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WaterFire Faces Wrinkle Due to Federal Budget Cuts

WaterFire Faces Wrinkle Due to Federal Budget Cuts

     PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Providence's public art display WaterFire is dealing with a wrinkle due to automatic federal budget cuts.
       WaterFire fills the city's rivers on a dozen or more nights a year with braziers of burning cedar. Many of those nights require the city's hurricane barrier be closed to keep the water at an appropriate level.
       WaterFire creator Barnaby Evans said Monday that the Army Corps of Engineers has told organizers it may no longer have the budget to close the barrier.  
       Evans says WaterFire hoped to close the barrier on 11 of 14 dates this year, starting with the first WaterFire of the season May 25.
       He says he's confident they'll work out a solution.
       A Corps spokesman says it's waiting to hear how its operations will be affected by so-called sequestration.

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