Rhode Island

RI News
9:33 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Local Fans React To NFL Penalty Against Tom Brady

Tom Brady has been given a four game penalty for his alleged role in deflating footballs.
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The NFL lawyer who investigated the deflation of footballs by the Patriots last season says he has direct evidence quarterback Tom Brady knew about the incident.

Following the investigation the NFL hit Brady with a four game suspension, which has some fan scratching their heads.

Bradford Griffin from Woonsocket said it seems unfair to give Brady a four-game suspension when another player was suspended for just two games in a case involving domestic violence.

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RI News
8:57 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Officials Expect A Lucrative Rhode Island Tourist Season

Events like the Newport Folk Festival draw thousands to Rhode Island during the state's important tourist season.
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Beaches have opened and warm weather is upon us, which can mean only one thing for the Ocean State, tourist season has begun. State officials are expecting increases in revenue compared to last year. Summer arrived later than usual last year, and Rhode Island saw just an average tourist season.  But this year thermometers have already been pushing 80 degrees. 

Director of tourism for Commerce RI, Mark Brodeur said early beach openings, and events like the Volvo Ocean sailing race in Newport are giving the season a strong start.

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RI News
8:48 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Despite Outside Interest, Pawsox Prefer To Stay In Rhode Island

Artist rendering of proposed waterfront baseball stadium in Providence

Despite interest from other communities, the PawSox say they remain focused on moving the team to Providence. New Bedford officials have indicated a desire to attract the PawSox if things don’t work out in the Ocean State.

PawSox spokeswoman Patti Doyle said the team’s ownership continues to focus on what it calls Plan A – wining support for the construction of a new ballpark near downtown Providence.

City councilors in New Bedford said they’d like to interest the PawSox in relocating there, but recognize that Rhode Island is the team’s first choice.

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Theater Reviews
8:37 am
Tue May 12, 2015

If You're Already A Fan, Ocean State Theatre's "Into The Woods" Does It Right

(from left) Amanda Ryan Paige, Nicole Calkins and Tommy Labanaris star as the Baker’s Wife, Little Red Ridinghood and the Baker in Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical, Into the Woods
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

“Into the Woods” won three Tony Awards on Broadway in 1988. But “Best Musical” wasn't one of them.  Bill Gale thinks that a strong production at the Ocean State Theatre tells you why.

Full disclosure, I have never cottoned to “Into the Woods” which brought so much fame and honor to its creators Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

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Education
8:22 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Study Finds RI's Preschool Is Expensive, But Meets Quality Standards

The National Institute for Early Education Research says Rhode Island spends roughly $8,300 for every preschool student.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island’s new state-funded preschool program is expensive, but it may be high quality. That’s according to a new study from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.

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