Hugh Clements

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Jorge Elorza this afternoon will be inaugurated Providence’s mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the challenges the new mayor faces.

After impressive primary and general election  victories, law professor Elorza takes over the spacious second-floor office in the capital city’s Beaux-Arts City Hall. Since his election he has wisely reached out to the city’s warring political and ethnic tribes as he prepares to govern a 21st Century ancient New England port that had its beginnings in the 17th Century.

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Recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, have sparked a national focus on police-community relations. At issue is a number of cases in which unarmed black men have been killed during encounters with white police officers. Rhode Island hasn’t seen this much concern about police-community relations since a black police officer was killed in a friendly-fire incident almost 15 years ago. So how much things have changed?

A state medical examiner is expected to determine Wednesday whether a body found in Providence off of India Point is that of missing Brown student Sunil Tripathi.

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements tells RIPR that police suspect the body found Tuesday may be that of Tripathi.

Tripathi has been missing since he left his apartment in mid-March.

His family has made an energetic effort to find him through social media and other approaches.