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Audit: Continued improvement in city finances
Independent accounting firm says Pawtucket shows strides toward sounder financial footing
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PAWTUCKET – While there are concerns about future pension and OPEB obligations and some potentially costly legal matters pending, the recently completed annual inde-
pendent audit of the city’s budget for fiscal 2013 shows the city has made big strides in being on firm financial and operational footing. At a special meeting of the City Council held Thursday, Judith Enright, of the Providence-based independent accounting firm
LGC+D, presented the highlights of the audit of the city’s budget for the last fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2013. She noted that overall, accounting estimates done by the city’s fiscal team were “sound” and there were “no unusual transactions or “alternative accounting transac-
tions” that were found by the auditors. The audit also included the school budget and all federally funded programs. Enright said she expected the draft of the audit to be signed off by See AUDIT, page A2
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A doughnut shop chain won’t be selling doughnuts at a new Massachusetts location. Quincy’s licensing board this week approved a plan for Honey Dew Donuts to open a shop inside the city’s new $30 million YMCA. A spokeswoman for the Y tells The Patriot Ledger that because of the organization’s emphasis on physical fitness, no doughnuts will be sold. The shop will sell coffee, low-fat muffins, salads, sandwiches, yogurt, fruit cups and smoothies. According to Honey Dew’s website, its low-fat muffins contain more calories and sugar than many of its doughnuts.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says R.I.’s next governor must be committed to changing the state’s economic climate
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interview on Wednesday with The Times. “It’s hode Island’s nation-worst not about a title. unemployment rate, its It’s about the challagging economy and prolenges this state is Photo by Ernest A. Brown jected out-year budget going to face and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says he has been receiving positive feedback in his deficits in the hundreds of whoever is going travels throughout the state and was very optimistic about th potential to tackle millions makes being governor a diffito be governor, he the state’s economic woes during his visit with The Times on Wednesday. cult job. has to be ready for His blueprint for doing that, Fung View lifestyle center that grew up Allan Fung, a Republican running OPINION, it. next to it; to the newly expanded to be the next governor, says that is “I want the job said, is the development and job Page A4 growth that has occurred in Cranston Taco, Inc, and to the ever-growing exactly what makes the position because of those under his watch. Alex and Ani, which has a brand new attractive to him. challenges and He points to the rejuvenation of the world headquarters in Chapel View. “I want those challenges, I want responsibilities,” Fung asserted. “I those responsibilities; I really do,” the want to tackle them and I want to turn Garden City shopping center and the construction of the upscale Chapel See FUNG, page A2 three-term Cranston mayor said in an the state around.”
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Panel OKs Plainville for first Mass. slots parlor
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Report: R.I.’s unemployment rate even worse than previously thought
Revised data shows state making little progress in job creation
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BOSTON — A divided Massachusetts Gaming Commission chose Plainville on Thursday to be the site of the state’s first and only slots parlor. On a 3-to-2 vote, the panel offered the slots parlor license to Penn National Gaming, which plans to operate a $225 million facility at the Plainridge harness racetrack. The track has been struggling to stay afloat as horse racing faltered in Massachusetts in recent years. Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby voted along with Commissioner James McHugh for a competing See SLOTS, page A2
The state’s revised unemployment rate for 2013
How much the state’s labor force shrank over the past year
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where Rhode Island’s 2013 rate ranked. The state has struggled with one of the country’s worst jobless rates for years, PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s job- and Gov. Lincoln Chafee and lawmakers less rate for 2013 has been revised have promised urgent action to bring it upward to 9.5 percent, and new data down. Rhode Island’s January unemployshow the monthly rate never dipped ment rate will be announced next week. below 9 percent last year as previously “Certainly no one is happy when the reported, state labor officials said unemployment rate is that high,” Fogarty Thursday. said. “We’re hoping that as we go forward Statistics released by the state in 2014 that the rate continues to decline. Department of Labor and Training show We have far too many people who want to the average annual rate is four-tenths of a work and don’t have opportunities.” point higher than initially calculated. The labor force shrunk by nearly “Certainly the recovery in Rhode 10,000 — more than initially reported — Island is frustratingly slow,” said DLT from a peak of 560,000 in January to Director Charlie Fogarty. 550,100 in December. That’s the lowest The revised low was 9.3 percent in level since June 2002, officials said. December. Officials had previously In addition, the number of employed reported the rate that month as 9.1 perresidents fell by 7,100, from 506,200 in cent — which was the highest in the U.S. January and February to 499,100 in The earlier data showed the unemploy- December. ment rate four times falling below 9 perA spokeswoman for Chafee didn’t cent in 2013, to a low of 8.8 percent in respond to a message seeking comment. both April and June. In his annual state of the state address in The labor department does an annual January, the Democratic governor said revision of unemployment data. Federal Rhode Island is “on the upswing” with statistics being released Friday will show respect to its economic recovery.
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Senate passes stricter sentences for killers
Bill prompted by murderer’s release after serving 13 years of 35-year prison term
sentenced Brissette to 60 years in prison for brutally murdering Jeannette PROVIDENCE – Using Descoteaux, a victim apparthe early release from prison ently chosen at random, with of Woonsocket “Thrill a lug wrench in the woods of Killer” Alfred Brissette as Burrillville in 1999. He was one gruesome example of the set to serve 35 years in need for the law, the Senate prison with 25 suspended, passed legislation Thursday but with good time and other that would require anyone considerations he was convicted of first or second released last year after servdegree murder to serve at ing just 13 years at the ACI. least one half of the original With the bill that passed sentence handed down by the on a 34-1 vote on Thursday, judge. a future murderer in the same In Brissette’s case, situation would have to serve Coventry Sen. Leonidas at least one-half of the origiRaptakis, the bill’s sponsor, nal sentence – 30 years. told his colleagues, a judge “Early releases of violent
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criminals threaten to undermine our justice system,” Raptakis said during the debate on the bill. “We have a duty to ensure that the prison sentences handed down by judges and jurors for violent criminals are going to result in a meaningful time behind bars and not simply be swept away by the Parole Board. “When you allow someone not to serve their time, it is an injustice,” Raptakis asserted. “This bill only applies to future murderers, but we have to send a strong message here, ladies and gentlemen: When you com-
mit murder, you are going to serve at least 50 percent of your original sentence.” To buttress his argument, the senator pointed to other murder cases where early release had dire consequences. Raptakis said Andrew Jett was convicted of killing his girlfriend, Stephanie Oxendine in 1992. He was released in 2010 after serving 18 years and two years later he killed his new girlfriend, Michelle Busby. “How can we talk about being tough on crime when See SENTENCES, page A2
Fung says that as he goes around the state meeting people, listening to their concerns and telling them about his plans and ideas, people recognize him and come up to him, saying they like what he has done in Cranston and wanting to hear more about what he wants to do for the state. “From Newport to Woonsocket people are coming up to me asking what I want to do to get people back to work,” he said, adding, “people have at least heard about the successes we’ve had in Cranston and what is going on there.” Last summer there was a ceremonial signing of the final beam being placed in the construction of Chapel View. “What was so cool about it is that it hit me for the first time that I had a hand in it when that project started. I was on the City Council and it took a decade” to finally finish it. “The number one issue on people’s minds is jobs,” Fung said. One of the ways he has gone about enhancing economic development in Cranston is by “breaking a lot of the barriers down, work directly with the business owners, either myself or a high-level triage team that included the director of administration and all the different department heads who that business owner would have to go through and work with. “I want to do that at the state level,” he said. “Make sure that timely decisions are made by any of our state departments so that any person putting an application in,
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Coakley: Say no to online lottery push in Mass.
He said one possible option would be to use a card with stored value that can be refilled at lottery retailers. That would also allow the stores to get a commission on winning tickets. Grossman has said the threat of Internet gambling to existing state lotteries is imminent. Other states are also exploring online lottery games. In 2012, Grossman pointed to a U.S. Justice Department ruling that reversed a previous stance barring states from conducting online gambling. At the time, Grossman said the new ruling allows the Lottery to market online to in-state adults with credit cards. Treasury spokesman Jon Carlisle said Grossman believes that any launch of online lottery games should come with two conditions — that the games have no negative impact on the lottery’s 7,400 sales agents and that it not lead to increased problem gambling. A bill currently before state lawmakers would let the lottery launch online games. Money from the Lottery goes back to Massachusetts cities in towns in the form of unrestricted aid. In the past two fiscal years, that has totaled $1.9 billion.
whether it is for a huge development or some homeowner who wants to put in a dock and it is pending before the Coastal Resources Management Council or anyone else. “If they have professional help that is guiding them through and their application is complete, there is no reason they shouldn’t get an answer within 90 days or else it is deemed approved,” Fung said. “That is some of the regulatory burden I would like to lift as governor. As we’ve talked to a lot of different business owners, small to big, particularly the small, that’s where they need a lot of help – the entryway to government, they get lost sometimes not knowing where to go. But when they get in it, they get frustrated because they can’t get a decision one way or the other.” As a mayor, Fung says, “I set the overall tone and mission for economic development. That is the same thing that a governor should be doing. One of the things I find frustrating is I don’t see one overall vision or mission of where the state should be going for economic development as a whole. “What can happen, and I have seen this happen, is that everyone’s got a great idea. But they shotgun all over the place. That can’t happen,” he contends. “If you are going to do legitimate economic development, it’s got to be done within one rubric, under one roof, putting forth the chief executive’s agenda for the state, without going chasing after the next great company.” Fung has been adamant that he wants the General Assembly to reject the proposed settlement of the state pension lawsuit, led by General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, one of four Democrats vying for the governor’s job. “The cities and towns are talking it on the chin,” he explained, and they can not afford it. And while he doesn’t want to see cities and towns hit with a big pension bill they would have to raise property taxes to pay, he also doesn’t want to see the pension debt re-amortized – spread out over a longer period (an additional two years is the current estimate) because “that is another kicking the can down the road and not addressing the issue that is in front of you. You’re going to pay it at some point in time.” So that would mean more local taxes, Fung said, “or make dramatic cuts. This is part of the problem. I don’t think the General Assembly realizes, there are a lot of cuts that have been made to services in a lot of municipalities.” Follow Jim Baron on Twitter @Jim_Baron
BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley warned Thursday against expanding the Massachusetts Lottery online. Allowing individuals to purchase lottery tickets over the Internet would require the use of credit cards, Coakley said, and using credit cards to buy lottery tickets has long been barred in Massachusetts out of fear that it would lure problem gamblers into crushing personal debt. Coakley, a Democratic candidate for governor, also said there are difficulties in verifying the age of online gamblers. “I feel pretty strongly that it is not a good idea for consumers. It’s not a good idea for Massachusetts,” Coakley said. One of Coakley’s Democratic rivals for governor, state Treasurer Steven Grossman, has pushed state lawmakers for permission to test what he hopes will be a first wave of Internet lottery games in Massachusetts. A spokesman for Grossman, whose office oversees the state lottery, said he also opposes the use of credit cards for online lottery games and doesn’t believe they would require the use of credit cards.
Mass. Speaker questions pot dispensary process
DeLeo said “I’m hearing now that a lot of the information on the applications was not verified and that’s, quite frankly, what I have a major problem with.” Attorney General Martha Coakley echoed those concerns, also urging the state Department of Public Health to take a fresh look at the applications. “It makes sense for DPH to take a look essentially from scratch because this is important that we do this right,” Coakley told reporters Thursday. “You have to do the background checks and vetting that seems to not have been done.”
BOSTON (AP) — The state should take a second look at the medical marijuana dispensary licensing process because some of the information on the 20 applications approved last month was not thoroughly vetted and some applicants may have submitted false or misleading statements, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said. The Winthrop Democrat said he’s heard complaints from lawmakers and from unsuccessful applicants about the process. “I think at the very least we have to look at the places that they have chosen,”
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bill, scheduled to come to the Senate floor shortly, that would require criminals sentenced to life imprisonment spend at least 30 years behind bars before being eligible for parole. “To naysayers, I say that by passing this bill, even if we save one life in the future, it is well worth it. The lone no vote on Thursday was cast by
Smithfield Sen. Stephen Archambault, but he explained later that he cast the vote in error – he thought he was voting on the bill involving life sentences – and that he will move to change his vote when the Senate meets again on Tuesday. Two other bills passed by the Senate on Thursday, both introduced by Pawtucket Sen.
