Alex — a veteran metro writer — served as one of the section’s editors in 2015. Originally from Maryland, he complements his studies of biochemistry with laboratory research on pulmonary fibrosis, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn from Herald writers and editors in an area outside of his academic field. He is involved with Brown and RISD’s joint Catholic community, and also enjoys reading and running.

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Sister development companies Lincoln and Phoenix bought parcel 28 of the former I-195 land to build a six-story, suite-style apartment complex, with construction slated to begin this summer.


Commission approves first I-195 land proposal

November 18, 2014 0 comments

At an I-195 Redevelopment District meeting Monday, the commission voted to approve a proposal to build a six-story suite-style apartment complex.

Democrat Jorge Elorza won the mayoral election with 53.3 percent of the vote Tuesday, defeating former mayor and Independent Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, who drew criticism during his campaign for his history of corruption.


Elorza defeats Cianci in mayoral race

November 5, 2014 0 comments

The votes are in, the polls are closed and the city will be under the leadership of mayor-elect Jorge Elorza beginning in January.


Violence flares up in Chad Brown development

October 28, 2014 0 comments

A fatal shooting last Wednesday in the North End’s Chad Brown housing development revived memories of the neighborhood’s history of gun violence.


Mayoral race heats up with new endorsements, donations

October 23, 2014 0 comments

Providence’s mayoral candidates are seeking to build momentum by leveraging endorsements from politicians and unions considered valuable in a tight race.

Comments on Buddy Cianci’s criminal history punctuated Wednesday’s mayoral debate, showing the intensifying race as Nov. 4 draws near.


Elorza, Harrop target Cianci’s record

October 16, 2014 3 comments

“The next mayor of Providence faces daunting challenges,” said James Morone as he introduced the three mayoral candidates.

Seth Magaziner ’06 is running to be Rhode Island’s next treasurer. Daniel Harrop ’76 MD’79 is a Republican candidate for mayor, and other alums hold numerous elected offices, including the governorship.


Alums among R.I. leaders and candidates in the Ocean State

October 16, 2014 0 comments

As the election season ramps up, a number of alums vying for office are demonstrating that Rhode Island captured their hearts and interests.

At $13 million, a new grant will finance about 11 percent of the city’s streetcar project, slated to cost $117.7 million. “We’ve got a long way to go,” said Arthur Salisbury, president of the Jewelry District Association.


Streetcar project advances with grant

September 30, 2014 1 comment

The long-term plan would help connect downtown to upper South Providence and the Jewelry District and will require the acquisition of more funding before moving forward.

Professor of Comparative Literature Arnold Weinstein says he finds course learning to be “enormously enriched” by online forums.

University News

Fall MOOCs explore literature, neuroscience

September 17, 2014 31 comments

The University will offer two massive open online courses this semester taught by Arnold Weinstein and by Monica Linden and David Sheinberg.

New immunization mandates will likely not affect Brown students because Health Services’ standards already meet the state’s new requirements.


Vaccinations to be required for students and toddlers

September 16, 2014 69 comments

Rhode Island will expand its vaccination requirements for students and child care workers beginning next August.

In 2011, Rhode Island received $200,000 from the National Endowment of the Arts in support of a Kennedy Plaza bus terminal renovation.


Kennedy Plaza construction continues

September 11, 2014 1 comment

As summer fades into fall, the reconstruction of Kennedy Plaza — which began July 12 — is continuing according to plan.

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