Achievement First in Providence wants to add a third K-8 school and move forward with its plan to open a high school, and the Segue Middle School in Central Falls wants to add an elementary school. Those are just two of the charter school proposals on tap at the Rhode Island Department of Education. 

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The regular season career of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has come to an end.  The 40-year-old slugger is retiring at the end of this season. In the regular season finale at Fenway yesterday, the playoff-bound Red Sox fell to the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1. Despite the loss, it was a big party for Big Papi.

Robert Saenz lives in Nicaragua. Last week, he decided to buy a plane ticket to Boston.

Saenz was a student in Boston when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and 2007, and he has fond memories of David Ortiz.

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For the first time in 23 years -- the New England Patriots were scoreless at home. The Buffalo Bills shut down the Patriots 16-to-zero at Foxborough.

The hard hits from Buffalo started during warm ups -- when a Bills player shoved quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The problems for the Patriots did not stop there -- Brissett was sacked 3 times, the Patriots were forced to punt on 6 occasions, and a 48 yard field goal attempt went wide.  


The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is opposing a move to increase ethics oversight at the state legislature. A ballot measure would restore some powers to the state Ethics Commission.

The Ethics Commission is a body tasked with investigating complaints of corruption, abuse of power, or potential conflicts of interest in state and municipal government.

October beckons, with playoff baseball, autumnal beauty, and the run-up to the deciding of legislative races. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (A quick program note: I'm taking most of next week off, so TGIF will probably not return until October 14.) Here we go.

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Ever wonder why presidential candidates should release their tax returns? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay offers some views from a distinctly Rhode Island perspective.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, we focus on the Rhode Island Convention Center. How deeply do convention center events reach into the local economy? Is the convention business changing? These are just a few of the questions we ask Martha Sheridan, president and CEO of the Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau.  

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The Red Sox and their fans will celebrate the legacy of David Ortiz during the team's final regular season series, which begins Friday night at Fenway Park. The day the baseball player known as Big Papi became a Boston legend is easy to pinpoint: Oct. 18, 2004.

Major Thomas Verdi, a 29-year veteran of the Providence police department, has been named deputy chief by Col. Hugh Clements, police chief.

Verdi takes the post vacated by former Deputy Chief Thomas Oates, who has become police chief in Woonsocket.

Verdi has recently served as commanding officer of the uniform division. He has also been executive officer of the administrative division and has many years  experience as a detective, an organized crime investigator, in the patrol bureau and in SWAT operations.

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After just two years of PARCC, there is little longitudinal data to help us understand how students and their schools are doing. But one of the promises of PARCC was that it would allow state-by-state comparisons of achievement, so let’s see what we can learn by comparing scores from Rhode Island with our high-achieving neighbor to the north: Massachusetts.

The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission suspended reviewing National Grid’s proposal to charge electricity customers for the expansion of natural gas pipelines in the region. It denied the Conservation Law Foundation’s motion to dismiss the application all together, but left the door open for CLF to raise the issue later.

Ward 15 Providence Councilor Sabina Matos joins Bonus Q&A to talk about city finances, the thaw in the dispute with firefighters, Kennedy Plaza, charter schools, and more.

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Ward 15 Providence Councilor Sabina Matos joins Political Roundtable to discuss this week's presidential debate, the outlook for Providence's pension fund, and the significance of the body cams being adopted by Providence police.


Brown University found the male student responsible for sexual assault in April.

The student, known only as John Doe, sued Brown University after he was suspended for being found responsible for sexually assaulting a female student. He claims encounter was consensual and said Brown’s process for handling the complaint was flawed.  U.S. District court Judge William E. Smith stopped short of ruling the students was a victim of gender bias.

But, Smith did find that the school made “procedural errors” during John Doe’s disciplinary hearing.


State officials say a new initiative to increase the use of digital textbooks will cut costs for many students and make higher education more accessible for everyone, including English language learners.

The open-license, digital textbooks are generally free and can be downloaded on a student’s computer. They can also be updated or changed the professor giving the course.