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RI News
7:50 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Providence Police fire a 15-year veteran

The Providence Police Department has fired an officer who admitted having sex with the victim
of a domestic violence dispute.  The city is moving to strip him of his pension.

On May 8, 2012 Providence police officer Khatchig Kazandjian had sexual relations with a woman who had been involved in a fight with her boyfriend.   The woman reported it as a sexual assault the following day and Kazandjian was placed on paid administrative leave. 

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Trinity Rep's Crime and Punishment is a rapid-fire production

Trinity Rep resident company member Stephen Thorne as Raskolnikov and Dan Butler
Credit Mark Turek

When you enter Trinity Rep’s Dowling Theater these evenings you just can’t miss the mess. Designer Eugene Lee has outdone himself, creating a scene that looks like a teenager’s bedroom on a very bad day. The walls are covered with large carpets, all conflicting in tone and color. There’s a distinctly un-comfortable looking iron bed.  Lamps from all eras abound. A Danish modern table, a keyboard from when, the 1960s, maybe? And above all is a huge crucifix, on which the murdered Jesus is nailed.

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RI News
4:45 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Atheist group sues Cranston florist over denied flower delivery

An atheist group out of Wisconsin is suing a Cranston florist for refusing to deliver flowers to Jessica Ahlquist. The flowers were to congratulate the Cranston West High School student for winning a lawsuit that removed a prayer banner from the school’s auditorium.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Ocean State Theatre's "Fools" is not one of Neil Simon's best

Stacey Geer, Matthew Rickard, and Alexander Cook star in Neil Simon’s highly comic play Fools
Credit Mark Turek

With their very fine new performing space (excellent sight lines, comfortable seats, good facilities) it seems a shame that Ocean State has picked a weak-at-the-knees Neil Simon play to officially open Rhode Island’s newest theater.

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RI News
2:38 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Providence's "Superman" building could be converted into apartments

The Industrial Trust tower could be converted into apartments
Credit RIPR file

The downtown Providence skyscraper affectionately known as the “Superman building” may be getting a new lease on life.  The 26 story office building may be going residential.

Providence developer Arnold “Buff” Chace says he has been hired by the owner of the Superman building to conduct a feasibility study into turning it into an apartment building. 

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Environment
12:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Rep. Ucci knows better things can be done with recycled glass

Legislators will be working this session to correct an added amendment to a bill that caused all the glass recycling to be buried in the landfill. RIPR caught up with the lawmaker whose legislation needs fixing.

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Morning News Podcast
9:46 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Things are better in Providence, but there is still work to be done. Ousted head of RIPTA, Charles Odimgbe gets $130,000 as part of a severance package.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.


Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Politics
8:30 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Providence is on the upswing

Mayor Angel Taveras
Credit Flo Jonic

The fiscal condition of the city of Providence is on the mend.  That was the word from Mayor Angel Taveras as he gave his second ‘State of the City’ address. A lot has changed in a year.

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RI News
8:10 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Ousted RIPTA CEO to get $130K and health insurance

RIPTA bus at Kennedy Plaza
Credit RIPR file

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority  has severed ties with its CEO.  Charles Odimgbe  has agreed to leave the transit agency after months of being on paid administrative leave.

According to a separation agreement between Charles Odimgbe and  RIPTA, Odimgbe’s  last day with the agency was December 27th.  He will receive a severance payment of $130,000 plus compensation for any unused sick or vacation time.

Odimgbe was placed on paid administrative leave in August after a video camera was found covered up in a room where cash is handled.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

2nd Story Theatre's Amadeus is a show not to miss

Andrew Iacovelli as Mozart, Ed Shea as Salieri and Valerie Westgate as Constanze
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

Dark.

If you had just one word to describe the powerful, incisive version of “Amadeus” at 2nd Story that might be it. After all, even when you enter the performing space you notice the dim. A couple of lights, a candle or two, and that’s it. Watch your step, and maybe get out those reading glasses if you care to check the program.

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