James Doyle, also involve the state’s parole system. One of those bills would require that the Senate confirm all nominations to the parole board made by the governor. Currently, such nominations are not part of the “advise and consent” function of the Senate. That legislation passed on a 36-0 vote without debate. A second Doyle bill,
which would limit Parole Board employees to three consecutive three-year terms, passed on a vote of 32-2. That bill would apply to all future appointments and reappointments. Warren Sen. Walter Felag and Providence Sen. Harold Metts cast the two negative votes. Follow Jim Baron on Twitter @Jim_Baron
bid from Cordish Cos. to build a slots parlor in Leominster, saying it would offer more jobs and opportunities for the state’s economically challenged north-central region. A third
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applicant, Raynham Park, did not receive any votes. In backing Plainville, commissioners Gayle Cameron, Enrique Zuniga and Bruce Stebbins cited, among other factors, their desire to preserve harness racing. The track’s owners said it would almost certainly close without the slots parlor. The commissioners also noted Penn National’s considerable experience in operating 28 gambling facilities in North America. “We never knew what the outcome was going to be until the vote was taken, so my stomach was in knots for two days,” said Tim Wilmott, chief executive of Wyomissing, Pa.-based Penn National. The commission gave the company until Friday to accept the conditions, after which the license would be formally issued. Wilmott said he did not see any major concerns with the conditions set by the commission, which were largely technical. It would be the first license for expanded gam-
bling awarded in Massachusetts since passage of a 2011 state law that allows for up to three regional resort casinos but only one slots parlor, a smaller facility with a maximum of 1,250 slot machines but no table games, such as blackjack. The slots parlor will also be subject to a higher state tax on gambling revenues, 40 percent as opposed to 25 percent for the resort casinos. Wilmott said he expected the slots parlor at Plainridge to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2015, but added the company would also seek permission from regulators to open on a partial basis with 500 slot machines within six months. The facility will have a sports bar operated with former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie. Penn National took over the Plainville bid after the track’s owner, Ourway Realty, was disqualified by the commission because of financial irregularities turned up during a background
check. While the three commissioners who backed Plainville also had high praise for the Leominster bid, they cited racing as a factor in their decision. “If our decision was to result in the track closing, there would be a number of people out of work that day,” said Zuniga. McHugh, a retired state appeals court judge, said the Cordish proposal was stronger because it had the potential to create more jobs in its region. He pointed to what he called an “ingenious” plan by Cordish to devote at least $1 million in annual slots parlor revenues to promote startup medical device firms. “In the end, it’s the quality of the jobs, and the number of fulltime jobs, and the location where the jobs will be placed that tips the scales for me toward Leominster,” McHugh said. Crosby agreed, noting that the Leominster area had a higher unemployment rate than Plainville, in the southThe audit confirmed that the City of Pawtucket ended fiscal year 2013 with a surplus of $4.99 million. The surplus is a combination of $1.1 million in additional revenues, $1.9 million in spending cuts, a $1.5 million surplus in the city’s medical fund, and a budgeted surplus of roughly $500,000. Total revenues were boosted by interest on taxes and improved methods of collecting rescue fees. A significant reorganization of the Public Works Department, favorable timing on lease payments, and budgeted positions being held vacant contributed to the reductions in expenditures. The improving financial picture allowed the city to contribute an additional appropriation of $621,383, with City Council approval, to the School Department to eliminate the FY 2012 school deficit, as the administration, Council, and School Committee continue to work
eastern part of the state. He also argued that while he supported horse racing, the commission was under no obligation to try to save the industry. Joseph Weinberg, chief executive of Baltimorebased Cordish, which operates the Maryland Live! Casino said he respected the panel’s decision. “We do think it’s a missed opportunity but it was the state’s decision, and they made it,” said Weinberg, who would not rule out a future attempt to enter the Massachusetts market. The commission evaluated the proposals on the basis of several categories, including economic development, building and site design, and finance. Penn National and Cordish scored the highest grades, with Raynham, a former dog track, trailing in nearly every area. Once issued the license, Penn National will have 30 days to pay a $25 million licensing fee to the state. together to improve the financial operations of the city and School Department. According to Finance Director Joanna L’Heureux, the city’s “rainy day fund” now totals $5.1 million. While still below the levels sought by the major credit rating agencies, L’Heureux said the improved reserves should strengthen the city’s case as it seeks a ratings upgrade during the next round of evaluations by credit rating agencies. Nationally, the standard desired level for reserves is around ten percent of budget, according to L’Heureux. “It is a key priority of this administration to continue to build our reserves and pursue all possible avenues to improve the city’s bond rating, which would lower our borrowing costs, and improve our overall financial position,” said L’Heureux.
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are once again showing on the bottom line,” Mayor Donald R. Grebien said in a city officials and presented to press statement. “We have a the state Department of very long road and many fisRevenue today, which is the cal challenges still ahead of required deadline. us but we have turned the “We continue to improve corner and are headed in the and streamline processes that right direction to achieve a stable, sustainable financial future for the City of Pawtucket. He said that improved revenues in some areas, strict cost controls and reorganization in the Public RHODE ISLAND Works Department as chief Last night’s number — contributors to the rosier 2-3-5-8 budget picture. Wild Money — “Shared sacrifice by our 02-06-22-32-34, taxpayers, city employees, Extra: 11 and retirees, in addition to Powerball — sound management principles 11-12-17-38-42, have contributed to this Powerball: 2 marked improvement over MASSACHUSETTS the last three years, and Mid-day number — allowed us to hold the line on 4-8-2-8 taxes for residents and busiLast night’s number — nesses this year while provid4-7-1-2 ing the quality services our Yesterday’s Megabucks residents expect and deserve,” said Grebien. 06-12-16-26-39-47
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Gatchell Post Ladies Auxiliary to host bingo
PAWTUCKET—The Major Walter Gatchell Ladies Auxiliary will hold a bingo on Sunday, March 30, at 171 Fountain St. Doors open at 11 a.m., bingo starts at 1 p.m. There are prizes, raffles and a pot o’gold. Free coffee and pastry are provided and sandwiches and drinks are available for purchase.
Irish Celebration Fundraiser to benefit Holden scholarship fund
Rose Spavolda of Pawtucket, left, enjoys her breakfast with Dave Bergeron of North Providence, center, and her son, Randy Giraldo of Pawtucket, during the third annual Snowflake Breakfast hosted by the Central Falls Lions Club and held at St. George's Church in Central Falls Saturday morning. Rose is also the mother of Central Falls Parks and Recreation Director and Lions Club member Josh Giraldo.
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CENTRAL FALLS — The 17th annual Irish Celebration Fundraiser for the Ralph J. Holden Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held Friday, Mar. 7 at the Club Madeirense, 46 Madeira Ave., Central Falls, from 7 p.m. to midnight. The event will feature a buffet and raffle. Music will be provided by Jimmy Harvey. Ticket are $10. All tickets are available in advance at the law office of Bruce D. Sawyer, 511 Mendon Rd., Cumberland; the secretary's office at Central Falls High School, 24 Summer St.; Dick Cruise Carpets, 736 Dexter St.; the Garfield Social Club, and P-Jay's Pub, Crossman Street. Tickets will also be available at the door. All proceeds will go to the scholarship fund. Individuals unable to attend may make a donation to the “Ralph Holden Scholarship Fund” and forward it to the office of Bruce D. Sawyer at the above address. For further information, please contact Kathy Martin-Menard at (401) 334-1613.
Ana Carrasco, a member of the Central Falls Lions Club, serves up a hot breakfast during the third annual Snowflake Breakfast.
City man arrested after domestic assault, shots fired
PAWTUCKET— Following a disturbance at a house on Cameron Street late Wednesday night during which shots were fired, a city man was arrested on domestic and drug charges, and his roommate was also arrested later on drug charges. According to Major Arthur Martins, at approximately 11 p.m., Pawtucket Police received a call about a domestic disturbance at 116 Cameron St. Officers arrived and were met by a woman and her young son. The woman told officers that she had had an argument with her
boyfriend, identified as Paul Williams, 42, who lived at 116 Cameron St. The woman said she had been punched and pushed by Williams. During the argument she said that Williams had gone into the basement area and she heard gunshots. She said Williams then came upstairs holding a firearm and yelled at her to leave the home. She said she left promptly with her son and called police. Pawtucket Police officers arrived and surrounded the home, and they called to Williams to exit the house, Martins said. After a few minutes, Williams came out of the house and was taken into cus-
tody. Officers also learned that Williams had a roommate, but his whereabouts could not be determined at that time. Martins said officers then entered the home in an effort to locate the roommate and to determine if there was anyone else inside needing assistance. While searching for additional victims or suspects, officers observed marijuana plants being grown in the basement as well as in another room. A firearm was located in the kitchen area and officers also located an expended shell casing and live ammunition in the basement. The roommate, 67-year-old
Philip Launt, was eventually located at a different location. He was not at home at the time of the domestic disturbance between Williams and his girlfriend, Martins said. Martins said that Williams reportedly did not shoot the gun at the woman or point it at her. He apparently went down to the basement and fired the gun in a fit of anger, then came back upstairs and ordered the woman to leave. Williams and Launt were both arrested and held at the Pawtucket Police Department. Seized from the house were 68 marijuana plants, 232 grams of marijuana, scales and packaging materials associated with the street level dis-
tribution of illegal drugs, and a Taurus .45 caliber revolver. Williams and Launt were arraigned in District Court in Providence on Thursday. Williams was charged with manufacture of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance/controlled substances, conspiracy, domestic felony assault, domestic assault, domestic disorderly conduct, and firing without landowner’s permission/firing in a compact area. Launt, also of 116 Cameron St., was charged with manufacture of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance/controlled substances, and conspiracy, police said.
Police seek suspect in Greene Street home invasion
PAWTUCKET — On Wednesday at approximately 11 a.m., Pawtucket Police were notified of a home invasion that occurred at a residence on Greene Street. They are asking for the public's help in locating the suspect. The victims told police that a male (of unknown race) armed with a large knife entered the apartment through an unlocked door. The suspect tied up the victims with duct tape and fled with an undetermined amount of cash. One of the victims was able to remove the tape binding and contact the police. The suspect was described as wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt, gloves and a ski mask. There were no injuries reported. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to contact the Pawtucket Police Department at 401-727-9100 and ask for Detective Doran at ext. 742. — Donna Kenny Kirwan
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Rockers Hendrix and Joplin honored with USPS stamp
iriam R. Plitt, like many of the baby boomer generation were ecstatic with the announcing by the United States Postal Service (USPS) of its unveiling of a new line of commemorative stamps, including music culture icons. These stamps will be sold as forever stamps and are good for mailing first class letters at that price any time in the future even if stamps price increase, she says. The long-time Oak Hill resident was elated that two of her 60s favorites, Jimi Hendrix, on of the most celebrated guitarists in the 20th century and legendary singer and songwriter Janis Herb Weiss Joplin, who pushed their way into the public psyche at the Woodstock festival at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, made the cut. “Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix reaches my soul, they speak to me,” notes Plitt, who chairs Pawtucket’s Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture, who grew up loving Rock and Roll when this musical style became entrenched in her generation. “Any time I hear these musicians, I just go into my own world and dance,” she says. “Joplin and Hendrix are not artists that came onto the nation’s musical scene and left,” she observed, but they have had an impact on proceeding generations even setting high standards for other musicians who came after them. Now in her mid-sixties, Plitt notes that this is a terrific honor for her generation, having musicians that her contemporaries listened to growing up to be placed on a first class postage stamp.
Pushing the musical boundaries with his guitar
According to Mark Saunders, USPS spokesman, this month, the Jimi Hendrix stamp will be released on March 13 at the South By Southwest Concert in Austin, Texas and available nationwide that day. It’s a natural venue for Jimi Hendrix fans to purchase the stamp, he says. According to the USPS’s bio on Hendrix (1942-1970), the musician was considered to be one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, this being a key factor for the honor of being selected by the USPS. Combining influences from rock, modern jazz, soul, and the blues with his own innovations, the legendary Hendrix created a unique style that influenced musical guitarist of his era and continues to inspire musicians well into the 21st century. According to the USPS: “Hendrix pushed the boundaries of what his guitar could do, manipulating various devices to produce sounds that could be loud—the quintessential psychedelic music—or melodic and gentle. A master at the controlled use of distortion and feedback, he expanded the instrument’s vocabulary in a way that had never been heard before—or since. “While Hendrix is remembered as one of the most innovative guitar players of all time, he was also a gifted songwriter, combining visionary, sometimes haunting imagery with deft pop hooks. “Rolling Stone ranked Hendrix #1 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and #6 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. His band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The band’s first album, Are You Experienced, is considered by many critics to be one of the best rock albums of all time, and in 2005, the Library of Congress selected it for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry, a list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States. “In 1993, Hendrix was awarded a posthumous Grammy for lifetime achievement. “Through Hendrix’s mastery of the guitar and use of controlled feedback as a melodic element, he revolutionized and redefined popular music. His music sounds as innovative and fresh today as when it was first released, winning legions of new fans.”
Bluesy voice propelled her to the top
Joplin (1943-1970), an icon of the 1960s whose bluesy voice propelled her to the pinnacle of rock stardom, gets her image on a stamp, too. Her stamp will be issued later in 2014. When announcing the issuance of the Joplin stamp, the USPS detailed her musical track record, too. Joplin broke onto the national music scene with an explosive performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Known for her rebellious public persona, Joplin roared and wailed her way through uninhibited, soulful performances.
