davian sanchez http://ripr.org en Why did Taveras flunk his swim lesson? http://ripr.org/post/why-did-taveras-flunk-his-swim-lesson <p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is scheduled on Monday to become the first Democrat to formally announce his candidacy for his party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination. The 43-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer’s State House ambitions have been one of Rhode Island’s worst-kept secrets.</p><p></p><p>Taveras, who would be the state’s first governor of Latino ancestry, will make his announcement at 10 a.m. at Meeting Street School. He will speak to a relatively small gathering of family, friends, elected officials who support him and reporters, then take questions from members of the media.</p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 22:01:50 +0000 Scott MacKay 23856 at http://ripr.org Why did Taveras flunk his swim lesson? Despite Protests, Taveras Says So. Providence Pool Will Close http://ripr.org/post/despite-protests-taveras-says-so-providence-pool-will-close <p>Elected officials and community activists have come together to save a swimming pool that serves a low-income area of Providence. But Mayor Angel Taveras says he’s going ahead with plans to cement it over and turn it into a water park.</p><p>A half dozen state lawmakers joined with Providence City Councilman Davian Sanchez to appeal for the re-opening of the Davey Lopes pool in south Providence. The pool was closed last summer because of maintenance problems. A minority contractors association has volunteered to make the repairs at no charge, except for materials.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:36:02 +0000 Flo Jonic 23528 at http://ripr.org Despite Protests, Taveras Says So. Providence Pool Will Close