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For our "20 Years of Sound + Vision" event, RIPR CEO Torey Malatia talked with a few of the artists who performed or presented their work during our 2-day event.

Storyteller Len Cabral was the curator for our event and served as MC on Saturday night.

Rose Weaver was the headlining performer on Saturday night with her Honeysuckle Rose Band.

India Association of Rhode Island performed classical Indian dance as well as contemporary dance styles inspired by Bollywood. Rupa Datta and Ratuja Patil represented the association.

Pearl Macek

After two weeks at Fort Adams State Park, boat crews in the Volvo Ocean Race will embark Sunday on the ninth leg of the race. The around-the-world sailing challenge is nearing a finish in June in the Netherlands.


The Rhode Island School of Design explores the story and history of the Rosa Parks House Project from the viewpoint of art, preservation, and memory. RISD's Interior Architecture Department will host the symposium, called Everybody’s House, on Friday at Waterfire, where the display is located.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the fate of the PawSox stadium plan, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's proposed monetization of the Providence water supply, the line item veto, and much more.

Dante Bellini

Plans for what would be the tallest building in Providence hit a bump in the road recently. The Providence City Plan Comission voted against recommending approval of zoning changes for the controversial 46-story Hope Point Tower. 

The commission’s vote came despite a planning staff report that found the project complied with the city’s comprehensive plan, which encourages mixed-use development downtown.

In a statement, Fane Organization spokesman Dante Bellini said, “We will take time to reflect upon their decision and any next steps.”

This I Believe New England: Hospice Care

May 15, 2018
Scott Indermaur

It may seem all too hackneyed to say that death is a mysterious, often anxiety-producing, subject. The truth, of course, is that so many of us struggle to wrap our hearts and minds around the meaning of dying and death. When will I die?  How will I die?  Will I have the opportunity to choose to die on my terms? Some of us are able to confront these questions. Others of us shy away from them, whether for psychological, cultural, or spiritual reasons. Dr.

Roger Williams Park Zoo

A routine hoof procedure turned out to be not so routine when a takin named Har-Lee managed to escape his enclosure around 9:05 Tuesday morning. 

Roger Williams Park Zoo said the recapture team was immediately activated with tranquilizers and backup rifle, never losing sight of Har-Lee following him to a point where they could safely sedate him.

The issue was resolved at 9:55 a.m. and the zoo opened for regular business 20 minutes later. 

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Robert Flanders, one of two Republicans running for the chance to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, is criticizing Whitehouse for backing a law blamed by some for making it more difficult to go after the opioid industry.

I was wrong. W-R-O-N-G!

As many in the sports scribbling and babbling business did, I wrote off the Boston Celtics as an NBA championship threat when All-Star Kyrie Irving checked out in March for the rest of the season with an infection in his surgically repaired left knee. His loss, coupled with the season-ending ankle injury to Gordon Hayward on opening night, was too much for this young, untested team.

My exact words written a little more than a month ago: “Irving’s departure dooms whatever hopes the Celtics had of making a run to the NBA Finals this season.”

Richard Drew / AP

The Connecticut Supreme Court is likely to decide this week whether to allow 10 families of victims in the 2012 Newtown school shooting to sue Remington, the company that manufactured the assault-style rifle used in the massacre.

John Dillon / VPR

Last week, the court overturned the conviction of a man who put Ku Klux Klan flyers on the Burlington homes of two women of color. The court said the state didn’t prove the action met the threshold of ‘threatening behavior.’

The decision highlights the on-going tension around protecting speech even when it's potentially threatening or hateful.

Lynn Arditi / RIPR

A new report by Blue Cross Blue Shield shows Rhode Island has the highest rate of diagnosis for major depression in the country.

Major depression -- characterized by persistent sadness and trouble performing routine daily activities – is second only to high blood pressure in its impact on overall health for Americans covered by commercial insurance, according to Blue Cross.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democrat Matt Brown hopes a rippling circle of support will enable him to defeat Gov. Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island's Democratic primary.

Brown, who has previously signaled his intention to run to the left of Raimondo, said the idea is to get steadily more people involved with his insurgent campaign. He said he expects about 150 supporters to attend a launch event at 6 p.m. Monday at the Southside Cultural Center in Providence.

RIPR

Linda Finn and Henrietta White-Holder are the 2018 winners of the Sixth Annual Red Bandana Award, which honors people and organizations who embody the spirit and work of the late Richard Walton, a journalist, teacher and activist for peace, labor and social justice issues.

Rhode Island State Council of Churches

Rev. Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, is taking a three-month sabbatical to continue to transition to being a woman, council president Chontell Washington announced in a news release.

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