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The Bottom Line
3:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The Bottom Line: Breathing Life Into the Providence Arcade

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.

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Theater Reviews
3:15 am
Fri February 7, 2014

2nd Story’s “Seven Keys To Baldpate” Is Quick & Bright

Ara Boghigian is William Hallowell Magee,and Tanya Anderson is Myra Thronhill in George M. Cohan’s “Seven Keys to Baldpate”
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

Right-o. Let me say it up front. “Seven Keys to Baldpate” at 2nd Story is nothing less than a charmer. It’ll tickle your funny bone and warm your heart in the middle of this obstreperous winter of our discontent.

Okay, that’s enough of 1913-type hyperbole. But there’s no question that the Providence-born Cohan knew what he was doing. He adapted “Baldpate” from a novel by the author of the Charlie Chan film series. He said the play is both a farce and a melodrama. He was right on both counts.

On-stage, “Baldpate” is filled with goofy moments and overwrought happenings.

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Transportation
3:33 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Dividers Installed Along Pell Bridge In Newport

Dividers down the center of the Pell Bridge in Newport should all be installed by the end of the week.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Road crews have begun installing hundreds of dividers down the center of the Pell Bridge in Newport. About five hundred three-foot yellow posts will stretch the two mile span.

Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority Director David Darlington said the dividers will not keep people from crossing into oncoming traffic, but should help keep those accidents from occurring in the first place.

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RI News
8:54 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Curt Schilling Announces Battle With Cancer

As Rhode Island works to recover some of its investment in failed video game company 38 Studios, the company’s famous founder is now battling cancer.

Curt Schilling made the announcement in a statement released through ESPN.  The former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox did not indicate what type of cancer, nor whether he is likely to recover.

Schilling faces a lawsuit from Rhode Island’s economic development agency, claiming he and others at 38 Studios failed to fully inform the state of the financial precariousness of the company.

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Politics
8:40 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Raimondo's Money Moves Criticized By Wall Street Journal

Raimondo has received criticism from the Wall Street Journal for moving state funds out of a high-yield hedge fund.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board is criticizing Gina Raimondo over a move to drop the most successful hedge fund in the state pension plan. The hedge fund is run by a trustee of a conservative New York think tank criticized by teachers’ unions.

The hedge fund Third Point LLC offered a 25 percent return to Rhode Island’s pension fund over the last year. That’s far better than the 14 percent earned by the pension fund as a whole. Yet the state Investment Commission, which is chaired by Raimondo, voted last week to divest its holdings in Third Point.

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Health Care
8:48 am
Wed February 5, 2014

CVS Pulling Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Off Its Shelves

Rhode Island based CVS-Caremark has announced it will pull all tobacco products off its shelves by October 2014.
Credit CVS

Rhode Island based CVS-Caremark announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores starting this year. CVS said it is the first national chain to make this move.

The goal is to have cigarettes and other tobacco products off the shelves at its more than 7,600 stores by October 1st. CVS-Caremark’s CEO calls selling tobacco inconsistent with the store’s purpose.

CVS plans to launch a smoking cessation program in the spring, offering information on how to quit and treatment at its pharmacies.

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Theater Reviews
5:29 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Ocean State’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” Shows That Comedy Is Not Easy

Think it’s easy to be funny? Is it a joy to tell jokes? To do “physical” fun?

Ah, . . . no folks, not really. 

Comedy, as any actor or comedian will tell you, is hard.

And that’s just the case these nights at Ocean State. The production of “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” finds nine hard-working performers giving it all they’ve got.

Led by Trinity Rep’s leading actor, Fred Sullivan Jr., the cast pounces and pumps.

They jump on every Simon gag. They are happy to be physical throughout.

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RI News
3:40 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet

A plow shovels out the snow in downtown Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.

A list of closings and parking bans can be found here.

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Economy
9:16 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Efforts To Curb Payday Lending At The Statehouse Once Again

The issue of payday lending has come up many times in recent years at the general assembly.
Credit RIPR FILE

Legislation dealing with payday loans is once again working its way through the general assembly.

This is the latest of several attempts in recent years to curb payday lending in Rhode Island at the Statehouse.

The controversial practice offers quick loans, but they often come with interest rates that can soar to more than two-hundred fifty percent.

At the Statehouse, Representative Frank Ferri, and Senator Juan Pichardo announced they’ll introduce legislation capping payday loan interest rates at thirty six percent.

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Providence
9:01 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Adrain To Throw Hat Into Providence Mayoral Race

Adrian is the latest person to officially announce his candidacy for Mayor of Providence.
Credit RIPR FILE

Lorne Adrain plans to formally announce his campaign for mayor of Providence Monday.  Adrain is the latest in a string of candidates to join the race.

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