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Theater Reviews
1:53 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Gamm's "Beauty Queen" is not for the Faint of Heart

Jeanine Kane (Maureen), Wendy Overly (Mag) in The Gamm Theatre's "The Beauty Queen of Leenane."
Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre

Watching the Gamm’s splendid, perfectly sharp, gloriously acted production of “Beauty Queen” was, for me at least, a trip down two very different roads. On one hand, I kept thinking of the legions of travel advertisements we’ve all seen. Ahh, the green of Ireland, the rolling hills, the charming little towns, the friendly pubs. Where have you gone Rick Steves?

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Politics
3:15 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Bill Would Give Foreign Nationals a Driver's License

Foreign nationals would be able to get driver’s licenses under a bill being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon.

One of the cosponsors of the legislation, Democratic Senator Juan Pichardo of Providence, said offering licenses to undocumented residents makes sense.

“By granting a driver’s license for undocumented that will give them the ability to register their vehicles and then pay taxes, therefore having some state revenues,” said Pichardo, “but will also provide a safety measure for many residents.”

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The PawSox
3:00 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

PawSox up Against Gwinnett Braves

The PawSox are away to take on the Gwinnett Braves for the next three of a four game series on the road in Georgia.  Monday’s 5 -1 win was the ninth loss in a row for the Gwinnett Braves.  Pawsox spokesman Bill Wanless said this gives the PawSox a boost for tonight’s game against the Braves.

“First up we got to take care of business down in Georgia tonight and then in Charlotte over the weekend before we come home,” said Wanless.  

The PawSox return next week to face the Braves at McCoy stadium.

Environment
4:50 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Huge Basking Shark that Washed Up at Misquamicut was a Mature Male

Scientists at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center said they hope to get some answers from a necropsy being done on a huge basking shark that washed ashore at Misquamicut Beach over the weekend.

Nancy Kohler, a scientist at the center, said the 28.5-foot long shark was a mature male, in good condition, and it’s unclear why it washed up dead. Her research team is doing a necropsy on the shark, on the beach, and she said that’s drawing a lot of attention.

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Same-Sex Marriage Legislation
6:55 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

RI On Its Way to Same-Sex Marriage

Sen. Donna Nesselbush celebrates with a hug the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in the state senate.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island is on track to become the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriages.  The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved two nearly identical bills that would legalize such unions. The bill could go to the governor for his signature as early as next week.

The gallery of the Senate erupted in cheers when the chamber voted by a margin of two-to-one to legalize same-sex marriages.  The House overwhelmingly approved the same legislation in January. Senate bill sponsor Donna Nesselbush of Pawtucket, who is openly gay, called it an issue of historic importance.

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Same-Sex Marriage Legislation
3:03 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Both Sides Gear Up for Senate Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

RI Senate will vote on same-sex marriage legislation Wednesday afternoon.

The state Senate is set to vote Wednesday on bills to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. Advocates are continuing to press their case before the vote.

Supporters were overjoyed when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved two same-sex marriage bills. The head of Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, Ray Sullivan, says advocates aren’t taking anything for granted.

“Our work is not done, we continue to work the phones, knock doors, make calls, do all the things we’ve been doing the last several months that have led us to this moment,” said Sullivan.

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RI News
5:04 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Family of Missing Brown Student Horrified by Erroneous Link to Boston Bombings

Sunil Tripathi has been missing since March 16th.
Credit Tripathi family

It’s been about six weeks since Brown University philosophy major Sunil Tripathi disappeared. For a few hours he was erroneously linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. His family was horrified that he was rumored to be involved. 

Sunil’s brother, Ravi Tripathi, stopped by our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic.

Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi is six-foot tall, last seen wearing a black ski jacket and black hat with a Philadelphia Eagles logo. Anyone with information should call the Providence or Brown University police.

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Same-Sex Marriage Legislation
3:54 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Heads to Senate Floor

A crowd filled room 313 to hear the Senate Judiciary Committee approve same-sex marriage bill
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on a 7 – 4 vote. A bill putting the issue up for referendum was defeated by a 6 – 5 vote.

The vote was greeted with jubilation by same sex marriage supporters gathered in a Statehouse hearing room. Supporters say they’re hopeful the committee vote signals full Senate approval. The bill will go to a full Senate vote Wednesday.

Reaction to the Vote

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Boston Marathon Explosions
3:40 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Suspected Bomber's Wife says She's Assisting with the Investigation

The Rhode Island widow of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has issued a statement through her attorney. Her lawyer said she is doing everything possible to assist with the investigation.

Her husband’s apparent involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings came as an “absolute shock” to his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, according to a statement from her attorney, Amato DeLuca.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
2:47 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Sen. Jack Reed Approves of Federal Investigation of Boston Bombing Suspect

U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he approves of the way federal investigators are handling the interrogation of the Boston bombing suspect, including their decision not to read him his Miranda rights. 

Reed said the Boston Marathon bombing is an extraordinary case which requires special handling by prosecutors.  He supports their decision not to inform the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, of his right to an attorney and to remain silent.

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