Rhode Island

Education
4:20 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

RISD President Maeda Leaving For Job In Silicon Valley

RISD President John Maeda is leaving the school after six years for a job in Silicon Valley.
Credit Aaron Reed / RIPR

Rhode Island School of Design president John Maeda announced Wednesday that he is leaving the school for a job in Silicon Valley.

In a released statement, Maeda said he’s leaving RISD to take a job as a design partner with the top-tier venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Maeda leaves campus at the end of this semester, starting his new job next month. Maeda calls the move quote, “an irresistible pathway to strengthen design’s place in the digital age.”

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RI News
4:26 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

RI Trying To Determine What Happened To SSI Checks

The state Department of Human Resources is trying to figure out why some 8,200 Rhode Islanders didn’t receive their state supplemental insurance payment as scheduled Monday. Officials suspect a problem with the banking transaction.

Every month some 32,000 Rhode Islanders receive a supplemental insurance payment. Typically, the recipients are disabled or elderly who didn’t work long enough to qualify for Social Security.  The state supplements the federal payments to the tune of about $40 a month. But on Monday, about 25 percent of the recipients didn’t receive the state portion.

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RI News
4:13 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Family of Shooting Victim Reaches $7M Settlement With North Kingstown

The town of North Kingstown has agreed to pay $7 million to the estate of a man who was gunned down by police.  Most of the money will be spent on medical

On February 8th, 2009 North Kingstown police were asked to check on the welfare of Mark Kilcline, an 18-year-old who was depressed and wielding a steak knife.  Police wound up shooting the mentally-ill teen nine times after he refused to put the knife down.  Kilcline would be paralyzed for four years before dying in April of his injuries.

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Politics
10:39 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket

Woonsocket City Hall
Credit RIPR FILE

The new mayor of Woonsocket, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, is slated to be inaugurated this evening Tuesday.  Baldelli-Hunt is taking on the job after winning four terms as a state representative.

House Speaker Gordon Fox plans to swear in Baldelli-Hunt during a 7 pm ceremony at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket.  Her uncle, Charles Baldelli, a former mayor in the city, will emcee the event.

Baldelli-Hunt beat two term Republican mayor Leo Fontaine in an election last month. The change comes as Woonsocket continues to wrestle with financial problems.

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RI News
10:12 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Rhode Island Licensing Goes Digital

The state of Rhode Island licenses 69 professions, everything from hairdressers to electricians. Until now, license holders have had to renew by mail or in person. But all that’s changing Tuesday.

The state is rolling out a new e-licensing system Tuesday. It will allow anyone with a professional license to get a new one or renew an old one online.  Paul McGreevy, director of the Department of Business Regulation, says it’s part of the governor’s initiative to make it easier to do business in Rhode Island.

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RI News
9:25 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Rhode Island Officials Recognizes World AIDS Day

Rhode Island observed World AIDS Day Monday.  This year’s theme is “get to zero.”

Twenty-seven year old Anthony Maselli has been living with HIV for a little over a year.  After much deliberation, he decided to go public with his disease and says he has not suffered any repercussions because of it.  That’s not to say, however, that it’s an easy disease to live with.

"It’s very stressful sometimes and emotional for me. It took a while for me to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say ‘I’m HIV positive’ without completely breaking down," said  Maselli.

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Education
9:01 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise On College Campuses Across The Country

University of Rhode Island psychology Professor Lisa Weyandt studies the effects of prescription drug abuse on college students.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

College students have long been known to experiment with drinking when they’re blowing off steam, and even use illegal drugs like marijuana.

But a growing number of college students are now turning to prescription drugs to get ahead academically.

The drugs, like Adderall, are used legally to treat conditions like Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and they’re increasingly common on college campuses around the country.

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Politics
2:17 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Gov. Chafee: This Year We’ll Call It A Christmas Tree

This season's statehouse pine is called a Christmas Tree this year.
Credit RIPR FILE

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has had a change of heart over what to call the tree that graces the Statehouse every December.

After coming in for intense criticism for calling the Statehouse tree a “holiday tree,” Gov. Lincoln Chafee is bowing to public pressure to change the nomenclature.

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RI News
10:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Historic Cemetery In Newport Getting A "Kickstart"

God's Little Acre cemetery in Newport
Credit God's Little Acre Kickstarter

Some Newport residents have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to buy a new sign for the African burial cemetery known as “God’s Little Acre.”  The original sign was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011.  The new sign is estimated to cost 55-hundred dollars.

The cemetery is also the subject of a new website.

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RI News
9:11 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Year After Superstorm Sandy, Parts Of Newport's Cliff Walk Ready To Reopen

Cliff Walk in Newport
Credit RIPR FILE

The southernmost section of the Cliff Walk that was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy is expected to reopen to the public this week.

The three-and-a-half mile trail was badly damaged in the storm. Cliff Walk Commission Chairman Robert B. Power said repairs will cost $3.5 million.

"It eroded a lot of the walkway near Ruggles Avenue which caused some of the sidewalk to cave in. It took a chunk of the actual stone out at Doris Duke’s estate which we had to go back and fill in. It tore a lot of the fencing behind Miramar," said Powers.

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