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  Six years after winning his first title on the men’s pro tour at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, unheralded Rajeev Ram returned to the scene of that 2009 triumph and won again.

In a taut duel that lasted 2 hours and 23 minutes at the Newport Casino on Sunday, Ram upset second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (2), before a near-capacity crowd of about 3,700 on a breezy, steamy afternoon.

“The first win was more elation. This one is more satisfaction just because I did it again,” the 31-year-old from Carmel, Ind., said.

Jim Gillen

I first met Jim Gillen, who died over the weekend after a long battle with cancer, a couple of years ago. I was reporting on skyrocketing rates of opioid addiction and overdose. And if you wanted to know about addiction and recovery in Rhode Island, you sought out Jim.

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Clam lovers celebrate a Rhode Island favorite, the quahog, this weekend at the annual quahog festival in Warren.

The hard shell clams, which live mud flats from Canada to Florida, are considered a local delicacy on Narragansett Bay. Matunuck Oyster Bar’s head chef Jeffrey Cruff prepares more than 100 stuffed quahogs a day.

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 sit down with Roger Williams University President Donald Farish to discuss what he sees as a growing wealth gap among colleges and universities.

Farish believes federal funding has increasingly become concentrated at a small number of elite institutions, many of which already possess significant resources.

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A coalition of researchers from Rhode Island’s colleges and universities have released another round of reports on the state’s economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what will happen to the latest round of research.

If Rhode Island were a bench, it would splinter under the weight of all the blue-ribbon commissions and consultant-generated reports that have for decades weighed in on what ails our state’s economy.

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