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Happy Thursday and welcome to Rhode Map, your daily guide to everything happening in the Ocean State. I’m Dan McGowan and if you have nothing to do because there are no more episodes of “The Last Dance,” I highly recommend reading “The Victory Machine” by Ethan Sherwood Strauss. Follow me on Twitter @DanMcGowan or send tips to Dan.McGowan@globe.com.
ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 13,356 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, after adding 209 new cases. The state announced six more deaths, bringing the total to 538. There were 257 people in the hospital, 58 in intensive care, and 45 were on ventilators.
We could all use a reason to smile, so let’s talk about stickers.
The Rhode Island Board of Elections has narrowed its search for the state’s new “I voted” sticker to eight choices, and they’re leaving it to us to pick the winner. Voting kicks off today, and runs through May 31.
1. This isn’t just sticker cool, it’s tattoo cool.
2. The bubbly font wins me over.
3. Has the feel of an elegant roulette wheel.
4. This will look good on the white shirt you wear to your work Zoom meetings.
5. Love the simplicity, but where’s Block Island?
6. It looks kind of like a strawberry shortcake from Gregg’s. Winner if the primary was July 4.
7. It’s like a Rhode Islander decided to vandalize the original “I voted” sticker.
8. Looks too much like “I Heart Ted.”
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⚓ My latest: There’s an interesting ethical debate playing out at Rhode Island’s charter schools as their boards are trying to decide whether to keep millions in federal coronavirus relief loans that traditional school districts aren’t eligible for.
⚓ URI President David M. Dooley took the helm at the state’s flagship university during the Great Recession. Ed Fitzpatrick reports that he’s planning to retire next June, but first he wants to get URI through the coronavirus crisis.
⚓ My colleague Jonathan Saltzman reports that two studies suggest antibodies do provide protection from the coronavirus, whether they are triggered by an infection or a vaccine.
⚓ Governor Gina Raimondo is warning Rhode Islanders that they shouldn’t throw big parties on Memorial Day.
⚓ How realistic is it for the NFL to play this fall? Ben Volin dives into the debate.
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⚓ Governor Raimondo’s daily coronavirus update is at 1 p.m.
⚓US Representative David Cicilline will make a rare appearance before the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee this afternoon to discuss how Congress is addressing the coronavirus.
⚓ The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is holding an 11 a.m. virtual discussion with US Representative James Langevin to discuss youth homelessness.
⚓ Red Sox fans, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce is streaming a conversation today at noon with several players and officials from the 2013 World Series team.
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