Weather
11:10 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Looks Like Spring, Feels Like Winter

Icicles hanging from trees in downtown Providence. It's April.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Rhode Islanders may have had to dig those winter coats back out this morning.

After a warm weekend, with highs in the sixties, residents woke up to sleet, and icy windshields.

The National Weather Service reports that temperatures dropped into the low thirties overnight, with just under a half inch of precipitation measured at T.F. Green Airport.

And though the skies have cleared up temperatures are expected to hover in the forties Wednesday, with lows in the twenties.  Only slightly warmer weather is predicted for the rest of the week.

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The Education Blog
9:08 am
Wed April 16, 2014

URI Begins Construction on LGBTQ Center

The University of Rhode Island breaks ground Wednesday on a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center.

URI officials say the start of construction is groundbreaking in more ways than one. They believe URI is the first university in the country to have a separate building dedicated solely as an LGBTQ center.

In the past, URI has faced criticism for being an unfriendly campus to gay and lesbian students. The university has also faced accusations that officials forced out a popular advisor, Andrew Winters, who worked on gay and lesbian issues.

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Former Prosecutor Corrente On Federal Corruption Probes

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Federal and state investigations made a high-profile raid of House Speaker Gordon Fox’s Statehouse office and East Side home late last month. Fox resigned the next day and a new speaker took the helm of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. But investigators have not said what sparked the probe, and little fresh information has emerged in the almost 4 weeks since the raid. Robert Clark Corrente served as Rhode Island’s top federal prosecutor from 2004 and 2009 and he’s now a partner with the Providence law firm of Burns & Levinson.

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Theater Reviews
2:17 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Contemporary Theater Company’s “Cloud Nine” Worth Catching

Ah, yes, welcome back, “Cloud Nine.” Churchill’s play was a hit in certain quarters back there when the world as we knew it seemed to be tumbling onto a landscape that was unclear and wonderful and scary.

The play won an Obie, Off Broadway’s version of the Tony Awards. It was done around the country by risk-taking regional theaters including a crackerjack production in the 1983-84 season at what we then called the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence.

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Environment
5:01 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Brown Launches New Environmental Institute Next Month

The Building for Environmental Research and Teaching (BERT) will be the hub for Brown University's new Institute for the Study of Environment and Society.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Brown University wants to be at the forefront of solving big environmental challenges related to such issues as climate change, food production, and water distribution. So next month it’s launching a new institute designed to draw on research from across different disciplines. The goal is to better prepare future leaders to address those challenges.

The Institute for the Study of Environment and Society will draw on the expertise of many disciplines at Brown, said Amanda Lynch, professor of geological sciences and director of the new institute.  

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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Holocaust Remembrance

Holocaust.  For most of us this haunting word conjures up ghastly and painful images of concentration camp inmates, train cars filled with passengers bound for extermination, and tales of torture that defy comprehension.  The Holocaust gave new meaning to man’s capacity for cruelty.  And yet, somehow, the Holocaust has also managed to teach us so much about the possibility of stunning courage, resilience, and hope in the face of true horror.  And that’s what we hear from Rabbi Wayne Franklin.

Rabbi Wayne Franklin has been the Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El  in Providence since 1981.  Since 1984 he has chaired the committee which organizes the Rhode Island Interfaith Commemoration of Holocaust and Heroes Remembrance Day. This year the event will be held on April 27th at 3:00 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.  Jewish and Christian choirs, along with the Sophia Academy chorus and the Gay Men's Chorus of Rhode Island, will participate in the program, joining together to demonstrate the freedom and multi-cultural cooperation that we celebrate here in America, but which was forbidden in Nazi Germany.

The Pulse
3:02 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Medical Education Adapts To New Needs In RI

RIC nursing students participate in a simulation.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island College announced a new graduate certificate program in nursing care management today. In a statement, the college explained what nurse care managers do and why they decided to offer this program now:

"Nurse care managers provide patient assessment, treatment planning, health care facilitation and advocacy within all health care settings, including private practices and hospitals.

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On Politics
12:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Fung Proposes $200M Tax Cut Plan; Takes Dig at Block

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung on Tuesday unveiled a $200 million tax-cutting proposal that he billed as a way to jump-start Rhode Island's economy.

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Boston Marathon
9:01 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Heather Abbott Reflects On The Boston Marathon Bombings One Year Later

Heather Abbott at her Newport home.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbott will be attending the race once again this year after spending the past year adjusting to life with a prosthetic leg.

Heather Abbott was waiting outside a restaurant near the Boston Marathon finish line when one of the bombs went off and shattered her lower left leg. She was given a prosthetic leg and has spent the past year adjusting to the changes in her life. Abbott said she has put a lot of effort into staying in touch with the other survivors and helping them with their recoveries.

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