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1:16 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Time for annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Providence

One of the highlights of the holiday season in Providence is the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service that is held before Thanksgiving at one of the East Side’s many houses of worship. This year the service will be held at Temple Beth El on Tuesday Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. The temple is located at 70 Orchard Avenue on the East Side.

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RI News
11:32 am
Tue November 12, 2013

"Superman" Building At The Center Of Lawsuit

Rhode Island's tallest building, the so-called 'Superman Building' now sits vacant, after tenant Bank of America moved out.
Credit RIPR FILE

A court case beginning this week could impact the future of Rhode Island’s tallest building, known as the Superman Building.

The building’s new owner claims it was left in deplorable condition by longtime occupant Bank of America.

Massachusetts developer High Rock, which owns the so-called Superman Building in Downtown Providence, is suing Bank of America for more than 23 million.

High Rock claims that the former tenant left the 26 story building so neglected that it is un-rentable without costly repairs.

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RI News
8:48 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Area Restaurants Thank Veterans With Free Meals

Fire Ice restaurant was one of several to offer free meals to vets on Veterans Day.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Throughout the state Monday there were parades and wreath-laying ceremonies to honor the veterans who have passed away.  For the living there were free meals at several local restaurants.

Fire and Ice Restaurant at Providence Place Mall has been serving up free meals to veterans on Veterans Day for the past three years. This year, they expanded the freebie to include immediate family members as well. Restaurant manager Brian Ahlquist said it’s their way of saying thanks to those who have served out country in uniform.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:38 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Future Of RI's Tea Party

Is it twilight for The Tea Party in Rhode Island?
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What is the Tea Party’s future in Rhode Island Republican politics? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay talks tea about two announced GOP candidates for governor.

Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard every Monday on Morning Edition at 6:35 and 8:35 and on All Things Considered at 5:50. You can also follow his political analysis and reporting at our ‘On Politics’ blog at RIPR.org.

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Politics
9:41 am
Wed November 6, 2013

New Policy Would Crack Down On Prostitution In Providence

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' wants to implement a one strike policy closing strip clubs that have a single instance of prostitution.
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Providence Mayor Angel Taveras wants to use a one-strike policy to close strip clubs that permit a single instance of prostitution or hiring underage strippers.  This comes after police found that a 14-year-old girl working at Cheaters was soliciting for sex at the club.

Taveras’ spokesman, David Ortiz, says the mayor was disappointed by how the Providence Board of Licenses recently fined Cheaters 5000 dollars and suspended its license for 45 days. Ortiz said Taveras supports using any permissible legal means to keep Cheaters closed.

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Transportation
2:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

New Plan Proposes Extensive Additions To City's Bikeways

Providence rolled out a new bike plan for the capital city.

Bike Providence is an extensive, proposed plan to create safer, more accessible bike routes throughout the city. Providence already has some bike lanes, and shared roads for cyclists; and so much of the new plan proposes connecting them to create a more cohesive system.

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Transportation
9:10 am
Tue November 5, 2013

AAA Study Finds Alarming Rates Of Drowsy Driving

A new study shows some 28 percent of drivers drive while extremely sleepy.
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Triple A is out with a study that should be a wake-up call for those who drive while drowsy.  The problem of sleepy driving is more prevalent than you might realize.

A study on sleepy driving commissioned by Triple ‘A’ finds that 28 percent of motorists reported being so tired in the past month they had a hard time keeping their eyes open.  Motorists between the ages of 19 and 24 were the most likely to report driving drowsy.  Elderly motorists and those between the ages of 16 and 18 were least likely to drive drowsy.

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Education
8:41 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Despite Critics, Achievement First Charter School Up And Running

Emily James teaches a first grade class at Providence's first Achievement First charter elementary school.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Achievement First is a brand new charter school in Providence that also operates schools in Connecticut and New York.  Critics fought hard to keep it from opening in Rhode Island, arguing that among other problems, it would take money away from other public schools. But supporters and organizers from Achievement First say they are offering an alternative to public schools that are struggling. Rhode Island Public Radio's Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison took a tour of the Providence school.

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RI News
8:46 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Uncovering The Secrets Of A Historic Providence Cemetery

North Burial Ground in Providence.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

At Rhode Island College an ambitious project is underway. A group of faculty and students is building online tours of the capital city’s historic North Burial Ground.

Rhode Island College political science professor Francis Leazes admits he’s hooked on cemeteries. And in his view there is no finer from an historical perspective than Providence’s North Burial Ground on North Main Street.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:24 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: What We Can Learn As Part Of Red Sox Nation

Fenway Park in Boston, the capital of Red Sox Nation.
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The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.

Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’

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