Providence, RI – Three days of steady rain caused the Blackstone River to swell dramatically - sending waves of water crashing down Valley Falls in the town of Cumberland, just north of Providence. About a dozen people watched in awe.
Among them, Laurie Lefebvre of Cumberland, who was stunned by the sight.
"This might impress some of these young guys out here that don't underestimate mother nature," she said. "Mother of all mothers."
Cranston, RI – Because of the flooding, Rhode Island residents are being asked to conserve water and electricity because of flood damage to sewage systems and electrical sub-stations. In Warwick, a water and sewage treatment plant actually failed, and in Cranston, city officials are also coping with a damaged plant. WRNI's Anthony Brooks spoke to Cranston Mayor Allan Fung about the situation, and what he's telling his residents.
Providence, RI – The state government is open for business as usual today - a day after all non-essential employees were told to stay home. At seven o'clock yesterday morning Governor Carcieri's office urged all schools and businesses to follow his lead by requiring only essential personnel to report to work. With a big section of Interstate 95 closed, his major concern was gridlock.
Providence, RI – Imagine a news story about the daily goings-on at a typical large, urban high school. What images come to mind? Do you picture academic success stories spinning out of a maturing student body, or does your mind run toward more dismal scenarios? As Fred Silva, notes, urban education is filled with remarkable triumphs, even miracles.
Providence, RI – Brown Bird is a locally-based folk, Americana band. Their sound draws on influences from Appalachian, gypsy and shanty music, and features the sometimes somber lyrics of lead singer David Lamb. Lamb, joined by cellist MorganEve Swain and steel guitarist Mike Samos, recently sat down with Morning Edition host Bob Seay to discuss their music.
Providence, RI – It sounds a little too much like a question on a college application: "Please identify a book that has changed your life. Discuss." The truth is, most of us can identify a book that has changed our lives in profound ways, and that's certainly the case for Jan Keough.
Keough is co-founder of the Origami Poems Project, an experiment to provide free poetry to enthusiastic readers. She lives in Cumberland with her musician husband, Kevin, and two mini-schnauzers.