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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:

The Bottom Line: Employee Background Checks

May 6, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Christine Cunneen, co-founder and CEO of Johnston-based Hire Image, a company specializing in background screenings for job applicants. 

Their conversation delves into what employers seek in a background check, what job seekers should know about social media and disclosing their past history to a potential employer, and the legal limitations on background reporting.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Evidence is mounting that Prince may have died of a drug overdose. While the medical examiner hasn’t given definitive proof of that, drug overdose in middle age is actually more common than some of us might think. Here's why this group is at high risk.

Ben Chace is a Providence native, a musician and now an international filmmaker, after writing and directing one of the first movies shot in Cuba since the Cuban Revolution. The film is called Sin Alas (Without Wings), and it just enjoyed its theatrical premiere in New York.

Chace brings his film to Providence for showings at the Cable Car Cinema this weekend. RIPR's Chuck Hinman reached Chace in Brooklyn,to talk about the film, and about working in Cuba.

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Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The national crisis of opioid addiction has led many doctors and patients to look for alternatives for managing pain. 

Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

“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.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

  Education officials are backing away from a plan to require test scores for a high school diploma. 

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Rhode Island’s political establishment was rebuked in last week’s presidential primaries as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump coasted to victories. 

The Bottom Line: Creating A Culture Of Innovation

Apr 29, 2016

  Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Richard Culatta, Rhode Island’s first chief innovation officer, appointed in January.

They talk  fostering innovation in government, collaboration with businesses and the public, how to change old thinking about new ideas, and overcoming the “we’ve always done it this way” attitude.

When to listen:

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

Folger Shakespeare Library

Time is almost up to see William Shakespeare’s First Folio on display at Brown University this month. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, the 17th Century book thought to have save some of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays leaves Providence after the weekend.

ALRI

This month’s Artscape features a look at a new exhibit called Support and Defend: Art Relevant to the Veteran Experience

Gamm Theatre

Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre is closing its season with one of William Shakespeare's most difficult to do plays.

RIPR

After several days of campaigning, and a pair of conflicting local polls in Rhode Island, the race between Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary seemed up in the air before Tuesday’s primary.

But Sanders was able to pull off a win, by a surprising 12 percentage points. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender brings us this report from Sanders' Ocean State watch-party. 

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Donald Trump scored a runaway victory in Rhode Island’s Republican presidential primary Tuesday). Trump won 64 percent of the vote, compared to 24 percent for John Kasich and 10 percent for Ted Cruz. Trump supporters marked the victory at Chapel Grille in Cranston last night.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Hillary Clinton claimed primary victories in Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, but on the Democratic side at least, Rhode Island went its own way. Nearly 55 percent of voters in the Democratic primary chose Sanders, compared with 43 percent for Clinton. Sanders' margin of victory was larger than expected.

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