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RI BUSINESS
Artist Michael Ezzell uses a hair dryer to dry the first printing of a graphic as he prints a design made by a fellow Rhode Island artist onto a t-shirt as part of the Buy Local Rhode Island t-shirt campaign. Shirts are being sold in the Buy Local RI project, which is donating 25% of all sales to the Rhode Island Hospitality Employee Relief Fund. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Local artists partner with popular gift shop to help struggling restaurant workers in R.I.

Two local artists help reboot an ’08 economic program, urging people to “Buy Local” and support fellow Rhode Islanders

RI BUSINESS
Brown University President Christina H. Paxson.

Consumer health care costs will not change with Lifespan-CNE merger, Brown University president says

The merged system would provide better care without increasing costs, she said, but effective low-cost care is not in the cards

RHODE MAP
DePasquale Square, a Federal Hill neighborhood in Providence, R.I., is a colorful collection of restaurants arranged around a fountain.

Outdoor dining on Federal Hill is coming back better than ever

“Al Fresco on The Hill” will run for 20 weeks, starting May 14.


RI CRIME

15 arrested for unemployment benefits fraud in Rhode Island

The suspects filed unemployment insurance claims in 11 states, totaling nearly $580,000.

RI EDUCATION
University Hall on Brown University's campus was built by enslaved people.

Will Brown University consider reparations after students voted to do so? Answer: It’s complicated

“Reparations can mean many different things in many different contexts,” the president of Brown University said. “I don’t know where we’re going to go. I think the conversation is worth having.”

CORONAVIRUS
State Representative Thomas E. Noret, a Coventry Democrat

Bill would shield R.I. residents who refuse COVID-19 vaccine

A Democratic lawmaker from Coventry warns about discrimination, but other legislators say vaccines are “for the greater good.”

RI BUSINESS
Dr. Jack A. Elias, dean of Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School.

Brown University Medical School dean Dr. Jack Elias to focus exclusively on Lifespan-Care New England merger

Elias will work with Brown’s leadership on the partnership to create Rhode Island’s first integrated academic health system

CORONAVIRUS
Rhode Island Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee receives his covid-19 vaccination in March at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence from RN Kerry Stanchin.

R.I. opens 2 new regional clinics, residents 40 and older become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on Monday

During his weekly coronavirus press conference, the governor said he hopes 70 percent of all Rhode Island residents will be fully vaccinated by mid-June.

RI NEWS
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.

RHODE MAP
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.

RI ARTS
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.