Her time at the top, however, was very brief. She recorded only two hit albums and performed at the Woodstock concert, but in October 1970, just three years after she became a star, she died at the age of 27 of a drug overdose. The album she was recording at the time of her death, Pearl, went on to cement her reputation as one of the premier white blues singers of all time. “Me and Bobby McGee,” written by Kris Kristofferson, became a number one hit. As the years passed, Joplin’s legacy was increasingly recognized by critics. She was inducted into the Cleveland, Ohio-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Rolling Stone included Joplin on its list of 100 Greatest Artists. Some of her most popular songs include “Piece of My Heart,” “Ball and Chain,” and “Cry Baby.” Washington Posts Reporter Lisa Rein reported in a February 21 article that while stamp designs for both Hendrix and Joplin were scheduled for 2014, other pop and music icons were selected for 2015 and beyond. Specifically, Rein’s commemorative stamp listing also included Beatle John Lennon, NBA basketball player Wilt Chamberlain, recording artist and musician James Brown and late night talk show host Johnny Carson. She noted that the USPS even was considering the reissuing of Elvis Presley stamp. However, USPS Spokesperson Saunders, stated that while Hendrix and Joplin are confirm for release this year, the others cited by Rein are only being considered at this time, subject to change and most certainly not finalized. “We may or may not move forward with these stamps,” he says. Yes, there is controversy even in the world of stamps. When hearing that Beatle John Lennon might be honored by having his image on a stamp, collectors voiced their opposition and concerns. Traditionally, only Americans subjects have been selected, they say. But, Saunders explains that the USPS has the discretion to select subjects that have made a significant impact to American society and culture, citing examples of Mother Teresa and Winston Churchill. This opens the door to John Lennon’s consideration, he says. Bringing more relevant stamps reflecting popular pop culture icons to market is a way to attract younger buyers and increase USPS revenues, notes Saunders. “With 300 million customers across the nation, our diverse stamp program has something to offer everybody,” he adds. Saunders notes that “We receive over 40,000 suggestions of subjects on stamps each year.” Many people suggest the inclusion of rock stars on stamps. Most certainly, “Joplin and Hendrix will appeal to fans of rock music from the 60s and 70s,” he says. Will Joplin and Hendrix’s commemorative stamps be a big hit with the American public? It’s a mixed bag says, Ken Martin, Executive Director of the American Philatelic Society,” a nonprofit group representing 34,000 stamp collectors, educators and postal historians in 110 countries. “Some collectors feel that people commemorated on stamps should be without flaws,” he says, noting that some might just not agree with Hendrix or Joplin’s music style or the way they lived. However, others might just love them. But Martin concedes that “a little bit of controversy adds to promotion of the released stamp and may well increases sales.” He recognizes that the USPS is broadening the scope of the diverse stamp program to reach out to a broader section of the population. Countering the concerns of collectors who may well frown upon the USPS issuing stamps of people with nontraditional or controversial lifestyles, like Hendrix and Joplin, Rick Bellaire, vice chairman of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, has another take on it. Bellaire says that the sudden deaths of Hendrix and Joplin, especially coming as they did (from drug overdoses), one after the other in the fall of 1970, “were a great blow to the music world.” These musicians were “such giants that there could never be anyone to replace them nor carry on their work,” he says, noting that their “highly original styles promoted deep rhythm & blues to the young, white masses in the guise of psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll while always making sure the audience knew the source material.” “I am proud of the U.S. Postal Service for honoring these two masters, judging them not by their personal lives and lifestyles, but by their groundbreaking work as musicians and their generosity of spirit,” says Bellaire. For more information on submitting to the USPS your suggestion for a stamp design, go to Herb Weiss, LRI ‘12 is a Pawtucketbased writer who covers aging, health care and medical issues. He can be reached at
Rhode Island taxpayers have suffered enough
Enough is enough. Over the past several legislative sessions, our representatives at the Statehouse have inflicted significant financial pain on the local taxpayers. First, they eliminated general revenue sharing monies to local municipalities. Next, they eliminated funding to permit a phase out of the burdensome car tax. And now, the taxpayers of Rhode Island are getting hit with another bill thanks to a closed-door, behind the scenes deal. Cities and towns have worked hard to withstand the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid. Services have been cut, employees have agreed to concessions, and property taxes have been increased. In 2011, the governor and the general treasurer persuaded the General Assembly to enact the Rhode Island Retirement Security Act ("Act") in order to avoid the huge employer contribution requirements resulting from changes to the investment rate of return and other actuarial assumptions, as well as the realization of investment losses. Cities and towns, recognizing the importance of needed pension reform, sought to expand these efforts to include the even more troubled locally administered pension plans, many of which had benefits tied in contracts. Unfortunately, municipalities again were left to fend for themselves as state officials ignored our pleas to address problems festering within our locally administered pension plans. However, we still supported the passage of the Act because it was the right thing to do for the state pension system and the taxpayers. As expected, unions and retirees sued the state over the passage of the Act. After mediation was ordered, cities and towns, who were not at the negotiating table as part of the suit, urged our state officials to proceed with extreme caution in their consideration of any potential mediated benefit changes to the enacted law. We felt it would be irresponsible for the parties involved in the mediation process to reach any type of agreement which would increase the employer contribution rate paid by local governments. The implications of higher pension contributions would be disastrous to many cities and towns, some of which are still teetering on the brink of fiscal collapse. After months of closed door negotiations, the governor and general treasurer have agreed to a settlement that favors the unions and retirees at the expense of the taxpayer. This is a major step backward for the taxpayers of the State of Rhode Island. Beginning in 2016, taxpayers will have an annual bill of $24 million, and the state's unfunded liability will be increased by nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. The bill to Pawtucket alone will be nearly three quarters of a million dollars. These costs cannot be dismissed by suggesting that 95 percent of the original package stays intact. Regardless of the percentage of the original
By Allan Fung
savings, this is a significant amount of monies for struggling cities and towns. These municipalities will only have one place to turn for additional revenues; raising property taxes. According to the Tax Foundation, Rhode Island's property tax burden currently ranks as the 7th highest nationally, far above the national average. Once again, if the General Assembly were to approve this settlement, the taxpayers would have to foot the bill. Interestingly enough, risk avoidance was given as a justification for pursuing a deal with the public sector unions and retirees. Yet the general treasurer has for years stated that the pension reforms instituted are constitutional, and even the governor's director of administration, who is also a lawyer, was recently quoted in the Providence Journal saying "we would ultimately win the case." If the governor and general treasurer believe the state would be successful in litigation, then why settle for an additional quarter of billion dollars in new unfunded liabilities and $24 million in increased operating costs to the taxpayers? Why not fight for the taxpayers and our cities and towns? This is simply outrageous. In 2011, after an in-depth public debate on the issue, the Act was approved with overwhelming and bipartisan support in the legislature. The members of the General Assembly must again show courage and leadership to reject this deal. Our state and local budgets have no room for increased spending on pension benefits, whether it is in the short or long term. Let's permit the court to rule once and for all on the constitutionality of the Act. I'm asking the taxpayers of Rhode Island to stand with me in rejecting this closeddoor, behind the scenes deal. Enough is enough. Together we can move Rhode Island forward. Republican Allan Fung is the mayor of Cranston and a candidate for Rhode Island governor.
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National Grid seeks 16 percent gas rate hike in RI
PROVIDENCE (AP) — Natural gas customers in Rhode Island would see their rates increase an average of $10 a month for several months under a plan by National Grid. The utility company asked state regulators for a 16 percent increase in gas rates that would be charged to customers from April 1 to Oct. 31. The Providence Journal reported that National Grid says it needs the temporary increase because it had to buy more gas than projected to supply heating customers in this unusually cold winter. Typically, rates are set in advance for a year, starting Nov. 1, based on estimates. The utility is only allowed to ask the Public Utilities Commission for a rate increase during that period if its costs exceed estimates by at least 5 percent. National Grid says its costs for gas are expected to exceed its estimates by 6 percent, or by $34.5 million, during the current 12-month rate period. The utility says the cold winter has pushed people to use more gas, reducing supplies, which drives up prices. Natural gas is fueling more of the electricity generation in New England in recent years, which also reduces supplies. The Public Utilities Commission in December approved the utility's request for a residential electricity rate increase of 12.1 percent. National Grid estimated the increase, which began Jan. 1, would add around $10 per month to a typical household's electricity bills.
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A Wall Street investment banker who maintains a residence in Watch Hill is facing federal charges of insider trading. Frank Perkins “Perk” Hixon Jr. was arrested Friday and charged with insider trading offenses and making false statements to FBI agents. Hixon and his wife, Marguerite L. Lee, own a residence at 23 Foster Cove Road in Watch Hill. Hixon also has an apartment on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and is a member of The Misquamicut Club, a prestigious social and athletic club in Watch Hill. According to a press release from the FBI, Hixon, 55, was charged with five counts of securities fraud, two counts of securities fraud in connection with a tender offer, and one count of making a false statement. He is accused of using information he gained through his position at Evercore Group LLC, an investment banking advisory firm, to arrange for securities trading to benefit his girlfriend, Destiny “Nicole” Robinson, and his father. The alleged illegal trading earned almost $1 million, a press release from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said. Hixon has owned the Foster Cove Road residence since 1997. It has an appraised value of $7.2 million. Leaders of The Misquamicut Club, where Hixon has been a member since 1995, did not return telephone messages seeking comment. The exclusive club has a rigorous application process. Candidates are proposed by a member or certain other individuals and
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The Watch Hill home of investment banker Frank Perkins Hixon Jr. at 23 Foster Cove Road, overlooks the Pawcatuck River.
must receive a second. Three letters of recommendation also are required. Those seeking membership must also submit a letter describing their place of residence, family members, character and personality highlights. Once it is determined that a candidate is sufficiently well known by other club members and other aspects of the preliminary application process are deemed complete, a formal application is made to the club. Those who receive preliminary acceptance embark on a three-year or longer process of working toward full membership. Hixon is a former senior managing director of Evercore Group LLC, a subsidiary of Evercore Partners Inc. He is alleged to have used inside information to trade and cause others to trade in the securities of Evercore, Westway Group Inc., and Titanium Metals Corp. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “As we have often said, those like Frank Perkins Hixon Jr. who illegally manipulate the market by allegedly trading on material nonpublic information exploit law-abiding investors and traders.” According to the SEC and the FBI, Hixon made illegal
trades minutes after learning of transactions involving Evercore and Titanium Metals. When his firm confronted him about the trading, Hixon Jr. pretended not to recognize the names of his father or his child’s mother. However, text messages between Hixon Jr. and Robinson suggest he was generating the illegal proceeds in lieu of formal child support payments, the SEC said. A federal judge granted the SEC’s request and issued an emergency order freezing Robinson’s brokerage account, which the SEC alleges contains the majority of proceeds from Hixon Jr.’s illegal trading with a balance of approximately $1.2 million. According to the SEC’s complaint, Hixon Jr. illegally tipped or traded in the securities of three public companies: He traded ahead of several major announcements by his client Westway Group in 2011 and 2012; he traded based on nonpublic information he learned about Titanium ahead of its merger announcement in November 2012; and he illegally traded in the securities of his own firm before its announcement of record earnings in January 2013. The SEC’s complaint
alleges that Hixon Jr. violated the antifraud provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In addition to the asset freeze, the complaint seeks permanent injunctions, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains with prejudgment interest, and financial penalties. Hixon Sr. and Robinson have been named as relief defendants for the purposes of recovering the illegal trading profits held in their accounts. Robinson lives in Austin, Texas. Hixon Sr. lives in Johns Creek, Ga. William Johnson, a lawyer for Hixon at King & Spalding in Manhattan, could not be reached for comment. There was no answer at Hixon’s Watch Hill residence on Wednesday. On Friday a federal magistrate set bail at $5 million. It was unclear Wednesday whether Hixon remains in custody or whether he made bail. Evercore issued a statement on Friday calling Hixon a “rogue employee” and said it had fired him last month, the New York Times reported. The securities fraud and fraud in connection with a tender offer charges each carry a maximum term of 20 years in prison, and the false statement charge carries a maximum term of five years. FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos said, “This is the same old song: another high-ranking finance official allegedly broke the law and abused his position in a thinly veiled attempt to make illegal trades. The alleged use of material information gleaned through confidential meetings at Evercore was deceptive and more importantly illegal. When Hixon was confronted about his back door trades, he allegedly doubled down and lied to the FBI agents who interviewed him. The integrity of our markets remains a paramount concern of the FBI. We’ll continue to pursue these cases until that message is crystal clear.”
lawmakers seek to delay bridge toll hike
Bill would extend fare until July
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Top adviser to Providence mayor departing
PROVIDENCE (AP) — A top adviser to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is leaving his post but will continue to work for the city as a consultant. Taveras' administration announced Thursday that Michael D'Amico's last day as director of administration and acting chief of staff will be March 14. His salary was $180,000. D'Amico plans to start a consulting firm specializing in finance, accounting and labor and government relations. He has been retained by the city to prepare Taveras' next budget proposal. He will make $200 an hour. Taveras named Deputy Chief of Staff Gonzalo Cuervo as his new chief of staff and finance director Lawrence Mancini as the city's acting director of administration.
With a little more than a month until the 10-cent Sakonnet River Bridge toll is set to expire — giving the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority the power to increase it — a local lawmaker has submitted legislation to extend the placeholder toll until July 1. Sponsored by Rep. John G. Edwards, D-Tiverton, the bill (H7569) was funneled into the House Finance Committee, the same committee hearing Edwards’ bill (H7432) to establish a statewide transportation infrastructure fund to pay for all road and bridge projects. The infrastructure bill would raise about $1.07 billion over 10 years to pay for all state road and bridge projects. Sen. Louis P. DiPalma, D-Middletown, has introduced identical legislation in the Senate (S2335). It would prohibit tolls on the Sakonnet River, Mount Hope and Jamestown-Verrazzano
bridges. The problem for opponents of a permanent Sakonnet toll is that any version of that bill likely will be folded into the annual state budget, which typically does not emerge from the House Finance Committee until late May or early June. Last year’s state budget put the 10-cent eachway toll into place while a legislative study commission looked at ways to pay for road and bridge projects across the state. But that toll is due to expire on April 1. Unless the General Assembly takes affirmative action by that deadline, the bridge authority, which legally owns the Sakonnet and Jamestown bridges, would be able to set whatever toll rate it feels necessary to pay for its maintenance needs. Before the legislature approved the 10-cent toll last year, the authority had established a toll structure for the Sakonnet that would have charged drivers with Rhode Island E-ZPass transponders 75 cents per crossing with a
limit of $1.50 per calendar day. Drivers with out-of-state E-ZPass transponders would have been charged $3.75 per crossing, while those with no transponder would have been sent a bill for $5.25 per crossing (the out-of-state toll plus a $1.50 video surcharge). With the expiration of the 10-cent toll a month away, it will take some fairly quick action by the legislature to pass the toll extension bill. The bill must be approved by the House Finance Committee and the entire House before going through the same process in the Senate. Then Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee would have to sign the bill into law. “I anticipate an expedited
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• The Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society meets at 7 p.m. at Bridgeton School, 16 Laurel Hill Ave. in Pascoag. Following the meeting there will be a presentation by Glocester resident Jacob T. Bailey, about his book “Shadow Soldiers of the Confederacy.” 568-8449 for more information.
