Providence

Transportation
7:56 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Renovated Kennedy Plaza Set To Reopen Early Next Year

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, before its renovation.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority expects Kennedy Plaza in Providence to be ready for regular bus service in mid-January.  

The bus hub has been closed since the summer to accommodate safety and design improvements.  RIPTA says the project is taking longer than expected because of some needed changes.  The Kennedy Plaza improvements will include passenger-friendly shelters, lighted signage, trees, and automated ticketing machines.  

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The Bob Kerr Essay
6:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Bob Kerr: How The Golden Age Grease Caper Gave Me Hope

The Golden Age Grease Caper gives us hope - at least those of us who are closing in on that rock solid verification of old age, that sure fire boarding pass for the bus to Foxwoods and the complimentary roll of quarters.

The Golden Age Grease caper provides one of those cherished, you’re-never-too-old moments that can be warmly, eagerly embraced as a ringing geezer declaration of independence. 

Personally, I’m taking it as irrefutable proof that 70 is the new 65.        

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RI News
8:40 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Local Veterans To Gather For National Wreath Laying Ceremony

A wreath honoring fallen veterans displayed during a recent Veteran's Day.
Credit RIPR FILE

Local veterans will gather at the Statehouse this Monday to remember troops who have died in combat. The ceremony is part of a national event with roots in New England.

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The Bottom Line
3:21 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

The Bottom Line: Providence’s Zoning Gets A Major Overhaul

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

This week, Dave and Mark talk with Providence zoning director Robert Azar. They discuss the recent, major zoning overhaul and what it means to the city’s east side and working waterfront.

When to Listen

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

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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RI News
1:46 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

State Police Find No Use of Excessive Force During Recent Protest

State police say minimal and appropriate force was used when arresting a protester in Providence last week.  The Providence NAACP called for an investigation.

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RI News
8:50 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Dozens Rally In Support Of Providence Firefighter Facing Disciplinary Action

About 100 demonstrators gathered outside the Providence Public Safety Complex Thursday night.  The protest grew out a demonstration that briefly shut down I-95 last week.

The demonstrators gathered in support of a Providence firefighter facing discipline for raising his fist during last week’s protest over a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. One protestor, Dewayne Boohackney, said people concerned about racial inequities need to keep pressing for change.

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Theater Reviews
4:07 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Trinity Rep’s “Barefoot In The Park” Is Still Very Funny

Stephen Berenson as Victor Velasco, Charlie Thurston as Paul, Phyllis Kay as Mrs. Banks and Rebecca Gibel as Corie in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park at Trinity Rep.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Bill Gale admits that he raised an eyebrow when Trinity Rep announced it would do Neil Simon's 1963 hit “Barefoot in the Park.”  Why do that old joke carnival? he asked. But after seeing Trinity's production our critic has another view.

Yup, I do. Having seen this tight, funny and carefully thought out “Barefoot,” I'm saying, well, why not?”

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RI News
5:00 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

RIPTA Honors Rosa Parks On The 59th Anniversary Of Her Arrest

Activists and organizers gather with RIPTA officials to honor Rosa Parks.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority honored Rosa Parks Monday.  Parks helped end legal segregation, by refusing to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama 59 years ago today.

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RI News
11:37 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Rally In Providence Will Focus On Police Violence In Ferguson and Mexico

Protestors will gather in downtown Providence Monday night to put a spotlight on violent police actions against people of color. A loose coalition of residents is organizing the march to express solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri and 43 students missing in Mexico.

Ferguson is where a white police officer shot and killed a black 18-year-old. In Mexico, 43 students disappeared. It’s alleged they were killed by a drug gang working with local police.

The march starts at 7:00 pm in Burnside Park in downtown Providence and will make its way up to the Statehouse.

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The Education Blog
8:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Providence Students Earn College Credit In New Biotechnology Program

Lose Pierre, an 18-year-old Providence student, shows the tool she used for an experiment in the biotechnology lab at the Juanita Sanchez School.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Students at the Juanita Sanchez High School in Providence can earn college credit for a biotechnology course.  It’s part of a special partnership with the University of Rhode Island

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