AS Daily News Roundup: Monday, May 7, 2012

Table of Contents
Education
ProJo: Sheen tells NE Tech grads: Find something to fight for
ProJo: Renewed sense of unity at city school
ProJo: Another court title for Duke
Health and Wellness
PBN: Koller issues rate-review guidelines
PBN: Thundermist secures $5.2M to renovate facilities
PBN: UnitedHealthcare introduces cost estimator
PBN: Lange named Childhood Immunization Champion
PBN: Five Questions With: Dr. Yow-Pin Lim
Politics and Government
WPRI: Police union blasts ‘underhanded, despicable’ Taveras, Council
ProJo: Giving artists a break
ProJo: Discord stalls money in D.C.
ProJo: Political Scene: House still contemplating national popular vote
ProJo: Welfare fraud search extended
GoLocalProv: City Council Civil War: Attempt to overthrow Majority Leader thwarted
Opinion
PBN: Editorial: Taveras deserves credit for path so far
PBN: Slowing birthrates likely to alter global power structure


Education

ProJo: Sheen tells NE Tech grads: Find something to fight for (A1)
By Alex Kuffner
PROVIDENCE — In a speech that was at times humorous, sentimental and passionate, actor Martin Sheen on Sunday urged the 1,254 graduates of the New England Institute of Technology to “find something in your life worth fighting for.

ProJo: Renewed sense of unity at city school (A1)
By Linda Borg
PROVIDENCE –– Mount Pleasant High School, that sprawling castle-like edifice near the Rhode Island College campus, has long been the poor stepchild of the Providence school system.

ProJo: Another court title for Duke (A6)
By Donita Naylor
“Three college students go into a bar…” begins Michael D’Ippolito, a 2008 Wheeler School graduate who is about to graduate from Duke.

Health and Wellness

PBN: Koller issues rate-review guidelines
By Richard Asinof
PROVIDENCE – R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher F. Koller issued guidelines for commercial health insurers to follow in the upcoming 2012 rate review process for small and large employer groups.

PBN: Thundermist secures $5.2M to renovate facilities
By Richard Asinof
WOONSOCKET – While Steward Health Care still awaits approval for its purchase of Landmark Medical Center, Thundermist Health Center has captured two new federal grants – one for $5 million, a second for $228,812 – to improve and renovate facilities in Wakefield and West Warwick, respectively.

PBN: UnitedHealthcare introduces cost estimator
By Richard Asinof
PROVIDENCE – UnitedHealthcare introduced a new online cost estimator for its members in Rhode Island, myHealthcare Cost Estimator, which provides consumers with the information to compare costs for specific care and services from Rhode Island providers and hospitals.

PBN: Lange named Childhood Immunization Champion
By Richard Asinof
PROVIDENCE – Dr. Elizabeth Lange has been chosen as Rhode Island’s first Childhood Immunization Champion by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new annual award honors immunization champions in each of the 50 states.

PBN: Five Questions With: Dr. Yow-Pin Lim
By Richard Asinof
The path from the bench in an academic research laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital to partnership with a biopharm firm in the production of therapeutic agent to protect against the threat of anthrax contamination has been a long, arduous process, according to Dr. Yow-Pin Lim, president of ProThera Biologics. Perseverance is the key.

Politics and Government

WPRI: Police union blasts ‘underhanded, despicable’ Taveras, Council
By Ted Nesi
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Providence police union is threatening all-out war on Mayor Angel Taveras and the City Council for freezing retired officers’ pensions, labeling the elected officials “underhanded, despicable and heartless” for holding a crucial vote the night of a fallen officer’s wake.

ProJo: Giving artists a break (A1)
By Michael P. McKinney
The customer from Taiwan wanted his billiards table made of high-tech carbon fiber that was to be painted in “1998 Porsche metallic blue.” Across the planet in Pawtucket, the company, Mars Made, one of many inside a converted mill in the city’s arts community, got the ball rolling.

ProJo: Discord stalls money in D.C. (A1)
By Bruce Landis
PROVIDENCE — The ripples of a political collision in Washington are washing up in Rhode Island, making it unclear what money will be available for maintaining the state’s roads and bridges and operating its buses.

ProJo: Political Scene: House still contemplating national popular vote
By Philip Marcelo and Randal Edgar
Supporters and opponents of a proposal to have Rhode Island elect the president by a “national popular vote” are calling for their day to fully debate and vote on the measure, coming off last week’s decision by Democratic leaders of the state House of Representatives to postpone a floor vote on the bill until at least May 22.

ProJo: Welfare fraud search extended (A4)
By Randal Edgar
PROVIDENCE — The Chafee administration is granting an extension to a former rival who has been working free of charge since November to find waste and fraud in state welfare programs.

GoLocalProv: City Council Civil War: Attempt to overthrow Majority Leader thwarted
By Dan McGowan
Providence City Council Majority Leader Seth Yurdin (Ward 1) survived an attempt to oust him from his leadership position this weekend, GoLocalProv has confirmed.

Opinion

PBN: Editorial: Taveras deserves credit for path so far 
It is time to take a moment and give Providence Mayor Angel Taveras a hearty slap on the back.

PBN: Slowing birthrates likely to alter global power structure
By Ramesh Ponnuru
It isn’t quite true that demography is destiny. But if Nicholas Eberstadt is right, our destiny is going to be shaped by demography in ways we may not expect.
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