A mural commissioned to mark Rhode Island Hospital’s 150th anniversary was unveiled Tuesday morning in Providence.
Dolphins, whales, harbor seals and an octopus mingle among the blue and violet waves that roll down the walls of the Eddy Street underpass. Artist Kenn Speiser says the waves are meant to have a calming effect on drivers as they buzz by.
Speiser and his team painted during the day for about three weeks, getting plenty of feedback along the way.
The City of Providence started accepting pre-applications for same-sex marriage licenses Monday, but the throngs of people expected failed to materialize. As of midday only two gay couples had applied, according to city registrar Serena Conley.
“Well this morning we’ve had two couples in. They were here bright and early, 8:30 in the morning, very excited to be here,” said Conley, who adds both couples were male. “They were extremely excited and very, very happy. One couple was actually grinning from ear to ear.”
Nine state senators and one state rep are turning down an increase in their annual legislative pay, which is mandated by a cost of living provision in the state constitution.
The raise will boost lawmakers pay by $307 to $14,947. Democratic State Senator Adam Satchell of West Warwick turned his raise down, saying he doesn’t feel like he deserves it after one year in office.
While most Rhode Islanders are out drinking up the joys of beach life this summer, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is trying to lure them back into the city in a series of television and radio ads that started running last week.
The ads highlight popular tourism spots in the capital city and try to allay people’s concerns about parking, saying:
“Whoever said there’s no parking in downtown Providence needs to come visit us. We have over 15,000 parking spaces. The city’s in bloom this summer with fabulous restaurants, concerts and more.”
With the rising temperatures comes a spike in crime across the capital city. In a series we’re calling Hot City: Crime in Providence we’re taking a look at summer crime by focusing the month of July. Last year the area encompassing Smith Hill, Elmhurst and the North End saw the highest number of crimes. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch visits a street in that area where a dozen crimes happened in one month.
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.
This week Dave talks with Rhode Island School of Design professor Liliane Wong. She heads the interior architecture department at RISD, has published about adaptive reuse in design, and is a registered architect. They discuss the promise and challenges of turning old buildings into new spaces.
Skeletal remains have been found in a building being renovated on Prairie Avenue in south Providence. The bones, which included a skull and rib bones are believed to be human, but authorities won’t know for sure until an autopsy is conducted.
Providence police spokesman David Lapatin says construction workers found the bones Wednesday afternoon in the basement of a century-old brick factory building.
Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.