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This I Believe Rhode Island: Ancestors

Jun 14, 2016

  All of us have ancestors.  Some we celebrate and some, well, you know.  Most of us descend from the proverbial mixed bag of humanity, from those who were saintly and those whose lives may have been filled with some measure of mischief.  Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.”  And we hear similar sentiments from John Walsh.

John Walsh is a partner in the East Greenwich-based communications firm, Walsh & Associates. He writes a monthly Op-Ed column for the Providence Journal, which published an earlier version of this essay.

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Rhode Island will receive $3.4 million dollars to reduce lead hazards in homes. It's the seventh round of funding in more than a decade aimed at hundreds of homes with lead contamination.

Rhode Island Housing will distribute the funds to organizations that help identify homes at the highest risk for lead. These apartments or houses built were before 1978, when a ban on lead paint went into effect. And Rhode Island has a high percentage of older apartment buildings compared to the rest of the nation.

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Rhode Island State Police Chief Colonel Stephen O’Donnell supports a ban on high capacity magazines for automatic rifles. That’s the kind of weaponry used in last weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando.

Rhode Island hosts its annual Pride Festival, celebrating members of the lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer communities this weekend. The events come about one week after a mass shooting in Orlando Florida, at gay nightclub that left 50 people dead, and injured dozens more.

LGBT advocates have scheduled a vigil Tuesday at Roger Williams National Memorial park in Providence, in response to the attack in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman opened fire in a nightclub, killing 49 people before he was shot down by police.

Speakers from several gay, lesbian, trans and queer groups will deliver remarks. Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are also expected to participate.

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Rhode Island joined communities across the country last night with a vigil commemorating the victims of the Orlando nightclub attacks.

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Rhode Island’s health insurance commissioner says she’s concerned about funding cuts in the proposed state budget. The agency may have to cut nine of its 12 employees, who currently oversee health insurance regulation.

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A top General Electric official said Monday there's no guarantee the company will produce hundreds of new jobs with a digital technology center in Providence.

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The need for blood donations was so great in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando that Rhode Island’s Blood Center was called on for help. The need remains high, but not necessarily in Orlando.

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One day after a shooting left 50 dead at a gay club in Orlando, local elected officials and faith leaders have issued statements condemning the violence and offering condolences.

The end of the General Assembly session is coming into sight, summer beckons, and the politics beat remains frenetic. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island is all atwitter about General Assembly grants. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says it is time for some measured study of the pros and cons of these legislative perks.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon hosts our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. Co-Host Mark Murphy, editor of Providence Business News, will return next week.

This week, Dave hears about the impact of parking meters on Thayer Street, the major commercial strip near Brown University. A leading critic of the meters, Ken Dulgarian, owner of the Avon Cinema and other properties, says they are devastating local businesses.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

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Warwick native Lara Salamano has been hired as the state’s new chief marketing officer

Salamano graduated from URI in 1992. According to her LinkedIn profile, Salamano has worked in marketing for MTV Networks and Viacom, among other companies. Her profile said she has worked since August 2013 as vice president/partner marketing for for the Pop/CBS/Lionsgate partnership.

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In the aftermath of the sex abuse scandal at St. George's School, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation that would close a loophole in the state’s mandatory child abuse reporting law.

The loophole, first reported by Rhode Island Public Radio, seems to allow schools and other institutions to avoid reporting abuse allegations against their employees. 

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