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Providence College celebrates its centennial this year with a lineup of famous guests and special events. 

Camp Yawgoog, in Hopkinton Rhode Island, celebrates its centennial. The Boy Scout camp is the second oldest continuously operating Boy Scout camp in the country. Spokeswoman for the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America Kaitlin Curtis said many camp traditions haven’t changed in 100 years.

“But they’re also implementing more modern activities, such as robotics – that’s actually a merit badge that they can earn there now,” said Curtis. “So they’re modernizing to keep up with the 21st century, but also the core values are the same.”

Leave it to Rhode Island to provide a counter-narrative to the notion that the news slows down in summer, right? Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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 chat with "Eat-Drink-RI” founder and president David Dadekian about the plan to develop vacant waterfront land in Providence into a year-round food and drink market.

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While many Ocean State voters are more focused on August vacations than politics, candidates for the legislature are knocking on doors, appearing at coffee hours and pleading for votes at taverns and ethnic clubs.

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State Police and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin will pursue no criminal charges after a years-long investigation into 38 Studios, the company that won a $75 million public subsidy to move to Rhode Island, then went bankrupt, leaving taxpayers on the hook.

In announcing results of the investigation, State  Police Col. Steven O'Donnell said a bad business deal doesn't necessarily provide grounds for a criminal indictment.

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State Rep. John Carnevale has ended his campaign for re-election after a decision Thursday from the Providence Board of Canvassers, who ruled that Carnevale is not legally registered to vote in Providence.

The board found that Carnevale's primary residence is in Johnston, outside of the district he represents.

Carnevale thanked his constituents, saying it’s been an honor to serve them. But he said out of consideration for his family and his neighborhood, he would not seek re-election.

Now Here This: Repeat After Me

Jul 29, 2016

This story comes from a new partnership between Rhode Island Public Radio and Now Here This, an audio storytelling group at Brown University. On the last Friday of every month, we’ll bring you a new story.

Today we meet a woman who came from Botswana to attend Brown University. But she encountered a problem: almost no one in the U.S. can pronounce her name. Mitchell Johnson from Now Here This produced the story.  

Got a comment on this story? A question? A new idea? We want to hear from you! Send an email to nht@ripr.org.

Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Makes Stop In Providence

Jul 29, 2016
Katherine Doherty

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who stood up to the Taliban and won a Nobel Peace Prize for championing girls' right to an education, addressed a crowd of thousands at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Thursday evening.

Before her speech, she met with middle school students at Sophia Academy, an all-girls private school that serves low-income and minority students at risk of dropping out.

RI's First Female Governor On Historic Clinton Nomination

Jul 29, 2016
Marie Aberger

As Democrat Hillary Clinton was getting ready to shatter a glass ceiling Thursday as the first woman ever to accept a presidential nomination from a major U.S. political party, Governor Gina Raimondo was preparing to return home to watch Clinton's speech on television with her family.

PawSox To Induct First Class To Newly Created Hall Of Fame

Jul 29, 2016
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Selected for the honor are Jim Rice, Wade Boggs, and Ben Mondor. Pawsox general manager Dan Rea, said Jim Rice and Wade Boggs were among the team’s most successful players.

“Wade Boggs and Jim Rice really stood out as two guys who, on the field, had tremendous careers here while they were in Pawtucket, but then went on to have great careers with the Red Sox, at major league baseball,” said Rea. “The fact that both are members of the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame was also a significant factor.”

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian has emerged as one of the most durable Republicans in Rhode Island politics. He’s running for re-election again this year, and stopped by our studio yesterday to discuss a wide range of issues. 

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss the residency case featuring state Rep. John Carnevale; the presidential battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; and the outlook for GOP legislative candidates.

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In a sharp reversal from a vote one day earlier, the Providence Board of Canvassers found Thursday that state Rep. John Carnevale, a four-term member of the House of Representatives, is not a registered voter in Providence.

The decision means that Carnevale can not pursue his re-election campaign, unless he makes a successful appeal of the board's rendering.

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  Democrat Hillary Clinton got some good news from Pennsylvania today with a Suffolk University public opinion survey showing her up 9 points in the Keystone State over Republican Donald Trump in the presidential election.

In a four –way contest with Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson the mix, Clinton led Trump, 46 to 37 percent. Johnson got 5 percent and Stein was at 3 percent with 9 percent undecided.

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