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Transportation
10:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

RIPTA To Update Public On Kennedy Plaza Reconstruction

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is hosting a public meeting today to discuss the ongoing construction and proposed changes to the public bussing hub Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence.  There are some outspoken critics of the project.

The most vocal group, the RIPTA Riders Alliance says the project, which closes down some bus lanes, and relocates several bus stops is bad for passengers.   They say the changes will make it harder for riders, especially those who are older or handicapped, to make their buses safely and on time. 

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Education
9:55 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Ribbon Cutting Held For RIC's Alex And Ani Hall

Rhode Island College campus in Providence
Credit Courtesy Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College holds a ribbon cutting ceremony today for Alex and Ani Hall. The $17 million renovation project created the university’s first-ever arts building.  

The 1958 building originally housed a student center, cafeteria, and library.  RIC President Nancy Carriuolo says the renovated building has plenty of natural light and a special ventilation system to make sure the studios are safe for art making.

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Theater Reviews
3:57 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Trinity’s “Ivanov:” A Well-Meaning, Over-The-Top Production

The cast of Ivanov, showing at Trinity Rep.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Well, that's true. Written in 10 days when Chekhov, a newly minted physician, was 27, Ivanov has all the elements of the author's later greatness. It looks at an extended family of Russians as they struggle with their lives, their fortunes, their very honor.

The center point is one Nikolai Ivanov, a ne’er-do-well landholder, who felt he could conquer the world and then found himself accused of marrying for money. As middle-age approached he began to learn that he was a failure, and a well-meaning lout, too.

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Local Features
8:26 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Bob Kerr's Final Column

Bob Kerr in the Rhode Island Public Radio studios to record his final column. Kerr was a columnist at the Providence Journal, where he worked for 43 years.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

This week The Providence Journal laid off at least 22 employees as it switched hands from AH Belo Corporation to New Media Investment Group. One of the newsroom staffers let go was columnist Bob Kerr who had worked at the paper for 43 years, spending almost half of that time writing a column that ran three times a week.

Kerr was escorted out the door on Tuesday and wasn’t able to write a final column. So we extended an invitation for him to say good-bye to the Rhode Islanders who read his column week after week, year after year.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Elorza Gains Endorsement, Solomon Launches Attack Ad in PVD Mayor’s Race

Democratic candidate for mayor, Jorge Elorza, has received his first endorsement from a Providence city council member. Elorza is running against city council president Michael Solomon who has launched an ad critical of Elorza.

Councilman Bryan Principe represents the 13th Ward on Providence’s west side. His endorsement came during an event where Elorza outlined a public safety plan tied to community development and education.

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On Politics
1:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Twenty-two Guild Layoffs At The Providence Journal Include Bob Kerr

Twenty-two members of the Providence Newspaper Guild were laid off Tuesday, as part of New Media Investment Group's acquisition of Rhode Island's statewide newspaper, including the Providence Journal's well-respected longtime metro columnist, Bob Kerr.

The cuts, which also include some separate non-Guild positions, were implemented by the ProJo ahead of the closing of New Media's purchase of the Journal. New Media Investment Group is the corporate parent of GateHouse Media.

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Arts & Culture
9:22 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: Finding Brown's Lost Museum

The recreated, re-imagined office of J.W.P. Jenks in Rhode Island Hall
John Bender RIPR

In the 1800s, Brown University boasted an impressive natural history museum, curated by one John Whipple Potter Jenks. But 100 years later, the museum had vanished.  Now a group of students from Brown and RISD have done their best to piece it back together.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender went to find out more about the rebuilding of Brown’s lost museum.

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RI Higher Education
8:52 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Brown University Faces The Challenge Of Campus Sexual Assault

Brown University's Director of Health Promotion Frances Mantak.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

A grand jury will not indict two Brown University football players who were accused of sexual assault by a student at Providence College. Universities around the country are facing controversy over how they handle sexual assault. Brown is one of more than 70 colleges under federal investigation.

Critics say colleges should do more to protect students and punish perpetrators of sexual assault. Brown officials have been reviewing their policy, and new students arriving on campus this week will receive more training on sexual assault.

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Education
11:15 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi On Improving Schools In The Coming Year

Providence superintendent Susan Lusi
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

As students and teachers prepare to go back to school, Providence has released an update on efforts to improve its troubled schools. 

The report called “On the Move” suggests some promising changes in areas like early reading and getting more kids to graduate. Rhode Island Public Radio Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison gets the details from Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi.

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Local Features
9:20 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Keeping Busy: Harvest Kitchen

Teachers and students wash and peel carrots at Harvest Kitchen.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

This summer, we’re bringing you stories of programs for kids during the summer months, for a series we’re calling “Keeping Busy.”  These programs are aimed specifically towards at-risk youth, many of whom don’t have safe, productive, places to spend their summer vacations. 

For this installment, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender visited Harvest Kitchen, a culinary program in Pawtucket.

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