Central Falls
• Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
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• Mount St. Charles Academy’s March Entrance exams, 8:15 a.m. $25 application fee. To download the registration form: ranceexams.
• St. Joseph Church, 1200 Mendon Rd., is planning a pilgrimage to Italy, Sept. 29 to Oct. 8. Please join us for an info night at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church Hall. For more info, call Helene at 401-769-1720 or the Rectory at 401-766-0626. • Monthly meeting of the Woonsocket Knights of Columbus • Ranger Talk lecture series Woonsocket Council will be held being held at the Museum of at 7 p.m. in the All Saints Work & Culture, 1:30 p.m. Church hall, Rathbun Street. Jennifer Pustz to speak on • Homeschooling 101 program “Voices from the Backstairs, at the Woonsocket Harris Public Lives of Domestic Service.” Free Library, 6 to 8 p.m., in the large event. Public invited. program room.
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• 32nd annual Pawtucket St. Patrick’s Day Parade, noon.
•The newly formed BMR Alumni and Friends Band meets at 6:30 at BMR High School every Wednesday. All Blackstone Valley residents of all ages and experience are welcome. For details call 508-883-1291.
• TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Filibuster Club, 25 High St. Visitors are always welcome (preteens, teens, adults, male and female). First meeting is free. • Manga drawing class for teens 11-18 at the Cumberland Public Library, 5 to 6:30 p.m. All abilities are welcome. Register online or at the reference desk.
• The Major Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post #306 will hold a spaghetti and meatball dinner fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. at the post home, 171 Fountain St. The cost is $8 per person at the door.
• Dynamite Blast at St. Theresa’s, 5 p.m. $8 for adults, $4 for children 10 years and under. 50/50 raffle, one beer or one soda, chips and sandwiches also available.
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• Coutu Memorial Park Committee fundraising breakfast buffet, 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Garfield Social Club, corner of Hung and High streets. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or by calling 742-3178 or 465-9285.
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• Dixie Diehards Jazz Band performs at Blackstone River Theatre, 2 p.m. Mardi Grasstyle show with traditional New Orleans jazz. $10 advance/$12 at the door.
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• Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the McAvinn Auditorium of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, Route 146A. New members and guests invited.
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• The German American Cultural Society hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Polka Dance at the club, 78 Carter Ave., from 2 to 6 p.m. Food available at 1 p.m. Music by the Eddie Foreman Orchestra. Tickets available by mail, $13, or at the door, $15. Table reservations for 8-10. Make checks payable to German American Cultural Society and mail to Erika Danner, 100 Cushman St., Pawtucket, RI 02861. For information call 860-237-8448.
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• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
• Buy Local Expo and Homeshow sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Independent Business Alliance, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Ann’s Art and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St. $1 admission. Plenty of parking. • Ciné-Québec, March 8 and 9, presented by the Délégation of Québec in Boston, Flickers: RI International Film Festival, Alliance Française de Providence and the Museum of Work & Culture, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cocktail reception followed by the presentation of several Québécois short films with English subtitles. $10 per person. Tickets on sale at the museum or by calling 2726243.
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Please register only one time per month.
• Beer and dynamite dinner to benefit Leo A. Savoie Playground Fund, 6 to 10 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Veterans Hall. Tickets $20 each. Adults only.
• TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Filibuster Club, 25 High St. Visitors are always welcome (preteens, teens, adults, male and female). First meeting is free.
• Harmony Library presents a program, “Rhode Islandese: An Informal Presentation of the Language of the Nation’s Smallest State,” at 6:30 p.m. Learn to speak the language of Rhode Island in perfect dialect. Call 9492850 for more information or to register.
• Family Movie Night at the Pawtucket Library, 6 p.m. “Despicable Me 2.” Rated PG. Program is free and no registration is required. Children ages 10 and older may attend without a guardian. Call 725-3714 ext. 209 for information.
• Widow support group meets every Sunday — the first two Sundays of the month are at the Community Chapel on Diamond Hill Rd. The second two are at Emerald Bay Manor, Diamond Hill Road. All meetings 2 p.m. Call 401-333-5815.
• The St. Teresa Church Seniors meet at 1 p.m. Entertainment by Jolene Lang, country musician. Refreshments to follow.
•The newly formed BMR Alumni and Friends Band meets at 6:30 at BMR High School every Wednesday. All Blackstone Valley residents of all ages and experience are welcome. For details call 508-883-1291.
• The P.E.A.L. Club meets at noon at Morin’s Restaurant, 16 South Main St., followed by lunch. John Aho will talk about his experiences working at the Warwick Tend. For information call John at (508) 222-2451.
• Rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets at the Cumberland Animal Shelter, 44 Martin St. Cats and ferrets from 1 to 2 p.m., dogs from 2 to 3 p.m. $11 cash only.
• Museum of Work and Culture Quebec Cinema viewing of French film, 1:30 p.m. Free program. Public invited.
• AARP Cumberland Chapter #4646 meets at the St. Joseph's Parish Hall, 1303 Mendon Road. The business meeting begins at 11 am, followed by a luncheon delivered from Davenport's Restaurant. Members are asked to bring canned goods for the chapter project. • Woonsocket Knights of Columbus Council 113 host an open house at 7 p.m. at All Saints Church Hall, Rathbun St. There will be a guest speaker.
• The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a “Yoga for Seniors” on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-10:30am at Shri Studio, 21 Broad Street. The fee for Leon Mathieu Senior Center members is $5 per person per month. 728-7582.
•The Blackstone Valley Coin and Collectables Club hosts a coin show from 3 to 8 p.m. at Brian’s Restuarant in Whitensville.
• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
• The Blackstone Public Library will present a concert entitled “Music of New England from the Pilgrims to the Civil War,” featuring performers Bartholomew, Cappers and Waynen, at 7 p.m. Registration is required. Call the library at (508) 883-1931 or email
• Widow support group meets every Sunday — the first two Sundays of the month are at the Community Chapel on Diamond Hill Rd. The second two are at Emerald Bay Manor, Diamond Hill Road. All meetings 2 p.m. Call 401-333-5815.
•The newly formed BMR Alumni and Friends Band meets at 6:30 at BMR High School every Wednesday. All Blackstone Valley residents of all ages and experience are welcome. For details call 508-883-1291.
• 4th annual Woonsocket Autism Benefits presents Dave Kane’s “Just for Fun” at 7 p.m. at Woonsocket High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. www.woonsocketautismbenefit.o rg/tickets. Also available at the door.
• TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Filibuster Club, 25 High St. Visitors are always welcome (preteens, teens, adults, male and female). First meeting is free.
• Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Dinner, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, 171 Jenckes Hill Road. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner of corned beef and cabbage served at 7. Entertainment to follow. $25. Call Ed Cummings, 722-8317, for tickets.
Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• The Commissioners of the Burrillville Housing Authority meet in regular session at the Housing Authority community room, Ashton Court, Harrisville, at 6:30 p.m.
• Annual Women’s Summit at Bryan University, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day-long seminars and workshops with special guests and keynote speakers. Event promotes personal and career empowerment and active discussion of issues to women. Call to register (401 232-6588.
• College planning workshop at the Harmony Library, 6 p.m. in the community room. Program is aimed toward high school students, especially juniors, and their parents. Registration is required. visit
• Corned beef and cabbage St. Patrick’s Day dinner at the Walter G. Gatchell Post, 171 Fountatin St., 6 p.m. Each ticket of $20 includes a raffle ticket. Deadline is March 14. For more information, call Jenna, 722-7146, weekdays after 4 p.m.
• Mended Hearts meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Christiansen Conference Center, Landmark Medical Center. Speaker: Elizabeth Valente, MS, RD, LDN; topic: Heart Healthy Diet. All are welcome.
North Providence
• The American Band Family Concert: “Blastoff! The American Band in Space” at 3 p.m. at North Providence High School auditorium, Mineral Spring Avenue.
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•18th annual corned beef and cabbage dinner to benefit the Martin Crowley scholarship fund, 6 p.m., St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St. Tickets available at WOON, WNRI and be calling Romeo Berthiaume at 401-651-4739.
•The newly formed BMR Alumni and Friends Band meets at 6:30 at BMR High School every Wednesday. All Blackstone Valley residents of all ages and experience are welcome. For details call 508-883-1291.
• Vietnam Veterans of America – James Michael Ray Memorial Chapter #818, will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Senior Center, 150 Jenckes Hill Road. Come at 6 and have dinner with us. All Vietnam Veterans welcome. For more information call Joe Gamache at 401-6516060.
• Harlem Superstars Comedy Basketball Game vs. Woonsocket Rockets, 7 p.m., Woonsocket High School. Advance admission $10 each at the door, $12 at the door. Tickets available at Ciro’s, WNRI and Woonsocket Middle School. Event sponsored by Woonsocket Middle School PTO.
South Attleboro
• The South Attleboro Knights of Columbus host a CPR class with AED training at 304 Highland Ave., at 9 am. $45. 508-399-7138.
• The Blackstone Valley Coin and Collectables Club meets at 7p.m. in the lower town hall. All are invited. If you have questions call Mike at 774-2804333.
• Rabies Clinic from 9 to 10am for cats and 10am to noon for dogs at the VCA Blackstone Valley Veterinary Hospital, 615 Douglas St. Rabies shots will be $15; Microchips are available for $20. Open for residents of Uxbridge, Mendon and Douglas. Bring you current rabies certificate to get a three year shot. 508-278-6581 for questions.
• St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 174 Woonsocket, flea market, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. clothes, household items, linens, Polish/American food.
• The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a “Yoga for Seniors” on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-10:30am at Shri Studio, 21 Broad Street. The fee for Leon Mathieu Senior Center members is $5 per person per month. 728-7582.
Central Falls
• Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• St. Teresa Church Seniors host corned beef and cabbage dinner, 12:30 p.m. in the church hall. All reservations must be made by March 14.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
•Harris Public Library hosts Creative Writing Group Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
• RI Knights of Columbus Councils will host a Day of Recollection at St. Maria Goretti Church, 165 Power Road, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with lunch included. Call the K of C State Council office at 943-7836 for reservations.
• TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Filibuster Club, 25 High St. Visitors are always welcome (preteens, teens, adults, male and female). First meeting is free.
• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
• Widow support group meets every Sunday — the first two Sundays of the month are at the Community Chapel on Diamond Hill Rd. The second two are at Emerald Bay Manor, Diamond Hill Road. All meetings 2 p.m. Call 401-333-5815.
• St. Joseph’s Spring Dinner 183 Sayles Ave., Pascoag, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Tickets on sale now: $15 for adults, children 5-10 $8, children 4 and under free. Call the rectory 568-2411 for tickets.
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2014 Honda Civic EX-L:
Where the sensible rubber meets the real-world road
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WASHINGTON — We danced between the storms, missing the worst of their fury. But we were greeted by their icy remains when we took to the road again. It would have been unpleasant driving had we not been in the 2014 Honda Civic EX-L coupe. This is a tightly built, confident front-wheel-drive compact car. It was motorized peace of mind on snow-packed roads. Honda is to be congratulated for coming up with a formula that delivers ingeniously safe, reliable and affordable automobiles, of which the Civic is a primary example. The car's front fascia and rear end have been restyled for 2014, giving the entire piece a sporty look. The interior, long the target of critics who apparently think an economy car should have luxury insides, has been smartly updated to address their complaints. But what I love most about the new Civic is its quali-
ty/value equation. It is an expertly built car loaded with standard equipment, especially in terms of safety. With available advanced electronic safety options — a passenger-side Honda LaneWatch system that uses a center-consolemounted screen to display nearly all of the right-lane driving environment on right turns, a HondaLink emergency communications system, Honda HD Digital Traffic monitoring that gives realtime alerts to local traffic conditions, and one of the best onboard navigation systems available anywhere at any price — all for a price tag under $25,000. I've been getting a lot of grief from fellow automotive journalists lately for pushing the value theme in automobile reviews. I'm not "car
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guy" enough, they say. I'm not a real automobile expert, whatever that is. I'm a "conservative" — imagine that! — who does not love cars. It is silly stuff made even sillier by the finances of most automotive journalists who routinely extol the virtues of high-end, high-performance automobiles — Aston Martin, BMW M5 sedan, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche 911 GT3. Unless some of my peers are hiding personal wealth, I can't think of one of them who can afford such a car. Nor are those cars affordable — in terms of purchase and operation costs — by the majority of U.S. residents who will buy most of the 15 million new cars and trucks expected to be sold in this country this year.
The 2014 Honda Civic EX-L coupe, also available as a sedan and offering gasoline, gasoline-electric hybrid or CNG (compressed natural gas) power systems, is easily one of the best small-car buys available.
They will shop for value — here defined as safe, reliable, fuel-efficient cars and trucks that offer as much "fun to drive" as they do peace of mind. The Honda Civic, available as coupe and sedan, does that, which is why Honda vehicles in general are among the nation's most popular brands. On another front, some of my friends were surprised when I told them I really like the way the Civic EX-L coupe behaved on snow-packed roads. They opined that the little front-wheel-drive car did not have enough traction to avoid being skittish. My opinion is that they are just bad drivers in inclement weather. Snow and ice mean slow down. They mean make nice with compromised surfaces. Gunning the engine under the circumstances
only spin the drive wheels. Slow down. Drive patiently. Make nice. Dry weather and dry roads will come soon enough. When they do, the Civic EX-L and their brethren will be ready. The car is perfect in the city — easy to maneuver in tough traffic, easy to park. Equipped with a 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine, it delivers 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque transmitted through a continuously valuable automatic transmission. That is not enough to go zoom-zoom. It is enough to get you where you are going at a reasonable pace. And the new Civic EX-L coupe does that at 23 miles per gallon in the city and 38 mpg on the highway using regular gasoline. It is an enjoyable, wonderfully sensible automobile. It gets both thumbs up here.
