Rhode Island

Education
9:52 am
Mon October 7, 2013

URI to Unveil Multi-Million Dollar Fitness Center

The interior of the Fascitelli Center at URI.
Credit Courtesy URI

The University of Rhode Island will unveil its new work-out center this week. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held this week on the new Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center.

It’s located in the former Roger Williams dining hall, which has undergone an eleven-million dollar renovation. It’s a 33-thousand square foot facility with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and weight lifting equipment.

Thomas Dougan, the university’s vice president for student affairs, said it replaces Mackal Field House, a much smaller facility that the school had long outgrown.

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RI News
9:19 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Hundreds of Burn Victims to Meet in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Convention Center will host the World Burn Congress.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Hundreds of burn survivors will descend on Providence this week for the annual convention of the Phoenix Society.  The meeting is dubbed the “World Burn Congress,” and its main purpose is to heal the emotional wounds left by the physical scarring.

They’ve endured house fires, car fires, nightclub blazes and electrocutions and this week about 900 of them will be at the Rhode Island Convention Center for the World Burn Congress sponsored by the Phoenix Society. 

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Historic Providence Diner Gets a Second Life

The historic West Side Diner on Westminster Street in Providence.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

An historic Providence diner is back in business after years of painstaking restoration.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The West Side Diner on Westminster Street was originally located in Olneyville. After it closed in 1999, it was slated for demolition until developer Jon Ozbek purchased and moved it.  The result is a gleaming stainless steel and glass block edifice that has been fully restored to its 1947 glory.  Co-owner Lisa Arena said much of the structure is original.

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Politics
10:14 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Legislative Gun Safety Task Force to Meet For the First Time

A legislative task force on gun safety is slated to hold its first meeting this afternoon Thursday at the Statehouse.

Assembling the gun safety task force was one of the few steps taken by the General Assembly in response to the school shooting last year in Newtown, Connecticut. But all the members weren’t named until last month, shortly after media reports that the task force hadn’t yet met.

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RI News
10:04 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Eisenhower House Readies For Multi-Million Dollar Makeover

The Eisenhower House near Ft. Adams State Park.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A Newport home that was once the summer residence of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is about to undergo a one-point-six million dollar makeover.

The Eisenhower House on the grounds of Fort Adam State Park will be winterized and become a year-round venue for social and corporate events.  Ron Renaud, director of the state Department of Administration, said the basement is full of telephone cables.

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RI News
9:15 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Affecting Federal Courts in RI

The U.S. Department of Justice is handling the furloughs for Rhode Island DOJ workers.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island. 

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.  He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

State Dems Set to Select David Caprio as Chairman

Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox, has already endorsed David Caprio for chair of the State Democrats.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island Democrats plan to make their selection of a new state chairman official this evening Thursday.  Former state rep David Caprio won the backing for the post last month from House Speaker Gordon Fox.

Democrats will hold a state committee meeting this evening to elect Caprio as their new chairman. No other candidates for the volunteer position are expected.

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RI News
4:23 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Prosecutors Feel Pinch of Shutdown

Federal Courts in Rhode Island are feeling the effects of the partial government shutdown.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island. 

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.  He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.

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RI News
8:59 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Naval Station Newport Grapples with the Federal Shutdown

Operations at the Naval Station Newport are carrying on without hundreds of civilian workers caught up in the partial government shut down. The Naval Station Newport says about 800 civilians were furloughed. And over at the Naval War College, civilian instructors are staying home Wednesday and throughout the shutdown. Commander Carla McCarthy said that’s forced some classes to be suspended.

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Politics
8:53 am
Wed October 2, 2013

State Republicans Criticize GOP Gun Raffle

Some Republican lawmakers are criticizing plans by the state GOP to raffle off an assault rifle at a fundraiser this weekend. For $5 contestants can enter a raffle to win an AR-15 assault rifle.

State Senator Dawson Hodgson, a North Kingstown Republican, calls the raffle, “tone deaf and insensitive, at best.”

Hodgson said raffling off an assault rifle doesn’t encourage the kind of dialogue needed to balance public safety and the rights of a free society.

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