Judge Berman's decision arrives in time to salvage a disappointing sports season in New England, as, meanwhile, the future home of the PawSox hangs in the balance. Thanks for stopping by for my weekend column. As usual, feel free to share your tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.


Brown University has adopted a new single policy on sexual assault. The policy was recommended by a task force last year.

That task force was formed after a student alleged that she was sexually assaulted at a Brown fraternity party, in 2014. The new policy streamlines the complaint process for people reporting alleged instances of sexual assault.

One notable change is the use of trained investigators when examining these claims. The investigators are expected to interview students, witnesses, and responders when preparing reports to resolve complaints.

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The potential cost of buying Brown University-owned land for a PawSox stadium is raising questions about the feasibility of the project, a team spokeswoman said Thursday.

PawSox spokeswoman Patti Doyle said the team still hopes to reach a renegotiated agreement to build a 10,000-seat ballpark on part of the former I-195 land in Providence.

But Doyle acknowledged that the cost of buying the part of the land owned by Brown -- expected to top $10 million -- is leading to questions of "Is this still workable? Is this something we can come to terms with?"

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency made a stop in Rhode Island on Tuesday to discuss federal initiatives on climate change. The meetings included Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and about 20 business leaders.

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As negotiations continue for a new PawSox stadium in Providence, opponents will stage an unorthodox protest Monday. The group plans to gather at the vacant lot proposed for the stadium and turn it into a park.

A park is exactly what opponents say will be taken from the city if the stadium is built. The parcel on former highway land was initially set aside for a large public park. The group “No New Stadium” plans to give residents a taste of what they may be missing if the park never materializes.

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A cantor chanted a Hebrew prayer of mourning, as the afternoon sun beat down on some one hundred people gathered for the dedication of the state’s Holocaust memorial. Local politicians and prominent members of the state’s Jewish community offered remarks on the project. Many highlighted the memorial’s significance in the light of more recent violence and genocide worldwide.

The newly unveiled memorial sits at the edge of Downtown Providence, near statuary dedicated to the two World Wars.

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Students are about to return to their classrooms after a long summer break. One thing their teachers are all wondering: how much did they forget over the vacation?

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is slated to return Thursday from a trip scouting economic development ideas in Guatemala.

Elorza and the city’s economic development director have met with Guatemala’s president and the mayor of Guatemala City during their visit. A spokesman says ports development has been among the topics of discussion.

Elorza is the son of Guatemalan immigrants and he grew up in the West End of Providence.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says lawmakers are unlikely to consider a revised proposal for a Pawtucket Red Sox stadium in Providence until their next regular session in January.

Mattiello pointed to concerns about the ownership of the intended ballpark site, part of which is owned by Brown University, as well as an ongoing review related to an elaborate storm-water runoff system underneath the site.

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The city of Providence has closed all of its public pools, just days before they were supposed to shut down for the season. The closures come during a late summer heat wave.

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Providence celebrates its famed native author H.P. Lovecraft this week, with dozens of events at the convention known as Necromomicon.  

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Opponents of a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium in Providence say they have gathered enough signatures to ask the City Council to effectively block the proposal. They plan to pursue that approach when the council returns from its August recess next month.

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As we enter the dog days of summer, even night air offers little respite for from the stifling heat. In Providence, many of the city’s children rely on public pools to stay cool. Last year the Davey Lopes Pool in South Providence reopened following a controversial closure.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender revisits the pool a year later, which many call an anchor of the community.

Urban Land Institute

The I-195 District Commission charged with overseeing the redevelopment of about 20 acres of land near downtown Providence on Monday hired Peter McNally, who has extensive experience with a global real estate investment company, as the commission's executive director.

McNally succeeds Jan Brodie, who somewhat abruptly announced her departure from the commission last month. He's slated to start in the role September 1.

Rhode Island Historical Society

America's first president, George Washington, comes to Rhode Island Saturday, or at least an actor who portrays Washington at his Mt. Vernon Estate.

The visit is part of the Historical Society's celebration of the 225th anniversary of Washington's final trip to Rhode Island

The stop in the Ocean State came in 1790, when Washington toured Providence and Newport , visiting at sites like Brown University and Touro Synagogue. It wasn’t his first trip to New England, but as president, Washington avoided the state because Rhode Island had not yet ratified the Constitution.