Rhode Island

Health Care
4:03 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Hundreds Of Doctors Cut From United’s Medicare Advantage Network

United Healthcare logo

The Rhode Island Medical Society said United Healthcare has cut hundreds of doctors from its Medicare Advantage network. The plan covers some 36,000 Rhode Island seniors.

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Theater Reviews
4:31 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Gamm’s “Good People” Nothing Less Than Sizzling

Bill Mootos and Jeanine Kane in Gamm Theatre's "Good People."
Credit Peter Goldberg

Well, I don’t want to go overboard here. But “Good People” is just nothing less than a sizzling comedy with a real life message. It’s delicious, deep, delightful, and just plain dandy.

Directed with fire and feeling by Rachel Walshe, the production will have you laughing out loud and holding your breath as the characters reveal themselves.

Led by a splendid Janine Kane, the acting is as good as you’re liable to see anywhere. The sets and the goofy, great costumes add a lot, too.

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RI News
2:48 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

RI Public Utilities Commission Will Take Another Look At Limo Charge

The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission said it will consider a new minimum limousine charge, after four limousine companies sued over a $40 minimum charge.

The $40 minimum charge for a limousine ride was supposed to go into effect November 11th. But the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission agreed to suspend enforcement after four limousine companies sued.

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RI News
2:34 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Belcourt Of Newport Pulls EDC Grant Request For Mansion Upgrade

Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian owns Belcourt of Newport, which was seeking an EDC grant to pay for eco-friendly upgrades.
Credit Wiki Commons

Belcourt of Newport has pulled its application for a state renewable energy grant. Alex and Ani owner Carolyn Rafaelian bought Belcourt and is currently renovating the Newport mansion.

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation was supposed to take up this month an $18,500 grant for a solar array and geo-thermal heating and cooling system for Belcourt. But the EDC said Belcourt has pulled the grant request.

The EDC put off a vote on awarding the grant at its last meeting after two board members recused themselves due to a conflict of interest.

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RI News
1:50 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Two Injured From Explosion In Providence’s Jewelry District

Police evacuated 300 Richmond Street after an explosion sent manhole covers into the air.
Credit Megan Hall

Two people are injured after an underground blast caused manhole covers to fly. Providence fire fighters were responding to a call around 11:00am Monday of a strange odor at 300 Richmond in Providence’s Jewelry District when National Grid said a mix of fire and gases caused eight manhole covers to fly into the air.  

National Grid said there were readings of high levels of carbon monoxide at the location. Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare said two pedestrians were slightly injured.

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RI News
8:52 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Rhode Island Prepares For The Holiday Shopping Rush

The all-important holiday shopping season is upon us.  November and December sales are make or break months for retailers, representing as much as 20 percent of total annual sales.

The National Retail Federation is forecasting a nearly four percent increase in holiday sales this year. But local retail officials are taking a more cautious approach. Paul DeRoche heads the Rhode Island Retail Federation.

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Health Care
8:37 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Research Out Of Bradley Hospital Shows A Good Night's Rest Can Stave Off Sickness

New research out of Bradley Hospital confirms what your mother always told you: get plenty of rest.

Researchers at Bradley Hospital’s sleep lab followed 56 teens over a period of 16 weeks.  They found that those who sleep the most tend to get sick the least. Sleep Lab director Mary Carskadon says the message is clear.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:18 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: JFK's Rhode Island

President John F. Kennedy sits with his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr., in a rowboat on Bailey’s Beach in Newport, Rhode Island.
Credit Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

It’s been a half-century  years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.

Our state is America’s smallest but it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.

From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.  If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

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Health Care
1:41 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Moody's: RI Cities May Shift Retiree Health Costs

Rhode Island municipalities, like Providence, need to rein in costs or risk a credit downgrade.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

In a new report, investment research firm Moody's says more Rhode Island cities are looking into shifting retirees into health plans on the online health insurance exchange to save money. That's just one of several strategies cities are considering to deal with rising health care costs. 

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Theater Reviews
4:35 am
Fri November 15, 2013

At Ocean State Theatre Lombardi Is Played With Dark Vigor

Jennifer Byrne, Robert Ierardi and Joel Kipper in the New England premiere of "Lombardi."
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

Ah yes, the late Vince Lombardi. I can see him now, back in the black and white TV era of the 1960s. He’s standing like a statue on the sidelines on the tundra that is a Green Bay football field. Legs apart, polo coat covering his broad shoulders, absurd fedora on his head. And most of all there’s his shouting, bellowing, at anyone nearby. The refs, his own players, his assistant coaches, were all fair game, targets of his single minded drive.

He was the Bill Belichick of his time, the best-known coach in all of football. Only louder, tougher, harder to deal with.

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