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Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Makes Stop In Providence

Jul 29, 2016
Katherine Doherty

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who stood up to the Taliban and won a Nobel Peace Prize for championing girls' right to an education, addressed a crowd of thousands at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Thursday evening.

Before her speech, she met with middle school students at Sophia Academy, an all-girls private school that serves low-income and minority students at risk of dropping out.

Aaron Read

The PawSox have given fans reason to hope they will stay at McCoy Stadium. On Monday, team owners announced they are seeking proposals for a study on what it would take to upgrade McCoy and remain there through the end of the current lease, which expires in 2021.   

Pawtucket's Director of Administration Antonio Pires says the study will focus on immediate improvements and structural upgrades.

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With the state pension fund, Rhode Island will use its shareholder vote to promote diversity on corporate boards.

General Treasurer Seth Magaziner says the state will vote against boards with fewer than 30% women or racial minorities, for companies in which the state pension fund invests.

Magaziner said the new policy will promote diversity in corporate businesses, which will lead to better performance.

Katherine Doherty

The presidential primary comes to Rhode Island in a little more than two weeks. As part of our RhodyVotes '16 coverage of this year’s election, we’re listening to what voters have to say across the state. Our producer Katherine Doherty found a range of views when she spoke to residents in Warwick. 

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Thousands of Rhode Island high school students are now earning college credits without stepping foot onto a university campus. 

The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee discussed legislation involving sex trafficking in the state Tuesday. A proposed bill would require all convicted sex trafficking criminals to also register as sex offenders.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s Spokesperson Amy Kempe said the law would treat sex trafficking in the same way that other sex offenses are dealt with.

“It’s a right step, it’s a smart move to make, so that people will know if they have somebody who has been convicted of sex trafficking living in their community.”

After temperatures plunged to bone-chilling lows over the weekend, temperatures climbed well above freezing onTuesday. That was due to a rush of warm air moving up from the South.

Despite temperatures climbing into the 50’s across southern New England, Providence did not break any records, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly Buttrick.

“The record for February 16th in the city of Providence is 60 degrees, and that was set in 1910,” said Buttrick. “Yesterday’s max temperature was 53 degrees. Even though it felt warm, it wasn’t record-breaking warm.”

Bill Wanless / PawSox

Signs of spring are hard to find in Rhode Island. But Red Sox fans caught a glimpse of baseball season Wednesday.

The Red Sox spring training truck made a stop in Pawtucket before hitting the road to Ft. Meyers Florida. So-called “Truck Day” has become a tradition at Fenway, but this is the first time the truck has also stopped at McCoy Stadium, home to the Red Sox AAA team, the Pawtucket Red Sox.

PawSox spokesperson Bill Wanless called it a unique opportunity for local baseball fans.

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Democrat Bernie Sanders beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by double digits in the New Hampshire primary, and Donald Trump was the big Republican winner, an outcome that was expected but left other Republican candidates vying for second place. 

Andrea Hansen / Redwood Library

Newport’s historic Redwood Library is about to start charging entrance fees for the first time in its 269-year history. The private library was founded in 1747 and has been funded through a combination of membership fees, donations and grants. 

But this year the library has fallen short of expenses. Spokeswoman Gretchen Markert said starting next month they will charge a $10 entrance fee for all non-members who visit the library collection.

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An elite, private school in Middletown is at the center of an unfolding scandal over sexual abuse. After years of silence in some cases, several former students  say they were abused by the school's longtime athletic trainer, Al Gibbs.  The Boston Globe first broke the story.


High temperatures in Providence broke several records over the last two days, and meteorologists say White Christmas is exceedingly unlikely.

Around 11 p.m. Monday night, the mercury hit 61 degrees to beat out a record for that date of 59 degrees set in 1991.

Just a few hours later, at 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, temperatures climbed even higher, reaching 64 degrees. That was two degrees warmer than the record. It was even warmer than the same early morning hour this past July 4th.

Steven Somerstein

A rare collection of photos of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama are now on display at the Providence Public Library.

On Wednesday the photographer, Steven Somerstein, will deliver a talk about his experience taking the photos, witnessing the march, and interacting with influential black leaders of the time including, Martin Luther King Jr, James Baldwin, and Rosa Parks.

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A large group of Brown University students and faculty rallied Thursday to show their solidarity with college students in Missouri. Students at the University of Missouri forced the resignation this week of the university president, amid allegations that a ignored racially charged atmosphere on campus.

At Brown University, students stepped forward to express their opinions on race, including Brown senior Justice Gaines.