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10:40 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Almost Two-Century Old "Good Luck" Shoes Found In Newport

The "Old Colony" house in Newport, formerly Rhode Island's state house.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A pair of 19th century men’s shoes has been found in the old State House in Newport.   The discovery at the so-called “Colony House” was made last week.  It was not a complete surprise to historians.

The brown leather men’s slippers were discovered under the floor boards of a courtroom in the old Colony House last week. The building is undergoing an extensive renovation.  Ruth Taylor, executive director of the Newport Historical Society, said they date to about 1830 and were probably left there as the building was under construction.

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RI News
10:18 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Newport Readies For 2015 Volvo Ocean Race

A portion of the America's Cup race held in Newport in 2012.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

Sailing officials from around the globe are in Newport this week getting ready for the next Volvo Ocean Race. The race starts in October of 2014 and makes a stop in Newport in May of 2015. This will be the only North American stop. Discover Newport CEO Evan Smith said the race will deliver exposure that will pay off for years to come.

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RI News
2:34 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Belcourt Of Newport Pulls EDC Grant Request For Mansion Upgrade

Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian owns Belcourt of Newport, which was seeking an EDC grant to pay for eco-friendly upgrades.
Credit Wiki Commons

Belcourt of Newport has pulled its application for a state renewable energy grant. Alex and Ani owner Carolyn Rafaelian bought Belcourt and is currently renovating the Newport mansion.

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation was supposed to take up this month an $18,500 grant for a solar array and geo-thermal heating and cooling system for Belcourt. But the EDC said Belcourt has pulled the grant request.

The EDC put off a vote on awarding the grant at its last meeting after two board members recused themselves due to a conflict of interest.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:18 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: JFK's Rhode Island

President John F. Kennedy sits with his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr., in a rowboat on Bailey’s Beach in Newport, Rhode Island.
Credit Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

It’s been a half-century  years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.

Our state is America’s smallest but it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.

From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.  If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

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On Politics
5:19 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

JFK Loved Rhode Island and Rhode Island loved JFK

It’s been a half-century  years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.

Our state is America’s smallest yet  it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.

From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.  If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as a patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

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Environment
1:26 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Alex And Ani Founder Seeks EDC Grant for Belcourt Upgrades

Belcourt Castle in Newport is now owned by Alex and Ani owner Carolyn Rafaelian.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The founder of Alex and Ani is seeking a grant from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The grant is to help make Belcourt Castle in Newport more eco-friendly.

Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian bought Belcourt Castle, renamed it Belcourt of Newport, and is now refurbishing the place. Rafaelian is seeking a grant of $18,500 for a solar array and a geothermal heating and cooling system.  The grant would come from the EDC’s Renewable Energy Fund.

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RI News
9:21 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Heather Abbott Speaks About Her Recovery

Heather Abbott at an event at Salve Regina University in Newport.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Newport resident and survivor of the Boston marathon bombings Heather Abbott gave her first formal presentation Wednesday to a packed lecture hall at Salve Regina University.  Abbott told the audience how she recovered from the partial amputation of her left leg. She’s continuing physical therapy for that injury but she must still undergo surgery for another.

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RI News
2:14 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Most Civilian Defense Workers Back on the Job in Rhode Island

Most of the civilian defense workers who were furloughed last week in Rhode Island because of the partial government shutdown are back to work. 

U.S. Senator Jack Reed says the 300 workers furloughed by the Rhode Island National Guard have been brought back.  The same goes for the 800 civilian defense workers who were furloughed at Naval Station Newport. Naval Station spokeswoman Lisa Rama said workers are glad to be back, even though they’re still not getting paid.

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RI News
10:04 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Eisenhower House Readies For Multi-Million Dollar Makeover

The Eisenhower House near Ft. Adams State Park.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A Newport home that was once the summer residence of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is about to undergo a one-point-six million dollar makeover.

The Eisenhower House on the grounds of Fort Adam State Park will be winterized and become a year-round venue for social and corporate events.  Ron Renaud, director of the state Department of Administration, said the basement is full of telephone cables.

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RI News
8:59 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Naval Station Newport Grapples with the Federal Shutdown

Operations at the Naval Station Newport are carrying on without hundreds of civilian workers caught up in the partial government shut down. The Naval Station Newport says about 800 civilians were furloughed. And over at the Naval War College, civilian instructors are staying home Wednesday and throughout the shutdown. Commander Carla McCarthy said that’s forced some classes to be suspended.

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