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9:06 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Abraham Lincoln's Legacy On Display At Providence Public Library

Providence Public Library
Credit Erika Smith / flickr

The Providence Public Library has opened a new exhibit on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.  The exhibit is a traveling one that has been making its way around the country for the past couple of years.

The traveling Lincoln exhibit is a series of panels that encircle the reference room at the Providence Public Library.  Library spokeswoman Tonia Mason said the focus is on the constitutional challenges Lincoln faced as he took office in 1860.

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Theater Reviews
2:12 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Trinity Rep’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” Wild, Almost Wooly

Vanya (Brian McEleney), Masha (Phyllis Kay), Cassandra (Tangela Large) and Spike (Mark Larson) in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Ah, yes. Good old Chris Durang. What’s he gotten into now? Over the years he’s been known for such ideosyncratic shows as “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” and, of course, “The Idiots Kasamazov.”

But Durang’s nicely into his 60’s now. Perhaps he’s calmed down a bit?

Well, no. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” concerns Bucks County, PA., Snow White, licking postage stamps, movie stars, the theatuh, voodoo, pricks, getting old and the significance of the blue heron. Among many other things.

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The Bottom Line
4:59 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

The Bottom Line: Slow And Steady Growth Is Key At RI EDC

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 and Mark talk with Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Marcel Valois. They discuss the EDC’s small business loan program and why slow and steady wins the race.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Environment
4:40 am
Fri November 29, 2013

The Wildlife That Soars Above Downtown Providence

Just one of the many photos Peter Green has taken of wild birds flying above Providence.
Credit Peter Green

A photographer living in downtown Providence has caught amazing photos of hawks, owls and falcons flying above the capital city. He discovered the wild birds by following the pigeons.

It all started when Peter Green moved into an apartment facing the Superman building. He loved to watch the pigeons fly outside his window, and one day he spotted a falcon munching the pigeons that had captured his attention.

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RI News
9:11 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Families In Need Recieve Help From Their City On Thanksgiving

City of Pawtucket
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Five hundred Pawtucket families are enjoying a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner Thursday thanks to the generosity of their neighbors.

On Tuesday, food baskets were delivered to needy families under the auspices of the Pawtucket Holiday Baskets Drive. Its chair, Laureen Grebien, the city’s first lady, said the typical recipient is a family that has fallen on hard times.

"It’s probably a family of two or three kids and somebody that, you know, is struggling with whether they got laid off or they just somehow can’t seem to make ends meet," said Grebien.

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Artscape
8:55 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Artscape: Fellini's Famous Thanksgiving Pizza

The pizza itself, pre-oven.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Today is thanksgiving, so for this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island public radio’s John Bender, looked to the culinary arts.

You’re probably familiar with all the traditional dishes of thanksgiving, but once a year, one the day before the big turkey; hundreds of people wait in line for a very specific pizza.

John went over to Fellini’s pizzeria to find out more about their Thanksgiving pie.

Fellini’s Pizzeria on the east side of Providence has your typical pizza fair. 

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RI News
9:02 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Home Sales Surging Back In Rhode Island

Home sales have surged back in Rhode Island.
Credit Courtesy RI Housing

October was another good month for home sales in Rhode Island.

The sale of single family homes in Rhode Island rose 19 percent between October 2012 and October 2013. During the same time frame the median price rose from $200,000 to $204,000.  Sales of condos rose 11 percent over the year and the median price is up 17 percent.

Rhode Island Association of Realtors president Robert Martin said growth in the housing market is slow and steady with no negatives.

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Business
4:21 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

RI Retailers Cry Foul Over Black Friday DLT Hearing

The National Federation of Independent Businesses is calling on the state Department of Labor and Training to postpone a hearing scheduled for Black Friday. 

Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Retailers have to be behind their cash registers and waiting on customers. That’s why the National Federation of Independent Businesses is asking the state Department of Labor and Training to postpone a hearing scheduled for Friday. The hearing has to do with employers’ right to pay workers bi-weekly.  Bill Vernon speaks for the NFIB in Rhode Island.

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Education
10:47 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New Survey Of Rhode Island Students Released

635 Rhode Island students took part in the survey conducted last spring.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

A survey of Rhode Island students has turned up some interesting findings.

The survey of 635 students was conducted last spring by Young Voices, a student advocacy group.  They asked their peers what could be done to improve graduation and attendance rates.  Young Voices executive director Karen Feldman said two issues came up repeatedly: discipline and hands on learning opportunities.

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RI News
10:40 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Almost Two-Century Old "Good Luck" Shoes Found In Newport

The "Old Colony" house in Newport, formerly Rhode Island's state house.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A pair of 19th century men’s shoes has been found in the old State House in Newport.   The discovery at the so-called “Colony House” was made last week.  It was not a complete surprise to historians.

The brown leather men’s slippers were discovered under the floor boards of a courtroom in the old Colony House last week. The building is undergoing an extensive renovation.  Ruth Taylor, executive director of the Newport Historical Society, said they date to about 1830 and were probably left there as the building was under construction.

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