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THINGS TO DO
Etienne Charles and his band to explore the music of Carnival on Aug. 15.

Things to do in Rhode Island: August 2021

Between PVDFest and FringePVD, there are plenty of things to do in Rhode Island right now

CORONAVIRUS
Visitors arrive by ferry to Block Island on Tuesday, before the New Shoreham Town Council debated an emergency mask mandate.

New Shoreham to vote Monday on requesting masks on Block Island

COVID-19 rates, which had been on the rise, dropped in the last week, easing the Town Council’s fears of infection.

RI Sports
Providence guard David Duke returns the ball against the Connecticut during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Storrs, Conn.

5 things to know about David Duke Jr., the Providence College basketball star

He did not get drafted Thursday night, but announced on social media early Friday morning that he is planning to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.


RI BUSINESS
The Rhode Island State House.

Black and Latino caucus calls for R.I. to comply with state contract requirement

In four of past six years, the state has failed to meet mandate to provide 10 percent of contracts to Minority Business Enterprises.

RI BUSINESS
Members of UNAP (United Nurses & Allied Professionals) Local 5110 stage an informational picket at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, in North Providence.

Fatima Hospital employees demand fair contract, say owners ‘put greed and profits ahead of patient care’

“If Prospect CharterCare wants to play a positive role in our community and our state – like they say in their ads – they need to start walking the walk,” said union president.

RI BUSINESS
The parking lot of the now closed Lighthouse Inn of Galilee  is used by some for ferry parking while heading to  Block Island.

Developer, town at odds over ‘stinky’ old hotel in Port of Galilee

Local officials are raising questions about whether the old Lighthouse Inn property in the Port of Galilee should be used for another hotel or retail.

COLUMN | DAN MCGOWAN
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza confronted Governor Dan McKee during a news conference Wednesday evening promoting WaterFire, taking the governor to task about the newly proposed Providence Teachers Union contract.

Mayor Elorza embarrassed himself in confronting Governor McKee. But he was right

The confrontation at the WaterFire press conference undermined a really good point: The public deserves more transparency when it comes to the Providence Teachers Union contract.

A new report shows that a significant number of young people with COVID-related inflammatory syndrome also develop neurological symptoms, including hallucinations, confusion, speech impairments and problems with balance and coordination.

COVID could lead to cognitive decline, especially among older adults, new research suggests

Preliminary research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Denver this week suggests that coronavirus infections might lead to lasting cognitive impairment, especially among older people.

RI HEALTH
Central Fall City Hall.

Central Falls will require face masks in city buildings

“We know what it’s like when COVID spreads like wildfire,” Mayor Maria Rivera says.

Utah National Guardsman Luis Gonzalez administers a Covid test on a child at the Utah County Health Department Covid testing site on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in American Fork, UT.  The Covid delta variant is spreading in Utah, especially Utah County, which is the youngest county in a very young state. The virus is now moving through unvaccinated young people and children at summer activities like camps and family reunions.

Packed minivans line up for COVID tests in Utah as children fall sick

A steady stream of vehicles flowed through the Covid-19 testing site in American Fork, Utah, a town in the youngest county of the state that has the youngest population in the U.S. On this recent Friday, many were minivans packed with children.

People sit under Delta sign at Salt Lake City International Airport on July 1 in Salt Lake City.  Air travel in the United States hit another pandemic-era record over the weekend as vacationers jammed airports, but shares of airlines, cruise lines, hotels and almost anything else related to travel are tumbling on growing concerns about highly contagious variants of coronavirus.

Delta airlines eases ticket rules for rest of 2021 due to pandemic

Delta Air Lines is loosening restrictions on basic economy tickets to reduce the deluge of frustrated travelers facing hours-long waits on customer service phone lines.