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Toy bear designers find home in Providence

Jerry is no ordinary teddy bear. Though toddlers can still play with his woolly, brown fur and carry him around the house, Jerry the Bear requires his owners to monitor his blood glucose level, administer insulin to his body with a special pump or pen and provide him with a balanced diet of fake food ...


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Occupy shifts focus to tax status

While most Brown students went home for the holidays, Occupy Providence protesters spent the last month in Burnside Park braving temperatures often below freezing. The group made a deal with the city Monday to leave the park at night, but it has also added a new initiative to its agenda ­— ...


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For-profit college seeks R.I. campus

Neumont University, a for-profit college that specializes in computer science, is looking to build a campus in Providence. Since Rhode Island currently does not allow for-profit institutions to grant bachelors or masters degrees, the college would require exemption from state law.


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Occupy protesters strike a deal

After striking a deal with the city, Occupy Providence announced the end of its full-time protest in Burnside Park Monday. Claiming victory after over 100 days, the Occupy members have agreed to leave the park at night in exchange for a day center for the city's homeless. Protestors will remain in the ...


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Locals protest tax exemption

Nearly 100 Providence firefighters, police officers and community members protested the University's exemption from paying taxes on many of its properties Jan. 11, blasting fog horns, chanting and holding signs that read "pay your share." The protest was the latest sign of escalating tensions in an ...


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At AS220, ambiance outshines food

Amid the tunes of a local Irish music ensemble, bright splashes of color and a rich cultural history lies Foo(d) at AS220, a casual restaurant nestled next to a community art space. Located in downtown Providence, Foo(d) has a one-of-a-kind environment, but the cuisine does not quite live up to the ...


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R.I. anti-smoking funding falls short

A recent report from a coalition of anti-smoking organizations ranked Rhode Island's funding for anti-smoking programs 38th in the country. The state spends $373,000 yearly on anti-smoking efforts, only 2.5 percent of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended level of $15.2 million, ...


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Labor leader Castillo elected to City Council

Newly elected Providence City Councilwoman Carmen Castillo is no stranger to victory. As a union leader and room attendant at the Providence Westin hotel for more than 15 years, Castillo played an instrumental role in settling disputes between her co-workers and Westin management, including bringing ...


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Unzipping the tent

Two-and-a-half months after the Occupy movement first made headlines, the movement's precise focus remains an open question — even for members of Occupy College Hill.


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City shines red for AIDS

Rhode Island First Lady Stephanie Chafee P'14, local government officials, AIDS health professionals, poets, musicians and other activists literally painted the town red last night, as they gathered to celebrate the illumination of Providence buildings to raise awareness on World AIDS Day.


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Hunger in Rhode Island hits new high

Food insecurity in Rhode Island is at its "highest level on record," according to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank's annual Status Report on Hunger. The report, released last week, documents a continued rise in hunger and food insecurity — uncertainty about finding one's next meal — ...


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MBTA increases rail service to T.F. Green

Students who took to the skies over Thanksgiving break had new options for getting to T.F. Green Airport. In addition to the usual smattering of taxis and shuttles lined up at Faunce Arch, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority almost doubled service from the Providence train station to the ...


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For holiday gifts, new outdoor market beckons

In contrast to the frenzied Black Friday rush that kicks off the holiday gift-buying season for most shoppers, the inaugural Downcity Providence Holiday Market offered residents a more leisurely experience Saturday. The outdoor market — which will be open every Saturday until Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. ...


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Protesters decry proposed school

Roughly 30 members of various neighborhood and education groups gathered at the State House Monday morning to protest the proposed Providence mayoral academy. The charter school would be operated by Achievement First, a nonprofit organization that runs 20 academies in New York and Connecticut.


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Local schools fund struggles for money

Two years after becoming the first black president of an Ivy League university, President Ruth Simmons appointed a committee to investigate the University's formative ties to the Atlantic slave trade. In 2007, responding to the report submitted by the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, which ...





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