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EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in a barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick. Cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic have dealt the hospitality sector a severe blow. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many R.I. hotels have checked out for now

It’s early spring, a time when people normally are planning their summer vacations. But 2020 isn’t normal, for reasons that have become distressingly obvious to...
PRIME LOCATION: The Newport Country Club is scheduled to host the U.S. Senior Open golf championship from June 25-28. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

For Senior Open, organizers trying to take right course of action

Planning for the 2020 U.S. Senior Open started at least 2½ years ago, when the U.S. Golf Association announced that it would hold the...
WATCHFUL EYE: A worker from Shawmut Design and Construction oversees the building of the new Brown University Performing Arts Center on College Hill in Providence in December. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Boston’s building boom drawing labor from R.I.

Finding office space in northern Rhode Island for a Massachusetts company that wanted to relocate proved so difficult recently that it required some quick...
SHINING EXAMPLE: Dietrich Neumann, a professor of the history of modern architecture at Brown University, stands in front of the university’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, which he says is one of the best modern buildings in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I. architects: Government shouldn’t dictate style

Classical design is found in public buildings across much of Rhode Island. The architectural style appears in the columns of courthouses and the rotundas...

R.I. carbon-emissions bill would make targets mandatory

Legislation that would escalate targets for reducing Rhode Island’s greenhouse gas emissions – and provide tools for enforcement – is getting the backing of...
SHOWING OFF: Blake Banky, center, president of Newport Biodiesel, gives a tour of the company’s facility in Newport for Dennis Deziel, left, the EPA administrator for the New England region, and Karen McGuire, EPA director of enforcement and compliance assurance for New England. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

EPA lauds R.I. companies for cutting toxic releases

It takes just under 2 ounces of methanol to kill a person, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Newport Biodiesel Inc., a company...
ADDED BENEFIT: Luis Melo, a chef in the campus cafeteria at the Citizens Bank headquarters complex in Johnston, takes pizza out of the oven. The oven is one of several amenities the bank has included at the campus to help retain current employees and recruit new ones. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

In banking industry, tasty perks part of recruitment

Amid record-low unemployment levels, competition posed by Boston and New York, and a rapidly aging workforce, Rhode Island financial institutions are searching for the...
FINANCIAL COUNSELOR: Isabel Rodriguez is the director of financial coaching at Capital Good Fund in Providence. She estimates more than half of the company’s clients that are seeking financial counseling have student loans. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

More borrowers seek to refinance student loans

The Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts last year did more than encourage homeowners to refinance their mortgages. It has people who are paying back student...
PLANNING AHEAD: Steven Wright, an attorney specializing in family law and a partner at D’Allesandro & Wright in Providence, whose clients include older couples seeking divorces, speaks with Denise Card, a paralegal and office manager. Wright says age can bring a sense of purpose that defuses confusion or quarrels when it comes to estate planning during a divorce. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Gray divorces’ putting estate planning to the test

Insurance policies, wills, trusts and assets combine to make estate planning a multilayered process. Add a divorce after decades of marriage, and the complications multiply,...
SPEAKING UP: Law student Shahily Negron-Falcon, right, president of the Multi-Cultural Law Students Association at Roger Williams University School of Law, takes part in an equity roundtable discussion on environmental justice at RWU in Bristol on Feb. 19. At left are fellow RWU law students Troy Lange, RWU law editorial board member, and Stephanie Gonzalez. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW/JOSHUA GRAB

Diversity can be challenging for R.I. law firms

Bre’Anna Metts-Nixon, president of the Black Law Students Association at Roger Williams University School of Law, will graduate this year. She wants to practice...

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