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FEEDING TIME: Jennifer Warmbold, lead keeper of Africa at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, prepares to feed lettuce to some of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. The zoo is in phase one of a three-phase, 20-year master plan to renovate and expand the Providence attraction.  
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Can a zoo boost the economy?

Adults and kids stare, almost unblinking, at the sleek bodies of giant river otters gliding dreamily in figure eights through their tank.The human faces...

Does arbitration favor firefighters?

A study released in December found Rhode Island’s spending for fire protection remains the highest of any state in the nation.It’s been that way...
NATIONAL GRID plans to start construction this month on a natural gas liquefaction facility at Fields Point that has been opposed by residents, environmentalists, and some local officials. / COURTESY/NATIONAL GRID PLC

Construction to start soon on Fields Point natural gas liquefaction plant

PROVIDENCE – National Grid Rhode Island plans to start construction soon on its controversial Fields Point natural gas liquefaction plant at Providence’s seaport, the...
ZOMBIE LEGISLATION: Despite being rejected two years ago by the General Assembly, the city has again proposed monetizing the water it owns to help it pay down long-term obligations to employees. 
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Elorza money-for-water pension fix should sink

Some ideas won’t die, no matter how bad they are.Two years ago Mayor Jorge O. Elorza floated a plan to create a new state-supported...

City again eyes water-system lease

As the saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed – try, try again. That’s what Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is doing with...

PPS Superintendent Maher to leave post following school year

PROVIDENCE – Christopher N. Maher, superintendent of Providence Public Schools, has announced his resignation, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza said on Feb. 26.Maher will serve...
CHRISTOPHER N. MAHER will step down from his role as superintendent of Providence Public Schools following the conclusion of the academic year. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

PPS Superintendent Maher to leave post following school year

PROVIDENCE – Christopher N. Maher, superintendent of Providence Public Schools has announced his resignation, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza announced Tuesday.Maher will serve the rest...
CITY YEAR PROVIDENCE recently received $70,000 from the Providence City Council to support the nonprofit’s partnership with city schools. Pictured, from left: Alex Molina, managing director of impact for City Year Providence; Providence City Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia; Providence City Council President Sabina Matos; Jennie Johnson, executive director of City Year Providence; Providence Public Schools Superintendent Christopher Maher; Providence City Council Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr.; and Matthew Shumate, deputy chief of staff to Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE

City Year Providence receives $70K from City Council

PROVIDENCE – City Year Providence received a $70,000 boost from the City Council on Feb. 15 to support the nonprofit’s partnership with city schools.The...
HIGHER PRIORITIES: Mario Bueno, executive director of Progreso Latino, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive social services to Latin Americans in Rhode Island, speaks with Johanna Tones, bookkeeper. Bueno said the 2020 census is not as high a priority for immigrants as other, more-pressing concerns, such as working and housing.
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Rhode Island could lose one of its two U.S. House seats...

The last time a U.S. census form arrived in the mail, Marcela Betancur helped her mother fill it out. As a 20-year-old, she had...

Providence Career & Tech students gain home-construction experience

PROVIDENCE – A beam-signing ceremony was held on Jan. 15 to celebrate achievements made by Providence Career & Technical Academy students in the Home...
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