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In this June 23, 2004, file photo, President Bush presents Vartan Gregorian with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Gregorian, the noted scholar and philanthropic leader who has led the Carnegie Corporation of New York since 1997, died Thursday, April 15, 2021, after being hospitalized for stomach pain. He was 87.

Vartan Gregorian, former Brown University president and savior of the New York Public Library, dies at 87

Mr. Gregorian was a fighter: proud, shrewd, charming, a brilliant historian and educator who rose from humble origins to speak seven languages, win sheaves of honors and be offered the presidencies of Columbia University and the Universities of Michigan and Miami. He accepted the presidency of Brown University (1989-1997), transforming it into one of the Ivy League’s hottest schools, and since then had been president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a major benefactor of education.

RI HEALTH
Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston, R.I, on Feb. 21, 2021.

McKee administration puts hold on plans for major changes at Eleanor Slater Hospital

The state was pursuing plans to close the hospital facility at Zambarano and build a new skilled nursing facility there at a cost of $65 million.

AROUND RI
The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, R.I.

Welcoming spring at Bristol’s Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium

The raised, ADA-accessible trails and Nature Center offer ways to explore in spite of New England’s tricky spring weather.

RHODE MAP
Market Square was the epicenter of Providence's trade and markets, as a site for sales of human cargo from Africa and the West Indies.

A secret donor has been paying for major Providence projects. Here’s who it is

The mysterious donor funded reports on the city’s public safety departments and Rhode Island’s history of racial injustice, among other things.

RI HEALTH
Methamphetamine use is on the rise in Rhode Island. Rich Holcomb, left, and Charles Seaberry were formerly meth users and sex workers, They now work for Project Weber/Renew, which offers outreach and assistance to men who are struggling with addiction or want to leave sex work.

Paving a road to recovery in Rhode Island

As methamaphetaine use increases in the Ocean State, workers with Project Weber/RENEW leverage their own experiences with addiction and sex work to help others in crisis.

DAN MCGOWAN
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza announces the creation of a reparations program.

Mayor Elorza has plenty of bold ideas. It’s his execution that is questionable

As he prepares to run for governor, his ability to deliver will deserve as much scrutiny as his overall vision for the state.

RI BUSINESS
Dr. Jack A. Elias announced last week that he would be transitioning from his post as dean of Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School to a position where he will be solely focused on the merger between Lifespan Corporation and Care New England.

Dr. Jack Elias on how the Lifespan-CNE merger will change the health care and business landscapes in R.I.

“As we transition to an academic health center, this is going to be a more attractive place for health care discoveries to be turned into companies, and companies to stay local and grow and develop,” he says.

RI HEALTH
Dr. Beata Nelken draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in Central Falls, R.I., in March.

R.I. to offer free transportation to vaccine appointments starting Monday

Residents who need a ride can contact RIPTA and provide their vaccine appointment information