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About 90 birds were killed after fire swept through Foster Parrots sanctuary in Hopkinton, R.I., on Thursday.

Rhode Island bird sanctuary vows to rebuild after last week’s fire leaves 96 animals dead

Danika Oriol-Morway, the sanctuary’s former director and a current member of its board of directors, said mostly parrots died in the blaze, but the sanctuary lost a number of Patagonian Cavies as well.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo speaks as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki looks on during a daily press briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House April 7, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

Get ready to see a lot more of Gina Raimondo on TV

The former Rhode Island governor is one of five cabinet secretaries tasked with pushing Biden’s $2 trillion American Jobs Plan over the finish line.

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Sam Suchmann, right, and Mattie Zufelt pose with ghoulish figures at Sam's home in Providence, R.I. The two young men with Down syndrome who caused a sensation four years ago when they created their own gory zombie movie are back, this time in a documentary championed by a Hollywood luminary.

The story behind the Rhode Islanders behind ‘Spring Break Zombie Massacre’

The documentary, “Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie,” was released this week on Apple TV and focuses on the duo's determination, not the fact that they have Down Syndrome.


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Sabina Matos speaks during a press conference on March 31.

Sabina Matos doesn’t need to fix her accent. We need to embrace it

Sabina Matos will soon be the first Afro-Latina to serve as Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, one heartbeat or presidential appointment away from running the entire state. And it almost never happened.

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End Sexual Violence at Brown, a new student-led organization, held a protest on campus Wednesday. More than 200 students marched to the university president's home, where organizers presented a list of demands, asking the administration to take a tough stand on sexual assault.

Hundreds of Brown University students protest against sexual violence

What started as an international coalition of sexual violence survivors and their allies has made its way from social media to Brown University’s campus.

RI HEALTH
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza joins a canvassing effort to sign residents up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in the city's hardest-hit community.

Volunteers go door-to-door to reach residents in communities vulnerable to COVID-19

Some residents of Providence’s hardest-hit communities still need convincing, while others simply need better information and access.

RI HEALTH
Diego Arene-Morley, a peer-recovery specialist with Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts, distributed Narcan nasal spray and drug test kits near McCauley House in Providence.

An opioid treatment hotline has saved lives in R.I., doctors say. But a US Senate bill could put it out of business

Critics of the hotline have raised concerns about diversion — when a prescription intended for one person goes to a different person — as well as the quality of care people receive when starting off with audio-only visits.

RI POLITICS
Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz speaks during a news conference at the Rhode Island State House on March 25.

Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz will run for R.I. governor in 2022

Pawtucket resident ran as an independent in 2018 but plans to run as a Democrat in 2022.

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The Newport Pell Bridge

Advocates call for suicide prevention barriers on iconic R.I. bridges

Supporters hope federal infrastructure plan will fund barriers on Newport Pell, Mount Hope, and Jamestown Verrazano bridges.

Michelle Liu is the co-founder of Red Envelope Stories, a weekly newsletter featuring crowdsourced 150-word stories about Asian identity. She said she has always grown up with "double consciousness," meaning she tries to see herself through the eyes of a white person. However, because of Red Envelope Stories, and recent national discussions around race, she feels as though it's easier to embrace her identity through her own stories, and the stories written by others.

Grappling with identity as an Asian American woman, one story at a time

Michelle Liu co-founded “Red Envelope Stories,” an online platform to collect and share stories about the “modern Asian diasporic identity.”

Former Everett High standout Kevin Brown was leading the University of Rhode in rushing through three games, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

Positive COVID-19 tests prompt University of Rhode Island football to cancel final 2 games of spring season

One day after fellow Colonial Athletic Association member New Hampshire opted out of its schedule, Rhody announced it will not play Maine or Stony Brook.