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Students rally against anti-gay marriage demonstrators

Garbed in formal black and red attire and hoisting medieval-looking banners, a faction of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property — a national organization that opposes gay marriage — descended on the Main Green at approximately 11 a.m. yesterday. The men were there ...


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City waits to approach U. for increased contribution

Though Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is reviewing recommendations to garner more revenue from non-profits, representatives of the city's hospitals and higher education institutions said officials have not yet approached them about increasing contributions to the city.


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Providence still reeling from school closing announcement

Without his Providence public school education, Mayor Angel Taveras would not be where he is today, he told audience members at a forum to address pending school closings. But, he said, the city's fiscal challenges require overhauling the school system to cut costs, meaning fewer schools and unwanted ...


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At crossroads, reform rests in governor's hands

Sara Bohnsack MAT'11 leads a game of word jeopardy in a fifth-grade classroom at the Paul Cuffee School in Providence. "If I told you that you'd never have to do homework again, some of you might respond by doing this," she reads from a clue. Some of the students act out the correct vocabulary word ...


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Pawtucket, Central Falls to share services

Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien has proposed sharing certain municipal services with the city of Central Falls to cut costs and generate revenue for both cities. The city of Pawtucket, which has a deficit of $9 million in its current budget, would benefit from providing services to the smaller Central Falls, ...


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Cicilline '83 challenged over city's finances

As Providence begins to battle what Mayor Angel Taveras called a "category five" financial crisis, allegations have emerged that former mayor and current Rep. David Cicilline '83, D-RI, failed to paint an accurate picture of the city's financial health.


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Providence celebrates 'history of creativity'

This year marks the 375th anniversary of Roger Williams' founding of Providence, and the city is looking to its residents to make the celebration special. The celebration aims to "recapture a sense of pride in this city and not dwell in the negative," said Jennifer Smith, site manager for Roger Williams ...


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Prov. schools' art budget dwindles

On a Friday morning at Trinity Repertory Company in downtown Providence, the professional theater troupe performed a matinee of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." Its audience consisted of over 500 high school students from public schools around the city. Many of the students had already studied the play ...


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Mayor announces four elementary school closings

Mayor Angel Taveras and Providence Public School District Superintendent Tom Brady announced their recommendations to close four elementary schools in a press conference Monday afternoon. The school board must approve the recommended closings before they can be finalized.


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Impact of Brown's education outreach unclear

Despite the University's perch atop College Hill, students have a long history of engagement with the Providence Public School District. With more than 60 outreach programs in local schools, Brown has a sizable presence within the district. But Rhode Island's education system is in dire straits, and ...


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Bills on alcohol hit General Assembly

A bill in the General Assembly would prohibit people ages 18 to 21 from attending nightclubs where alcohol is served — just one of a series of measures related to alcohol and drunk driving under consideration by state lawmakers.


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New police chief named after immigration policy dispute

Brendan Doherty, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, announced his resignation March 3, a week after he spoke out in support of the federal immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities. The public resignation followed a high-profile exchange in which top law enforcement officials ...


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Bill proposes to levy fee on U., hospitals

A bill proposed by state Rep. John Carnevale, D-Providence and Cranston, would grant cities and towns the authority to assess a fee on tax-exempt hospitals and private institutions of higher education like Brown. Carnavales introduced the bill on the same day that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced ...


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Teacher terminations spur labor rallies

A crowd of middle-aged Rhode Island public employees gathered Feb. 22 at the State House in a show of solidarity for the Wisconsin workers threatened by their governor's proposal to strip collective bargaining rights from public sector workers. Barely a week later, the Ocean State saw a second rally ...


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Bill would give students dollars to stay in Rhode Island

State Rep. Chris Blazejewski, D-Providence and East Providence, joined the Brown Democrats last Tuesday to present his plan to counter the "brain drain" that has troubled the state for years. The bill, called Opportunity RI, offers financial incentives both for students to stay in Rhode Island after ...


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State's $300 million deficit takes toll on education

Last Tuesday, Mayor Angel Taveras issued termination notices to all 1,926 Providence public school teachers, citing the city's dire budget deficit. The move ignited a controversy over how far state politicians can go to address financial challenges. According to recent estimates, the state and its ...


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