RISD has announced that filmmaker John Waters will address this year's graduating class.
Waters, a quirky, independent filmmaker who successfully crossed over to mainstream Hollywood, has written and directed more than a dozen movies, including the cult classic Pink Flamingos. Some of his other credits include the 1980's hit Hairspray and Cry Baby, starring Johnny Depp.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has taken up the case of former Providence Phoenix news editor Phil Eil, suing the US Drug Enforcement Administration to try to gain the release of thousands of pages of court documents in a major drug-prescription trial.
The ACLU said Eil has been stymied for more than three years in trying to obtain the documents.
High School students in the Bristol-Warren Regional School District were unable to begin PARCC testing as scheduled on Monday. The district says a technical problem led them to delay testing by one day.
A spokeswoman from the superintendent's office said she was unaware of the specifics of the problem, but described it as a technical glitch. She said the district had scheduled an extra day for testing, just in case such a problem arose.
2nd Story Theatre in Warren has always liked to do off-beat plays and its current work, “4000 miles,” is no exception. Bill Gale says it's a little loopy, a little lacking in plot, but that it's also one of those works you'll think about days after you see it.
It was, of course, the poet Robert Frost who wrote that “Home is the place where …they have to take you in.” Well, “4000 Miles” is something of a recurrence of that idea.
Providence will offer free classes for parents under a new initiative aimed at improving city schools. The district is partnering with the Paul Cuffee Charter School on the project, which is called the Parent Academy.
The idea is to teach parents to be better partners in their children’s education. Maria Monteiro from the Paul Cuffee School said multiple workshops will be offered, including one with a focus on social media.
Governor Gina Raimondo’s pick to lead the State Board of Education faces a hearing Wednesday. Barbara Cottam is scheduled to appear before the Senate Education Committee.
Cottam, who currently works as an executive vice president for Citizens Bank Financial Group, has a background in politics. She worked for governors Bruce Sundlun and Joseph Garrahy, and she’s married to Garrahy’s son, John Garrahy. The couple has two daughters, who attend a private school in Providence.
Representative Donald Lally (D-Narragansett), the second-longest serving member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, announced his resignation on Tuesday. A short time later, Susan Cicilline Buonanno, the sister of US Representative David Cicilline, unveiled her candidacy for the seat being vacated by Lally.
The special election to replace Lally has been scheduled for June 9 by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea.
Governor Gina Raimondo on Tuesday said she'll continue to back a settlement to high-stakes pension litigation "on the right terms to the state."
As state treasurer, Raimondo spearheaded the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system that shaved about $4 billion from the state's long-term obligations., The savings were achieved by raising retirement ages, suspending cost of living adjustments and moving workers from a defined benefit plan to a hybrid defined contribution plan.
Ah, relationships. Deep down, we know we can’t live without them. When all is well, they sustain us, protect us, nurture us. And then, well, there are those times when relationships get so complicated we may be tempted to move to a remote iceberg to avoid them. But as we hear from Larry Shushansky, some relationships – especially those rooted in deep family connections – are hard to sever. Sometimes what they require is sincere, thoughtful, and truly principled navigation.
Virginia native Larry Shushansky is a licensed social worker in private practice in Providence. He maintains the website IndependentEnough.com.
In what Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management chief Janet Coit says is an effort to protect the striper fishery, DEM today filed new regulations for the recreational striped bass fishery for the 2015 fishing season.
The new rules set a bag limit of one striped bass per person per day, at a 28-inch minimum size, down from a daily limit of two fish per person last season. On the commercial side, the regulations will remain the same as last year – five fish per vessel per day, with a 34 inch minimum. But the commercial quota will be reduced by 25 percent.