Archive - 2014 - News Article
Jared Zampini of West Warwick was never really into G.I. Joes as a kid. He liked monsters instead and Joe hardly ever tangled with one of those.
When Zampini, 31, was growing up in the 1980s, the popular G.I. Joe action figure had morphed into characters like ‚ÄúDuke,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúRoadblock,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúGung-Ho,‚ÄĚ and other fictional anti-terror fighters from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic books and cartoon series.
This year, G.I. Joe turns 50 and even though he‚Äôs half-a century old and a bit long in the tooth, he can still kick butt.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The news about a rise in heroin overdoses in Rhode Island, coupled with the national coverage of the apparent heroin-related death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, has thrust the centuries-old opioid in the spotlight. Yet, while it‚Äôs acknowledged by police and medical professionals that a ‚Äúbad batch‚ÄĚ of heroin is making the rounds ‚ÄĒ one that is laced with the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl ‚ÄĒ the problem of a seeming resurgence of the hippie-era drug is complex and delves into areas of accessibility and affordability.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď It's a sweet tradition that dates back to the 1930s: Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scouts of the USA has declared Feb. 7-8 ‚ÄúNational Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.‚ÄĚ Girl Scouts nationwide are asking their communities to celebrate by purchasing cookies to help girls reach their goals.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Local talk radio hosts are having no end of fun with a Florida TV station‚Äôs identification of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin as a ‚ÄúSarasota resident,‚ÄĚ and now state Sen. Dawson Hodgson, a Republican candidate for attorney general, is adding questions of his own.
Kilmartin, whose full-time residence is in Pawtucket, has a vacation home in Sarasota where he stayed during a recent January vacation. While there, he and his wife, Kristine, visited the Sarasota Arts Festival, and he was buttonholed by a local TV reporter for a comment on the event.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ The body of the person found inside a car that had been submerged in the Blackstone River has been identified as Angela Rivera, a 62-year-old Pawtucket woman who had been reported missing in March 2011.
The car, a light blue Toyota Camry, had been spotted underwater on Tuesday morning by state employees who had been doing work on a barge in and around the underside of the bridge near 1420 Broad St. When the vehicle was towed from the water, it was determined that a body was inside.
Full story appears on page A1 of today's Times.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď An accurate weather service forecast, a parking ban and a ‚Äúno school‚ÄĚ call helped the city‚Äôs Department of Public Works to get a good handle on Wednesday‚Äôs snowstorm.
By mid-morning, most of Pawtucket‚Äôs roads were very passable and by lunchtime, many were down to the pavement, as temperatures warmed up and the snow tapered off.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒPolice and fire officials confirmed that a body was inside a rusted and delapidated Toyota Camry that was found submerged in the Blackstone River near the Blackstone Landing boat ramp on Tuesday morning.
A Central Falls Police spokesman would not say if the body was male or female, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation. Read the full story in Wednesday's Times.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Gov. Lincoln Chafee has re-ignited the controversy over
issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens.
Legislation submitted on Chafee‚Äôs behalf by Sen. Frank Ciccone of North Providence and Providence in the Senate and by Providence Rep. Anastasia Williams in the House of Representatives would create a ‚Äúdriver‚Äôs privilege license‚ÄĚ for people who meet all other requirements for a regular driver‚Äôs license but ‚Äúcannot establish that he or she is legally present in the United States or does not have a Social Security number.‚ÄĚ
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ The Town Council Wednesday will consider resolutions authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into new three-year employment contracts for Police Chief John R. Desmarais, Director of Rescue Services Sean Thompson and Water Superintendent J. Christopher Champi.
The council's finance subcommittee voted to endorse the three contract agreements, which total $232,900, and forward them to the council as resolutions.
The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.
Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Times and Tuesday's Call.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ For the craft beer lover, nothing brews interest like a gathering of some 40 local vendors, all under one roof. According to event organizer Matt Gray, over 600 people attended the Rhode Island Brew Fest winter event at the Pawtucket Armory on Saturday, which was a record crowd for its second year.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Pawtucket native Joseph McGowan has been on a long artistic journey since he began making decorative mirrors as a teenager back in the 1970s. That journey took him to the West Coast, where he is proud to be participating in a three-month art exhibit called ‚ÄúThrough the Looking Glass‚ÄĚ at the Art Works Gallery in his hometown of Riverside, Calif.
McGowan will be one of three featured artists, along with Laura Ryan and Tracy Cantwell, who are taking part in the exhibit. The opening night is Thursday, Feb. 6, and McGowan will be reading some of his poetry during the evening.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Craft beer aficionados will have much to celebrate today when the second annual Rhode Island Brew Fest Winter opens its doors at the Pawtucket Armory on Exchange Street.
Starting at 1 p.m., hundreds of craft beer fans will gather to sample brews from more than 40 breweries and meet the people behind the kegs and casks of some of the Ocean State‚Äôs most popular microbreweries.
Full story appears on page A1 of today's Times and today's Call.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The latest round of scores on the state‚Äôs high-stakes standardized tests are in, and they show that both Pawtucket and the Central Falls school districts have made strides in reading, particularly at the secondary school level.
However, there is still much work to be done in mathematics, as in a majority of school districts across the state, where the test scores were flat when it came to showing improvement or downright disappointing.
Full story can be found on page A1 of Saturday's Times.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Two Pawtucket lawmakers want to require schools to give age-appropriate education in the prevention of child abduction, child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse.
The bill, with other laws and proposals like it in other states, is called ‚ÄúErin‚Äôs Law,‚ÄĚ after Erin Merryn, a young girl in Schaumburg, Ill., who, starting at the age of 6, was repeatedly raped for two-and-a-half years by a neighbor and then, when she was 11, she was molested by a teenaged cousin.
Full story can be found on page A1 of Friday's Times and Call.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ There was no word on any decision regarding the case of former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau following a status conference held on Thursday in U.S. District Court.
A status conference concerning Moreau‚Äôs corruption case, for which he was convicted on a federal fraud charge, was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. before Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. Reporters were not allowed into the chambers where the conference was held.
Editor's note: This column was published in The Times on Jan. 27, 2014:
It looks like Democrats in the 2014 gubernatorial primary are about to be vexed by the same Catch-22 that confounds Republican candidates for president: What they have to do and say to win their party‚Äôs nomination in the primary could spell doom in the general election.
If the nascent Democratic primary race for governor next year has showed us anything so far, it is that being liberal is becoming cool again.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď If you are applying for a job, should your prospective employer be able to demand the password to your Facebook or other social media account? Should schools and colleges be able to require students or applicants to allow access to restricted portions of their social media profiles?
With sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Meetup gaining popularity, and new sites finding their way onto the Internet with increasing frequency, two state legislators say employees and students should not be forced to share their online lives with people at work or school.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒAttorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has filed a notice in Superior Court that his office will seek life without the possibility for parole in the case against Jorge DePina, who is charged with the murder of his 10-year old daughter last summer. Full story in Wednesday's Times.
CENTRAL FALLS‚ÄĒThe federal court hearing for former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, related to a review of his case that could possibly lead to an early release from prison, has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 30, at 9:30 a.m.
Moreau, imprisoned in Maryland on a corruption charge, will appear for a status conference before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell.
Announcing his arrival on the political scene with a video on his website, Clay Pell is now the fourth Democrat hoping to be elected governor in November.
Pell will formally kick off his campaign later today at the R.I. Convention Center, but said in the two-minute, 30-second video released Monday that ‚ÄúI believe I can restore hope and economic growth in our state.‚ÄĚ
Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Times and A2 of Tuesday's Call.