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June 26th, 2013
PROVIDENCE -- Votes to establish a state budget are annually strange and unwieldy affairs, but the $8.2 billion document that squeaked through the House of Representatives Wednesday night with just two votes to spare was one for the books.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) â New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the NFL player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people.
Hernandez, 23, was taken from his North Attleborough home in handcuffs just over a week after Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park a mile away.
BLACKSTONE â The hot and humid weather Tuesday was no hindrance to Lou Ryan as she made her way into the Municipal Center with her daughter, Sharon Finn, of New Hampshire, to vote in the special state election filling U.S. Senator John Kerryâs vacant seat senate.
LINCOLN â A local pain management clinic has received a federal court subpoena for records tied to a national outbreak of fungal meningitis resulting from tainted pharmaceuticals last year.
Ocean State Pain Management of Blackstone Valley Place is one of 76 clinics around the country that federal health officials say dispensed contaminated drugs from New England Compounding Pharmacy in Framingham.
WOONSOCKET â It was hot on Monday, up to 93 degrees in northern Rhode Island, and the weather was generating more concern for potential health impacts than a typical summer day due to higher than normal readings of ground level ozone.
PROVIDENCE â Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, stopped in Rhode Island Monday to talk about design and manufacturing with students, educators, entrepreneurs and other economic development stakeholders at the RI School of Design and to help raise money for Congressman David Cicilline by keynoting his third annual Womenâs Conference at the Biltmore Hotel.
CENTRAL FALLS â Brutally hot outside temperatures and a fire and chemical spill inside a paint factory combined to cause a hazardous and uncomfortable scene for dozens of area firefighters on Monday.
Firefighters responded to the five-alarm blaze at around 11:30 a.m. at General Polymer Inc., an industrial paints and coatings company located at 59 Foundry St. The company occupies a three-story, 75,000-square foot brick mill building located in a densely populated neighborhood off Broad Street.
PAWTUCKET â With the first day of summer comes many reasons to celebrate. Yet, Pawtucket police and fire officials want to remind residents of the laws regarding two activities that can affect safety and quality of life in a densely populated city like Pawtucket: fireworks and outdoor burning.
PAWTUCKETââDisappointedâ is the way that Mayor Donald Grebien said he felt after getting the news that Pawtucket stands to receive about $876,000 less under the House Finance Committee's budget plan than what it would have under the governor's original proposal.
PAWTUCKET â A 38-year-old city man, reportedly an ex-boxer, has been charged in the brutal beating of a homeless man that occurred on May 18.
According to Pawtucket Police, the suspect has been identified as as Rafael Torres, 38, of 82 Sabin St.. Torres is accused of pummeling 58-year-old John Simms, of no permanent address, in a dispute. Torres, also known to live on the streets, was reported to have been angry with Simms because he drank his bottle of vodka.
CUMBERLAND â Steaming plates of tripe stew and barbecue chicken and the traditional Marchas de SĂŁo JoĂŁo will highlight Clube Juventude Lusitanaâs annual Saint Johnâs Feast, a three-day Portuguese festival that kicks off tonight.
One of the biggest Portuguese feasts of its kind in Rhode Island, the festival grounds at the clubâs headquarters on Chase Street, including its three function halls, will be teeming with activity with everything from Portuguese folkloric dancing groups to the clubâs traditional SĂŁo JoĂŁo parade in honor of St. Johnâs Day.
PAWTUCKET â Northern Rhode Islandâs foreclosure problem appears to be on the mend, but itâs improving at a significantly slower pace than other regions of the state, a report released today says.
LINCOLN â Wielding gold-painted hedge clippers, Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond, CEO John Taylor and other dignitaries cut a ceremonial red ribbon Wednesday to officially initiate Las Vegas style-table games at Twin River, ushering in yet another new era at a facility that has morphed over the decades from a horse racing track, to a dog track to a slot parlor and now to a full-fledged casino.
PAWTUCKET â The brother of a man charged in a local murder last summer was sent to the ACI to be held without bail on Tuesday after he allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl Monday night.
Major Arthur Martins, Pawtucket Police spokesman, said Napoleon Johnson, 19, was ordered held without bail on the charge of 1st degree sexual assault after turning himself in at police headquarters early Tuesday.
The victim, who was an acquaintance of Napoleon Johnson, was reported to have been taken to his 69 John St. residence and raped in his bedroom.
PAWTUCKET â Elizabeth âBettyâ Johnson's rich legacy, from her vast collection of historical documents to her 19th century homestead and its contents, are in good hands, according to local preservationists. As such, the non-profit organization that she created to oversee her property is planning to disband.
PAWTUCKET â An investigation is going on into the possible misuse of the city's gasoline pumps by someone who allegedly used them to fill up a personal vehicle.
However, while city officials have confirmed the investigation, they are being tight-lipped about the scope of it and any other details surrounding the matter.
CUMBERLAND â Test drilling will begin later this summer at Franklin Farmâs east field, one of five sites and the primary parcel identified in an evaluation of town-owned properties that have the potential to provide a new source of municipal groundwater.
The Cumberland Water Department has contracted with Layne Christensen Company of Dracut, Mass. to drill test wells and conduct short term pumping tests in late August or early September when groundwater levels are expected to be at their lowest.
PAWTUCKETâEvery woman dreams of finding the perfect dress for her wedding day. For bride-to-be Beth Coakley, that means taking her turn in the same satin and lace gown that has been worn by seven other family members before her.
When Coakley, a school teacher in Beverly, Mass., marries Pawtucket native Bob Bedard this fall, she will be proudly outfitted in a family heirloom known as âthe corn crop dress.â The gown was first worn by Coakley's great-aunt when she wed in 1949, and was passed down to a bride in every generation after that, from the 1950s to the 1990s.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. has no problem nurturing the cityâs artistic community and supporting budding young artists, but he draws the line at spray-painted phallic symbols, curse words and other graffiti he says is plaguing city walls.
Meg Lancaster, a member of the Lincoln High School Class of 2013, watches fellow classmates during the processional at CCRIâs Flanagan Campus in Lincoln Friday evening.