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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...

PawSox examine Attleboro site as fallback option

10 hours 25 min ago
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — While the Pawtucket Red Sox continue their push to build a new stadium at the Apex department store site, the team has identified another potential stadium location — just over the Massachusetts state line, an old industrial site off Route 95, PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino told The Providence Journal Friday."It is one of the sites that we identified as a potential alternative if we were unsuccessful here," Lucchino said. His comments came after team [...]

Proposed trash facility in Pawtucket sparks backlash

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:30pm
Grassroots opposition is building in the city's Fairlawn neighborhood to a planned garbage-handling operation that residents and businesses fear will bring odors, rats and other unsavory consequences.

R.I.'s dirtiest river: The recycling stream

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:05pm
It carries 50 tons an hour into the recycling center in Johnston. A lot of it isn't recyclable or isn't clean. In this market, purity is paramount and contaminants are costly. Time for a river cleanup?

Former female staffers defend Franken: 'He treated us with the utmost respect'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:00pm
WASHINGTON — Some former female staffers of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., spoke out on Friday in his defense, saying that he had treated women with respect while they worked in his office.The statement came on the same day that Leeann Tweeden, the Los Angeles radio news anchor who accused Franken of kissing and groping her against her will, said that she had heard directly from the senator and is willing to meet with him to discuss the allegations.The statement is co-signed [...]

Sex-abuse allegations against Roy Moore dividing GOP women in Ala.

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:37pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Standing on the white marble steps of Alabama's Capitol, Kayla Moore surrounded herself with two dozen other women Friday to defend husband Roy Moore against accusations of sexual misconduct that are dividing Republicans, and women in particular."He will not step down. He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama," Kayla Moore said at a "Women for Moore" rally. Acting as her husband's lead defender, she lashed out at the news media and thanked people [...]

Ruggerio: Pawtucket should get money from stadium naming rights, not PawSox

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:31pm
Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio expects rewritten stadium-financing legislation to direct more revenue from a new PawSox ballpark to the City of Pawtucket to protect its ability to pay off the debt the city would incur to help build at the Apex department store site.

State Department battles criticism of Tillerson's management

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:53pm
WASHINGTON — The State Department is hitting back at the growing bipartisan criticism of Rex Tillerson's leadership and accusations he is presiding over a debilitating brain drain of the nation's diplomatic corps. At the same time, it allowed that a lack of communication with employees about Tillerson's intent to reorganize the department had contributed to low morale.In a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Republican chairman, the department said Tillerson's [...]

VA exploring merger of health system with Pentagon's

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:39pm
WASHINGTON — As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.VA spokesman Curt Cashour called the plan a potential "game-changer" that would "provide better care for veterans at a lower cost to taxpayers," but he provided no specific details.Griffin [...]

10,744 more JFK assassination documents released by National Archives

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:24pm
DALLAS — The National Archives released another 10,744 records on Friday from the Kennedy assassination files — documents kept under seal for decades and due for release three weeks ago.All of the documents come from the FBI’s files. The trove includes 144 that had never been released, and 2,408 that remain partly classified, with much of the material blacked out 54 years after President John F. Kennedy’s murder in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. [...]

Mark Patinkin: Our newspaper is smaller, but the drive to inform is as big as ever

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:59pm
People say 'Your paper isn’t what it used to be.' That's true, but we newspeople still have ink in our veins.

NYC vegetable grower seeks incentives to build Providence greenhouse

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:07pm
A New York City vegetable grower Monday is seeking approval for state financial incentives to build a greenhouse in Providence's Eagle Square.Gotham Greens Holdings LLC wants to build a $12.5-million, 95,000-square-foot greenhouse at 586 Atwells Ave., the vacant lot where a General Electric light bulb factory used to stand.Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens is seeking $1.3 million in Rebuild Rhode Island Tax Credits, according to an agenda from the Rhode Island Commerce [...]

Rev. Jesse Jackson discloses he has Parkinson's disease

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:38pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy to slow the progress of the disease.In a letter to supporters, the 76-year-old civil rights icon said family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago, and he could no longer ignore symptoms of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties. [...]

Aaron Hernandez house sells to real-estate investor for $1 million

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 1:28pm
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez's home has been sold for $1 million, about $300,000 lower than the asking price.The Boston Herald reports that the 7,100-square-foot mansion in North Attleborough was sold to 23-year-old real estate investor Arif Khan.Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player, was serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd when he hanged himself in prison in April days after his acquittal in a double slaying. [...]

Health Department: Cocaine, heroin, fentanyl sickened Warwick police employees

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:42pm
WARWICK, R.I. — The state Health Department has identified the substance that overcame two Warwick Police Department employees on Nov. 2 as they investigated an encampment built by people who were homeless, the police said Friday in a news release.The Health Department said that a piece of foil handled by a police officer tested positive for trace amounts of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.The two employees who were overcome were hospitalized, and four other officers were [...]

Warwick police to charge cruiser theft suspect with shoplifting and assault

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:18pm
WARWICK, R.I. — The Warwick police say a man accused of stealing a state police cruiser last week, triggering a widespread search that led to a fatal police shooting, is the same man who earlier stole two jackets from a Macy's store and waved a knife at a security guard.An arrest warrant has been issued for Donald Morgan, 35, for assault with a dangerous weapon and felony shoplifting, the Warwick police announced Friday.The police say Morgan is the man [...]

Warwick man gets life, plus 10 years, in prison in beating death of 'Captain Fredy'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:11pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Captain Fredy made his home on the 26-foot sailboat Star Cappella, and it's there that two men beat him to death and left him for dead on July 31, 2015, over a few hundred dollars in Keno winnings.Superior Court Judge Brian Stern on Friday sentenced the first of his two killers — Richard Baribault, 42 — to serve life in prison, plus 10 years, for his role in the death of 70-year-old Fernando Silva, known to friends and family as Captain [...]

State pinpoints UHIP backlog at nearly twice as big as reported

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:11pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — New data released Friday pinpoints the number of pending applications for various types of state assistance as roughly twice as large as state officials previously reported.Last month the state said that new errors found in the state's public benefits computer system known as UHIP resulted in the discovery of thousands of unprocessed applications. At the time officials said they were unable to pinpoint the exact numbers.Department of Human Services [...]

Neighborhood of the Week: Colorful recovery buoys Olneyville

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:49am
Affordable housing projects have sprouted, a park has been transformed, and the densely settled neighborhood derives new character from a tapestry of cultures.