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Peaceful protesters gathered on the State House steps in providence on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to protest the killing of Duante Wright. The event was organized by Black Lives Matter RI PAC and other groups.

Armed anti-police protester arrested during peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in Providence

About 400 people attended the demonstration at the State House, which was in protest of the recent killing of Daunte Wright by police in Minnesota.

RI ARTS
Gillian Friedman Fox, the new executive director of the Newport Music Festival announced the 17 outdoor concerts for the Festival's 53rd season, and her debut.

Newport Music Festival announces summer 2021 schedule

The season launches July 4 with a slate of 17 performances from GRAMMY-nominated artists in a variety of genres.

CORONAVIRUS
Norah Aguirre, right, 17 of Wakefield, Rhode Island smiles after clinical nurse manager Marlene Reidl, left, delivered her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island on April 3, 2021. The FDA has recently authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 16-years old and older.

How does the J&J COVID-19 vaccine pause affect Rhode Islanders?

The state will conduct its own review, but some residents feel wary about keeping their appointments.


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14RImatos  -  Providence, RI, April 14, 2021 - Sabina Matos is sworn in as Lt. Governor of the State of Rhode Island by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea while surrounded by her family. Holding the Bible for Lt. Governor Matos is her daughter Annemarie Ward. Behind them are Patrick Ward, husband of Sabina Matos and their son Diego Matos.
(Credit:  Bob Breidenbach/Pool)

4 former Lieutenant Governors offer advice to Sabina Matos

From public health to pairing with the governor on the ballot, their advice is a reminder that the job comes with opportunities to create real change.

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, center, listened as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex., right, chair of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, attended a markup in the House Judiciary Committee of a bill to create a commission to study and address social disparities in the African American community today.

House panel votes to advance bill on slavery reparations

A House panel advanced a decades-long effort to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves by approving legislation Wednesday that would create a commission to study the issue.

RI CRIME

New city recreation director accused of molesting girl in his private basketball program

Manuel “Manny” A. Nunez was was charged with three counts of first-degree child molestation and fired from his new position at the Councilman John Rollins Recreational Center.

Father Christopher Cunningham in a picture taken shortly after he was ordained in 1990.

Newport psychologist arrested on charges of sexually abusing children as a priest in California

The former Rev. Christopher Cunningham was arrested Wednesday and charged with lewd acts on boys under 14 years old.

RI POLITICS
Sabina Matos is sworn in as Rhode Island's lieutenant governor by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea while surrounded by her family and Governor Daniel J. McKee (left). Holding the Bible is Matos' daughter, Annemarie Ward. Behind them are Matos' husband, Patrick Ward, and their son, Diego Matos.

Sabina Matos to focus on increasing affordable housing in Rhode Island

“We have to understand that there is a need — that every community needs to take part in making this a reality,” the new lieutenant governor said after she was sworn in.

RHODE MAP

RIPEC floats an interesting idea for improving school funding

Statewide student spending total is $18,079 per pupil. Woonsocket and Pawtucket are spending far less on their students.

RI POLITICS
State Representative David Morales, a Providence Democrat who, at age 22, is Rhode Island's youngest legislator and one of the youngest Latino legislators in the country.

Rhode Island’s youngest state legislator: An advocate for the working class

Representative David Morales, 22, brings a “Power to the Workers” message to the State House – and a Spider-Man costume to community events

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Worcester Red Sox players held a scrimmage at their new Polar Park stadium on April 8, 2021. A player warmed up in the dugout runway before the game.

Is this heaven? No, it’s Worcester

Polar Park is gorgeous, and the former PawSox who play there are looking good. Imagine what Rhode Island could have had if its leaders showed even a tiny sense of vision.