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Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien has asked Governor Gina Raimondo to intervene in Care New England’s plan to close that city’s community hospital.

The Indian Summer sun fades, the afternoon light will soon dwindle and morning frost is on the pumpkin. Evening chills send us to our closets for the heavier coats we’ll soon need.

Now is also the time to think about those among us who have less. As we ready for the holiday season, the time is nigh to help our less fortunate neighbors by donating to the annual Buy Nothing Coat Exchange, which will be held on the traditional date –Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Christmas holiday shopping blitz.

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Rhode Island’s Energy Facility Siting Board decided Tuesday morning during a hearing to exclude from evidence resolutions from 35 cities and towns opposing a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville.


This I Believe New England: Paperbacks

Oct 18, 2017
Scott Indermaur

When Johannes Gutenberg introduced mechanical movable type and the printing press to the world in the fifteen century, he could not have imagined that some 600 years later we would be reading books on digital screens after we've downloaded the tomes using Wi-Fi.  In Gutenberg's day, people had no choice but to turn pages.  Today, we have the option to advance pages electronically, convert text to voice, and conduct instant online word and dictionary searches.

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A female lawmaker's description of sexual harassment by a more powerful colleague has sparked a change: starting in January, Rhode Island lawmakers and General Assembly staffers will be expected to take part in sexual harassment training.

Lynn Arditi

Memorial Hospital is closing all but some walk-in clinics after its planned sale to a California hospital chain fell through.

Hospital officials announced the decision on Tuesday at a noon meeting with hundreds of employees.

ONNE VAN DER WAL / Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island

The Newport-based tall ship, the Oliver Hazard Perry, is set to be back up and running by Tuesday. The vessel lost power and floated through Newport Harbor Sunday evening, the ship knocked into several other boats moored in the harbor.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Pawtucket’s nine-member City Council will vote on a resolution Tuesday to support or reject the stadium plan. The vote is non-binding, but even a symbolic rejection of the stadium by hometown councilors in Pawtucket could be a serious obstacle.

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President Donald Trump last week cut off federal subsidies that help to cover the cost of health insurance for low-income patients. The decision is expected to drive up premiums for the middle class.


City of Boston

Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer is warning that people of color are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 


Avory Brookins / RIPR

Members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe protested Saturday against their tribal water being sold to Invenergy, the developer of a natural gas power plant that still needs approval from state officials. 


Mid-October is here and we're zipping through the calendar. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The debate over taxpayer subsidies for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox rages on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that for those who want to keep the team, now is the time to stand up.  


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Invenergy, developer of a proposed natural gas power plant in the Town of Burrillville, filed a motion Tuesday claiming resolutions opposing the project from nearly all Rhode Island cities and towns are irrelevant to whether the plant is needed.

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Mayor of Pawtucket, Democrat Donald Grebien, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss spurring economic development with a new transit hub in Pawtucket, the city’s efforts to mitigate gun violence, as well as the recent loss of the Gamm Theatre to Warwick. 


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