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5:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Hope Over Depression

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.

RI News
4:44 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Rhode Island's First 'Vapor Lounge' Opens In Providence

Elevated Lounge owner Kevin Cintorino sits in his Providence shop.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

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.

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The Education Blog
2:04 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

RI Education Commissioner Gist Confirms She Is Finalist For Job In Tulsa

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is a finalist for superintendent of schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Credit File: Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

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.

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RI News
8:46 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Cranston Mayor Fung Chooses Former Campaign Staffer As City Director Of Administration

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has selected a former campaign staffer as Director of Administration
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.” 

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The Education Blog
8:28 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Gist Up For Superintendent's Job In Tulsa?

Deborah Gist addressing reporters in December, 2014.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is reported to be a finalist in Tulsa’s search for a new superintendent of schools.

Tulsa World says multiple sources confirm that Gist is one of two finalists scheduled for interviews later this week. Tulsa’s current superintendent is stepping down at the end of June.

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RI News
8:17 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Deer Hunting Season Open On Block Island Land Parcel

Credit RIPR File Photo

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.

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Higher Education
8:16 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Brown: Fraternity Parties Facilitated Sexual Misconduct

Fraternity Phi Kappa Psi will loose recognition for 4 years at Brown University.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.

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Theater Reviews
4:35 am
Tue January 20, 2015

2nd Story’s “Collected Stories” Is One Not To Miss

Lynne Collinson and Gabby Sherba are featured in "Collected Stories."
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

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.

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RI News
2:53 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

RISD Students Celebrate MLK Day With A Day Of Service

Volunteers (in blue shirts) students, parents, and teachers all gather at MLK Elementary School in Providence for arts and crafts during the National Day of Service.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

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. 

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RI News
2:28 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Racial Equality Still A Challenge In RI, Says NAACP Providence Director

Protests in Providence following a grand jury decision not to convict a police officer in Missouri who shot an unarmed black man.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

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. 

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