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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...

Survivor recounts boat accident that killed 9 family members

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 BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — "Grab the baby!"Those were the last words Tia Coleman recalls her sister-in-law yelling before the tourist boat they were on sank into a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, including nine of Coleman's family members.A huge wave hit, scattering passengers on the vessel known as a duck boat into Table Rock Lake near Branson, Coleman said. When the Indianapolis woman came up for air, she was alone. She prayed."I said, 'Lord, please, let [...]

'Torrential downpours,' strong wind gusts, flooding possible

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Expect showers, thunderstorms with "torrential downpours and gusty winds" on this Sunday, the National Weather Service says.The wet weekend is just the start of an "abnormally wet pattern" for the entire eastern United States this week, according to AccuWeather.The wild conditions come via an area of low pressure with tropical moisture moving across the Northeast today, according to the weather service.Rain could fall at rates of 1 to 2 [...]

Trump's week: Wild swings and walk-backs

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 10:41pm
WASHINGTON — Executive time began early on Thursday, just after sunrise.Feeling exasperated and feisty as he awoke in the White House residence, President Donald Trump fired off his grievances on Twitter about how the media had been covering his Helsinki summit. And, refusing to be cowed, Trump gave national security adviser John Bolton an order — to schedule a second summit and officially invite Putin to visit Washington.The two presidents had already discussed [...]

Iron men love their jobs, bolting together the future in Providence

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 8:51pm
PROVIDENCE — Ironworkers have a saying: show me where the first piece goes and the rest will tell a story.Fifty feet in the air above Fountain Street, Kyle Coulombe, dusted in rust and as lean as a cable, shimmies up a naked steel column toward an 800-pound beam suspended above his head.He’s already read what happens next in the story: the piece will help frame a front corner of the new Residence Inn Providence Hotel. But first, crane operator Steve Berube, [...]

Mark Patinkin: It was only a little shortness of breath ... or was it?

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 7:37pm
First of three parts.They rolled my gurney toward the cardiac procedure room on the eighth floor of Rhode Island Hospital’s Ambulatory Patient Center. A team inside was about to try to fix what was wrong with my heart. It had been misfiring, leaving me short of breath and at risk of stroke.I counted almost 10 people in the room and thought what many patients do at such a moment — I was being brought in damaged, hoping my life would be restored.As [...]

Alan Rosenberg: Critics stand apart from the crowd

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 5:49pm
The job of any critic is to coolly assess while others are clapping and cheering.

A master class in the art of writing a ghost story

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 3:40pm
Panelists at 38th annual Camp NECON, the venerable gathering of horror writers that once featured Stephen King, dissect what it takes to scare in the modern age. More than with a zombie of vampire tale.

Crash sends Providence motorcyclist to hospital in critical condition

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 2:49pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A motorcyclist is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital with injuries sustained in a crash.The police say that a 24-year-old man from Providence was speeding at 1 a.m. Saturday when he crossed into the opposite lane of traffic in Providence, hitting a car head on. The driver of the car was not hurt.The man, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown off the motorcycle and landed over 70 feet away.Authorities say his [...]

Last nice day for a week?

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 11:59am
After a sunny Saturday, forecasters call for a chance of rain every day for the next week.

Trump claims ex-lawyer's phone-taping is 'perhaps illegal'

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 11:41am
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that his personal lawyer's taping of their private phone conversations is "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal."Trump was responding to the revelation that former attorney Michael Cohen, weeks before the 2016 election, secretly recorded their discussion of a potential payment for a former Playboy model's account of having an affair with Trump. He tweeted: "The good news is that your favorite President did [...]

Richard Jenkins: 'Shape of Water' rekindled his love of movies

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:23am
WESTERLY, R.I. — “It was like heaven to me to do that story,” said actor Richard Jenkins.Jenkins spoke at the The United Theatre in Westerly on Friday night following a screening of the film “The Shape of Water.” The United is a former 1920s theater that’s being turned into an arts center in Westerly.Jenkins, 71, earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Giles, a struggling artist — and closeted gay man — who is a [...]

In R.I. General Assembly, many face no opposition on ballot

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:07am
By the time Friday's 4 p.m. deadline had come and gone for cities and towns to count up the number of signatures on each candidate's nominating petition, a swath of potential challengers had either dropped out or come up short.

'A chance to live free' in appeals to magistrate for ending probation

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:05am
A world of emotion played out Friday in Kent County court. Drug addicts hailed their lives of sobriety. A granddaughter punished herself endlessly for beating to death her grandmother at age 15. And others appeared less than repentant for their crimes.

Nine of 17 victims in Missouri duck boat sinking were from one family

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:20pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Seventeen people died after a duck boat capsized in stormy weather on Table Rock Lake near the southwestern Missouri tourist town of Branson on Thursday evening.Those who died were from 1 to 70 years old, and included nine members of one family, according to officials.Also dead was a crew member who was steering the amphibious vessel, a former Rhode Island man, Robert "Bob" Williams. The captain of the vessel survived. [...]

R.I. AG opens $15.4-million customer service center

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:54pm
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin showcased a spacious new building on Friday afternoon, capping a $15.4-million project that has created more than 26,000 square feet of additional space, almost all of it dedicated to what Kilmartin calls the “customer service” dimensions of fighting crime.

More than hot air at South County Balloon Festival

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:48pm
 The South County Balloon Festival opened Friday at the University of Rhode Island athletic fields on Route 138 in South Kingstown. It continues through Sunday. In addition to tethered balloon rides, the festival offers musical acts, including Billy Gilman on Saturday, carnival rides and games, a rock-climbing wall and bounce houses, as well as arts and crafts and food vendors.

Surprise! Scooter-sharing service arrives in Providence unannounced

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:24pm
City officials say they weren't contacted by Bird, a California-based electric scooter-sharing company, until the scooters appeared on the streets Friday.

Alaska, Rhode Island share concern over oceans

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 9:22pm
A Republican and a Democrat find common ground in protecting the environment