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January 7th

Back to work: General Assembly open for 2014

January 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Acknowledging that last year’s House session “did not end nice,” with members taking personal shots at one another over various issues, House Speaker Gordon Fox gaveled the 2014 session open with a call to “make this about the people.”

“Things can not be worked out in this chamber if it gets personal,” Fox said. “If you lash out today, maybe it feels good, but ultimately it does not solve problems.”

Full story appears on Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.

January 6th

Burned-out home’s condition preventing investigation of blaze

January 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The unsafe conditions in what remains of a graceful, gambrel-roofed Colonial at 34 Utton Ave. have prevented fire officials from determining the exact cause of Saturday morning’s fire.

A two-alarm blaze broke out in the two-and-a-half-story, woodframe house at around 4 a.m. Pawtucket firefighters had to deal with bitter cold temperatures and icy conditions as they worked for over seven hours to fully extinguish the fire and douse stubborn “hot spots”.

Full story appears on Page 1 of Tuesday's Times.

Mayor Diossa, six new CF councilors sworn in at inaugural ceremony

January 6, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Declaring that “We have come too far to turn back now,” Mayor James Diossa was sworn in for his first full term in office on Monday, pledging to “continue the momentum, the positive energy that is flowing through Central Falls.”

THIS JUST IN: Water emergency closes Cumberland High School

January 6, 2014

CUMBERLAND -- Frigid temperatures caused pipes to burst inside Cumberland High School over the weekend flooding part of the third floor and causing water damage to the lower floors as well. The school was closed on Monday. For more on this story read Tuesday's newspaper.

January 5th

Reed pushes hard for extended unemployment benefits vote

January 5, 2014

With a key Senate vote on a three-month extension of unemployment benefits scheduled later today, four Democratic senators led by Sen. Jack Reed say they are confident they can get 60 votes to overcome an expected filibuster, but that if they fail, they vow to keep bringing the matter up until it does pass.

January 3rd

Effort to aid seniors, disabled with snow removal needs help

January 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — After the plowing of the streets comes the shoveling of the sidewalks. Yet, for many senior or disabled citizens, clearing snow off the sidewalks is difficult or impossible. That's where the city’s volunteer snow shoveling program digs in to help out.

RIACLU sues Pawtucket schools

January 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Pawtucket School Department seeking public records regarding its high-stakes testing policy that it claims the department has withheld, but Superintendent Deborah Cylke said Thursday that it has already provided the requested information and the suit was filed “in error.”

January 2nd

‘Tis the season for trees to meet the woodchipper

January 2, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – Christmas is over and it’s time to discard that dried-out tree standing in the corner of your living room.

The East Providence Department of Public Works and Parks Division has set up 10 drop-off locations around the city to provide a convenient way for city residents to recycle their needle-dropping trees.

Full story appears on page 1 of Friday's Times.

DePina indicted for daughter’s murder

January 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The death of 10-year-old Aleida DePina was the city’s most horrific abuse case in recent years, and now the girl’s father, Jorge DePina, has been indicted by a grand jury in her murder.

On Thursday, the Providence County Grand Jury reported out an indictment charging the 32-year-old DePina, of 48 Knowles St., Pawtucket, with one count of murder. It is alleged that DePina killed his daughter on or about July 3, 2013.

Full story appears on page 1 in Friday's Times.

January 1st

A white welcome to 2014

January 1, 2014

Ice melt, rock salt and snow shovels were flying off the shelves at local hardware stores Wednesday as folks prepared for the first major snowstorm of the year — a long-duration storm that began pre-dawn today and will continue into Friday with 8 to 10 inches of dry, powdery snow predicted for most of Rhode Island, including Woonsocket and Pawtucket.

The storm will be followed by some of the coldest air of the season. Temperatures could be near zero by Saturday morning.

 

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