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8:02 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Cranston firefighters to accept pay freeze

Cranston, R.I. – Cranston firefighters will accept a two-year pay freeze under a tentative agreement with the city.

The agreement is to be introduced to the City Council next Monday. It also calls for civilians to handle dispatch calls and for the department to maintain its 17 current vacancies.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says the deal will save the city more than $4 million over three years. The mayor says the city faces a ``dire plight'' due to cuts in state aid and says structural changes are needed.

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Arts & Culture
7:25 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Essayist examines critical, life-altering experiences

Providence, R.I. – If each of us stopped and really reflected on our lives at this very moment, we could identify critical, life-altering experiences along the way that have shaped who we are. For Diane Postoian, a rich collection of these experiences has everything to do with the stories she feels compelled to tell every day of her life.

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RIPR News
4:53 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Judge orders Mendonca's release in alleged police beating

File photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – A U.S. Immigration judge has ordered the release of a 21-year-old man seen on video in handcuffs as a Providence police officer beats him with a flashlight.

Luis Mendonca was being held by immigration officials who had sought to deport him to Cape Verde. Mendonca is a key witness against Detective Robert DeCarlo, who has pleaded not guilty to simple assault for the alleged beating on Oct. 20.

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RIPR News
4:50 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Warwick mayor goes for seventh term

Warwick, R.I. – Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is launching his bid for a seventh term in office.

The Republican mayor has scheduled a series of stops around the city to draw attention to his campaign.

Avedisian is a Providence College graduate and was first elected mayor in 2000 after serving five terms in the Warwick City Council.

Warwick is the second-largest city in Rhode Island and is home to T.F. Green Airport.

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RIPR News
4:48 am
Wed June 2, 2010

RI education officials to decide future of charter school

Providence, R.I. – State education officials are expected to vote Thursday on whether to give the Highlander Charter School one more year to remain in operation instead of renewing the school's charter for another five years.

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RIPR News
4:46 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Central Falls picks news principals for high school

Central Falls, R.I. – Central Falls school officials have selected two new principals to lead Central Falls High School as it undergoes a state-ordered turnaround effort.

Evelyn Jones, an instruction and curriculum specialist, currently works as an assistant principal at the school. She will be joined by Sonn Sam, a principal from the Met school, an alternative high school in Providence.

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Arts & Culture
3:59 pm
Mon May 31, 2010

Painting With Rust

Newport, Rhode Island – Rust is usually associated with decay, but artist Esther Solondz employs the process of oxidation to create images instead. Our arts correspondent Martina Windels recently visited the Newport Art Museum and spoke with Esther Solondz about her artwork and the exhibition "There and Not There," featuring about sixty of Solodnz's large rust portraits. View her work at http://esthersolondz.com/

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RIPR News
2:23 pm
Mon May 31, 2010

Newport Music Festival Director Dies in Car Crash

Providence, RI – The Rhode Island arts community is mourning the loss of a major figure. Seventy-nine year old Mark Malkovich III- the long time director of the Newport Music Festival, died Sunday in a highway accident in Minnesota. State highway authorities in that state say Malkovich was killed when his car left a highway and rolled over several times--about 40 miles north of Minneapolis.

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Local Features
1:52 pm
Mon May 31, 2010

A Mother's First Memorial Day Alone

Pawtucket, RI – This is a very special memorial day for a Pawtucket woman. It's the first Memorial Day Melissa Coutu has observed since her only child, marine Private Kyle Coutu, died in action in Afghanistan. As WRNI's Flo Jonic reports, the shock of his death is still setting in.

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RIPR News
10:33 am
Mon May 31, 2010

Memorial for a Peace Maker

Providence, RI – This Memorial Day in Providence, over a hundred people marched to honor not a soldier, but a peace maker. They were celebrating the life of David Cartagena, a street worker with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-violence.

It was a crowd of many different faces- Providence's chief of police, former gang members, politicians, children, people walking their bikes, and people walking their dogs.Almost all of them wore blue t-shirts with an image of David Cartagena.

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