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Obama Endorses Democrat In Mayoral Race

AP | By MICHELLE R. SMITH | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking the rare step of getting involved in a mayor's race, endorsing Democrat Jorge Elorza in Pro...

Mayoral Candidate Casts Himself As Character In Wes Anderson-Style Political Ad

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

Might as well call him the Fantastic Mr. Smiley. Brett Smiley, a Democrat hoping to become mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, unveiled his first t...

Springsteen & Us

John Garrett Andrews | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
John Garrett Andrews

photo © Richard Hurley, 1973 I guess every early fan of an artist can be accused of believing that the early days were the best and I am afraid th...

Frankly Classic: 6 Historic Hot Dog Joints

MiniTime | Posted 11.12.2013 | Travel

(photo: Superdawg Drive-in) Duck franks? No thanks. Hot dogs topped with brie and quail eggs? We'll pass on the latest gourmet makeover craze and sti...

Providence vs. Big Tobacco

Angel Taveras | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Angel Taveras

Nearly all tobacco use begins in childhood and adolescence, and an estimated 23,000 children currently under the age of 18 could die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. So here in Providence, we're fighting back.

WATCH: Mom Outraged By Theater's Treatment Of Her Disabled Daughter

AP | Posted 08.18.2013 | Parents

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A woman says she and her 5-year-old developmentally disabled daughter were thrown out of a theater during a "Beauty and the...

WATCH: Brown Student Says 'Government Wants Us To Think' There's A Hurricane

Posted 11.03.2012 | College

When local NBC 10 reporter Alison Bologna in Providence asked a Brown University student named Daniel on Monday if he felt safe before Hurricane Sandy...

What Makes Airbnb Special

Christine Negroni | Posted 11.24.2012 | Travel
Christine Negroni

I've stayed nine times in the private homes of Airbnb hosts and in fact have become an Airbnb host myself. I could go on and on about why I love calling someone else's place my home for a night or two, but let these stories of a few of my actual experiences tell the tale.

State Considers Drastic Action At Site Of Horrific Fire

AP | MICHELLE R. SMITH and ERIKA NIEDOWSKI | Posted 11.17.2012 | Small Business

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Monday he was open to using eminent domain to seize the site of a 2003 nightclub fire t...

The Top Metropolises Of US Route 6

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 10.17.2012 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

When you think of two-lane highways, you probably imagine small towns, tidy little main streets, undulating ribbons of asphalt through forehead-high corn fields: the picture-perfect road trip. But Route 6 passes through some great cities, too.

Michelangelo Signorile

WATCH: Transgender Equality Panel A Highlight At Progressive Blogger Convention | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.11.2012 | Gay Voices

Netroots Nation, the annual convention of progressive bloggers and activists that took place over the weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, for the fir...

Federal Judge Orders Removal Of Prayer Mural In Rhode Island School

AP | Posted 01.12.2012 | Education

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal judge has ordered the immediate removal of a prayer mural displayed in the auditorium of a Rhode Island public high scho...

Student Sues School To Remove Prayer Banner, Says Her Case Is 'Very Strong'

AP | By LAURA CRIMALDI | Posted 01.17.2012 | Education

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A 16-year-old atheist said Thursday she is confident the law is on her side in her fight over a prayer mural that she wants remove...

Matt Sledge

With I-95 Plan, Rhode Island Mulls Turning Itself Into A Toll Road | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- "One of the greatest engineering achievements of the last century was the completion of the Interstate Highway System," Michael Le...

Rhode Island State Senate Passes Civil Unions Bill

AP | IAN MacDOUGALL | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, a measure ...

Is Palin Following My Suggested Tour?

Bennet Kelley | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Last May, I responded to Sarah Palin's "Christian Nation" and other controversial comments by suggesting that she take a bus tour to meet "real Americ...

Former N.J.-based Deepwater Wind seeks to build wind farm off Rhode Island | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Andrew Harrer/BloombergAcciona wind turbines sit next to wheat fields at the NaturEner USA LLC Glacier wind energy farm in Ethridge, Montana, in t...

Sebastian Ruth Brings Free Music Lessons To Underserved RI Students

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For musician Sebastian Ruth, providing music lessons to poor Providence, R.I. students started as a small project and has evolved into a full-time cal...

Chris Young, Providence Mayoral Candidate, Delivers Religious Rant On MSNBC (Video)

The Huffington Post | Jeremy Binckes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It is no longer a secret that crooner-turned-Providence-mayoral-candidate Chris Young is getting married. But what was less well-known to most people ...

Nail Salons and Human Trafficking

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Phillip Martin

In recent years, law enforcement officials nationwide have reported increases in human trafficking. By some estimates there are around 20,000 victims brought into the United States each year.

Action: Give Workers a Fair Deal and Bring Netroots Nation Convention to Providence

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

The outcome of a labor dispute in Providence will directly decide whether the Netroots Nation conference will bring approximately $2 million in economic activity to our area in 2011.

Layoffs at Brown

Rachel Levenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Rachel Levenson

At Brown, cranes swing overhead as workers rush to finish multimillion-dollar initiatives. But the school is abuzz about something that will soon be missing from campus: many staff members are being pushed out.

Rick Benjamin: Read Poetry To Change Your Life

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Rick Benjamin says the reason to write poetry is to be of use, he says. The reason to read poetry is that it might change your life.

Unemployment rate surpasses 10 percent | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Steven Senne/The Associated PressJahaira Perez, right, and Takela Lawrence, second from right, both of Providence, R.I., examine job listings at a...

RI nightclub victim's dad asks feds to investigate

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The father of the youngest victim of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people has met with the new U.S. attorney for Rhode Island to ask federal authorities to investigate.

Dave Kane met for about 40 minutes Monday with Peter Neronha (neh-ROW'-nah), three members of Neronha's office and an FBI agent.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office would not comment on the discussion.

Kane would not be specific. He says they discussed decisions that were made by state and local investigators before, during and after the fire. He says they seemed motivated by what he calls "an attitude of protecting each other."

Kane says the prosecutors did not say whether they would investigate, but said they would consider it.