Gift-getting, holiday cheer, staffing up and then -- boom! -- a New Year will be here, full of exciting stories yet to happen. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me tips/comments at idonnis (at) ripr (org) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
Rhode Island bade farewell and paid tribute today to former state Sen. Lila Sapinsley, a liberal Republican who became the first woman Senate Minority Leader, at funeral services at Temple Beth-El in the Providence East Side district that she so ably represented.
Sapinsley, who died earlier this week at her Laurelmead home at 92, was eulogized by Rabbi Leslie Y. Gutterman as a path breaking woman of compassion, accomplishment and conviction.
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.
This week, Dave and Mark talk with Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island. They discuss whether the state’s brain drain is a myth and the role a growing number of international students are playing in campus enrollment.
When to Listen
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
The deadline to renew health insurance plans through Health Source RI is coming up on December 23rd. The state’s health insurance exchange is holding an enrollment fair today in Warwick to help customers in person. We checked in with a few to find out how it’s going.
Warwick resident Kim Darcy was waiting her turn to speak with a health insurance counselor. Darcy plans to re-enroll. And she says she’s thankful there’s a plan she can afford after going without for many years.
Providence College’s soccer season of firsts and mosts continues Friday night when the Friars play UCLA in the semifinals of the NCAA men’s tournament, known as the College Cup.
Providence (16-4-2) and UCLA (13-4-5) will meet for the first time. This is PC’s first trip to college soccer’s Final Four; UCLA is making its 14th College Cup appearance. The Bruins have won four national championships. UCLA is the No. 2 seed, Providence No. 11.
Providence families get a chance on Saturday to look at the options for public high school and middle school. The district has organized a school fair at Juanita Sanchez High School.
Providence allows students and parents to choose between their neighborhood school or another school in the district, but officials say many families are unaware of all of the options, especially in high school.
To give a better sense of the different schools and programs available, district officials are inviting families to meet with teachers and principals at the event on Saturday.
When I read of the achievements of young people like Sarah Andrews and Matt Salit, I shake my head and wonder how they do all that they do. Athletes, scholars, community volunteers, they approach every ask with laser focus. They are amazing.
When I read of their achievements, I also feel confident about the future of our nation.
No surprise here: the Philadelphia Transportation Authority is suing Gilead, maker of the expensive new hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni, over the cost of those drugs. A course of Sovaldi, not including drugs you might have to take in combination with it, as some patients do, costs $84,000. Harvoni, which won FDA approval more recently, costs $94,000.
“Meet Me in St. Louis” is a charmer, a sweet, old fashioned, happy- go-lucky musical of the kind we just don't see anymore. It's filled with wonderful, if saccharine sweet, songs. It tells a tale of a family loving, and battling, and always coming through.