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The new Providence Pedestrian Bridge does not comply with accessibility standards. Bob Cooper, who works on the Governor's Commission on Disabilities, said the Dept. of Transportation “failed” to make sure it was accessible.

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Providence ranked as one of worst cities in U.S. for people with disabilities

February 24, 2021 0 comments

Providence was ranked as one of the worst cities to live in for people with disabilities out of the 150 most populated cities in the United States, according to a recent study published by WalletHub that analyzed each city’s economic environment, quality of life and healthcare access.

Tiara Mack is currently involved with over 25 policies as a new state senator.

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Tiara Mack ’16, first Black queer RI state senator, shares her path to public office with current University students

February 24, 2021 0 comments

Rhode Island State Sen. Tiara Mack ’16 discussed her unique path into local politics with fifteen University students and faculty Wednesday.

For patients served by Connect for Health, “a lot of compounding problems” have piled up in the pandemic, such as rent, food insecurity and COVID-19 itself, Anoop Gurram ’21 said.

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Connect for Health finds ways to assist patients remotely

February 23, 2021 0 comments

Last March, before Rhode Island locked down for the pandemic, a woman with two daughters walked into the Hasbro Adolescent Healthcare Center, where Connect for Health Program Coordinator Hilda Castillo was working.  “The little girls were freezing,” Castillo said.

Amanpour said she believes that the best way to combat misinformation is having schools educate children on social media literacy so that they can recognize falsehoods and know where to find truth.

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Inaugural Kennedy Talk discusses free speech, information reliability

February 23, 2021 0 comments

At the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs’s inaugural Kennedy Talks event “Threats to the First Amendment: Social Media, Political Vitriol, and a President Impeached” held Feb. 23., Christiane Amanpour, a renowned journalist, and Martin Garbus, a prominent First Amendment lawyer…

Polling giant Mark Mellman discusses 2016, 2020 elections, future of polling in Taubman Center talk

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Polling giant Mark Mellman discusses 2016, 2020 elections, future of polling in Taubman Center talk

February 19, 2021 0 comments

Mark Mellman, the president of the American Association of Political Consultants and chief executive officer of The Mellman Group, joined Visiting Professor of the Practice of Political Science Richard Arenberg to discuss the current state and future of political polling.

The community fridges provide canned goods, non-perishables, fruits, vegetables, and “ready-to-eat foods.” Soon, the organizer behind Providence Community Fridge hopes to begin providing non-food items such as blankets and masks.

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Free community fridges fight food insecurity during COVID-19 pandemic

February 18, 2021 0 comments

In light of increased levels of food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two new community fridges, Providence Community Fridge and Refri PVD, both encourage people to donate whatever they are able and take whatever they need.

Now that trials are conducted over Zoom, the public is able to watch the proceedings through a link — a practice that was impossible prior to the pandemic.

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U.S. District Court of RI continues operations during pandemic

February 18, 2021 0 comments

While the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island has transitioned to a predominately remote capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, “the wheels of justice have not come to a grinding halt,” said attorney Steven Richard.

Dean Jha has become a national voice during the pandemic, contributing to COVID-19 analysis and advising policymakers and officials.

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Dean Ashish Jha selected for incoming Governor McKee’s COVID-19 Advisory Group

February 17, 2021 0 comments

Dean of the School of Public Health Ashish Jha will serve as part of Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee’s COVID-19 Advisory Group.

Creation of new historic district on East Side faces University objections

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Creation of new historic district on East Side faces University objections

February 11, 2021 1 comment

A public hearing for an addition to the College Hill historic district will go on as planned later this month after a failed attempt by the University to slow the process in late January. 

Some Providence community members believe the main bus hub should remain at its current location at Kennedy Plaza.

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Multi-hub bus proposal faces Title VI complaint

February 10, 2021 0 comments

A Title VI complaint has been filed against the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority’s multi-hub bus proposal in order to halt the plan, which some community members interpret as discriminatory.