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ON THE MEND: Anna Rezk, a Warren Alpert Medical School student, checks the casting work of a youngster who was assigned to treat a teddy bear with a broken arm at the Black Men in White Coats youth summit at the Brown University medical school in October. 
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Opening a Pathway: Slate of programs exposing young people of color...

In medical school, Emmanuel Asiedu was one of the very few students of color in a sea of white students. That did not change...
TAKING CONTROL: Providence Mayor-elect Brett Smiley says striking new payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements with many of the city’s nonprofit institutions is one of the most important tasks his administration will undertake next year. 
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DECISIONS, DECISIONS… Simmering financial issues await Mayor-elect Smiley

Brett Smiley is no stranger to Providence City Hall. In 2015 and 2016, he was chief operating officer for Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. On...
POTENTIAL PAVILION: Roger Williams Park Zoo Executive Director Stacey Johnson shows the area where a new, $12 million educational facility and events pavilion will be built if Rhode Island voters approve a $50 million “green economy” bond measure.
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MONEY MATTERS: $400M in bond issues on R.I. ballot as borrowing...

Matt Dunn and Rainer Lohmann are among the top researchers at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, but it’s tough to...
FUTURE EXPANSION? Alyssa Kenyon works as a trimmer in the Mammoth Inc. cannabis cultivation facility in Warwick. Founder and CEO Spencer Blier hopes eventually to add grow rooms, lab space and employees after retail sales of recreational marijuana start in December. 
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A GROWING WORKFORCE: New labor pipeline emerging for legalized recreational cannabis

Celia Kinneary entered Johnson & Wales University’s culinary program with a grand vision of opening her own bakery and brewery someday, but now those...
STRENUOUS SUMMER: Brad Marthens, who co-owns The Atlantic Inn on Block Island with his wife, Anne, had to cut room rates to help fill vacancies and didn’t have enough staff to open the inn’s restaurant daily until August, something he is usually able to start doing in June.
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SINKING SPIRITS: Slowed supply chains, inflation, labor shortage are sapping optimism

There’s only so long you can keep your chin up. After a 2½-year battle against health and economic devastation, Rhode Island companies have been beaten...
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Gary Wallace is the owner of Hall of GraFX, a printing shop in Providence that has produced campaign materials for candidates, such as this banner for Gonzalo Cuervo, who finished second in the Providence mayoral primary on Sept. 13.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

THE CAMPAIGN ECONOMY: Election season provides stimulus for many businesses

Forget summer vacation, Gary Wallace hasn’t even had a day off in the last six weeks. That’s what happens when you own a print shop...
PRECISION MEASUREMENTS: Jade Manufacturing Co. Vice President Chris Burch, left, and Quality Manager Ronald Olf with the company’s Spectrum coordinate measuring machine, which uses computer-controlled probes to verify three-dimensional measurements.
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BUILDING BLOCKS: Jade components play crucial role in defense, aerospace tech

Don Boyle picks up a palm-sized model of the Apollo 11 lunar lander from Jade Manufacturing Co.’s conference table and smiles as he looks...

Commerce at crossroads: How will the gubernatorial election change R.I.’s economic...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee was in his element as he strolled along Main Street in East Greenwich one afternoon in July. It was another stop...
TRANSIT ADVOCATE: Providence City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Nirva LaFortune, one of three Democrats running for Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s seat, is an avid cyclist and transportation advocate who plans to continue and expand Elorza’s Great Streets Initiative.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

LEGACY RACE: Will Providence’s next mayor keep their predecessor’s big ideas...

Term-limited Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza doesn’t let criticism stop him. That’s been especially true in the past year, as he’s raced not toward...
STRONG SUPPORTERS: Autumn Guillotte, left, organizer at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO; David Molina-Hernandez, organizer at Fueza El Laboral; and Kristy Eiland, volunteer, show their support for Starbucks Corp. employees at a Warwick store off Route 2 to form a union prior to the employees’ vote in early June.
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Rank and file revival: New kind of labor movement hits R.I.

Starbucks customers swinging through the drive-thru on a June morning in Warwick were greeted by something many weren’t expecting: a group of baristas and...
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