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Theater Reviews
4:53 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Ocean State’s “Meet Me in St. Louis” Is Worth Seeing

The Smith Family gathers for dinner in the classic family-friendly musical, Meet Me in St. Louis, being presented at Ocean State Theatre in Warwick through December 28.
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

“Meet Me in St. Louis” is a charmer, a sweet, old fashioned, happy- go-lucky musical of the kind we just don't see anymore. It's filled with wonderful, if saccharine sweet, songs. It tells a tale of a family loving, and battling, and always coming through.

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RI News
2:09 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Santander Pledges $24M Loans To Providence Low & Moderate-Income Residents

Mayor Angel Taveras announced back in May the lawsuit against Santander for limiting loans in minority neighborhoods. That lawsuit has been dropped.
Credit File / RIPR

Providence mayor Angel Taveras said he’s thrilled with a pledge from the bank Santander to make millions of dollars of loans to low and moderate-income residents.

The city sued the bank last May claiming it deliberately limited loans in minority neighborhoods. That lawsuit was dropped, and in return Santander gave Providence $1.3 million in grants and now promises to make $24 million in loans over the next three years.

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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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