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PAST GLORY? The lobby of the former Bank of America branch in the Industrial Trust (or “Superman”) building reveals design and materials that hint at its Art Deco distinction.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

All options must be on the table with the ‘Superman’ building

A 2016 report put the cost of converting the Industrial Trust, or “Superman,” tower primarily to a residential property at nearly $120 million. In...

Don’t delay Memorial closing

A lawsuit filed earlier this month by the United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5082 seeking a special master to oversee Care New England’s...

Innovation’s cost is real: disruption

Innovation is a requirement of commerce. And right now, one of the industries being most stressed by innovation is health care. Surgery by robot...
HEALTHY AMBITION: The $69 billion merger proposal for CVS Health and Aetna promises better, less expensive health care; time will tell if that is delivered. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/­CHRISTOPHER LEE

With big promise, CVS-Aetna merger could improve health

For now, the most important issue that the proposed CVS Health Corp.-Aetna Inc. deal brings up is, will the merger deliver what the two...
BAD FOR BUSINESS: National Grid Rhode Island President Timothy F. Horan is facing growing public distrust of the utility following criticism from lawmakers and others over rate increases and storm response. PBN FILE PHOTO/­RUPERT WHITELEY

Poor planning, communication fueling distrust of NatGrid

It’s been a difficult second half of the year for National Grid Rhode Island. The state’s largest utility has had a bull’s eye on...

Time to get the message and give more

Rhode Islanders don’t embarrass easily, but it is time to take a longer look in the mirror following another report calling into question the...
A GOOD SALESMAN: Virgin Pulse’s decision to move its headquarters to Providence from Framingham, Mass., was instigated by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, who sold company executives on taking a look at the city to accommodate expansion plans.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence takes center stage in Virgin Pulse move and shines

In an interesting juxtaposition of Providence’s business past and future, Virgin Pulse CEO David Osborne took the opportunity of the Greater Providence Chamber of...
CLOSE TO HOME: Judith Savage, Roger Williams University School of Law distinguished juris in residence, in 2015 organized a forum at RWU that focused on problems associated with mass incarceration, in an effort to localize what had become a growing national debate.   / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Student idealism and political leadership together can do ‘big things’

In 2015 Roger Williams University held a forum focused on problems associated with mass incarceration. The forum, organized by Judith Savage, RWU School of...

Region has assets to be hub for marine technology

The internet is filled with news stories from across the country with folks boasting about their area ready to become the ‘next Silicon Valley’...

NatGrid must prep better for storms

If Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Co. prepared a game plan for the Cleveland Browns but instead the Pittsburgh Steelers showed up to play,...
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