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May 28, 2017

About Frank Prosnitz,

Frank Prosnitz is the news editor for What'sUpRhodeIsland. Prosnitz brings several years in journalism, including 10 years as editor of Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal, to the What'sUpNewp and What'sUpRhodeIsland team. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sports writer at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal.

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Campaign Fundraising Heats up in Race for Paiva Weed’s Seat

The race to replace Teresa Paiva Weed in the State Senate (District 13) is on, and if you’re scoring by money in the bank, Newport Councilman and businessman John Florez takes the early lead, and if you’re scoring by grassroots donors, the winner is lawyer Dawn Euer. That, according to the May 1 financial filings

North Providence Mayor Promises Overhaul of Town’s Police Department

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi is promising to seriously consider a reorganization of the town’s police department, after an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment found the claims legally “unfounded,” but that police officers regularly made vulgar comments and lewd jokes. “What we’ve uncovered is unfortunate, it’s embarrassing,” Lombardi said yesterday on “It’s Your

Two Rhode Island Employers are among finalist for prestigious Defense Department Employer Support Award

Two Rhode Island employers are among 30 finalists nationwide for the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the Defense Department to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. Aspen Aerogels of East Providence and National Grid of Providence were selected as finalists from among more

RI’s 30,000 Undocumented Immigrants are Living in Fear

With President Trump poised to issue another order banning travel from selected Muslim dominated Mideastern countries, and with heightened deportations nationwide, communities of undocumented immigrants are fearful of deportation back to sometimes hostile and oppressive societies. Many in Rhode Island’s undocumented immigrant communities are looking to friends to drive them to work, or school, or

Poll: The News Media and President Trump

President Trump has called the media the “Enemy of the American People,” while the media fights back, emphatically saying that it is “not the enemy.” President Trump and those around him in the White House refer to any negative news as “Fake News,” while being called out for false representation of certain situations or making

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PawSox Ownership Exploring Stadium Options

Snow lines the banks of most roadways in New England, but pitchers and catchers are now in Florida. How far away can Spring really be? Only a few weeks, and while most baseball fans will be consumed by reports out of Spring Training, there are those in Rhode Island who are awaiting a definitive answer

A Conversation with George Wein: ‘You Have to Say You Did The Right Thing’ (Part 5)

A Conversation with George Wein: ‘…after all your life, and it is the last part of my life, to have reached that place. I guess, you have to say you did the right thing’ – Part 5 of 5  Throughout this five-part series, we’ve explored George Wein’s career from when he was working in what

A Conversation with George Wein: ‘I’ve lived my own life on my own terms’ (Part 4)

Respect, not only for George Wein and what he’s accomplished, but mainly for jazz and the jazz musicians. That’s was George Wein hopes he’s achieving through his festivals. In this, part four of this five-part series, ‘A Conversation with George Wein,’ we learn about earning respect and trust, about the rise of young musicians, and


Updated: State Supreme Court ruling brings Breakers’ Welcome Center closer to reality

The Rhode Island Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by a neighborhood association, bringing closer the Newport Preservation Society’s plans to build a $5.2 million visitor center at the Breakers, a 70 – room mansion that has been called the “crown jewel” of Newport’s summer cottages. In a 15-page decision the Supreme Court saw no

POLL: The Year Ahead – Your Opinion

Well, we’re well into 2017 already – memories are being made. But most of all, we’re entering a year of great uncertainty on a national level, with considerable ramifications for states and local communities. We’re wondering how you view the year ahead.

WJAR Parent Says There Was No Deal With Trump Campaign

Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company of WJAR TV Channel 10 in Rhode Island, has vehemently denied allegations that they provided then presidential candidate, now president-elect Donald Trump with preferential treatment in interviews on several of their local affiliates. Politico and other media outlets reported that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, told a business group at

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