Providence

Providence
8:28 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Providence Mayor Taveras Says The City Is Better Off Than When He Took Over

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras shakes hands at his final state of the city address.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras used his final State of the City address to say Rhode Island’s capital is in better condition than when he took office in 2011.  Taveras is part of a three-way Democratic field for governor.

Taveras says a small surplus has replaced the 110 million dollar deficit he inherited upon taking office. He says his administration has bolstered startups, improved graduation rates, and cut the waiting term for permits from City Hall. Taveras called that a decided improvement after he inherited a city facing possible bankruptcy.

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Providence
8:40 am
Tue February 11, 2014

New Life For The 'Superman' Building?

The 'Superman building' in downtown Providence has sat vacant since last April.
Credit RIPR FILE

There may be new hope for the tallest building in Rhode Island.  But efforts to rehab the so-called Superman building, in downtown Providence, failed just last year.

The 26 story building, built in 1928 went dark in April of last year, when its tenants, Bank of America, moved out. The owner, Massachusetts-based High Rock Development, proposed a plan to turn the office space into residences.

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Theater Reviews
4:17 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Trinity Rep’s “Intimate Apparel” Is Worth Seeing And Thinking About

Mia Ellis as Esther in Intimate Apparel, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage.
Credit Mark Turek

That is for sure. Playwright Lynn Nottage, a Brown graduate, has called “Intimate Apparel” a “meditation on loneliness.” Surely that is a more exact, more piercing description of this lovely, incisive and heartbreaking work at Trinity Rep.

“Intimate Apparel” is one of those plays that will have you confused sometimes, a little bored perhaps, and then will suddenly strike, make you fall for the people involved and for the ideas being put forth. It’s a play most worth seeing, and thinking about.

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The Bottom Line
3:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The Bottom Line: Breathing Life Into the Providence Arcade

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling The Bottom Line. Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

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Theater Reviews
3:15 am
Fri February 7, 2014

2nd Story’s “Seven Keys To Baldpate” Is Quick & Bright

Ara Boghigian is William Hallowell Magee,and Tanya Anderson is Myra Thronhill in George M. Cohan’s “Seven Keys to Baldpate”
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

Right-o. Let me say it up front. “Seven Keys to Baldpate” at 2nd Story is nothing less than a charmer. It’ll tickle your funny bone and warm your heart in the middle of this obstreperous winter of our discontent.

Okay, that’s enough of 1913-type hyperbole. But there’s no question that the Providence-born Cohan knew what he was doing. He adapted “Baldpate” from a novel by the author of the Charlie Chan film series. He said the play is both a farce and a melodrama. He was right on both counts.

On-stage, “Baldpate” is filled with goofy moments and overwrought happenings.

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RI News
3:40 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet

A plow shovels out the snow in downtown Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.

A list of closings and parking bans can be found here.

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Theater Reviews
4:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Wilbury Group’s “An Iliad” Packs A Real Punch

Matthew Fraza as the Poet in Wilbury Theater Group's one-man production 'An Illiad.'
Credit Wilbury Theater Group

Ah, yes, ahh, “The Iliad.” By Homer. We all know that. Helen of Troy. Achilles Agamemnon. Lots of battles, murders and . . . Well, you know truth is that a lot of folks, myself certainly included, pretty much slept through any course we ever took on “The Iliad.” We ended up with not a whole lot more than the ability to say, “Oh, yes, the Iliad. By Homer.” Haven’t looked at that in years.”

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Standardized Testing
9:20 am
Wed January 29, 2014

With NECAP Testing Linked To Graduation, Thousands Of RI Students Anxiously Await Results

Providence high school senior Ruth Presendieu joins thousands of students across the state as they await the results of NECAP testing.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Thousands of high school students across Rhode Island learn this week whether they improved enough on a standardized test to earn a diploma. The state is releasing NECAP scores for all students, including 4,000 high school seniors who had to re-take the test. One of them, Providence Senior Ruth Presendieu stopped by our studio to talk about what it’s like to be a member of the first Rhode Island class whose graduation is linked to standardized testing.

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Providence
9:10 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Providence Preservation Society Releases List Of Endangered Historic Properties In The Capital

The Atlantic Mills building is number two on the list of the Providence Preservation Society's most endangered properties in the city.
Credit Jesse Burke / Providence Preservation Society

The Providence Preservation Society is out with its annual list of the most endangered properties.

These are buildings of historic or architectural interest that are threatened by neglect or development.

This year’s list includes the Superman Building in downtown Providence, which has been sitting vacant since its tenants moved out last year.

The Statehouse lawn is also included; it was partly mowed over to create more parking spaces.

Also on the list is a building at 57 Federal Street, which the society says is one of the oldest buildings in Federal Hill.

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Weather
9:15 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Storm Dumps Nearly A Foot Of Snow On Rhode Island

Crews clear the sidewalk in downtown Providence as the sun came up Wednesday morning. Rhode Island got hit with nearly a foot of snow.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island is waking up under a blanket of snow, the second storm of the year. Forecasters said the storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on some parts of the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said some places got hit with almost a foot. “Heaviest snowfall so far has been over Providence County, said Dunham. “Leader of the pack right now is North Smithfield with eleven inches.”

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