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RI exec assists Ken Burns on Dust Bowl film

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — It was during a lunch break more than 30 years ago that Jim Pontarelli starting combing through the Dust Bowl photographs. He was an aide to then-Rhode Island Sen. John Chafee with what he called a "secret ambition" to become a photographer. So the Narragansett resident would hole up at the Library of Congress whenever he could, pulling pictures that documented the worst...

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