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Politics
9:30 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Mayor Taveras Expects to Balance City Budget for FY 2013

Mayor Taveras believes Providence will balance it's budget for FY13, though the city's internal auditor says it's still too early to tell.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he expects the city’s budget for the last fiscal year to be balanced when the books close on it at month’s end.  Providence is still working to eliminate a small structural deficit.

Taveras inherited a 110 million dollar deficit when he took office in January 2011. Since then, the city has steadily whittled down that number. Taveras says the fiscal picture is solid as City Hall prepares to close the books for the budget year that ended June 30th.

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Arts & Culture
3:26 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Hundreds Converge on Providence to Celebrate Author HP Lovecraft

Author and Providence native HP Lovecraft will be celebrated in a four-day gathering starting Thursday.
Credit Rhode Island Historical Society

Some 1,000 fans of author HP Lovecraft are converging on Providence for a gathering starting Thursday and running through the weekend.

The event, called NecronomiCon,  is designed to celebrate the life and works of the author who crossed science fiction with horror stories.

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Business
3:07 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Providence’s Old Arcade is Filling Up With New Tenants

The Arcade, built in 1828, is thought to be the oldest indoor mall in the U.S. It is currently undergoing $7 million in renovations.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The owners of the Providence Arcade, the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall, have announced some new tenants.  They include two restaurants and a women’s clothing boutique.

The largest restaurant space in the Arcade has been rented by an eatery called Rogue Island. It will specialize in local food and beer.  Also joining the Arcade business group is Livi’s Pockets a purveyor of fast Mediterranean food.

Rounding out the list of new tenants is a shop called Nude, which will feature the women’s clothing and handbags of six New England designers.

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RI News
4:02 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Pulls Back the Curtain on How the Court Works

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan visits Rhode Island and spills some secrets about how the court works.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan offered rare behind-the-court insights Tuesday at a forum celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Rhode Island royal charter.

It’s hard to manage getting by these days without using email, but the Supreme Court of the United States does just fine without it, said Justice Elena Kagan. Speaking to about 500 people at Trinity Repertory Theatre, Kagan said they type everything on paper and have couriers deliver it.

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The Education Blog
9:09 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Contested Charter School to Open in Providence

Achievement First, a big box charter operator from Connecticut, opens its first school in Rhode Island this month. Plans for Achievement First in Rhode Island originally called for a network of public charter schools serving students in Kindergarten through the end of high school, but the proposal almost immediately ran into opposition from parents and teachers.

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RIPR News
3:49 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Visitors Call Providence Nonviolence Program a Model

Visitors from Chicago and Newark, New Jersey, are completing on Friday a two-day visit examining the work of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.

Christopher Mallette heads a three-year-old program called the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. Mallette says the Chicago strategy, like the one in Providence, utilizes street workers who try to mediate disputes and prevent violent conflicts.

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Education
8:52 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Rhode Island Students Prepare for High-Stakes Testing

17-year-old Katherine Agramonte, of Providence, came within one point of passing NECAP last year.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

4,000 high school seniors across Rhode Island need to beef-up their math skills so they can improve their test scores enough to graduate under a controversial new high school diploma system. Many of them are spending the summer doing just that. Roughly 100 students participated in a program wrapping up this week at the Community College of Rhode Island. It brought students from Providence, Warwick and Cranston together to study math and get a taste of college life.

“Okay, we’re gonna do five 0r 10 more minutes of class, then we’re gonna take the test.”

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rhode Island Film Fest Highlights Legacy of Sen. Pell

The late Senator Pell fought for the creation of the Pell Grants in the 1970's, which are now used by about 9 million students annually.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Rhode Island International Film Festival is underway.  One movie highlights the loan program named for the late Senator Claiborne Pell.

A documentary about Pell Grants will receive its world premiere in Providence as part of the week-long film festival.

The movie follows the battle Senator Claiborne Pell fought in Congress to pass the grant program in the seventies.

It was written and directed by Steven Feinberg, who’s also the executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office.

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On Politics
12:37 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Hey RI, lighten up its summah aftah all

Once again, Rhode Island has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise our state’s flagging self-esteem. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for us to stop running down our tiny corner of New England.

Back in 1996, when Jack Reed was waging his first U.S. Senate campaign, Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Newport to speak at a Reed fund-raiser. The tall and tart-tongued Texan introduced the vertically-challenged Rhode Island Democrat by saying to prolonged laughter that Reed is proof ``that size doesn’t matter.’’

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RI News
8:22 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The Capital City Celebrates the First Day Of Same-Sex Marriage

Supporters of same-sex marriage outside city hall in Providence.
Credit Danielle Blasczak / RIPR

Rhode Island and Minnesota have become the 12th and 13th  state to legalize same sex marriage. It became legal at 12:01 Thursday morning.  Outside Providence City Hall was a hub of activity as gay couples sought licenses while outside, protesters on both sides of the issue picketed. 


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