reports the Narragansett Bay's algae bloom this winter was the largest on record, and could fuel a spike in clam and scallop numbers. University of Rhode Island scientists have tracked the January bloom, which they say is a result of high rainfall in October. The resulting increase in phytoplankton, a source of nutrients for clams, can help shellfish growth throughout the season.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A group of superheroes and drag queens have descended upon Providence to raise money to fight AIDS. The Providence Journal reports a 5K AIDS Run/Walk for Life and after-party was held Saturday to benefit AIDS Project Rhode Island. Free screenings for HIV are continuing through the after-party. Many of the 2,600 individuals living with HIV and AIDS in Rhode Island depend on services like AIDS Project Rhode Island, which provides supplementary social services to low-income survivors.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence Public Library will expand its adult education and employment services using a new federal grant. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says the library, in partnership with Chicago Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library and World Education, Inc., will receive about $550,000 to test and disseminate innovative adult education and workforce development library practices, such as learning lounges, mobile learning and learning circles.

BOSTON (AP) - Done Boston's Freedom Trail? Now you can tackle a new adventure: the Massachusetts Whale Trail. The state Office of Travel and Tourism says a map debuting Monday will include locations along the coastline and inland with noteworthy connections to the majestic marine mammals. It will include nearly 40 whale-related points of interest stretching from Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod to Pittsfield in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

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