New laws emerge as technology impacts cars and driving
includes speed, braking, driving patterns and even location at any given time. A number of legal questions have emerged about black boxes, such as: "Who owns the data that a vehicle's black box is gathering? If a car owner is involved in a crash, do police and insurance companies have the right to review the data in the vehicle's EDR? Can marketers buy the data to deliver ads through the vehicle's entertainment system?" These questions are at the heart of a recent bill introduced by senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). • Driverless cars — Imagine a day when people travel by car, but don't actually drive the car. They simply type in their destination and go. Several states have passed laws allowing automated cars. California, Florida, Nevada and the District of Columbia allow autonomous vehicles to be driven on public roads. Washington D.C. may have the least restrictive provisions: the vehicle must have a manual override feature, a driver must be in the control seat with the ability to take over operation of the vehicle, and the vehicle must be capable of operating in compliance with the District's traffic and motor vehicle laws. "Technology, whether implemented into how automobiles are designed or operated, has made significant contributions in making vehicles safer," says Utter. "And as new technology is integrated, there will be questions, concerns and debate driving new regulation and legislation." To learn more about WestlawNext, visit
(BPT) — Have you ever felt that new technologies, from smartphones to Internet apps, are moving so fast that it's hard to keep up? You're not alone. Many Americans feel overwhelmed by new technology. One-third of adults in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and China said they felt overwhelmed by technology in a 2011 study conducted by the University of Cambridge. As it relates to public policy, lawmakers may also be feeling overwhelmed as they try to keep up with researching, writing and passing legislation to regulate new technologies to maintain public safety or prevent the invasion of privacy. According to the WestlawNext, the leading online legal research service, more than 100,000 new or changed statutes, 160,000 new or modified regulations and 285,000 new judicial opinions were incorporated into the U.S. legal system in 2013. "New technology can create a debate," says Rachel Utter, manager of Legal Editorial Operations at Thomson Reuters. "As regulators come to understand the impact of a new technology on our day-today lives, they may be challenged with balancing the benefits of a new technology with public safety concerns. In some cases, such as fuel mileage mandates, government regulation can force the development of new technology, such as hybrid engines and electric cars." Among the new wave of enacted or proposed legislation involving technology and cars conducted via WestlawNext through Jan. 30, some of the most prominent include: • Texting and driving — Forty-one states and the District of Columbia ban texting with smartphones and cellphones for all driv-
Forty-one states and the District of Columbia ban texting with smartphones and cellphones for all drivers
ers — and all but four have primary enforcement, allowing law enforcement in those four states to only ticket someone for texting while driving if they were stopped for another reason such as speeding. • Wearable technology — With the recent introduction of Google Glass and other evolving wearable technology such as the smart watches and smart contact lenses, lawmakers may need to develop new laws about the use of these technologies while a person operates a motor vehicle. Ten states - Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming have enacted or have pro-
posed legislation prohibiting the use of wearable computers with a headmounted display while driving. In October 2013, a California woman may have been the first person in the United States to receive a citation for operating a motor vehicle while wearing Google Glass. The citation was later thrown out of court. • Black boxes — Nearly all recently manufactured U.S. cars and trucks are equipped with an Event Data Recorder (EDR), also known as a black box. In September 2014, this piece of computing technology will become mandatory in all new U.S. vehicles. The EDR monitors a vehicle's electrical systems, which
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Narragansett Bay Weather Wind (knots) Seas (feet) 2-3 5+ NW 10-20 Buzzards Bay NW 10-20 2-3 5+
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Bitterly cold wind chills this low as -15°! The strongest wind will be through noon time followed by a sunny, brisk afternoon but with less wind it will not be as frigid to be outside. Tomorrow looks partly sunny with highs about 10° higher than today. A cold front Sunday afternoon MAY bring a few snow showers. Low pressure moving along this front Monday will bring the chance of accumulatiing snow. Still too early to talk numbers but COULD be enough to shovel!
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Boston, NYC mayors to skip St. Pat’s parades Kerry Kennedy’s jury
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BOSTON — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is threatening to boycott the St. Patrick's Day parade unless organizers allow a group of gay military veterans to march, joining New York's mayor in protesting parade policies on gay groups. Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, said Thursday he's been trying to broker a deal with the city's parade organizers to allow a gay veterans group sponsored by MassEquality to march in this year's parade. He said allowing gay groups to participate is long overdue. "It's 2014 — it's far beyond the time where we should be even having this discussion because they're veterans who fought for this country just like any other veteran," Walsh said. "I made a commitment during the campaign ... that I would fight for equality and that's what this is all about." But parade planners appeared unwilling to budge. Lead parade organizer Philip Wuschke Jr. said gay people are not prohibited from marching with other groups. But he said organizers do not want the parade to turn into a demonstration for a particular group. "The theme of the parade is St. Patrick's Day. It is not a sexually oriented parade," he said. "All we want to do is have a happy parade. The parade is a day of celebration, not demonstration." In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will skip the nation's largest St.
“I made a commitment during the campaign ... that I would fight for equality and that's what this is all about.”
— Boston Mayor Martin Walsh
Patrick's Day parade in Manhattan because participants are not allowed to carry signs or banners identifying themselves as gay. "I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city," de Blasio said during a press conference earlier this month. "But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade." The parade dates from 1762, more than a century before the five boroughs linked to form modern New York City. The traditional event draws more than 1 million people every year to watch about 200,000 participants, including marching bands and thousands of uniformed city workers. It has long been a mandatory stop on the city's political trail. Since the 1990s, the event's ban on pro-gay signs has sparked protests and lawsuits and led to the creation of an alternative, gayfriendly St. Patrick's Day parade in Queens. In recent years, some elected officials — including de Blasio when he was a public advocate — attended the alternative parade and boycotted the traditional parade. Michael Bloomberg, de Blasio's predecessor, was a staunch supporter of samesex marriage rights, but still marched in the traditional
parade all 12 years he was in office. New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, who is IrishAmerican, was asked Thursday at an unrelated press conference in Manhattan if he planned to march in the parade and confirmed that he was. He did not elaborate. Judges have said the private organizers of New York's parade have a First Amendment right to choose participants in their event. The organizers have ruled that some groups, such as colleges or civic organizations, can identify themselves, but LGBT groups cannot. The Boston parade, sponsored by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, has had a long and torturous history on the question of whether gay groups can march. State courts forced the sponsors to allow the IrishAmerican Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston to march in the parade in 1992 and 1993. In 1994, the sponsors canceled the parade rather than allow the group to participate. In 1995, the sponsors made participation by invitation only and said the parade would commemorate the role of traditional families in
Irish history and protest the earlier court rulings. But several months later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Massachusetts courts had previously violated the parade sponsors' First Amendment rights when they forced them to allow the gay group to participate. Walsh's predecessor, Mayor Tom Menino, boycotted the parade after the Supreme Court ruling. The parade has traditionally honored IrishAmericans and also celebrates "Evacuation Day," George Washington's victory that forced British troops out of Boston in 1776. In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to march in the city's downtown St. Patrick's Day parade on March 15, as he has every year since he took office and everyone is welcome to join, said his spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton. Gays first marched openly in Chicago's downtown St. Patrick's Day parade in the mid-1990s, said Tracy Baim, an authority on Chicago's gay rights movement. She and other gay rights advocates said they weren't aware of any recent problems with participation, although none could remember any groups trying to march in recent years. In Savannah, Ga., where Irish immigrants and their descendants have been celebrating St. Patrick's Day for 190 years, openly gay groups have long been absent from the city's parade.
begins deliberations
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jurors began deliberating Thursday whether Kerry Kennedy broke the law when she drove wildly and sideswiped a tractor-trailer on a New York interstate after accidentally taking a sleeping pill. The jury deliberated for about 45 minutes, hearing a brief readback of expert testimony, before breaking for the day. Deliberations in the drugged-driving trial resume Friday. In closing arguments, the prosecution disputed Kennedy's claim that she never realized she was impaired after taking the sleeping pill instead of her daily thyroid pill. Prosecutor Doreen Lloyd acknowledged that Kennedy took the sleeping pill by accident but said, "She is responsible for the chain of events that happened after that." Lloyd insisted that the sleeping drug zolpidem works gradually, and Kennedy's testimony "belies the science of this drug." She suggested Kennedy ignored the onset of symptoms because "she had a schedule to meet." Mocking the title of one of Kennedy's own books, she urged the jury to "speak truth to power." Defense attorney Gerald Lefcourt countered: "Accidents are not crimes." He said there was no evidence — and it made no sense to believe — that Kennedy "operated her vehicle while she was aware she had ingest-
ed zolpidem, and when she became aware she continued to drive." Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and exwife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was arrested on a charge of driving while ability impaired following the 2012 accident. She could face up to a year in jail if convicted, although that would be unlikely for a first-time offender. With Kennedy's mother, Ethel, and other relatives in the front row, Lefcourt said Kennedy was "not seeking advantage because of her family." He said the trial is "not a TV call-in program. This is an American court." Earlier Thursday, Lefcourt introduced a medical journal article in support of Kennedy's testimony that she didn't realize while driving that she had accidentally taken the pill. Data showed that people taking the sleeping pill zolpidem "frequently do not recognize their impaired state," the New England Journal of Medicine article from August 2013 said. Lloyd countered that the article was about impairment the morning after getting a night's sleep, not about impairment before sleeping. Kennedy testified Wednesday that she didn't remember anything that happened as she drove on I-684 one summer day in 2012 — swerving out of her lane, hitting the tractor-trailer and blowing a tire. And she said she never sensed that the drug was having an effect.
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BOSTON (AP) — The families of two men found fatally shot in Boston in 2012 have filed wrongful death lawsuits against former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. Boston-area media report that the lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court on behalf of the families of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Each seeks $6 million. The men were sitting in an SUV in the city's South End in July 2012 when another SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire. Nobody has been criminally charged with their deaths, but Hernandez has been identified by police as a suspect. The 24-year-old Hernandez is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the unrelated death of 27-yearold Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Hernandez is now facing four lawsuits, including one by Lloyd's family and another by a former friend who alleges Hernandez shot him in the face.
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College basketball
North Smithfield at Burrillville Friday, 6 p.m.
DIVISION II Quarterfinals
Tolman vs. Exeter/West Greenwich at TBA Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Kofane hopes breakout game represents tip of the iceberg
Increased workload suits Friars’ redshirt junior fine
Cumberland at Central Falls Friday, 7:15 p.m.
Boys’ basketball playoffs
Divisional tourneys have plenty of merit
C.F. hosts Cumberland, N.S. faces Burrillville again in tonight’s openers
he definition of an undercard is a boxing event before the main match. In Rhode Island high school boys’ basketball, the three divisional tournaments that tip off Friday night are seen as warm-up acts to a bigger and better event – a 16team open tournament. Before arriving at the process where the crowing of one champion takes place, however, the order of business is pitting familiar foes against each other.
Luckily for the 30 teams that begin the divisional formats on even footing, there is a carrot dangling before them. As they all chart a course that hopefully culminates with a “last two teams standing” trip to Providence College’s Alumni Hall on Sunday, March 9, they do so mindful of the Power Points System that remains in place. Take a team like Tolman High for instance. The Tigers bypassed the preliminary round and don’t play first playoff contest until next Wednesday night against fellow Division II-Central rival Exeter/West Greenwich. Tolman is the third seed while EWG is seeded sixth. See DIVISIONAL, page B3
PROVIDENCE — Brice Kofane is a soft-spoken young man who last Sunday was given the chance to turn up the volume and ingratiate himself as a nice complimentary piece for Ed Cooley’s Friars. With reserve big man PROVIDENCE Carson Desrosiers under the weather and quarantined in AT SETON HALL the visiting locker room at Tonight, 7 p.m. Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, CBS Sports Network, someone amongst Providence’s razor-thin WEEI (103.7 FM) reserve corps was going to have to step into the breach. The catch was that this warm and able body couldn’t go through the motions and act like a decoy. He had to register a pulse and produce. Coming away with two points, one rebound, two blocks and one personal foul in 11 minutes may not seem like yeoman’s work. Those 11 minutes against the Bulldogs, however, represent a season high for Kofane. Opportunity knocked for the redshirt junior and he delivered in a fashion that could result in Cooley once again turning to him Friday night at Seton Hall. “It felt great because I’ve been working hard and staying positive,” Kofane stated earlier this week. “I want my teammates to trust me when I’m on the court.” “Just his overall energy ... he had an active body,” praised Cooley when asked to critique the full scope of Kofane’s efforts in Providence’s 87-81 victory. “He’s fresh and that’s a senior moment he had when his number was called. He delivered.” Kofane has been something of a forgotten member for the Friars this season. Prior to Sunday’s breakthrough, the 6foot-8 native of Cameroon was dubiously remembered for his basket-interference faux pas in the season opener against Boston College. Swiping at the ball while it danced around the cylinder, the sequence enabled the Eagles to tie the game at 70-all with less than 20 seconds remaining in regulation. Providence did regroup in overtime, posting an 82-78 win. Based purely on how Kofane’s fourth season in the pro-
See KOFANE, page B3
Girls’ hockey playoffs
Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team eyes semifinal battle with La Salle
BURRILLVILLE — Ever since girls’ hockey became a varsity sport 12 years ago, the Blackstone Valley had always been represented by three of his high school teams, with at least one of them (usually Mount St. Charles) reaching a championship series. That won’t be the case this season. The Mounties and the Lincoln/Cumberland co-op team, which reached the finals of their respective divisions last March, only to fall in their best-of-three series, surprisingly were the two teams out of the 10 in the state that did not place in the top four of their divisions and qualify for the postseason. That leaves the Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team as the only local squad in this weekend’s best-of-three semifinals. The Broncos, who are the fourth seed in the Division I playoffs, will take on defending champion La Salle, for the right to play for the state championship at Brown University. Game 1 of the semifinal-round series will take place tonight at 8 p.m. at the Cranston Vets Arena, with Game See BRONCOS, page B3
Burrillville/Ponaganset junior co-captain Emily Cardon, who was sidelined with a broken wrist, returned to practice this week and will be in action tonight when the Broncos face La Salle Academy in the opener of their best-of-three semifinal-round series.
