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8:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

RISD To Confer 669 Degrees Saturday

The Rhode Island School of Design celebrates commencement on Saturday at the convention center. At one point it appeared as though 666 students would receive degrees, but the count has gone up to 669.

Either way, the number seems fitting for cult film director John Waters, who is scheduled to address the graduates. Waters is known for movies that push the boundaries of good taste.

RISD President Rosanne Somerson says RISD is known for quirky moments at commencement. Part of the university's tradition involves a unique take on the traditional black robe.

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Arts & Culture
6:59 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

'Bacon Fest' Arrives on Block Island

The smoker in action at Poor People's Pub on Block Island, host of "Bacon Fest" this weekend.
Credit Poor People's Pub

Bacon is on the menu Saturday at Poor People’s Pub on Block Island. The restaurant is hosting the second annual “Bacon Fest,” a benefit for the Block Island Conservancy. 

Why bacon?

"Why not?" asked server Corinne Adams, a seasonal resident of Block Island. 

The event features a mixture of professional chefs and home cooks, all competing to make the best bacon dish. Participants have the chance to taste each dish then vote for their favorite.

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Business
6:37 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

The Bottom Line: Increasing Trade With Asia

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 ask Raymond Fogarty, executive director of the John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University, about an upcoming trade mission to South Korea and Taiwan. The trip is geared toward increasing business opportunities for Rhode Island exporters.  

When to listen

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

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Politics
6:18 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Chafee Set To Announce Presidential Run

Former Governor Lincoln Chafee announced the launch of an exploratory presidential committee with a video in April.
Credit RIPR file photo

Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to make it official next week: he's running for president.

Chafee's campaign confirmed Friday that he will officially launch his bid for the democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday. The announcement is expected during a speech at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.

After forming an exploratory committee in April, Chafee has visited some early primary states, including New Hampshire. He often criticizes democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for her Senate vote in support of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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RI News
5:08 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Newport Close To Ban On Smoking At Beaches And Parks

Cigarette butts are consistently the number one piece of litter collected during beach cleanups.
Credit Daniel Guy via Flickr Creative Commons

Newport beaches and parks, and the historic Cliff Walk may soon become smoke-free. The Newport City Council has given a preliminary green light to a smoking ban.

Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano said the city council will likely give the smoking ban a final approval next month. She said most of the council members support the move, while a few others would like a compromise, such as designated smoking areas.

Napolitano said the benefit of a smoking ban on public beaches and in parks is two-fold.

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