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8:46 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Circus Returns To Providence One Year After Devastating Accident

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Trucks outside the Dunkin Donuts' Center following last year's accident.
Credit John Bender / RIPR FILE

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus opens in Providence Thursday nearly a year after a tragic accident injured nine performers.  Some of the acrobats are still recovering from their injuries.

Last May, during a performance in Providence, a group of eight acrobats hung by their hair some 35 feet above the stage floor. They were sent plunging to the ground when a clamp that was part of their equipment failed.  The performers and one person on the ground suffered fractured legs, wrists, even necks.

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RI News
8:40 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Newport's Cliff Walk Gets High Tech Upgrades

Cliff Walk in Newport is one of Rhode Island's most visited tourist attractions.
Credit RIPR FILE

Newport’s famous Cliff Walk is now smart-phone friendly. The tourist attraction has added 16 trail markers with quick response codes. Visitors can get historic and geological information with a quick smartphone scan.

Salve Regina University Professor Jon Marcoux worked with students to create the app.

“This is a great example of something that was doable for an undergraduate, and they did it, but hopefully it will have a big payoff for folks who are visiting.”

Marcoux said using technology increases the breadth of information available to tourists.

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Environment
6:33 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Wastewater Agency Wrestles With Cost Of Water Quality Project

The board of the Narragansett Bay Commission considered several options to move forward with the final phase of its federally-mandated water quality project, all of them costly. The option they voted for will cost approximately $815 million.
Courtesy of Narragansett Bay Commission

The board of the Narragansett Bay Commission has voted to move forward with the final phase of a water quality project designed to overhaul its old sewer systems. The wastewater agency is struggling with how much it will cost to complete the project, aimed at further improving water quality in Narragansett Bay.

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Local Features
6:19 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Saying Goodbye

Death.  We know it's coming at some point, and we know it's filled with mystery and, perhaps, some anxiety.  Death is especially difficult when we lose someone we hold near to our hearts.  And when it happens, each of us deals with mortality in whatever way makes sense to us at the time – sometimes with deep anguish, and sometimes with a quiet resolve, equanimity, and acceptance.  Fourteen-year-old Jillian Lombardi talks about her way of coping with the death of someone who was dear to her.

Jillian Lombardi is in the eighth grade at the Moses Brown School in Providence.  She lives with her family in Barrington.

Education
5:41 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Brown To Confer Six Honorary Degrees

Geoscientist and Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan is one of six honorary degree recipients this year at Brown University.
Credit Brown University

Brown University has announced its list of honorary doctorate recipients, and the majority are women.

One recipient, Kathryn Sullivan, was the first American woman to walk in space. Sullivan also helped launch the Hubble Telescope.

Anthropologist Louise Lamphere will also be honored. Lamphere challenged Brown with a sexual discrimination suit when the university denied her tenure in the 1970’s. The lawsuit led Brown to establish new hiring procedures for women.

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