All of us have known someone in the midst of deep, relentless despair, someone whose challenges in life seem so intractable, so overwhelming that there doesn't appear to be a way out. Sadly some people feel so hopeless that their will to live evaporates. Others somehow manage to move forward toward whatever light glimmers at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Brian Shanley is living proof of what it means to have hope -- real hope -- in the throes of agonizing anguish.
Brian Shanley grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts, attended Providence College, and, for graduate school, Salve Regina University, where he now serves as associate dean of admissions. Shanley lives with his wife and son in Newport, Rhode Island.
The state’s first medical marijuana vapor lounge opened this weekend in Providence, but the legality of the lounge remains murky.
Elevated Vapor Lounge, located in downtown Providence opened Saturday. Rhode Island medical marijuana patients can utilize the space to vaporize their doctor prescribed product. And since state law bans smoking indoors, vaporizing is only thing allowed.
Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2006. Federal law continues to ban its sale.
R.I. state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has confirmed that she is a finalist for the Superintendent of Schools post in her home city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gist's statement came after the Tulsa World newspaper reported that she is a finalist for the post.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has named a new Director of Administration for the city. Robert Coupe is a corporate lawyer with a private practice.
Coupe also served as an attorney for the state of Massachusetts under former governor Mitt Romney. Coupe served as spokesman for Fung during his unsuccessful bid for Rhode Island governor.
Mayor Fung said he selected Coupe because, “he offers the right combination of strong public policy experience with a private-sector commitment to promoting greater efficiency and accountability in city government.”
Deer-hunting on a state-owned parcel of land on Block Island opens today. Brian Tefft, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Environmental Management, said the deer hunting season has been underway on the island since early October, but…
“This is a special lottery-only hunt for one parcel of state land located on Block Island in an effort to assist the town with the reduction of deer on the island,” Tefft said.
Brown University has sanctioned two fraternities, saying they created an environment that "facilitated sexual misconduct" by failing to monitor parties and failing to properly safeguard the service of alcohol.
Phi Kappa Psi will loose recognition for four years, including the loss of its housing, effective immediately.
Sigma Chi has been sanctioned with probation until fall 2016. The fraternity cannot sponsor social events, or conduct recruitment, rush, or initiation processes.
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies once said that he loves “. . .smart, complicated women. . .”
Well, in just two hours (with an intermission) he lets us look in on two females who meet that criteria, and more. “Collected Stories” takes place entirely in the Greenwich Village apartment of one Ruth Steiner, an award-winning author/professor. She's sharp as a whip, tight as a drum and both prissy and provocative. Lives alone and likes it. Or at least thinks she does.
As many take a day off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, some are spending the day doing service projects. A group of students in Providence celebrates with art.
In the gym at Martin Luther King elementary school, dozens of elementary school students are screen printing t-shirts, painting murals, and jewelry painting. It’s part of the nationwide “day of service” program. More than 100 Rhode Island School of Design students are working with the kids on their projects.
Elected leaders and state officials celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with events across the state. Many will attend a celebration at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence this afternoon. NAACP Providence director Jim Vincent said he wants to see those leaders hire more staff of color. “25 percent of Rhode Island is communities of color. Those staffs don’t have to exactly mirror the population that, but they should somewhat, so that people can see demonstrated leadership; we know that you’re here, we hear you, and we want to work on all these problems together.