AS Daily News Roundup: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Table of Contents
Education
ProJo: At Brown, Steinem can still inspire
ProJo: Langevin decries pending increase in college-loan interest
ProJo: Principal leaving Hope High for Mount Pleasant
ProJo: Teachers’ petition on web seeks Lusi as superintendent
Health and Wellness
ProJo: Lifespan agrees to give city $2.4 million over three years
Politics and Government
WRNI: Cicilline’s “telephone town halls” cost thousands
WPRI: An interview with former U.S. Rep. Claudine Schneider
ProJo: Council votes to suspend COLAs
ProJo: Bankruptcy plan hinges on Assembly
ProJo: Councilman cashed in on impounded vehicle sales
ProJo: Enforcement of city’s tobacco laws delayed
ProJo: Raimondo releases 2011 tax information
ProJo: Spending ramps up on casino issue
ProJo: A fresh look at shared services
GoLocalProv: Mayor Taveras raises $56,750 in 1st quarter
Opinion
ProJo: Ed Fitzpatrick: In R.I. politics, height clearly not a big deal
ProJo Editorial: The payday-loan issue
ProJo: Don’t blame Cicilline for capital’s woes

Education

ProJo: At Brown, Steinem can still inspire (A1)
By Lynn Arditi
PROVIDENCE — The same glamour, intelligence, wit and energy that four decades ago launched Gloria Steinem into the role of America’s most well-known feminist was on display Monday evening as she charmed and enthralled an audience of about 600 people who filled the Salomon Center auditorium at Brown University.

ProJo: Langevin decries pending increase in college-loan interest (A5)
By Linda Borg
WARWICK –– Given the state’s ailing economy, this is not the right time to be doubling interest rates on college loans, Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., said at a news conference Monday.

ProJo: Principal leaving Hope High for Mount Pleasant (A5)
By Linda Borg
PROVIDENCE –– Scott Sutherland, one of the three principals who transformed Hope High School, is leaving to take over another failing high school, Mount Pleasant.

ProJo: Teachers’ petition on web seeks Lusi as superintendent (A5)
By Linda Borg
PROVIDENCE — A petition is circulating on social-media sites that asks Mayor Angel Taveras to appoint Susan Lusi as the next superintendent of the Providence schools.

Health and Wellness

ProJo: Lifespan agrees to give city $2.4 million over three years (A7)
By Alisha A. Pina
PROVIDENCE — Lifespan, the Providence-based hospital group that includes Rhode Island and Miriam hospitals, has reached an agreement with Mayor Angel Taveras to begin making voluntary payments to the city, a news release issued late Monday night said.

Politics and Government

WRNI: Cicilline’s “telephone town halls” cost thousands
By Ian Donnis

Congressman David Cicilline has used about $30,000 in taxpayer money since winning his first term to communicate with constituents who are also potential voters.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1925592/RIPR.News/Cicilline%E2%80%99s.%E2%80%99telelphone.town.halls%E2%80%99.cost.thousands 

WPRI: An interview with former U.S. Rep. Claudine Schneider
By Ted Nesi

In 1980, Claudine Schneider did something no Republican had done in Rhode Island since FDR was president – she won a U.S. House seat. Schneider also did something no woman had ever done before and no woman has done since in the state – she won federal office.

http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/05/01/watch-an-interview-with-former-u-s-rep-claudine-schneider/


ProJo: Council votes to suspend COLAs (A1)
By Alisha A. Pina
PROVIDENCE — Amid strong objections from affected city workers and retirees, the City Council Monday unanimously approved the suspension of cost-of-living increases and other pension reductions that are projected to save the city $18.9 million next year.

ProJo: Bankruptcy plan hinges on Assembly (A1)
By John Hill
PROVIDENCE — Central Falls could have a final reorganization plan within four weeks of the General Assembly approving a proposed $2.6-million transition fund for Central Falls’ police and fire retirees, the city’s lawyer told a bankruptcy judge Monday, but he cautioned that if the money isn’t appropriated, the process could go on for a year.

ProJo: Councilman cashed in on impounded vehicle sales (A1)
By W. Zachary Malinowski
PROVIDENCE — A Central Falls city councilman pleaded guilty on Monday to two felony counts stemming from his arrest last year on charges that he sold two sport utility vehicles seized by the Central Falls police in drug raids and pocketed $5,000 in proceeds from the sales.

ProJo: Enforcement of city’s tobacco laws delayed (A2)
By Associated Press
Lawyers for the City of Providence, several tobacco companies and others have agreed in federal court to another delay in enforcing new tobacco ordinances that are the subject of a federal lawsuit. A federal judge Monday approved the agreement, calling for the city to begin enforcing the ordinances at the end of the day Oct. 15. 

ProJo: Raimondo releases 2011 tax information (A3)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE –– State General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo’s family paid $107,764 in federal income taxes and $31,765 in income taxes to several states in 2011, according to information her office released Monday.

ProJo: Spending ramps up on casino issue (A3)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE — The political campaign to get voters to approve turning Rhode Island’s two slot parlors into casinos is in full swing, with a Twin River-financed group spending some $55,666 in the first quarter of 2012, according to a report filed with the state in April.

ProJo: A fresh look at shared services (A4)
By Randal Edgar
PROVIDENCE — With some early indicators of how it might work, a group of lawmakers met Monday to begin discussing how cities and towns could save money by working together.

GoLocalProv: Mayor Taveras raises $56,750 in 1st quarter
By Dan McGowan

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras raised $56,750 during the first quarter of 2012 and now has $154,857.06 in his campaign account, according to campaign finance records.

http://www.golocalprov.com/politics/new-mayor-taveras-raises-56750-in-1st-quarter/

Opinion

ProJo: Ed Fitzpatrick: In R.I. politics, height clearly not a big deal  (A4)
By Edward Fitzpatrick
When the Wall Street Journal’s Allysia Finley caught up with Gina M. Raimondo, she apparently could not get over how short Rhode Island’s general treasurer is. 
http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/ProJo/LandingPage/LandingPage.aspx?href=VFBKLzIwMTIvMDUvMDE.&pageno=NA..&entity=QXIwMDQwMQ..&view=ZW50aXR5


ProJo Editorial: The payday-loan issue (B6)
“I may as well have gone to a payday lender,’’ David Wegner told a New York Times reporter in a story in the April 26 Times headlined “Chasing Fees, Banks Court Low Incomes.”

ProJo: Don’t blame Cicilline for capital’s woes (B7)
By H. Philip West Jr.
With compounded cost-of-living adjustments pushing Providence toward bankruptcy, it’s time to ask how to save our capital city, how we got into this mess, and who’s responsible.
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