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Political Scene: R.I. officials in line for parting gift from Licht/ Poll

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:25pm
Before he leaves his post as director of the state Department of Administration to become a Superior Court judge, Richard Licht will be seeking raises for several high-level state employees.

Political Scene: R.I. officials in line for parting gift from Licht

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:25pm
At 3 p.m. Aug. 27, Richard Licht is due to be sworn in as a Superior Court judge. But before he leaves his post as director of the state Department of Administration, the one-time lieutenant governor and...

Jeb Bush urges audience at Brown University to reject political tribalism

3 hours 45 min ago
Just days after his mother Barbara Bush was buried, Jeb Bush, son of the 41st president and brother of the 43rd president, told his audience that he couldn’t abandon the lecture under such circumstances because his mother would “kick his butt.”

A year later, lost cat returned to Providence family | Video

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:00pm
Volunteers had trapped the cat as part of PawsWatch's effort to catch, sterilize and immunize all of the estimated 20,000 stray or feral cats in Providence. Later, a vet found the stray feline had a microchip implanted, which led to her homecoming Wednesday.

A year later, lost cat returned to Providence family

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:11pm
Volunteers had trapped the cat as part of PawsWatch's effort to catch, sterilize and immunize all of the estimated 20,000 stray or feral cats in Providence. Later, a vet found the stray feline had a microchip implanted, which led to her homecoming Wednesday.

Patton Oswalt credits late wife in Golden State Killer case

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:56pm
LOS ANGELES — "You did it, Michelle."Comedian Patton Oswalt proudly and tenderly spoke those words to his late wife in an Instagram video on Wednesday.[gh:blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink="" data-instgrm-version="8" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99. [...]

DNA brings ex-cop's arrest in sadistic crime spree from '70s, '80s

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:56pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A DNA match led to the arrest of a 72-year-old former police officer in one of the most baffling and sadistic crime sprees of the 1970s and '80s — a string of at least 12 slayings and 45 rapes in California by an attacker dubbed the Golden State Killer, police said Wednesday.Armed with a gun, the masked attacker would break into homes while single women or couples were sleeping. He sometimes tied up the man and piled dishes on his back, then raped [...]

Trump lawyer says he'll plead the Fifth in porn actress case

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:34pm
LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump's personal attorney said Wednesday he will assert his constitutional right against self-incrimination in a civil case brought by a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump.Michael Cohen has been asking a federal judge in Los Angeles to delay Stormy Daniels' case after FBI agents raided his home and office earlier this month, seeking records about a nondisclosure agreement Daniels signed days before the 2016 presidential election. [...]

People: Trump and Kanye West trade Twitter love

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:08pm
NEW YORK — Trump-West 2020?In a moment that seemed to encapsulate 2018's social media-driven blurring of celebrity and politics, President Donald Trump tweeted his thanks to rap superstar Kanye West on Wednesday for his recent and perhaps unexpected online support."Thank you Kanye, very cool!" the president posted in response to the tweets from West, who called the president "my brother."West, the enigmatic hip hop provocateur, [...]

Heavy rains, dense fog likely to continue into morning

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:03pm
Heavy rains, with a chance of thunderstorms, are likely to continue late Wednesday night and into the early morning, the National Weather Service says.There will be patchy or dense fog and low temperatures around 51 degrees, the weather service says.As of 6 p.m., the weather service says North Providence had gotten 1.64 inches of rain, East [...]

R.I. GOP leader calls for Democrat Mattiello speaker to step down

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 8:15pm
Republican chairman Brandon Bell says House Speaker Mattiello should 'give up the gavel' over campaign spending violation

Science and civics interact in R.I. students' bill to improve lab facilities

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 8:02pm
Students at Providence's E-Cubed Academy addressed lawmakers Wednesday about a bill they wrote that would mandate fully functional science labs at all of the state's high schools, part of a year-long exploration of civics in action.

Memo: VA pick Jackson said to have crashed car while drunk

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:56pm
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's pick for Veterans Affairs secretary showed "a pattern" of questionable prescription drug practices and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out a large supply of a prescription opioid to a White House military staff member, according to a summary of allegations compiled by Democratic staff of a Senate panel.The two-page summary details complaints it received from 23 former and current [...]

Inspired by Sanders voters, Chafee leans toward Senate campaign

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:52pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Lincoln Chafee wants to return to the U.S. Senate, he said Wednesday, and hopes to capitalize on the Bernie Sanders movement to win a Democratic primary against Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, the man who knocked him out of Washington a decade ago.Chafee, who until roughly a week ago was mulling another run for governor, on Wednesday morning told the Journal he had turned his sights on Congress after speaking with Rhode Island Sanders supporters upset that [...]

Mattiello acknowledges PAC overspending was 'mistake'

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:50pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. —"It was a mistake,'' House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello told a gaggle of reporters gathered in his State House office Wednesday, on the day after the state Board of Elections ordered him to repay $72,067.80 in over-the-limit spending that a PAC, which he controlled, spent on his 2016 reelection campaign."But there was nothing intentionally done wrong,'' he said. "Some folks are trying to make it into something it's not. ... We used the wrong checking account. [...]

R.I. bill would promote dual-language education

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:34pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two Providence legislators have proposed a bill to add a position at the Rhode Island Department of Education to coordinate and promote the creation of more dual-language programs in public schools, which the sponsors say boost overall academic proficiency as well as language skills.

Former President Bush out of intensive care, making progress

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:25pm
HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush was moved out of intensive care and into a regular patient room at a Houston hospital on Wednesday as he recovers from an infection that required his hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral, a family spokesman said.The nation's 41st president is expected to remain at Houston Methodist Hospital for "several more days," spokesman Jim McGrath said. Bush, who is 93, is being treated for an infection that spread to his blood. [...]

Pawtucket man arraigned on hit-and-run charge

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:23pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A man accused of injuring a teenage girl in a hit-and-run crash in Pawtucket last month was arraigned at District Court on Wednesday.Arthur J. Genest, 58, of 154 Benedict St., Pawtucket, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, which is a felony. He gave no plea in court and was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.Kailey Genereux, 15, was walking home from school on March 30 when she was hit by a black van in the crosswalk [...]

Rhode Island gets a D for spending transparency, study finds

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:22pm
Rhode Island's spending transparency website is among the least user-friendly in the country, keeping taxpayers in the dark about exactly where their money is going, a study released Wednesday found.The state got a D grade from the Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and Frontier Group. The study used focus groups to study how well “ordinary Americans” could use government spending data websites like Rhode Island’s: [...]

State GOP Chairman Bell calls for Speaker Mattiello to step down

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 4:03pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The state's GOP leader is calling on Nicholas Mattiello, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, to "give up the gavel,'' after being ordered by the state Board of Elections to repay $72,067.80 "illegally spent" by a PAC he controls on his 2016 reelection campaign.“Illegal conduct marred Speaker Mattiello’s 2016 re-election campaign,'' said state GOP Chairman Brandon Bell. "His PAC illegally spent over $72,000 to help to help him get [...]