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ON WEDNESDAY, SmartAsset reported Brown University retained its top ranking among Rhode Island colleges and universities as the school with the best value. / COURTESY SMARTASSET

SmartAsset finds Brown retains best value among R.I. schools

PROVIDENCE – In a fourth consecutive year, Brown University was named the Best Value College among Rhode Island-based higher education institutions by SmartAsset in...
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT released its 2019 Best Graduate Schools ranking on Tuesday. The report included favorable listings for Brown University, Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. / COURTESY U.S. NEWS

Brown, URI, RIC, PC, UMass Dartmouth graduate programs ranked among best...

PROVIDENCE – Graduate programs at five local higher education institutions were recognized among the top in the nation per the 2019 U.S. News &...
TAKING A GAMBLE: A customer reads information inside a betting shop operated by Ladbrokes Coral Group Plc., in London, in July 2015. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is among the state leaders who would like to see Rhode Island legalize sports betting. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case this summer that could pave the way for that. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/Chris Ratcliffe

Is sports betting a budget fix?

John Taylor recently led a tour of the new $30 million hotel under construction at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, a project he said...
FIGHTING PARKINSON’S: Rich Gingras, center, a retired New England boxing champion, opened The Parkinson’s Place gym in Pawtucket to help Parkinson’s patients mitigate the effects of the disease through fitness. He works with Stuart Marshal, left, of Bristol, and Chuck Eckhardt of North Attleborough. / 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Boxing therapy an effective treatment for Parkinson’s patients

There's no cure for the progressive, neurodegenerative Parkinson’s disease, but physical training is an effective treatment, as Rich Gingras, founder of The Parkinson’s Place...
THEO GREENBLATT, a 2010 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, sits at her desk in Newport. A short story by Greenblatt won first place in a contest hosted by The London Magazine. / COURTESY URI/LISA RIGBY

URI graduate wins The London Magazine’s short-story contest

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A short story by University of Rhode Island alumna Theo Greenblatt has won first place and $700 in a contest hosted...
OCEAN BENEFITS: Spike Stone and his wife, Elizabeth, co-own Pepper’s Closet, named after their daughter, an educational clothing brand focused on ocean ­conservation. / COURTESY KATE FOSTER & JOHN ­HESSELBARTH OF APPARITION

Clothing supports marine life

While he was a University of Rhode Island biological oceanography graduate student, Spike Stone printed marine-life drawings on his daughter’s onesies. The simple line images...
THE CURRENT CONDITIONS INDEX FOR JANUARY was 75, as the size of the labor force continued a now seven-month consecutive upward trend. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

January 2018 R.I. CCI falls to 75

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The first Current Conditions Index of 2018 fell eight points to 75 from December yet rests level with the January 2017...
STUDENTS PARTICIPATE in a classroom session during Brain Week Rhode Island in 2017. This year's event will be held March 10-18. / COURTESY BRAIN WEEK RHODE ISLAND

Local universities partner with Cure Alliance for Brain Week Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – From March 10 to 18, the third annual Brain Week Rhode Island will be hosted by Providence-based Cure Alliance for Mental Illness...
MARY LEVEILLEE has been named associate dean of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing. / COURTESY URI

URI College of Nursing appoints new associate dean

PROVIDENCE – Former Butler Hospital chief of nursing Mary Leveillee was named associate dean of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing in...
HOMEGROWN: Owners ­Matthew and Erika Olivier sell locally made health and beauty products at Matt’s Local Pharmacy in ­Middletown. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Matt’s Local Pharmacy means it

Matthew and Erika ­Olivier took a chance and opened an independent pharmacy in Middletown, banking on their local connections and willingness to go the...

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