Rhode Island

Health Care
8:37 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Research Out Of Bradley Hospital Shows A Good Night's Rest Can Stave Off Sickness

New research out of Bradley Hospital confirms what your mother always told you: get plenty of rest.

Researchers at Bradley Hospital’s sleep lab followed 56 teens over a period of 16 weeks.  They found that those who sleep the most tend to get sick the least. Sleep Lab director Mary Carskadon says the message is clear.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:18 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: JFK's Rhode Island

President John F. Kennedy sits with his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr., in a rowboat on Bailey’s Beach in Newport, Rhode Island.
Credit Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

It’s been a half-century  years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.

Our state is America’s smallest but it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.

From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.  If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

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Health Care
1:41 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Moody's: RI Cities May Shift Retiree Health Costs

Rhode Island municipalities, like Providence, need to rein in costs or risk a credit downgrade.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

In a new report, investment research firm Moody's says more Rhode Island cities are looking into shifting retirees into health plans on the online health insurance exchange to save money. That's just one of several strategies cities are considering to deal with rising health care costs. 

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Theater Reviews
4:35 am
Fri November 15, 2013

At Ocean State Theatre Lombardi Is Played With Dark Vigor

Jennifer Byrne, Robert Ierardi and Joel Kipper in the New England premiere of "Lombardi."
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

Ah yes, the late Vince Lombardi. I can see him now, back in the black and white TV era of the 1960s. He’s standing like a statue on the sidelines on the tundra that is a Green Bay football field. Legs apart, polo coat covering his broad shoulders, absurd fedora on his head. And most of all there’s his shouting, bellowing, at anyone nearby. The refs, his own players, his assistant coaches, were all fair game, targets of his single minded drive.

He was the Bill Belichick of his time, the best-known coach in all of football. Only louder, tougher, harder to deal with.

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Politics
1:29 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Sen. Whitehouse Gives 50th Floor Speech On Climate Change

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on the Senate floor Wednesday making his 50th speech on climate change.
Credit Office of U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has given his 50th floor speech on climate change.  Whitehouse has been expounding on climate change on the Senate floor once a week for over a year.  In his 50th speech Wednesday he cautioned climate change deniers about public opinion.

“Those in Congress who would deny science to protect the polluting interests increasingly look ridiculous even to their own side,” said Whitehouse. “It’s not just time to wake up. People are waking up. And inevitably the truth will be fully known.”

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Education
8:49 am
Wed November 13, 2013

New Standards For RI Teacher's Colleges

Karen Castagno, head of the education school at Rhode Island College.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

As public schools focus on raising test scores and getting more students ready for college, there is new scrutiny on teachers and the schools that teach them.

Rhode Island’s the Board of Education is scheduled to vote tonight on new standards for teacher preparation programs.

Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Karen Castagno, head of the education school at Rhode Island College who explained some of the changes they are looking at.

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Environment
1:26 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Alex And Ani Founder Seeks EDC Grant for Belcourt Upgrades

Belcourt Castle in Newport is now owned by Alex and Ani owner Carolyn Rafaelian.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The founder of Alex and Ani is seeking a grant from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The grant is to help make Belcourt Castle in Newport more eco-friendly.

Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian bought Belcourt Castle, renamed it Belcourt of Newport, and is now refurbishing the place. Rafaelian is seeking a grant of $18,500 for a solar array and a geothermal heating and cooling system.  The grant would come from the EDC’s Renewable Energy Fund.

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Arts & Culture
3:19 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Woonsocket's Museum Of Work & Culture Founder Retires

Tuesday is the last day on the job for Raymond Bacon, co-manager of Woonsocket’s Museum of Work & Culture. Bacon’s retirement ends 16 years working at the museum.

Before his time at the museum, Bacon spent 30 years as a high school teacher. Before that he worked his way through college at The French Worsted Mill. That experience, Bacon said, helped connect him to the people whose lives are chronicled at the Museum of Work and Culture. He said he knew some of the people in the pictures on display.

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RI News
11:32 am
Tue November 12, 2013

"Superman" Building At The Center Of Lawsuit

Rhode Island's tallest building, the so-called 'Superman Building' now sits vacant, after tenant Bank of America moved out.
Credit RIPR FILE

A court case beginning this week could impact the future of Rhode Island’s tallest building, known as the Superman Building.

The building’s new owner claims it was left in deplorable condition by longtime occupant Bank of America.

Massachusetts developer High Rock, which owns the so-called Superman Building in Downtown Providence, is suing Bank of America for more than 23 million.

High Rock claims that the former tenant left the 26 story building so neglected that it is un-rentable without costly repairs.

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RI News
9:19 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Local Filipino Community Starts Fund For Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

The Filipino-American Association of Newport County has launched a relief fund for victims of the typhoon.

Association president Chester Gotauco said they will soon announce collection sites for items of clothing and household goods. More immediately, they’re requesting cash donations.

Gotauco said several hundred Filipinos call Rhode Island home and many of them are worried about relatives.

"I think they’re in shock. It’s like almost incomprehensible what’s happening. And they just don’t know what to do," said Gotauco.

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