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Liberian refugees get extra year in U.S.

April 21, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Liberians in Rhode Island rejoiced last month at news that refugees from the West African country would be granted an additional 12 months of amnesty in the United States, thanks to an executive order signed by President Obama.

Changes in store for Thayer Street

April 21, 2009 Comments are Disabled

In the coming weeks and months, as most students leave College Hill for the summer, a number of new players are expected to open shop on the busy strip — even as still more stores close. 


April 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled


April 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Thayer Street congestion fix awaits new parking boss

April 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Last spring, a task force released recommendations to reduce parking problems and congestion on College Hill. A year later, implementation of those recommendations is on hold while the city waits for a new parking administrator to take control. Among the College Hill Parking Task Force’s recommendations were more short-term parking […]


April 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Thousands protest taxes at TEA Party

April 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled

More than 2,000 protesters gathered on the steps of the State House Wednesday afternoon at a rally against “runaway” government spending and taxes.

City schools end teacher placement policy

April 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Providence Public Schools will end the practice known as “bumping” — filling teaching vacancies based mainly on seniority — at six schools later this year and throughout the city in 2010. The move to end bumping has angered the teachers union, which may sue to stop it.

Stimulus money goes to local arts

April 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Of the $1.1 billion allotted to Rhode Island under the economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama in February, $291,500 is on its way to local art projects. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. Forty percent of those […]

Thayer St. shop pierces the spirit

April 15, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Alongside the jewelry in the display cases of Rockstar, the piercing shop on Thayer Street, there hangs a picture of a man with long spikes protruding from each side of his chest. The spikes project upward and cross each other to form a halo around the man, Fakir Musafar, who is one of the founders of modern piercing and has trained all of the body piercers who work at Rockstar.