Providence

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The President of the New Haven Connecticut Police Union calls it disheartening that the city’s police chief has been put on paid leave after another outburst.

Chief Dean Esserman, the former Providence police chief, has been accused of berating a waitress at a local restaurant. Esserman was known to make similar angry outbursts during his time in Rhode Island.

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Wednesday night State Police invited the public to tell them how to do their jobs better. More than 70 community members showed up at Roger Williams University's Providence campus to engage in that dialog. Police brutality was a top issue, but participants pointed to the bigger issue: racism.         


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Providence Chief Operating Officer Brett Smiley will take over as Gov. Gina Raimondo's chief of staff, following the departure of Stephen Neuman, who stepped down to work on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Smiley joins Raimondo’s team after working for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza as the city’s chief operating officer since 2015.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

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Trinity Repertory Company is touring a new production of Romeo and Juliet this summer. The production is a first for the company; it’s being performed in both English and Spanish.  

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State Representative John Carnevale maintains his primary residence is in Providence, the city he represents at the General Assembly. Carnevale testified during a hearing Wednesday at the Providence Board of Canvassers.  His residence came under scrutiny following reports by WPRI-TV that the lawmaker appears to live in Johnston.

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A grand jury has indicted Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson on five separate counts, including embezzlement and personal use of campaign funds. The finding follows Jackson's arrest by State Police in May, and his subsequent resignation as majority leader of the city council.

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  The Providence Board of Canvassers has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on whether State Representative John Carnevale lives in his district. Carnevale has faced questions about his residency after a report by WPRI-TV showed him frequently visiting a house he owns in Johnston. He has denied the allegations.

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Providence residents expressed mixed reactions Friday to a pair of deadly shootings of black men by police and the Dallas shooter, who killed five officers and wounded six others at a protest of police brutality.

Taking a break from his job on a construction site on Providence's West Side, resident Emmanuel Davids said he wasn’t surprised when he found out about the shootings of black men by police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

Providence brought back its midnight basketball league Thursday evening. More than 50 teams are expected to participate, along with members of the state police. The program is part of an effort to improve community-police relations and keep city kids busy during the summer.

The city is also offering day camps for just $5 a week. And Providence kids can get free breakfast and lunch through the Summer Food Service program. The program provides meals at more than 30 parks across the city.

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Eight acrobats, seriously injured during a circus accident in Providence, are now suing the Rhode Island Convention Center and the arena’s management company. The acrobats sustained injuries during a performance in 2014.

As the acrobats dangled from a steel truss some 20 feet in the air, a carabiner snapped, sending them hurtling to the ground. Eight female performers were injured, some had to learn how to walk again and several will never return to their former profession, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Providence.

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Starting Friday, ferry boats will sail Narragansett Bay, connecting Providence and Newport for the first time since 2009. The high-speed ferry is scheduled to run daily through early September.

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Providence-based band the Low Anthem has just released its fourth full-length album,“eyeland,” the group’s first major release in 5 years.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. 

This week, Mark and Dave sit down with Alden Anderson, Jr., senior vice president-partner at CBRE New England, a real estate advisory firm in Providence.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon hosts our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. Co-Host Mark Murphy, editor of Providence Business News, will return next week.

This week, Dave hears about the impact of parking meters on Thayer Street, the major commercial strip near Brown University. A leading critic of the meters, Ken Dulgarian, owner of the Avon Cinema and other properties, says they are devastating local businesses.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

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