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August 14th

Would R.I. gun law have saved them?

August 14, 2013

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says he would favor confiscating guns from people who are the subject of domestic violence restraining orders as a “preventive measure” that could avoid situations like the one in Johnston last Sunday when a mother and her young daughter were murdered, her son abducted and then left to roam the streets of Providence and a second daughter was found unharmed inside the home.
“Obviously the whole situation is horrific,” Kilmartin told The Times Wednesday, “innocent people dying and children being abandoned. It’s about as bad as it can get.”

August 13th

Veterans struggle to raise funds for VFW post repairs

August 13, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The meeting place for city veterans for more than 90 years, the Major Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post 306 on Fountain Street has been home to blood drives, spaghetti dinners, and hundreds of other community events over the years.

But the 100-year-old city-owned building is starting to show its age and is in desperate need of repair, especially the roof, which needs to be replaced.

Klotz wants to create choices for CF teens

August 13, 2013

Special to The Times

CENTRAL FALLS – Dan Klotz has big plans for Central Falls.

August 12th

Pawtucket targets blighted properties

August 12, 2013

PAWTUCKET—It's a homeowner's nightmare: living next door to a house where trash and debris are strewn about the yard and the grass is a foot high. Or perhaps the home has been damaged by fire or abandoned for foreclosure and it sits as an eyesore and a target for vandals.

August 11th

Cicilline bashes Republicans for gridlock

August 11, 2013

As a relatively junior Democrat in a Republican-dominated Congress, 1st District Rep. David Cicilline says he finds it “very frustrating” that a significant portion of the GOP “are not moving forward anything we need to get done,” in terms of the important issues facing the country.

Instead, he says, “they seem very focused on passing bills that are used to communicate a message and speak to the most extreme members of their party, knowing that the bill in the form that they pass it is not going to be taken up by the Senate or is promised to be vetoed by the president.”

August 8th

Whitehouse takes tour of Blackstone Valley

August 8, 2013

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse answered questions ranging from federal spending and the national debt, to the need for infrastructure improvements to Obamacare and global climate change from more than 100 area residents who attended a community dinner at the Portuguese Social Club Thursday.

The second-term Democrat said “it is a challenging time to be in Washington” because the nation is only slowly coming out of the recession and the recovery is particularly slow in Rhode Island.

August 7th

Chief: State hinders tribe's efforts

August 7, 2013

The Narragansett Indian Tribe is still in the courts, challenging a Rhode Island Superior Court ruling that rejected the tribe’s claim that the 2012 Twin River table games referendum violated the same constitutional provisions that halted previous attempts by the Narragansetts to establish their own casino.

Woonsocket block party will rock

August 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Organizers of the biggest block party on the East Coast have announced the entertainment lineup for a dozen stages that will stretch for a half-mile through downtown.
It’s all part of the city’s 125th anniversary celebration scheduled for Aug. 29, spearheaded by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and a dedicated band of volunteers. The Call is the designated media partner for the event.
Stage 1, at 2 Main St., will feature the Meadowlarks, a big band group with a dozen members.
Stage 2, 20 Main St. will feature country music with a band to be announced.

August 6th

Killer found guilty, again

August 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET – A Pawtucket man who shot his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend in the head in 2008 was found guilty a second time by a Providence County Superior Court jury on Monday.
Juan Diaz, 29, who was convicted in the murder of Mayra Cruz in 2010, was found guilty again of second degree murder and discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, death resulting.
The verdict was returned one day after a nine-day retrial before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.

Push is on for manufacturing in RI

August 6, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Despite all the handwringing and gloom-and-doom pronouncements about the death of manufacturing in America, and the movement of such businesses to countries with cheap labor and few regulations over the past several decades, the United States has knocked China out of first place as the favorite place for foreign investment for the first time since 2001.

August 5th

Crash leaves Pawtucket man impaled on fence

August 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET—A 19-year-old city man is expected to recover after being impaled by a metal fence post in an accident at 167 Carter Street early Sunday morning.
According to Pawtucket Police, Kelvin Fernandez, of 970 York Ave., was a passenger in a car in which the driver struck the fence and foundation of a property at 163 Carter Ave. and came to rest in front of a house at 167 Carter Ave. at around 3:05 a.m.

August 4th

Investing in Central Falls is good business for entrepreneur Adams

August 4, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS -- Jerauld C. Adams back in the mid-1990s was working for a Lincoln engineering company when he became interested in the field of foreclosures, particularly buying distressed properties and rehabbing them.

The Barrington native bought a small boarded-up mansion in Central Falls – the Benjamin F. Greene House at 85 Cross St. with 28 rooms – and so began what is likely to be a lifelong relationship between the now 43-year-old entrepreneur and the state’s smallest city.

August 1st

Group vows to target lawmakers who supported gay marriage

August 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE —The first same-sex marriage ceremonies in Rhode Island were conducted on Thursday, but if you think that is the end of the long political battle on the issue you have another think coming.
The National Organization for Marriage, a national group opposed to gay marriage, said Thursday that it would sink $100,000 into next year’s elections in Rhode Island to “hold politicians accountable for this travesty.” It pledged an additional $500,000 for the same purpose in Minnesota, where same-sex nuptials also became legal on Thursday.


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