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Meet the Makers: After 110 years, Goodwin-Bradley still perfecting a pattern...

(Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s ­unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
UNWELCOME FEELING: Erik Christiansen, Rhode Island College history professor and faculty union president, says the college has undergone changes in the last decade, not all for the better.
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SCHOOL DAZE: RIC searches for identity amid severe enrollment drop

Erik Christiansen didn’t know much about Rhode Island College when he agreed to take a job teaching history there in 2010. The Maryland native quickly...

What’s R.I.’s solution to prevent data breaches?

The state hasn’t been immune to major data breaches – the latest example being an R.I. Department of Health mishap that exposed the protected...
RETURN TO THE ROSTRUM: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio takes his place at the front of the Senate chambers on Jan. 3, the first day of the 2023 General Assembly session. It’s a position Ruggerio has held since 2017. 
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Surplus of question marks: Decisions on tax cuts, housing policies, education...

No one would blame the General Assembly leadership if it breathed a little easier in the 2023 legislative session. After all, the top Democratic leaders...
POWERS THAT BE: Peter Kaczmarek, president of Mearthane Products Corp. in Cranston, has decided to add rooftop solar panels to his facility in part because of concerns about increasing electricity rates in the region. 
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Firms fret about how big their power bills will grow

The massive milling machines and grinders used to make Hindley Manufacturing Co.’s signature wire hardware are power hungry, so it’s no surprise that President...
ADVOCATES FOR the unhoused say Rhode Island's "Homeless Bill of Rights" should have protected those camped out on the Statehouse lawn last month when Gov. Daniel J. McKee ordered them removed from the grounds. A Superior Court judge sided with McKee. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Does ‘Homeless Bill of Rights’ need an update?

Rhode Island’s adoption of a “Homeless Bill of Rights” may have won state leaders praise when it was passed in 2012, but the weakness...
TAKING STOCK: Rhode Island Community Food Bank Chief Philanthropy Officer Lisa Roth Blackman says empty shelves are a common sight at the organization’s Providence warehouse because demand is so high lately. 
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HELPERS HURTING: Nonprofits overwhelmed by needs and no end in sight

In nearly 15 years of working at poverty relief nonprofit Amos House, ­­Jessica Salter has seen the toll that food and housing insecurity has...
TIGHT WEAVE: Theresia Joseph works in the packaging and receiving department at Lotuff Leather, a handmade leather goods manufacturer in Providence that designs and sells bags, suitcases and other accessories.
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Lotuff mastering art of the heirloom

(Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
SUCCESSFUL NEGOTIATIONS between the developer for the Revolution Wind project and Rhode Island fishermen over the installation of power cables in the fishing grounds off the Rhode Island coast may be the model on how to resolve future disputes as more offshore wind projects seek approvals. / SOURCE: R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT / PBN GRAPHIC/ANNE EWING

Is this a path to peace between offshore wind, fishermen?

Fishermen and offshore wind developers say a recent agreement over the installation of undersea cables for the 100-turbine Revolution Wind project marks a turning...
POP-UP BAKERY: Thrive Cakery LLC owner Jasmine Mendez speaks with John Shaw of Cumberland about her products, which she will be offering through a pop-up kiosk on the second floor of the Providence Place mall through the new year.
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Holiday cliffhanger: How long will merry feeling last for shoppers, retailers?

Karen Beebe’s Christmas season began months ago, in the heat of August, when she placed an order for 360 ­holiday ornaments. For Beebe, the owner...
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