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It will be a busy night for baseball fans and political junkies – as the primary votes are being counted, the Pawsox will play the first game in the Governor’s Cup finals. The Pawsox take on the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium.

Rusney Castillo, the Cuban outfielder generating buzz for the Red Sox, will be playing for the Pawsox.  The Red Sox landed the Cuban defector with a seven-year, $72.5 million contract. Now local fans will get their first glimpse of him in person before heading up to Boston.

Keeping Busy: Harvest Kitchen

Aug 14, 2014
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This summer, we’re bringing you stories of programs for kids during the summer months, for a series we’re calling “Keeping Busy.”  These programs are aimed specifically towards at-risk youth, many of whom don’t have safe, productive, places to spend their summer vacations. 

For this installment, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender visited Harvest Kitchen, a culinary program in Pawtucket.

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Rhode Island has received more than $2.7 million to clean up contaminated properties in Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly.

Senator Jack Reed says these federal grants awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program will help local governments protect public health and redevelop former industrial sites for better use. Reed says it’ll also benefit the economy by creating jobs and increasing the value of surrounding properties.

Rhode Islanders Salute Their Service Men And Women

May 26, 2014
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Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor the men and women who devoted their lives to serving their country in the armed services.  Many ceremonies and parades are planned across the state.

Most of Rhode Island’s top lawmakers will be at the state Veterans cemetery in Exeter this morning. Governor Lincoln Chafee, along with the state’s entire congressional delegation plan to be in attendance. The President of the U.S. Naval War College will speak at the ceremony.  Music will be provided by National Guard's 88th Army Band.

Pawtucket school officials are assuring parents their children are safe after a high school teacher was arrested on child pornography charges.

State Police say they arrested George Grimes of Warwick for allegedly putting pornographic photos in a shared online storage account. Grimes is an English Teacher at Shea High School.

Pawtucket school officials say Grimes has been placed on administrative leave until the charges are resolved, and they can determine whether internal disciplinary action is necessary.

State police have arrested an English teacher from Shea High School for allegedly possessing child pornography.

George Grimes is accused of uploading pornographic images of children to a shared, online storage account.

According to a statement from state police, the arrest follows an investigation and search of Grimes' Warwick residence.

The investigation was prompted by a complaint from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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Yes, “Blackbird,” by Scottish author David Harrower, is a toughie. There’s no way around but to say that it focuses intimately, deeply on child molestation. It considers who was involved. It asks if whether both of its main characters – a middle aged man and a 12-year-old girl -- did not each suffer greatly. And, most tellingly, it offers no solutions.

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RIPTA riders are being encouraged to attend public meetings this week about changes on the two most popular bus lines.

RIPTA is turning the number 11 bus line that travels Broad Street in Providence, and the number 99 line that links Providence to Pawtucket on North Main Street into Rapid Bus Lines. Some 11,000 people ride those two lines daily.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien has proposed a budget that excludes any tax hike for residents or businesses. The proposed 112-million dollar budget includes buying a rescue vehicle to cut overtime costs, giving schools 600-thousand extra dollars, and setting aside money in the rainy day fund. Grebien said the arrival of new businesses, cuts in city staff, and grant revenue helped craft the budget.

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Artist Ed Osborn works in audio and video to create installations, sculptures and performance pieces. Osborn is an assistant professor in the Visual Art Department at Brown University.

On his website, his work is described as “testing the patience of audiences.”  His next performance is a preview of a new sound installation that takes place on Saturday April 26th at Machines With Magnets, 400 Main Street, Pawtucket at 4:30 pm.

Peter Goldberg

Well, that’s right. Filled with shouting, drumming and blood, blood, blood, this Macbeth is a fearsome production. Director Fred Sullivan Jr. has missed no chance to put a point right under your nose, and into your ears.  Drums pound, soldiers shout and women weep.

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Richardo Pitts-Wiley and his wife Bernadette are being recognized with an award of special distinction by the Pawtucket Foundation for their work at Mixed Magic Theatre. The couple founded the theater as a way to create a diverse acting community.

He joined Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman in the studio to talk about theater, diversity and the arts.

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There were fewer children in Rhode Island last year with elevated lead levels in their blood. Improvements to housing played a big role in the decline.

Most of the drop in lead levels took place in Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick and Tiverton. In Providence, the city has made sure children couldn’t live in rental homes unless they were certified as lead-free.  Also, the city’s water authority monitored lead levels in drinking water.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day may mean a day off for some, but scores of volunteers spent the day in Pawtucket hard at work.

Volunteers busily taped windows, primed, and painted walls at Goff Junior High School as part of a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

They were working as a part of a national program that organizes service projects across the country; encouraging people to volunteer on their day off.  Volunteer Megan Kelly, took a break from painting a beige hallway bright yellow.

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In an interview concerning the New York production of “The Big Meal” the 33- year-old author, Dan LeFranc, makes a point of saying that his own growing up saw, quote, “lots of support but also a ton of friction and fear.”  And that was “critical in making me the kind of writer and person I am today,” he added.

Well, that would be a guy who has sharp instincts both for the jugular and the heart. “The Big Meal” checks out those eight folks in all kinds of ways.