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Red Sox open preseason by turning two on Northeastern, BC
Sizemore plays left field, goes 0-for-2 in return to action for first time since 2011
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Grady Sizemore returned to the field for the first time since 2011 as the World Series champion Boston Red Sox started off their spring schedule Thursday, beating Northeastern 5-2 and then defeating Boston College 5-2. Both games were seven innings. Manager John Farrell was satisfied with his team's performance. "I thought for the most part we threw strikes, we stayed in control of the count for the better part of the guys that walked to the mound, and it's good to see guys in game situations to see their instincts," Farrell said. "I thought we ran the bases well," he said. "I think just the fact that we got 14 innings in and get our pregame routine prior to a game adjusted. A good day." The 31-year-old Sizemore, who joined the Red Sox in January as a free agent, was once one of baseball's most dynamic players, an AllStar with the Indians from 20062008 with two Gold Gloves, before being sidelined by injuries. Since 2009, he has undergone seven surgeries, including procedures on his left elbow, both knees and a herniated disk in his lower back in 2012. Sizemore went 0 for 2, playing three innings in left field in the first game of the doubleheader against Boston-based college teams. "It was fun," Sizemore said. "It was exciting. I was looking forward to it for a couple days now. But happy to get out there and get back into games." "I was anxious just to kind of get going. Honestly, I was just excited. I just kind of wanted to get going. I felt better than I anticipat-
ed, so I was just looking forward to getting out there and seeing how it would go." Northeastern sophomore James Mulry, from Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood and a graduate of Boston Latin School, nearly struck out the side in the third. After striking out Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, Mulry had Mike Napoli at a 1-2 count before giving up a single and walking Jonny Gomes. But he got rookie Xander Bogaerts to groundout, ending the inning. See RED SOX, page B3
New Boston Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore, shown as a member of the Cleveland Indians in 2011, returned to action for the first time in three years in Thursday afternoon’s exhibition opener against Northeastern University. He went 0-for-2 at the plate and played three innings in left field.
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FRIDAY BOYS Basketball Division II playoffs: Preliminary round, Cumberland at Central Falls, 7:15 p.m. Division III playoffs: North Smithfield at Burrillville, 6 p.m. Hockey Cumberland vs. North Smithfield (Levy Rink), 6 p.m.; Hendricken at Burrillville, 7;30 p.m.; St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler Co-op vs. Lincoln (Lynch Arena), Woonsocket at West Warwick/EWG Co-op, 8 p.m.; Scituate/Tolman Co-op vs. East Providence (Lynch Arena), 9;30 p.m. Wrestling R.I. State Championships, preliminaries (Providence Career & Technical Academy field house), 4:30 p.m. GIRLS Basketball Middletown at Shea, 6 p.m.; St. Raphael at Mount Pleasant, Rogers at Central Falls, Burrillville at Lincoln, North Providence at Mount St. Charles, Cumberland at Ponaganset, Tolman at Tiverton, Smithfield at Woonsocket, 7 p.m. Hockey R.I. Division I best-of-three semifinals: Game 1, Burrillville/Ponaganset vs. La Salle, (Cranston Rink), 8 p.m. SATURDAY BOYS Hockey West Warwick/EWG Co-op vs. Scituate/Tolman Co-op (Cranston Rink), 6:10 p.m.; Coventry at Burrillville, 7 p.m.; Mount St. Charles vs. Bishop Hendricken (Thayer Arena), Cumberland vs. Lincoln (Lynch Arena), 7:30 p.m.; East Greenwich vs. St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler Co-op (Lynch Arena), 9 p.m. Indoor Track New England Championships (Reggie Lewis Track Center), Noon. Wrestling R.I. State Championships, (Providence Career & Technical Academy field house), 10 p.m. GIRLS Hockey R.I. Division I best-of-three semifinals: Game 2, La Salle vs. Burrillville/Ponaganset, (Levy Arena), 3 p.m. Indoor Track New England Championships (Reggie Lewis Track Center), 7 p.m.
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NORTH SMITHFIELD — The Gator's Pub Adult Summer Volleyball League is again seeking teams for the upcomign season, and information and registration forms are now available online at The registration deadline is March 28 for returning teams. CoEd, Any 4's, Men's and Women's divisions are offered and will run nightly from Sunday through Thursday. League play will begin at the end of April. For more information, or for new teams looking to join a league, contact Deb at or call 401-769-2594.
PAWTUCKET — The Pawtucket Connie Mack 18-under baseball team is planning signups for the upcoming season, which runs from June 11-Aug. 10, on the next two Wednesdays (March 5 and 12) from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Upper Deck Baseball Academy on John C. Dean Memorial Blvd., in Cumberland. Signups will also be held on Saturday, March 1 from 8-10 a.m. at DH Hitting on 70 Vineyard St. in Pawtucket. For more information, contact Jim McParlin at (401) 261-6644 or email
LINCOLN — Lincoln Little League registrations for the 2014 season are online and can be done at Additional information can be found on the league website or by contacting the player agent, Joan Dion, at or the league president, John Sharkey, at
PAWTUCKET — The Fairlawn Little League will be holding registrations for the upcoming baseball and softball seasons at the Smithfield Avenue Fire Station (on Smithfield Avenue) on Saturday, March 1 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fairlawn Little League will once again offer a softball program this year and is looking for girls between the ages of 4-18 to register to play T-Ball (ages 4-6), Instructional (ages 6-8), Minors (ages 810), Majors (ages 11-13) and Seniors (ages 13-18). Registrations are open to girls who live in the city of Pawtucket, as this is a Little League affiliated fast-pitch softball program. Registrations can also be done online. At the end of the registration, applicants will be able to print out a copy of the registration form and mail in payment, or drop off payment at the fire station during the registration dates listed above. The league is not accepting credit card registrations at this time. If you have any questions, contact league president Tammy Ward at 401-413-5323 or visit the Fairlawn Little League website at
PAWTUCKET — The Greater Pawtucket Umpires Association (G.P.U.A.) is looking for men and women interested in umpiring youth baseball games during the coming season. Veteran umpires are welcome; however, no prior experience is necessary, only a general knowledge of the game of baseball and a willingness to learn the basics of becoming an umpire. New recruits will be required to complete a six-hour training course (one hour per week for six weeks). Weekly meetings have already started and take place each Monday. All participants must be at least 16 years of age and have reliable transportation available. If interested, call Paul Blake at 401-316-0039, or the GPUA Hotline at 401-722-6849 for more details.
PAWTUCKET — The Darlington National Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball Leagues will be holding signups for the 2014 baseball season on Friday, Feb. 28 from 6-8 p.m. at KR Baseball Academy on 413 Central Ave. Players ages 4-15 from Pawtucket, Central Falls, East Providence, and Rumford are welcome. Players who are new to the league must bring a copy of their birth certificate. The fees for the season will be Rookie, $45; Minor, $75; Major, $80; and Babe Ruth, $120. There is no fee for T-Ball players. For more information, contact Ray at 401-339-3579 after 5 p.m. or see the league’s web site to print out a registration form ( Cash, checks, and money orders will be accepted.
PAWTUCKET — Officials with the Pawtucket Girls Softball League will conduct open registrations for their upcoming spring and summer seasons for players between the ages of 7-18 every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at DH Hitting on 70 Vineyard St. in Pawtucket. Those sign-up sessions will be held now through the end of March, stated PGSL President Scott Cooper. The league will be divided into appropriate age divisions. For more information, call Cooper at (401) 338-1127 or e-mail him at
PAWTUCKET — The Darlington Girls Softball League will conduct its winter clinics for new and returning instructional division players every Tuesday night in February from 6-7 p.m. -- and every Friday night in March from 6-7 p.m. -- at the Fallon Memorial School gymnasium on Lincoln Avenue. For more information, send an email to
PAWTUCKET — The Irish 5K, the first race of the popular Tour de Patrick series, will take place on March 1 in Pawtucket. It starts and ends at the Pawtucket City Hall on Roosevelt Avenue. Preceding the 5K event, which begins at 11 a.m., is a post-race party at the Pawtucket Armory with live Irish music. The city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade starts at noon. For more information, visit
CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Youth Baseball/Softball League plans to again award scholarships to high school seniors that had participated as a player or volunteer in the league. Applications may be obtained from the guidance offices at Cumberland High School, St. Raphael Academy, Mount St. Charles Academy, Bishop Feehan High School, Bishop Hendricken High School, and La Salle Academy, as well as from the CYBSL website ( They must be completed and sent to the CYSBL’s scholarship committee by April 15.
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Kofane relishes increased workload
gram has turned out, it appears that he’s spent the last three-plus months trying to regain the trust and confidence of Cooley and the coaching staff. Kofane did not see the floor in the game that followed PC surviving against Boston College. The DNP in the Nov. 13 contest against Brown marked the first of what to date has been a dozen times when he hasn’t budged off the bench. When Kofane has been given a chance, it’s been in a limited capacity – including Sunday’s action, he’s averaging 4.3 minutes per outing. On the surface, it would seem minutes and opportunities would be readily available for Kofane, who averaged 15 minutes during his redshirt freshman year and 11.5 minutes as a sophomore. One cannot bring up the Friars without mentioning how limited they are personnel-wise and how much Cooley leans on his starting group along with a couple of reserves. Through everything, Kofane has managed to keep a positive attitude and not sulk. “I’ve just been focusing on getting strong workouts and not stress out about not playing all the time. It’s mostly in coach’s hands,” he said. “That’s life and you can’t be worried about it. I just have to make sure that I stay ready and play hard.” Understanding the importance of displaying good practice habits, Kofane frequently squares off with the seven-foot Blackstone Valley Sports file photo Desrosiers in drills. The constant bumping Providence College redshirt junior forward Brice Kofane and his and grinding has helped Desrosiers emerge Friar teammates with be in Newark, N.J. tonight for their Big East as a defensive enforcer – he ranks second in showdown against Seton Hall. the Big East in blocks (69). “Being however tall he is, I just can’t make a post move,” said Desrosiers, who returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out the previous two days. “I’ve got to expect him to use his athletic ability to block shots so I’ve got to throw it up a little bit higher than I normally do.” Added Cooley, “He’s been real good in practice the last month and it’s paid off for him.” As PC’s sixth man in the Butler game, Kofane wasted little time in making his presence known. Checking in with the contest barely seven minutes old, he was quick on his feet during a pick-and-roll sequence and came away with a thunderous rejection that seemed to catch the Bulldogs’ Khyle Marshall by surprise. There were several other watershed moments. On a kick-out pass to the perimeter, Kofane jumped out and was ready to switch on Butler guard Elijah Brown, but the pass sailed out of bounds. With less than nine minutes left in the first half, he tracked down an errant 3-point bid in the corner and quickly got the ball into the hands of Bryce Cotton. The hustle play did not go unnoticed. “He probably doesn’t,” Cooley quickly responded when questioned whether Kofane would have made such a play as recently as a month ago. “He’s playing with a sense of urgency.” “That’s what you expect from someone who’s worked so hard,” Desrosiers added. “He produced and helped us get a muchneeded road win.” Kofane said he and the rest of his teammates found out that Desrosiers would miss Sunday’s game shortly before the 6 p.m. tip. He smiled when it was suggested that what he accomplished Sunday could very well serve as a jumping-off point. “Hopefully coach will keep trusting me. That’s the only thing I want,” Kofane expressed. Next Tuesday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Kofane will join Cotton, Kadeem Batts, Lee Goldsbrough and Ted Bancroft in a pregame ceremony that pays tribute to the departing seniors. On track to graduate in May, Kofane does have one more year of eligibility remaining. “That’s still up in the air right now,” said Cooley about whether Kofane returns for 2014-15. “We’ve got to talk at the end of the season.” *** RIM RATTLERS: The Friars’ late-season push to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade takes them to New Jersey to face a Seton Hall team that’s on a two-game losing streak. The most recent defeat came Tuesday night at DePaul. The Pirates defeated the Friars in double overtime on New Year’s Eve. Taking a page from what he stated prior to facing Villanova a second time, Cooley stated that PC is in a much better state heading into Friday’s rematch against the Pirates. “We still had the Kris Dunn thing and the Brandon (Austin) and Rodney (Bullock) thing. We were still developing on how we wanted to play. Roles weren’t truly identified at that point. I just think we’re a different basketball team.” Follow Brendan McGair on Twitter @BWMcGair03
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2 scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. at Levy Arena. If a third and deciding game is needed, it will take place on Monday night at a time and site to be determined. The top-seeded Rams (13-4), who shared the Division I-Emma regular-season title with the Warwick co-op team, suffered two of their losses to the Broncos (8-8-1), dropping their first two meetings by scores of 4-2 and 6-5 before blanking B/P in their regularseason finale last Saturday, 5-0. That defeat was the third in a row for the Broncos, and all three losses were shutouts. “I told them, ‘As of right now, every team is 0-0, so those three games mean absolutely nothing,’ ” said coach Marc Brissette. “So far, we’ve had a good week of practice; hopefullyn we can carry
that into Friday night’s game.” A big reason why the Broncos endured their scoreless drought was because their top two scorers, junior Emily Cardon (17 goals) and sophomore Angela Cardone (11 goals) were out of the lineup -- Cardon with a broken wrist and Cardone with a concussion. But both players returned to practice this week and have been cleared to play in this weekend’s series. “That had a lot to do with it,” head coach Marc Brissette said of his team’s scoreless funk. “Those two were our leading goal scorers this year, so missing them definitely put a crimp into our offense. But there’s nothing that’s going to keep them from playing this weekend.” Nevertheless, the Rams promise to be a tough opponent this weekend, especially since they boast one of the state’s best defensive units.
