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DOUBLE CHECKING: Barber Mike McAndrew holds a mirror as customer Rob Verrastro looks at his new haircut at Three Saints Barbershop and Shave Parlor in Jessup, Pa. Small businesses such as this are desperately trying to stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis, but billions of dollars allocated for aid by Congress may be left on the table. / TIMES-TRIBUNE VIA AP FILE/CHRISTOPHER DOLAN

Billion of dollars in small-business aid unclaimed

BIllions of dollars offered by Congress as a lifeline to small businesses struggling to survive the pandemic are about to be left on the...

Racism hinders COVID-19 care for some

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S., the virus hit African Americans disproportionately hard. African Americans are still contracting the illness – and...

UMass Dartmouth closes Public Policy Center due to COVID-19 financial implications

DARTMOUTH – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on June 30 announced the closure of its Public Policy Center effective July 1. The university said the...

Providence launches $1M eviction-assistance program

PROVIDENCE – The city will set aside nearly $1 million to help residents facing eviction to pay rent and legal services, Mayor Jorge O....

S&P downgrades Care New England’s bond rating, projects negative outlook

PROVIDENCE – S&P Global Ratings on June 30 downgraded Care New England’s bond rating, citing ongoing financial problems exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, WPRI-TV...
THE PAWTUCKET Red Sox, shown above, will move to a new home in Worcester in 2021. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL MELLO

Would you consider attending any 50th anniversary ceremonies for the Pawtucket...

When baseball’s minor leagues canceled their seasons on June 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it also meant the likely end of a 50-year...

Coping with COVID-19: Secured Network Services

PROVIDENCE – Brad Mirza, executive vice president of New Hampshire-based Secured Network Services, believes that adaptation of technology services to serve business operations in...

Gyms, museums, casinos to reopen; but a week later in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — Gyms, casinos, museums, movie theaters and guided tours are some of the businesses and cultural activities that can begin welcoming back...

Three more COVID-19 deaths in R.I.; cases increase by 74

PROVIDENCE – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 74 on Wednesday, to 16,941, and three more deaths from the virus were reported,...
GLEN BUHLMANN, lower left, fills out a job application during a walk- and drive-up job fair in Seattle for clothing maker Outdoor Research in May. U.S. employers likely rehired several million more workers in June, thereby reducing a Depression-level unemployment rate, but the most up-to-date data suggests that a resurgent coronavirus will limit further gains. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

U.S. unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns underway

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday. But...

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