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8:23 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Boston Phoenix Newspaper Closes

Credit courtesy Boston Phoenix Facebook Photo Album

It’s the end of an era for a popular Boston weekly newspaper. The Boston Phoenix will publish its last edition March 15th. The last online edition will come a week later.  The company’s newspapers in Providence and Portland, Maine will continue publishing.

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RI News
3:42 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Providence Beats NYC & Boston for Best Pizza in New Ranking

The March issue of Travel + Leisure named Providence the second best city in America for pizza, just behind Chicago. Providence has its own specialty pie: the grilled pizza.

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Closing the Word Gap
12:02 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Providence Wins $5M Bloomberg Prize to Close the Word Gap

Providence wins $5 million prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Credit File / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says it’s a dream that the city won a $5 million prize to help low-income children boost language skills. The prize money came from a philanthropic organization set up by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Providence won with a program that will equip low-income children with devices that record conversations and count the words they are exposed to. The children’s parents will then be coached on ways to expose kids to more words. The goal is to close what’s known as “the word gap,” between low-income and more affluent four-year-olds.

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The Education Blog
8:48 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Providence to Study Low-Income Language Gap

Credit RIRP file

Providence has won $5 million from the Bloomberg Philanthropies to count the number of words low-income children hear in a typical day. The project aims to address what many experts say is at the heart of the achievement gap: the fact that some children arrive in school with far richer vocabularies than others.

For the contest, Bloomberg asked cities to submit plans that would drive innovation in urban areas. Providence proposed giving children tracking devices to record the words they hear, and giving their parents advice on how to improve the children’s vocabularies.

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Morning News Podcast
10:26 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is coming under fire for not releasing a report on Medicaid and food stamps fraud.  The pension settlement reached between Providence and its workers and retirees has been approved.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Politics
8:41 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Providence and Unions Reach Pension Agreement

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A Superior Court judge has approved pension settlement in Providence with retirees and current workers.  Judge Sarah Taft-Carter is expected to finalize the agreement next month.

The Providence pension settlement includes freezing cost of living adjustments, scaling back future benefits and moving retirees over to Medicare.

In her decision, Taft-Carter calls the settlement fair, reasonable, and adequate. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras calls the approval a significant step to finalizing the city’s pension agreement.

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RI News
8:40 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Providence's Newest Affordable Housing Complex Ready for Tenants

Part of the Phoenix affordable housing complex in Providence's west end.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

It took seven years and $21 million, but a large affordable housing complex in the west end of Providence is finally ready for occupancy.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee joined with other dignitaries to celebrate the completion with a ribbon cutting.  The apartments are scattered in 23 buildings. Rhode Island Housing director Richard Godfrey says the buildings were in pretty rough shape.

"They were all vacant. Some of them were burned out. All boarded," says Godfrey. "It was a very, very distressed neighborhood."

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RI News
8:12 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Cat Association Threatens to Pull Convention from Providence

Rhode Island state veterinarian Scott Marshall is defending the actions of his law enforcement officers at a pet show in Providence this past weekend.  
Some cat owners were angry when environmental police demanded health and rabies certificates.

In fact the president of the International Cat Association was so upset she’s threatening to move the group’s annual convention out of Providence.

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RI News
8:47 am
Mon March 4, 2013

The Wearin' of the Green in RI

Clover
Credit courtesy NPR.org

The season of St. Patrick’s has already kicked off in Rhode Island. Pawtucket’s annual parade stepped off on Saturday. Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day parade gets marching on Saturday, March 16.  And Providence’s parade takes place next Saturday. Sister Anne Keefe has been named this year’s Grand Marshal for the Providence parade. She’s recognized for her work in social justice and human rights, including chairing the Providence Human Rights Commission and co-founding the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.

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Religion
8:15 am
Fri March 1, 2013

RI Catholics Honor Retiring Pope with Mass

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A noon mass on Thursday marked the final day of Pope Benedict XVI.  It was held at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

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