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Details of undergrad’s death remain unknown

Five days after Michael Dawkins ’13.5 was confirmed to have died in Peru, few details have emerged about the circumstances of his death. Dawkins was not “taking part of any Brown-sponsored activity” while in Peru, and the University does not have any information about his travels, wrote Marisa ...

The Setonian

EDC hires counsel in face of SEC inquiry

Documents made public last week reveal that the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation hired legal representation last fall in response to inquiries from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the state’s $75 million loan to now-defunct 38 Studios, a video game development firm ...


Chafee ’75 will not run for second term

Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 will not seek re-election next year, he announced Wednesday. “After talking to my family over the course of the summer, I thought the time was good now to tell Rhode Islanders, ‘You’re going to see Linc Chafee devoting all his time and energy to the issues ...


R.I. issues first same-sex marriage certificates

Rhode Island became the 10th state in the country to begin offering marriage certificates to same-sex couples Aug. 1. Same-sex couples across the state celebrated the day with weddings and by trading in their “civil union” licenses for marriage certificates. The bill legalizing same-sex marriage ...


Divest Coal urges U. to make first move

Bill McKibben, environmentalist and founder of the campaign, cited three statistics to outline his concerns about climate change in a 2012 Rolling Stone article titled “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.” The temperature of the Earth cannot rise more than 2 degrees Celsius, he wrote, ...


R.I. same-sex marriage faces final battle in Senate

As the national debate over same-sex marriage continues to unfold, for the first time in Rhode Island’s history, the governor, the House of Representatives and a majority of state residents all support legalization. The fate of same-sex marriage legalization now lies in the hands of the Senate. Gov. ...

The Setonian

Spotlight on the Statehouse: April 11, 2013

Domestic violence  Under legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Michael Marcello, D-Cranston, state courts would be permitted to order certain convicted domestic violence perpetrators “to wear an electronic monitoring device,” according to a General Assembly press release. Marcello’s legislation ...

The Setonian

Spotlight on the Statehouse: April 4, 2013

Background checks Legislation that would require individuals interested in volunteering in the state’s public and private schools to undergo criminal background checks passed in the House of Representatives Thursday. Previously, this requirement only applied to school employees, but the bill — ...

The Setonian

Spotlight on the Statehouse: Feb. 14, 2013

Teacher tenure The House Labor Committee reviewed legislation this week to revise employment policies for Rhode Island’s public schools. Rep. Scott Guthrie, D-Coventry, introduced the bill, which suggests a system of seniority through which teachers would be “suspended” from schools when student ...

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