“The key is to get a lot of shots on net,” admitted Brissette. “La Salle averages only 15 or 16 shots a game, and you’re not going to win too many games when you take that many shots. “They play a 2-3 zone defense, like an NHL trap in the neutral zone, so its difficult to get the puck out of the zone and get it into their zone.”
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Taking a look at the big board, Mike Kayata’s Tigers are 10th in the Power Point standings, having amassed 10.4 points. Lurking right behind is Division III power East Greenwich with 10.2 points and Division I contender Hope with 10 points. Given the close proximity of several additional teams in the nine-point range, the importance of Tolman securing at the very least one more victory that’s worth 0.8 points cannot be underscored. “We’re still alive for the state tournament so we need these points,” Kayata stressed. “This is huge and important.” In Division I, victories are worth a full point while they are worth 0.6 in Division III. Given that there are still valuable points up for grabs, it wouldn’t come as a major sur-
prise to see some shakeups and alterations as the divisional tournaments progress. *** Right now, Tolman is the only area-based team that would gain admittance to the open state tournament if it began today. That distinction is due primarily to the Tigers’ hot finish to the regular season. After scoring 24 points in a 10point loss at Prout on Jan. 8, Tolman went on to capture eight of its last nine contests, including five straight. “The way we see it, we have a lot of games left,” Kayata confidently stated earlier this week. “It’s going to be about focus, determination and staying together.” Not too long ago, Central Falls was in the mix for a state berth. What ensued following 73-68 triumph over Tolman on Feb. 7 was a five-game losing skid that couldn’t come at a
worst time. Not only did the Warriors surrender the lead in II-North – North Providence took the title – but they also find themselves on the outside looking in at the state playoffs. In likelihood, Central Falls will need to make a deep run and hope for a few breaks along the way. The first chance comes Friday night when defending Division II champion and 10th seeded Cumberland pays a visit. Seeded seventh, the Warriors hosted the Clippers nine days ago with Cumberland emerging with a 49-47 triumph. Freshman Brandon Kolek sank five 3-pointers in the contest, including the game-winning basket with five seconds remaining. Whoever wins Friday draws the tall order of facing No. 2 seed Barrington in the quarterfinals. That contest is on the docket for next Wednesday.
Familiarity is also in the air in Division III. Three days ago, North Smithfield and Burrillville met with the Division III-North crown on the line. The Broncos escaped with a 38-35 victory that enabled them to enjoy homecourt advantage for Friday’s preliminary-round rematch with the Northmen. Burrillville is the No. 8 seed while North Smithfield is ninth. Friday’s victor will advance to meet No. 1 seed East Greenwich in a quarterfinalround tilt set for next Wednesday at Johnston High. Follow Brendan McGair on Twitter @BWMcGair03
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"It was a day I'll never forget," Mulry said. "I grew up watching these guys and getting the opportunity to pitch against them was an unbelievable experience, never mind striking them out. They are two of the best players from my generation and I am lucky to have had this chance to play them." Mulry impressed at least one of his victims. "I was trying to see if I can get a strike to hit or whatever, but he ended up throwing me a nasty breaking ball," Ortiz said. "He can party tonight. He can have a drink tonight and say, 'I struck out Papi.'" Said Farrell of the back-toback strikeouts: "Hopefully that's the last time we see it." "But for all of our guys seeing live pitching for the first time in a game situation, it was a good day overall regardless of the result." Right-hander Brandon Workman started Game 1 against Northeastern and went two scoreless innings, giving up a hit with two strikeouts. It was the first time Workman, who made his big league debut last season, has pitched in a game since the eighth inning of Game 6 of the World Series against the Cardinals. Right-hander Rubby De La
Rosa earned the win in Game 2 against BC. He started and went two scoreless innings, giving up one hit with a strikeout and hitting a batter. Offensively, Ryan Lavarn-
way went 2-for-2 with a double in the first game, and in the second game, Christian Vazquez hit a solo home run and Travis Shaw went 2-for-2 with a three-run double.
TODAY NASCAR AUTO RACING 1 p.m. — Nationwide Series, practice for Blue Jeans Go Green 200, at Avondale, Ariz., FS1. 2 p.m. — Sprint Cup, practice for The Profit on CNBC 500, at Avondale, Ariz., FS1. 5 p.m. — Nationwide Series, practice for Blue Jeans Go Green 200, at Avondale, Ariz., FS1. 6:30 p.m. — Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for The Profit on CNBC 500, at Avondale, Ariz., FS1. NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. — Golden State at New York, ESPN. 10:30 p.m. — New Orleans at Phoenix, ESPN. MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — Providence at Seton Hall, CBS Sports, WEEI (103.7 FM). 7 p.m. — Iona at Manhattan, ESPN2. 7 p.m. — Campbell at High Point, ESPNU. 7:30 p.m. — Brown at Penn, NBC Sports, WPRV (790 AM). 9 p.m. — Canisius at Rider, ESPNU. BOXING 9 p.m. — Boxcino, middleweight quarterfinals: Donatas Bondorovas (18-4-1) vs. Willie Monroe Jr. (15-1-0); Cerresso Fort (17-2-1) vs. Vitalii Kopylenko (21-0-0); Brandon Adams (12-0-0) vs. Daniel Edouard (23-4-2); Raymond Gatica (13-2-0) vs. Sena Agbeko (15-0-0), at Hammond, Ind., ESPN2. 9:30 p.m. — Super middleweights, Badou Jack (16-0-1) vs. Derek Edwards (26-3-1); lightweights, Mickey Bey Jr. (19-1-1) vs. Alan Herrera (32-5-0); super middleweights, J'Leon Love (16-00) vs. Vladine Biosse (15-2-2), at Verona, N.Y., SHO. GOLF 9 a.m. — European PGA Tour, Tshwane Open, second round, at Centurion, South Africa (same-day tape), TGC. 2 p.m. — PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, second round, at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., TGC. 10:30 p.m. — LPGA Tour, HSBC Women's Champions, third round, at Singapore, TGC. AHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. — Bridgeport at Providence, WNRI (1380 AM). COLLEGE HOCKEY 7 p.m. — Northeastern at Boston University, NESN.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Toronto Brooklyn New York Boston Philadelphia Golden State Phoenix Sacramento L.A. Lakers 35 23 .603 4 33 24 .579 5½ 20 37 .351 18½ 19 39 .328 20 ——— Wednesday's Games Orlando 101, Philadelphia 90 Boston 115, Atlanta 104 Chicago 103, Golden State 83 Dallas 108, New Orleans 89 Cleveland 114, Oklahoma City 104 Memphis 108, L.A. Lakers 103 San Antonio 120, Detroit 110 Utah 109, Phoenix 86 Portland 124, Brooklyn 80 L.A. Clippers 101, Houston 93 Thursday's Games Indiana 101, Milwaukee 96 Washington at Toronto, (n) New York at Miami, (n) Brooklyn at Denver, (n) Friday's Games Utah at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Golden State at New York, 8 p.m. Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Charlotte at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Sacramento at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. New Orleans at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. Saturday's Games Washington at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Houston, 8 p.m. Indiana at Boston, 8 p.m. Brooklyn at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Cleveland at Memphis, 9 p.m. Denver at Portland, 10 p.m. Minnesota at Sacramento, 10 p.m. New Orleans at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
College basketball
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division 32 25 .561 — 26 29 .473 5 21 36 .368 11 20 39 .339 13 15 43 .259 17½ Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 40 14 .741 — Washington 29 28 .509 12½ Charlotte 27 30 .474 14½ Atlanta 26 31 .456 15½ Orlando 18 42 .300 25 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 44 13 .772 — Chicago 31 26 .544 13 Detroit 23 35 .397 21½ Cleveland 23 36 .390 22 Milwaukee 11 46 .193 33 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 41 16 .719 — Houston 39 19 .672 2½ Dallas 36 23 .610 6 Memphis 32 24 .571 8½ New Orleans 23 34 .404 18 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 43 15 .741 — Portland 40 18 .690 3 Minnesota 28 29 .491 14½ Denver 25 31 .446 17 Utah 21 36 .368 21½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 40 20 .667 —
St. Francis staves off Bryant, 62-59
NEW YORK (AP) — Amdy Fall scored 21 points and blocked 10 shots, both career highs, as St. Francis (NY) overcame a 13point halftime deficit to edge Bryant 62-59 Thursday. St. Francis (17-13, 8-7 Northeast Conference) took a late 60-59 lead on a three-point play by Fall, who was fouled on a dunk with 36 seconds left. Brent Jones and Jalen Cannon each made 1 of 2 free throws over the final 15 seconds to secure the win. Bryant (17-13, 9-6) missed its last six field goal attempts of the game. Trailing 36-23 at halftime, St. Francis used a 15-4 spurt to tie the game at 40, and neither team led by more than seven points the rest of the way. Fall also had nine rebounds. Jones had 15 points and nine assists while Cannon had nine points and 10 boards. Dyami Starks led the Bulldogs with 20 points. Corey Maynard added 12.
Girls’ basketball
Edmonton 60 20 33 7 47 153 199 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one for an overtime loss. ——— Wednesday's Games Buffalo 5, Boston 4, OT Detroit 2, Montreal 1, OT Los Angeles 6, Colorado 4 Vancouver 1, St. Louis 0 Only games scheduled Thursday's Games New Jersey 5, Columbus 2 N.Y. Islanders 5, Toronto 4, OT N.Y. Rangers 2, Chicago 1 San Jose at Philadelphia, (n) Montreal at Pittsburgh, (n) Detroit at Ottawa, (n) Washington at Florida, (n) Tampa Bay at Nashville, (n) Phoenix at Winnipeg, (n) Carolina at Dallas, (n) Los Angeles at Calgary, (n) Minnesota at Edmonton, (n) Friday's Games San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Colorado, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Vancouver, 10 p.m. St. Louis at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Saturday's Games Washington at Boston, 1 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Florida at Columbus, 2 p.m. Winnipeg at Nashville, 3 p.m. Tampa Bay at Dallas, 3 p.m. Carolina at Los Angeles, 4 p.m. Toronto at Montreal, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Chicago at Chicago, IL, 8 p.m. Calgary at Edmonton, 10 p.m.
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 58 37 16 5 79 180 130 Tampa Bay 58 33 20 5 71 168 145 Montreal 60 32 21 7 71 149 144 Toronto 61 32 22 7 71 182 187 Detroit 59 27 20 12 66 153 164 Ottawa 59 26 22 11 63 169 191 Florida 58 22 29 7 51 139 183 Buffalo 59 17 34 8 42 118 178 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 58 40 15 3 83 186 138 N.Y. Rangers 60 33 24 3 69 157 147 Philadelphia 59 30 23 6 66 162 167 Columbus 59 29 25 5 63 172 166 Washington 59 27 23 9 63 171 175 New Jersey 60 25 22 13 63 140 148 Carolina 58 26 23 9 61 146 161 N.Y. Islanders 61 23 30 8 54 169204 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA St. Louis 58 39 13 6 84 196 136 Chicago 61 35 12 14 84208 165 Colorado 59 37 17 5 79 178 159 Minnesota 59 31 21 7 69 145 147 Dallas 58 27 21 10 64 164 164 Winnipeg 60 28 26 6 62 168 175 Nashville 59 25 24 10 60 146 180 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 60 41 14 5 87 196 147 San Jose 59 37 16 6 80 175 142 Los Angeles 60 32 22 6 70 145 132 Vancouver 61 28 24 9 65 147 160 Phoenix 58 27 21 10 64 163 169 Calgary 58 22 29 7 51 137 179
Patriots cop must-win contest from Raiders
LINCOLN – In a game that Davies Tech absolutely needed in order to remain in the Division III playoff picture, the Patriots upended visiting Shea, 40-28, on Thursday night. Davies improves to 4-6 in league play, 6-7 overall. Gina Miranda paced the victors with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Jasmine Ayala pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with five points. Shea (5-6) topped Davies when the two teams met in Pawtucket earlier this month. Dala Mendes led the Raiders with nine points. ***
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Manchester 58 36 14 2 6 80 183 148 St. John's 55 32 19 1 3 68 181 151 Providence 55 29 19 1 6 65 174 156 Worcester 53 23 26 3 1 50 128 166 Portland 54 20 25 2 7 49 159 191 East Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Binghamton 54 33 17 1 3 70203 164 Norfolk 54 29 17 1 7 66 142 136 WB/Scranton 55 29 19 3 4 65 158 145 Hershey 54 29 19 3 3 64168 155 Syracuse 52 20 23 4 5 49 134 156 Northeast Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Springfield 55 33 17 1 4 71168 150 Albany 54 29 17 3 5 66 161 142 Bridgeport 54 25 24 1 4 55 149 167 Hartford 53 21 26 0 6 48 140 170 Adirondack 52 22 27 0 3 47 121 142 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Gr. Rapids 55 33 17 2 3 71 176 136 Chicago 54 31 17 4 2 68 156 138 Rockford 57 29 21 4 3 65 175 180 Milwaukee 54 23 19 6 6 58 135 151 Iowa 53 22 21 6 4 54 131 152 North Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Toronto 53 32 17 2 2 68 154 134 Rochester 52 27 18 3 4 61 152 145 Hamilton 53 23 25 1 4 51 127 154 Lake Erie 53 23 25 0 5 51 135 162 Utica 54 22 25 3 4 51 127 158 West Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Texas 57 33 16 3 5 74203 162 Abbotsford 55 33 17 4 1 71 172 151 San Antonio 55 24 23 3 5 56 151 160 Okla. City 54 23 24 1 6 53162 185 Charlotte 53 24 26 1 2 51 156 174 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. ——— Wednesday's Games Toronto 4, Binghamton 2 Lake Erie 3, Texas 2, SO San Antonio 3, Utica 0 Norfolk 3, Charlotte 2 Grand Rapids 5, Milwaukee 1 Thursday's Game Portland 6, Worcester 4 Rochester at Iowa, (n) Only games scheduled Friday's Games Binghamton at St. John's, 6 p.m. Hershey at Hartford, 7 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Adirondack at Utica, 7 p.m. Bridgeport at Providence, 7:05 p.m. Lake Erie at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m. Manchester at Norfolk, 7:30 p.m. Rockford at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Iowa at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Rochester at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Grand Rapids at Abbotsford, 10 p.m. Saturday's Games Hamilton at Toronto, 3 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Albany, 5 p.m. Binghamton at St. John's, 6 p.m. Providence at Springfield, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Hershey, 7 p.m. Adirondack at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Worcester at Bridgeport, 7 p.m. Portland at Hartford, 7 p.m. Manchester at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Rockford at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Texas at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Grand Rapids at Abbotsford, 10 p.m.
