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RI CRIME

Two men shot after party in Providence, police still searching for suspects

Residents of Cheshire Street said that the raucous parties are common and unwelcome most weekends

INNOVATORS Q&A
Olivia Tulkoff, left, and Priya Mittal, right, recently founded Fette, a company which sells sustainable alternatives to the ubiquitous red plastic cups.

These R.I. women created an alternative to red plastic party cup

Fette cups, founded by Priya Mittal and Olivia Tulkoff, are plant-based, compostable, and biodegradable.

RI HEALTH
The Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston, R.I.

Disability rights advocates note that Eleanor Slater Hospital review isn’t really independent

The Hospital Association of Rhode Island, which was tasked with independently reviewing Rhode Island’s state-run hospital of last resort, is a trade association and lobbyist group, not a disinterested third party, a patient advocacy group points out.


THINGS TO DO
A freshly painted Black Lives Matter graces Washington Street adjacent Kennedy Plaza near City Hall in Providence.

What to do in Rhode Island to celebrate Juneteenth 2021

From the third annual Juneteenth celebration at Roger Williams Park to a documentary screening in Bristol, here are some events to consider as you celebrate

RI POLICING
Protesters march through downtown as part of a youth organized Juneteenth demonstration Friday, June 19, 2020, in Providence,

‘Defund the police’ was a rallying cry after George Floyd’s murder, but police budgets have mostly gone up in R.I.

Activists continue to fight to defund and abolish the police, but the call to action fades outside of Providence.

RI HISTORY
A petition handwritten by Abraham Lee to the State of Rhode Island, asking to be paid in full for his time in the service during the American Civil War.

He served in Rhode Island’s Black regiment in the Civil War, but wasn’t paid in full. Then he demanded it.

Abraham Lee was recruited to fight for the Union Army for Rhode Island, with the promise of $300 in pay. They only gave him $250, so he handwrote a petition to the state, asking for the remaining balance.

RI Crime
Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, left, talked with Cedric Huntley, director of the Nonviolence Institute, before a vigil for Tatyana Francois, 19, who was murdered in Pawtucket in May 2021.

R.I. activist groups criticize Nonviolence Institute for working with police

In an open letter, some progressive groups and activists demanded that the nonprofit organization give money directly to victims of shootings instead.

RI POLITICS
The Rhode Island State House seen from Kennedy Plaza in Providence.

R.I. Senate to support driving privileges for people in the country illegally

The move would end a decade-long battle by activists who have urged three different Rhode Island governors to approve such legislation.

RI POLITICS
The Rhode Island State House on Thursday evening.

Seven things to know about the R.I. House Finance budget

Proposed budget would provide a dedicated funding stream for affordable housing and no increase in the tax rate on highest income bracket.

RI FOOD
Adena Marcelino is the owner of Black Beans PVD in Providence.

How Black history and culture influenced Rhode Island’s cuisine

Lobsters, oysters, and one-pot meals have long been associated with New England. But there’s a direct link between these foods and the enslaved people who lived in Rhode Island

RI POLITICS
The Rhode Island State House.

R.I. House Finance budget raises threshold for taxing PPP loans to $250,000

But business groups say the tax will make Rhode Island an outlier and add a tax burden to companies still reeling from the pandemic.