WRNI – In the mid 1940's there were some 50,000 adoptions recorded in this country. 25-years later, they hit a peak of 175,000. Many of the women who gave up custody of their children recall a society that rejected them and their offspring. An artist at the Rhode Island School of Design is trying to tell the stories of some of those women. Ann Fessler plans several multi-media exhibits using video and audio recordings. She spoke with WRNI's Deborah Becker. The first installation opens in Baltimore in January.
WRNI-November 8, 2002 – Rhode Island House Speaker John Harwood is out. Democrats elected to the house have overwhelmingly endorsed a new leadership team. It includes State Rep. William Murphy as Speaker of the House and State Rep. Gordon Fox as Majority Leader.
The change in one of the most powerful positions in state government appeared smooth and graceful.
WRNI – Political new comer Donald Carcieri will be the next governor of Rhode Island. The retired busisness executive received about 55% of the vote. In her third bid for the office, Democrat Myrth York received 45%.
"We were gaining every week. People got to know me as a person. People are looking for a new direction, change," said Carcieri.
York spoke briefly to supporters last night, but did not indicate what her future plans are.
Providence – Because of a lack of exhibition space and artist gathering places in Providence, a group of artists and collectors formed an art club in the city.
While that sounds as something that could happen in 2002, this occurred 12 years ago when the Providence Art Club was formed. The club, which is often compared with its contemporary AS220, now has some 700 members and changes its gallery exhibits every two weeks.