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Violent crimes are down, gun seizures up, Providence officials say

Violent crimes are down, gun seizures up, Providence officials say

Providence officials displayed 20 illegal handguns seized this summer, and said violent incidents involving guns are down, while seizures of illegal guns, including untraceable ghost guns are up so far in 2022. Officials also singled out an eight-year veteran police officer for making 31 gun-related arrests so far this year.MORE

Judge: Congregation at oldest US synagogue can stay, for now

Judge: Congregation at oldest US synagogue can stay, for now

The Rhode Island congregants who worship at the nation’s oldest synagogue won’t be evicted, as a judge ruled in their favor Monday. But the yearslong legal dispute over the historic building and a set of ceremonial bells worth millions appears far from over.MORE

Scenes from the 2022 Rhode Island Folk Festival

Scenes from the 2022 Rhode Island Folk Festival

Hundreds of people turned out on a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon to hear dozens of artists in the 8the annual Rhode Island Folk Festival at Rose Larisa Park in East ProvidenceMORE

Ex-high school coach denies charges in ‘fat test’ case

Ex-high school coach denies charges in 'fat test' case

A former Rhode Island high school basketball coach who authorities say for years asked male student-athletes to remove their clothes while alone with him so he could check their body fat pleaded not guilty to criminal charges Friday.MORE

Rhode Island mayor proposes $10M reparations spending plan

Rhode Island mayor proposes $10M reparations spending plan

Providence’s mayor proposed spending $10 million in federal coronavirus pandemic aid on financial literacy and homeownership, workforce training, small business development and other programs recently recommended by the city’s reparations commission.MORE

Brown U. acquires trove of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s prison papers

Brown U. acquires trove of Mumia Abu-Jamal's prison papers

Brown University has acquired a trove of records, writings and artwork from Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political activist and journalist who spent decades on death row for the shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer in the 1980s.MORE

Rhode Island reparations report suggests programs, not cash

Rhode Island reparations report suggests programs, not cash

A new report suggests ways Providence, Rhode Island, can atone for its extensive ties to the transatlantic slave trade and centuries of racism and discrimination by, among other things, establishing home repair funds, launching financial literacy programs and boosting aid to Black and Indigenous organizations.MORE

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