Culture – Feature

Deepwater Wind Goes Live

The historic project is the country's first offshore wind farm.

It is hard to know where to begin a story about the five-turbine wind farm built off the southeast coast of Block Island. The most obvious angle is historic. Our little state, which gave the world religious freedom (after Roger Williams defected from Massachusetts in the 1630s) and the Industrial Revolution (with the construction of Slater Mill in 1790s), is…

On the Job With URI's Pest Patrol

These scientists are fighting unwanted insects – with more insects.

When Jean Williams discovered a blood-red beetle with long black antennae consuming the lilies in her Wakefield garden a decade ago, she recognized it at once as an invasive insect she had just learned about in a master gardener class. University of Rhode Island researchers had been on the lookout for the new invader, which until then had not been…

Minding the Skills Gap

How is Rhode Island connecting workers to jobs?

Dan Sullivan was working remotely from Providence for a Utah-based company last year when he and a group of coworkers got laid off by a new CEO. It was nine days before Christmas and a decade since the Cranston native had dusted off his resume. Sullivan was always into technology growing up; he was the kid everyone in the neighborhood…

The Narragansett Boat Club Rows On

The historic club has bounced back with championship talent.

The Seekonk River empties into the Providence River, dotted with wooden pilings and the stuck-up Crook Point Bascule Bridge that slices through the horizon. It is a river that, for a large swath of history, was a dumping ground, swirling with sewage, plastic syringes, even rotting corpses. Today, the dumping ground is slowly becoming fertile ground. Gulls swoop down to…

Newport Folk Yeah

Go backstage and in the water at one of Rhode Island's most storied festivals.

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Where the Wild Things Are

What's the story behind the increased spottings of bobcats, bears and coyotes in Rhode Island?

The bright orange tackle box in the back of Charles Brown’s state-owned pickup truck is filled with all sorts of lures, none of which have anything to do with fishing. Instead, like the shelves in a chemistry lab, it contains small, colorful bottles of murky liquids emitting unappetizing aromas. With names like Cat-man-doo, Gusto and Cat Fancy, their contents are…

Power to the People

A new legal organization is fighting utility turnoffs for the disabled and seriously ill.

Penny Medeiros was watching TV on a hot August day in 2014 when the power in her mobile home just went "poof." What might be a temporary inconvenience for most sent Medeiros into a panic. At fifty-one, the mother of two grown daughters rarely leaves the Tiverton home she shares with her cat. She has a range of illnesses that…

The Rush of a First Summer Crush

Ann Hood remembers the first summer she fell in love.

After two years of going steady, my high school boyfriend and I had broken up during rehearsals for our school play, Oliver!. I didn’t want to be tied down anymore, but when he flirted with the girl playing Nancy I was crushed. Or at least, that’s how I remember it now, all these years later. Like the pictures I so…

A Broken System: Rhode Island Mental Health Treatment for Children

Children fall through the cracks, but one boy is working hard to defy the odds.

Conor has always been destructive when he gets upset. Until last spring, his fits were mostly contained within his home. A hole in the hallway wall proves it. But one fair day last April, his aggression went public. Along with his mom and three younger siblings, Conor, then eight, tall for his age with spiky blond hair and a silly…

Up in the Sky With the Rhode Island Air Show

Go behind the scenes of the greatest air show on Earth.

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