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Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre

That's it. Last time out, you may remember, the Gamm did “Grounded,” a high altitude look at an American female fighter pilot that was quick and memorable.

This time artistic director Tony Estrella and his crew have moved to Norway for a dog fight with one of the great, groundbreaking plays of all time, Henrik Ibsen's “Hedda  Gabler.”

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

A few weeks ago we brought you the story of Hannah Rini, a transgender student in Pawtucket, who was bullied to the point where she left Goff Junior High School before finishing 7th grade. Pawtucket School officials declined to comment before the story aired, and they still say they can't discuss Hannah's story directly because of student privacy rules.

John Bender / RIPR

Award winning musician Regina Carter is a genre bending violinist. Though classically trained, she’s made a career recording jazz, folk and fiddle styles. She’s performed around the world, but this week Carter was in Rhode Island spending time with local music students. This was one stop she made in a series of events by FirstWorks, including a concert Saturday night at RISD.

Michelle Rini

Last year, we introduced you to Pawtucket student Hannah Rini, who was about to start her first year of middle school as an openly transgender student. Before her first day at Goff Junior High she was filled with hope about the new friends she would make.  She felt confident because of the way her elementary school friends accepted her when she came out:

“I don’t know how they knew, but they knew I was trans. Maybe the way I was acting? They just weren’t surprised one bit,” Rini said at the time.

The Pawsox take on the Omaha Storm Chasers in a showdown game tonight for the national championship.

The Storm Chasers won the national championship last year, while the Pawsox lost it to Reno back in 2012. But the Pawsox are riding high after beating the Durham Bulls for the Governor’s Cup. Team spokesman Bill Wanless said the $72.5 million Red Sox recruit, Rusney Castillo, has been a real asset to the team.

The Pawsox won their first game in the Governor’s Cup finals, beating the Durham Bulls Tuesday night 3 – 2.  This was the first time Rusney Castillo played with the Pawsox. He’s the Cuban outfielder who just signed a $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox. Team spokesman Bill Wanless said Castillo has been welcomed by both teammates and fans.

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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
John Bender / RIPR

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.

John Bender / RIPR

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
John Bender / RIPR

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.

Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre

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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