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After 375 years, Providence still rocking

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras may disagree with a number of people on a variety of issues — public school teachers on their contracts, city drivers on the cost of parking. But as he demonstrated Nov. 22 with the event Hey Providence, It's Your Birthday! Celebrate 375 Years, held at Providence ...


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Students soldier through political camp

NORTH KINGSTON—This generation has the tools necessary to change the world one life at a time, said former Democratic Presidential Candidate Howard Dean, the kick-off speaker at the Second Annual Rhode Island Student Political Boot Camp.  


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Protesters briefly Occupy City Hall

"City Hall is now Occupied," declared Providence resident and Occupier Will Lambeck at the start of a special Occupy Providence General Assembly on the steps of the main entrance to the building last night.


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Controversial pension reform passes

The Rhode Island General Assembly approved hotly-contested pension reform legislation in separate sessions Thursday. The Rhode Island Retirement Security Act passed the state House of Representatives 57 to 15 and the Senate 34 to two.


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Shelter no more

As the Occupy movement blankets the nation, its vague but wide-ranging message has appealed to thousands, drawing in participants of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. With its sprawling encampments, where members have been handing out both food and tents to anyone interested in spending the night, ...


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Federally subsidized permanent housing opens for ex-convicts

Ex-convicts will be offered federally subsidized permanent housing in Rhode Island for the first time starting this month. When Open Doors, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping former prisoners reenter society, opens its new housing facility this month, 19 homeless ex-convicts will move ...


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State reports spike in youth HIV cases

As HIV spreads to new demographics, including students, nonprofit activists and government workers are seeking to raise public awareness about the disease and lower new infection rates despite dwindling financial resources. The annual number of new cases of AIDS in Rhode Island has decreased by 89 ...


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Community involvement vital for success in city schools

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' Education Opportunity Working Group, established in June to formulate recommendations to improve the city's education system, presented its findings Monday afternoon. In its report, the group stressed the importance of community involvement while emphasizing disparities ...


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Federal loan relief plan aims to ease student debt

President Obama announced a new student loan relief plan intended to help ease the financial hardship of student debt late last month. Though experts are unsure how much the plan, called "Know Before You Owe," will affect Rhode Island, debt remains a pressing issue for students hoping a college degree ...


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Chafee '75 bemoans pension bill revisions

Nearly three hours past the scheduled meeting time, state lawmakers spoke yesterday before the joint House and Senate finance committees to present their revisions to the Chafee-Raimondo pension reform bill. The legislation, spearheaded by the state's governor and treasurer, has been billed by Rhode ...


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Entrepreneur alums say New Curriculum fosters creativity

Entrepreneurs and cupcakes came together in downtown Providence last night at a panel discussion with Brown alums involved in the Rhode Island business world. The panel — hosted by the Brown Alumni Association, the Brown Club of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship ...


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Public officials address oil dependence

U.S. Senators Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., told a crowd of students, professors and community members that oil dependency poses a threat to national security, health and the economy in Smith-Buonanno 106 Friday night. The speeches were part of the "Get Off Oil" forum hosted by ...


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Occupiers march in opposition to BoA

In solidarity with Occupy movements nationwide, about 70 Occupy Providence protesters marched Saturday to support the closing of Bank of America accounts. The march coincided with National Bank Transfer Day, when Occupiers across the country staged actions to encourage people to withdraw their money ...


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Secretary Duncan: R.I. fertile ground for ed reform

Rhode Island's small size can help the state create big change when it comes to education reform, said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a town hall meeting yesterday. Duncan fielded questions from both the roughly 200-person audience and a five-person panel at the event, held at the Providence ...


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Grants enable R.I. energy initiatives

Gov. Lincoln Chafee '75 P'14 announced 16 recipients of federally funded renewable energy grants totaling $2.7 million last Thursday. The grants, awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are expected to generate jobs in the state and reduce electricity bills by 10 to 70 percent for ...


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Local schools combat failing label

When teachers at Charles E. Shea Senior High School in Pawtucket found out their school had been placed on the Rhode Island Department of Education's list of failing schools, many were confused and frustrated.






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