A wake for Sergeant Peter Andrew McKenna will be held Sunday in Warren as family and friends prepare for his burial on Monday.

McKenna was an army Green Beret, who was killed last week in Afghanistan. His death at the age of 35 followed a suicide bombing in Kabul. 

Known to friends by his middle name, Andrew, McKenna was born in Bristol, where flags now line the streets in his honor. 

Bristol Representative Ray Gallison described the mood there and in the neighboring town of Warren as somber.

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It’s been a year since the death of local musician David Lamb, whose passing threw the future of the folk duo Brown Bird into question. This week saw the release of the band’s final album. Crafted during Lamb’s battle with leukemia, the album was finished by his wife MorganEve Swain, the other half of the band. Music journalists are calling it Brown Bird’s swan song.

Elisabeth Harrison

High School students in the Bristol-Warren Regional School District were unable to begin PARCC testing as scheduled on Monday. The district says a technical problem led them to delay testing by one day.

A spokeswoman from the superintendent's office said she was unaware of the specifics of the problem, but described it as a technical glitch. She said the district had scheduled an extra day for testing, just in case such a problem arose.

Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies once said that he loves “. . .smart, complicated women. . .” 

Well, in just two hours (with an intermission) he lets us look in on two females who meet that criteria, and more. “Collected Stories” takes place entirely in the Greenwich Village apartment of one Ruth Steiner, an award-winning author/professor. She's sharp as a whip, tight as a drum and both prissy and provocative. Lives alone and likes it. Or at least thinks she does.

Hope & Main

Rhode Island’s very first food business incubator opens officially Thursday in Warren.  The program, called Hope and Main, helps local culinary companies get on their feet.

Companies accepted into the non-profit program get use of three full sized industrial kitchens, for rent at below market rates.  They're located at the program’s headquarters; an old school building in Warren. The idea is to make it easier for culinary business by keeping down the high initial investment of equipping a commercial kitchen. Currently businesses are staying for their first two to three years.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Hope and Main’s president and founder Lisa Raiola. They discuss what kinds of startups will be cooking at the incubator, how long until the businesses launch on their own, and how this is a jobs generator.

When to Listen

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

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It’s the summer reading season, and for this month’s Artscape we explore books for young adults starting with what some kids at the Cumberland Public Library plan to read this summer.

Summer Reading Students

Phillip DiDomenico, 10 years old, recommends Frindle by Andrew Clements, which he read during the school year.

Sophia Dauphine, 7 years old, plans to read Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Isabella Dauphine, 9 years old, wants to read Little House on the Prairie, the Laura Ingalls Wilder classic

Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

First I’d like to say that “Sylvia” is an absolute true charmer of a play. It’s laugh out loud funny and can prompt small smiles, too. At 2nd Story, director Pat Hegnauer has given it force and speed and reached to its serious undercurrent, too. This is one of the very best productions of the current theater season. Don’t miss it.

Okay, about explaining it all. Playwright A.R. Gurney, best known for “Love Letters” and “The Dinner Party,” has set it up simply. A middle-aged couple with

Courtesy Brown University

Brown University is marking its 250th anniversary this month, and all week Rhode Island Public Radio is exploring the university's past and future in a series of conversations we're calling "Brown 250."

To kick off our series, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with historian Gordon Wood to go back to the Ivy League university's beginnings.

FullChannel Jamie Griffin

Our good friends at FullChannel cable, available to residents of Barrington, Warren and Bristol, are not only nice enough to put RIPR's audio on channel 799.   But also their engineer, Jamie Griffin, has started his own "Engineer's Corner" email newsletter for cable TV folks.

One way to reduce your carbon footprint is to donate or repurpose your old clothes and other rags. Textile recycling has a greater impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions than you might think.

Representatives with the nonprofit Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles said clothing and textiles are not typically considered recyclable products. But they estimate 95 percent of all clothing and other household textiles can be recycled and repurposed, as long as they are clean and dry.

Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

“Sons of the Prophet” comes to Rhode Island with a pretty darn good reputation. Brown University graduate Stephan Karam’s play was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and did win several awards that year. It was a favorite of Manhattan’s downtown theater crowd, too.

So, what happened?

At 2nd Story this work, which the author calls “a comedy about a guy coping with chronic pain” seems pretty much weak-kneed. Its “comedy” never really clicks; its philosophy, which seems to be that coping with the unspeakable can be nourishing, doesn’t seem real, or true.