Providence

On Politics
3:01 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

So you think your family is dysfunctional? Try to top Rep. Charlene Lima's

So you think you have a dysfunctional family and are dreading the holidays. Well, the odds are very good that your kin are not as divided as that of Rep. Charlene Lima, a Democrat who represents parts of Cranston and Providence.

Lima is married to a former Democratic state representative, Frank Fiorenzano, a notorious  Providence pol who was convicted in the 1990s of obtaining money under false pretenses after he bilked Statehouse employees and other politicians out of thousands of dollars in a doomed Ponzi-type scheme.

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RI News
12:07 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

20K Sign Petition Demanding Apology From Bishop Tobin

A petition of 20,000 signatures are seeking an apology from Bishop Thomas Tobin for his comments about Nelson Mandela
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A Catholic lay group has presented Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin with 20,000 petition signatures demanding an apology for comments he made about the late Nelson Mandela.

They came with a request, “Could you please make sure these are delivered to Bishop Tobin? And after he’s done reading them would you encourage him to recycle the paper,” asked Gina Buckley O’Toole.

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Religion
8:43 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Catholics Call On Bishop Tobin To Apologize For Mandela Statement

Tobin released a statement criticizing Nelson Mandela's legalization of abortion in South Africa, for which he has received his own criticism.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

At ten o’clock Wednesday morning, a group of Catholics will converge on the  office of Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin to demand an apology for comments he made about the late Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela had been dead only two days when Bishop Thomas Tobin made a statement that has drawn criticism. He said that while Mandela did much to improve the lives of South Africans his legalization of abortion was, quote, “shameful.”

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Weather
11:31 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

RIPR Snow Cam

The SummerCAM/SnowCAM  is in the RIPR newsroom, looking out at downtown Providence.  It uses Wowza-based streaming technology, provided by ServerRoom.net, which should work on most devices. 

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The Bottom Line
3:25 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The Bottom Line: Small Business and HealthSource RI

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.

This week Dave and Mark talk with insurance broker James Raiola of Mass Mutal. They discuss the how the state’s health insurance exchange is offering plans for small businesses and what kind of company can benefit from using the exchange.

When to Listen

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

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RI News
12:29 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Anti-Abortion Group Defends Bishop Tobin’s Mandela Comment

Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has taken a lot of heat for criticizing Nelson Mandela. Two days after Mandela died Tobin issued a statement calling his legalization of abortion “shameful.”

But now Tobin supporters are speaking out. The anti-abortion American Life League has put out a statement thanking Tobin. The statement said Tobin had the courage to point out the “shameful irony” between Mandela’s promotion of abortion and his stance against apartheid.

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RI News
9:17 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Three Men Arrested In Providence Arson Scheme

Three men have been arrested on charges of participating in an arson-for-hire scheme. 

The three men are charged in federal court with setting fire to an occupied multi-family home in Providence in exchange for a payment of $7,500.  The fire happened in the early hours of November 2nd

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RI News
2:37 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

RI’s Bishop Tobin Calls Out Mandela For Legalizing Abortion

Bishop Thomas Tobin.
Credit Providence Diocese

Bishop Thomas Tobin, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Rhode Island, has issued a statement critical of the late Nelson Mandela.

Mandela died last week after a prolonged battle with a lung infection. He was 95.

In a statement, Tobin said there is much to admire about the South African leader, particularly his personal courage and stalwart defense of human rights.

But Tobin takes issue with Mandela’s support of abortion rights.  Tobin said this aspect of Mandela’s life is, “not at all praiseworthy.”

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RI News
2:43 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Fast Food Workers Protest For Higher Wages

Protestors rally outside Wendy's in Warwick for wage hikes for fast-food employees in Rhode Island.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Demonstrators and workers gathered to protest the minimum wage fast food chain Wendy’ s Thursday afternoon in Warwick.

Dozens of people gathered in the light rain in front of Wendy’s on Warwick Ave demanding an increase in lowest level pay from seven dollars seventy-five cents to fifteen dollars an hour.

The protest was one of one-hundred strikes going on in different cities throughout the country. 

Protestor Bounche Dorbor of Central Falls has been working at Wendy’s for the last five years making seven dollars seventy-five cents an hour.

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Arts & Culture
10:27 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Rhode Islander Hopes To Immortalize Cartoon Dog In Providence

Logo for the Fox show "Family Guy" set in Rhode Island.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

As you may or may not know, the TV show “Family Guy” killed off the family dog Brian Griffin. Thousands of fans are petitioning online to bring Brian back.

But one Providence resident is hoping to do more.

"Let’s strike while the iron is hot, and get a really dope statue in the city of Providence," said David Rocha in his online plea to get a statue in Providence.  

That really dope statue he wants is of everyone’s favorite sarcastic martini swilling cartoon dog, Brian Griffin.

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