Rhode Island

RI News
10:00 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Arrival Of Volvo Ocean Race Draws Thousands To Newport

Team Alvimedica, which include three crew members who call Newport home.
Credit Kristi Wilson / Team Alvimedica

The international sailing world is on display in Newport, as teams from the Volvo Ocean Race make their only North American stop in the City by the Sea. The next week of events is expected to generate millions of dollars and draw thousands of tourists.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender headed down to Newport to see what all the fuss is about.

In the dead of night on Thursday, a chilly air settled over Fort Adams State Park. A crowd of 7,000 excited spectators thronged the lawn, waiting to catch a glimpse of the boats arriving in the Volvo Ocean Race.

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Health Care
9:55 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Westerly To Spray For Mosquitoes This Week

Westerly will spray for mosquitoes in an effort to reduce EEE and West Nile Virus.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The town of Westerly plans to spray for mosquitoes Friday. Helicopters will drop granules of mosquito larvicide on about 500 acres in Chapman Swamp. 

 

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Education
9:04 am
Wed May 6, 2015

University Of Rhode Island Opens Gender And Sexuality Center

Artist rendering of URI's center for Gender and Sexuality
Credit URI

The University of Rhode Island opens a new center Wednesday for Gender and Sexuality.  The campus has struggled in the past with incidents of aggression against gay students and faculty. Now, it is the first school to in the country to design and construct a center dedicated to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender programs.

The center will also provide programs for straight students to help them understand what their peers may be facing.

Graduating senior Jessica Brand says as a transgender woman, she welcomes the new resource.

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RI News
8:45 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Village Opens At Fort Adams In Newport

Fort Adams in Newport, the site of the U.S. stop in the Volvo Ocean Race.
Credit dbking / flickr

Governor Gina Raimondo and other elected officials were in Newport Tuesday celebrating the opening of the Volvo Ocean Race village at Fort Adams.  The international sailing race is set to hit Newport by week’s end.

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RI News
8:28 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Native Rhode Islanders Sail Towards Home In The Volvo Ocean Race

Team Alvimedica, which has three Rhode Islanders, sailing the 6th leg of the race towards Newport.
Credit Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica

The six sailing teams in the Volvo Ocean Race are speeding closer to Newport, where they’re expected to dock later this week. The race is one of the biggest in the sailing world, covering some 40-thousand nautical miles. It takes nine months to complete. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught up with a sailor on one of the boats. Nick Dana hails from Newport, at 29,  he’s one of the youngest crew members for Team Alvimedica. Dana spoke by a satellite phone as the team heads from Brazil towards the east coast.

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