City Council members with taxpayer-funded cellphones will — for the first time — be required to review their bills every month and confirm that they are using the phones only for city business, under a policy imposed by Council President David Salvatore as part of a larger audit of contracts and expenditures.
“(Food and childcare) are the easy interventions we can do from the get-go to make sure someone is able to be there and able to be present,” said Adam Bush, who co-founded College Unbound with Littky. “These are things that may stop someone from being an active and engaged learner whenever they’re trying to show up.”
Bush, a native of California, was drawn to Providence by Littky and the challenge of creating a new model for higher education.
“Colleges do not do as well as we think they do for certain populations,” said Dennis Littky, co-founder of College Unbound, a nonprofit headquartered in Providence. “Many students from low-income populations who go to college don’t do very well. And when you look at the data on how many people end up leaving college, it’s in the 80 percent (range) if you’re low income. That’s not the student’s problem, that must be something wrong with the college.”
"I live and die with the Red Sox," says Gerry Goldstein, who expresses his excitement with the Boston Red Sox World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a poem. The Sox won at Dodger Stadium on Sunday night.
Gerry Goldstein is retired South County editor for the Providence Journal.
A town councilman whose seafood-packing business ran into financial trouble in 2015 left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $90,000 when he defaulted on a small-business loan taken out through the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. The loan was written off, even though LaGreca had given it a personal guarantee.
Former senator and Secretary of State John Kerry tells his story, assesses today's national and international politics, and urges all to vote during this special edition of Story in the Public Square national TV and radio.
Salvatore G. Caiozzo is the Republican candidate who hopes to unseat U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin Nov. 6. I am a Republican, because I stand by certain Republican values, but it doesn't mean I stand by all of them.”
U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin tells The Providence Journal that if he and other Democrats can take control of the House after the election, they can provide a stronger check and balance on President Trump and the administration.
Rhode Island Foundation head Neil Steinberg announces $3.6 million in health-equity grants. Health department Executive Director Ana Novais and Progreso Latino chief Mario Bueno also discuss the importance.
As Mayor Joseph Polisena watched from his official car, town animal control officer Richard Starnino pulled alongside the turkey. Through the window, Starnino aimed a special contraption borrowed from the Rhode Island SPCA that fires a humane net to safely snare prey.
The turkey stared back defiantly, literally feet away.
Hours before a gubernatorial debate Monday evening, independent candidate Joseph Trillo walked back comments to The Journal on Friday that he intended to stay in the race to draw votes away from his Republican rival, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.
Trillo was blaming Fung for the revelation of his 1975 assault charge, when he was accused of whacking 12-year-old Nicholas Mattiello, the current Rhode Island House Speaker, with a caulking gun. Trillo believed the emergence of his old arrest was...
“Stories are ships on which we sail oceans of imagination.” So says best-selling author Padma Venkatraman on this weekend's broadcasts of Story in the Public Square.
As a girl, Venkatraman was discovering the power of compassion. And while her early passions were science and math, literature pulled her in, too.
“I wrote because words were magical to me,” she said. “The first time I saw writing it made sense to me. The fact that these little black marks on paper could transport you and...
Jalen Hayre, 25, badly lead-poisoned at age 2, discusses his life and protecting the health of children with his mother, Joanna Ravello, and The Providence Journal.
"You've got to do whatever you can to save those young children from being lead-poisoned," Jalen says.
Read Journal health reporter G. Wayne Miller's full story Friday on providencejournal.com, and in the Providence Sunday Journal.