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This year’s Claiborne Pell Award for Lifetime Achievements in the Arts were presented to Trinity Rep's former artistic director Oskar Eustis and his wife Laurie at Salve Regina University in Newport Monday.

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A Providence lawmaker has withdrawn a bill that would have provided explicit protections for transgender people to use public bathrooms. State Representative Edith Ajello said the state’s current law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity provides enough protection for transgender people. 

Ajello said she came to the conclusion after speaking with local LGBT advocates, and seeing the letter from the Obama Administration directing schools to allow students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

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New immigrants can find it difficult to navigate the complex American school system, and it's even trickier when language and culture separate you from other parents, teachers, and administrators.

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The House Finance Committee plans this Tuesday to begin a series of hearings on community service grants.

Mayor Elorza Announces 2016 PVD Fest Lineup

May 16, 2016
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Mayor Jorge Elorza announced the lineup for this year’s PVD Fest, renamed from last year’s Providence International Arts Festival, Monday.

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  Four years after exiting bankruptcy, Central Falls may be able to lower property taxes. The decrease is part of the 2017 budget plan released Thursday by Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. If approved it would be the first property tax cut in a decade.

After exiting receivership in 2012, Central Falls had to follow a strict financial path toward solvency. The plan dictated an annual four percent property tax increase over five years. But this new budget proposal includes a 3.4 percent property tax cut; the reduction comes a full year earlier than expected.

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  Trinity Rep has chosen the great 1943 musical “Oklahoma!” to close its season. 

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Municipal officials called Monday for the General Assembly to allow cities and towns to pursue a step toward regionalization. Years of talk about regionalizing services have yielded little progress.

Municipal leaders are pressing for passage of a bill allowing the creation of regional districts for dispatching police and fire services. Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, a former Cumberland mayor, said the statewide savings would be significant.

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A proposal by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to strengthen the state Ethics Commission is due to be introduced Tuesday.

An enhanced ethics oversight has not always been a priority for Mattiello. The speaker’s office declined to provide details about Mattiello’s ethics proposal prior to its introduction. But Mattiello’s interest in the issue has heartened some longtime government watchdogs.

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Rhode Island won’t have many peaches on local fruit stands this summer. Cold temperatures in February killed most of the flowers on the state’s peach trees. University of Rhode Island plant scientist Heather Faubert said this year, the peach trees didn’t have time to adjust to the cold.

“The very cold temperatures came all of a sudden,” said Faubert. “Throughout November and December and January it was quite warm, and then we got to February and the temperatures dropped suddenly and that’s what killed the crop.”

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  A fluorescent yellow softball sails out of the in-field, toward woods that border Ponaganset High School in Scituate. The left fielder runs forward and catches the ball. This is home field for Ponaganset’s Lady Chieftains. Turns out, the team is not all ladies.

Justin Bonoyer is an outfielder for the Lady Chieftains. There’s a lot evolving in the life of this 16-year-old with a shock of bleached blonde hair.  Until a few weeks ago, coaches knew Justin Bonoyer as Elise Bonoyer:

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Some Warwick residents are protesting a transgender student using the girls' locker room at Pilgrim High School. The debate has been playing out over social media.

Nearly 300 comments followed a Facebook post about the student, with some commenters claiming she’s making other female students feel uncomfortable.  

The student identifies as female.

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Researchers with the Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project say they’re one step closer to determining whether Captain Cook’s famous ship, the Endeavour, lies at the bottom of Newport Harbor.

The historic Endeavour was used for transportation by the British during the American Revolution, and was part of a fleet sent to occupy Newport. In 1778, the ship was part of a group of five intentionally sunk in Newport Harbor to protect the city.

But the ship was renamed the Lord Sandwich before it went to America, said lead researcher Kathy Abbass.

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“Anything Goes” is a classic Broadway musical that first appeared in 1934. Now the Ocean State Theatre Company is doing a re-done version from 1987. Bill Gale says the result is pretty darn good – with some reservations.

Let's begin with the good stuff. After all, “Anything Goes” is filled, saturated actually, with the music (and lyrics) of the great Cole Porter. If you are of a certain age, or a person of any age who loves good songs, you get a kick out of this show.

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