SHEA (28): Lourdes Anariba 0 0-0 0, Amie Mbye 0 0-0 0, Carol Rodriguez 2 0-1 4, Dala Mendes 4 1-4 9, Tatiana Ramos 1 3-12 5, Astan Coulibaly 0 1-2 1, Nichole Taylor 1 0-0 3, Jailah Barros 1 0-0 2. Totals: 12 6-23 28. DAVIES TECH (40): Tiana DaSilva 0 -4 0, Laura Sylvestre 1 1-1 3, Jackie Sequen 2 00 6, Joneilly Alicea 1 0-0 3, Kebblin Toloza 1 0-2 1, Madison Bator 0 2-3 2, Jasmine Ayala 2 1-2 5, Sandra Cotter 1 2-2 4, Gina Miranda 5 6-19 16. Totals: 11 13-33 40. Halftime: D 19-9. Three-point fields: Shea 2 (Tatianna Ramos, Nichole Taylor); D 3 (Jackie Sequen 2, Joneilly Alicea).
Giants, Bills will lock horns in Aug. 3 Hall of Fame game
NEW YORK (AP) — The Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will kick off the 2014 NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. The league announced Thursday the matchup for the Aug. 3 game. The contest will be played a day after the Hall of Fame inducts seven new members, including one each from the Bills and Giants. Wide receiver Andre Reed played 15 of his 16 seasons with the Bills from 1985-1999. Defensive end Michael Strahan spent his 15-season career with the Giants from 1993-2007, winning a Super Bowl in his final season. The other inductees are linebacker Derrick Brooks, punter Ray Guy, defensive end Claude Humphrey, tackle Walter Jones and defensive back Aeneas Williams. This is the first time the Bills and Giants will meet in the Hall of Fame Game. The Giants played in the first Hall of Fame Game in 1962 and followed with three other trips to Canton to play in the preseason classic (1972, 1985, and 2002). Buffalo will be playing for the fourth time (1974, 1989, and 2009).
p.m. Detroit (ss) vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees vs. Detroit (ss) at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Washington vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Seattle vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. San Francisco (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. San Francisco (ss) vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m. Houston vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m. Saturday's Games Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. St. Louis vs. Miami (ss) at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Miami (ss) vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. San Diego vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Texas vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. San Francisco vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. L.A. Angels vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 9:10 p.m.
AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct Detroit 1 0 1.000 Oakland 1 0 1.000 Toronto 1 0 1.000 Baltimore 0 0 .000 Boston 0 0 .000 Chicago 0 0 .000 Houston 0 0 .000 Kansas City 0 0 .000 Los Angeles 0 0 .000 Minnesota 0 0 .000 Seattle 0 0 .000 Tampa Bay 0 0 .000 Texas 0 0 .000 Cleveland 0 1 .000 New York 0 1 .000 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct Arizona 1 0 1.000 Cincinnati 1 0 1.000 Pittsburgh 1 0 1.000 Chicago 0 0 .000 Colorado 0 0 .000 Miami 0 0 .000 Milwaukee 0 0 .000 New York 0 0 .000 San Diego 0 0 .000 St. Louis 0 0 .000 Washington 0 0 .000 Atlanta 0 1 .000 Los Angeles 0 1 .000 Philadelphia 0 1 .000 San Francisco 0 1 .000 NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. ——— Wednesday's Games Detroit 6, Atlanta 5 Toronto 4, Philadelphia 3, 7 innings Pittsburgh 6, N.Y. Yankees 5 Oakland 10, San Francisco 5 Cincinnati 8, Cleveland 3 Arizona 4, L.A. Dodgers 1 Thursday's Games Toronto 7, Philadelphia 5 Pittsburgh 8, N.Y. Yankees 2 Detroit 5, Atlanta 2 Texas 11, Kansas City 7 Arizona (ss) 5, Chicago Cubs 2 L.A. Dodgers 4, Arizona (ss) 3 Milwaukee 11, Oakland 3 Cleveland 12, Cincinnati 3 Seattle 7, San Diego 1 Friday's Games Minnesota vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05
Thursday's Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL Major League Baseball COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE — Suspended San Francisco minor league 2B Ryan Jones (AugustaSAL) 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine. American League CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Traded INF Jake Elmore to Oakland for cash considerations. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with LHPs Francisley Bueno, Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph and John Lamb; RHPs Michael Mariot and Yordano Ventura; INFs Pedro Ciriaco and Christian Colon; and OFs Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson on one-year contracts. OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Designated INF Andy Parrino for assignment. SEATTLE MARINERS — Agreed to terms with RHPs Brandon Maurer, Hector Noesi, Stephen Pryor, Erasmo Ramirez and Taijuan Walker; LHPs Bobby LaFramboise and Lucas Luetge; C Jesus Sucre; and INFs Brad Miller, Jesus Montero and Carlos Triunfel on one-year contracts. Named Joe Myhra vice president, ballpark operations. National League SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Agreed to terms with OF Tyler Colvin on a minor league contract. New York-Penn League BROOKLYN CYCLONES — Named Tom Gamboa manager, Tom Signore pitching coach, Benny Distefano hitting coach. Atlantic League LONG ISLAND DUCKS — Signed RHP John Brownell. SUGAR LAND SKEETERS — Signed C Koby Clemens and RHPs Jared Wells and Chris Smith. Can-Am League NEW JERSEY JACKALS — Signed INF Jeremy Barnes. ROCKLAND BOULDERS — Traded RHPs Bo Budkevics and Taylor Robinson and 1B Robert Kelly to Florence for INF Junior Arrojo, and C Jon Nestor to Southern Illinois for RHP Kyle Wahl. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA — Suspended Sacramento C DeMarcus Cousins one game and fined him $20,000 for punching an opposing player and verbally abusing an official during Tuesday's game. ATLANTA HAWKS — Signed C Mike Muscala. Released C Dexter Pittman. DALLAS MAVERICKS — Assigned F Jae Crowder, F Shane Larkin and G Bernard James to the NBADL. Recalled G Ricky Ledo. MILWAUKEE BUCKS — Requested waivers on F Caron Butler. SACRAMENTO KINGS — Agreed to terms with G Jimmer Fredette on a contract buyout. FOOTBALL National Football League BALTIMORE RAVENS — Terminated the contracts of FB Vonta Leach and B Jameel McClain. CHICAGO BEARS — Agreed to terms with C Roberto Garza on a one-year contract. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Agreed to terms with WR Riley Cooper on a five-year contract and C Jason Kelce on a seven-year contract. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Agreed to terms with OL Daniel Kilgore on a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Re-signed DL Chris Baker to a three-year contract. Canadian Football League EDMONTON ESKIMOS — Named Jonathan Himebauch offensive line coach and run game coordinator. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS — Re-signed RB Will Ford. Released OL Shannon Boatman and DB Jeremy McGee. HOCKEY National Hockey League NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Named Adam Davis executive vice president of corporate partnerships. American Hockey League CHICAGO WOLVES — Signed F Gergo Nagy to a professional tryout agreement. HAMILTON BULLDOGS — Signed D Jordon Southorn to a professional tryout agreement. ECHL ECHL — Fined Elmira F Danny Hobbs an undisclosed amount for his actions during Wednesday's game. SOCCER Major League Soccer CHIVAS USA — Waived M Carlo Chueca. SEATTLE SOUNDERS — Signed D Jimmy Ockford and loaned him to New York (NASL) for the 2014 season. National Women's Soccer League WASHINGTON SPIRIT — Signed D Cecilie Sandvej. COLLEGE FORDHAM — Signed athletic director Dave Roach to a contract extension through 2019. NORTH TEXAS — Named Perry Carter safeties coach and LaMarcus Hicks cornerbacks coach. OHIO — Named Deane Webb volleyball coach. WINSTON-SALEM STATE — Announced the retirement of athletic director Bill Hayes.
NASCAR SPRINT CUP THE PROFIT ON CNBC 500 Site: Avondale, Ariz. Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2-2:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 6:30-8 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11 a.m.-noon; Fox Sports 2, 2-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (Fox, 2:30-6 p.m.). Track: Phoenix International Raceway (oval, 1.0 miles). Race distance: 312 miles, 312 laps. Last year: Carl Edwards won to snap a 70-race victory drought. Jimmie Johnson was second. Last week: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 for the second time, beating Denny Hamlin in the rain-delayed race. Fast facts: The race is the first to use the new group qualifying format. The fastest 12 cars after the opening 30-minute session will compete for the pole in the final 10-minute session. At tracks 1.25 miles or longer, there will be three rounds of qualifying. ... Kevin Harvick won the November race at the track. He's in his first year at Stewart-Haas Racing after 13 Cup seasons at Richard Childress Racing. Next race: Kobalt 400, March 9, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas. Online: ——— NATIONWIDE BLUE JEANS GO GREEN 200 Site: Avondale, Ariz. Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 1-2 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying, Fox Sports 2, noon-1:30 p.m.), race, 3:45 p.m. (ABC, 3:30-6 p.m.). Track: Phoenix International Raceway (oval, 1.0 miles). Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps. Last week: Kyle Busch won to end a 24-race Nationwide victory drought. Last week: Regan Smith won at Daytona, holding off Brad Keselowski. Fast facts: Busch also won the November race at the track for the last of his 12 2013 series victories. Busch, driving the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, has a series-record 63 victories — six at the track. ... Kevin Harvick is driving the Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned No. 88 Chevrolet. Next race: Boyd Gaming 300, March 8, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas. Online: ——— CAMPING WORLD TRUCK Next race: Kroger 250, March 29, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va. Last week: Kyle Busch won at Daytona to become the first driver to win Truck, ARCA, Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at the track. Online:
By The Associated Press Feb. 28 1922 — In the first college conference basketball tournament, North Carolina beats Mercer 40-26 to win the Southern Conference championship. 1940 — College basketball is televised for the first time. Station W2XBS transmits a basketball doubleheader from New York's Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh plays Fordham and New York University takes on Georgetown. 1957 — Johnny Longden becomes the first jockey in history to reach 5,000 victories. Longden, who started his career in 1927, coaxes Bente to a head victory over Flying Finish II in the fourth race at Santa Anita Park. 1960 — The United States hockey team scores six goals in the third period to beat Czechoslovakia 9-4 and win the gold medal in the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, Calif. 1967 — Wilt Chamberlain misses his first field goal in four games to end his NBA record shooting streak of 35 consecutive field goals, during Philadelphia's 127-107 victory over Cincinnati at Syracuse. 1971 — Jack Nicklaus wins the PGA Championship by beating Billy Casper by three strokes. 1981 — Houston's Calvin Murphy makes the last of his 78 consecutive free throws, in a game against San Diego, setting what was then an NBA record. 1986 — Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth conditionally suspends Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds, Keith Hernandez of the New York Mets, Joaquin Andujar of the Oakland Athletics, Lonnie Smith of the Kansas City Royals, Enos Cabell of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jeff Leonard of the San Francisco Giants and Dale Berra of the New York Yankees for one year for drug abuse. After conditions are met the suspensions are reduced. 1987 — Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn calls his 2,000th consecutive game for the club, a streak spanning 22 years. 1993 — Iolanda Chen of Russia sets a world record in the triple jump with a leap of 47-5¼ inches, breaking Inessa Kravets' 1991 record by three-quarters of an inch. 1999 — Venus and Serena Williams become the first sisters to win WTA Tour events on the same day. Venus wins the IGA SuperThrift Tennis Classic in Oklahoma City after Serena takes her first title on the WTA Tour at the Gaz de France Open. 2003 — In Val Di Fiemme, Italy, Johnny Spillane wins the Nordic combined sprint to become the first American to win a gold medal at the Nordic world championships. 2010 — Ai Miyazato wins the HSBC Champions to become the first LPGA Tour player in 44 years to sweep the first two events of a season. Miyazato, who the LPGA Thailand last week, closes with 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Cristie Kerr. 2010 — Sidney Crosby scores the winning goal in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory over the United States in the final event of the Vancouver Olympics. Canada earns its 14th gold medal, the most by any country at any Winter Olympics. The American silver is the 37th medal won by the United States at these games, also the most by any country at any Winter Olympics. The U.S. wins the medals race for the first time since 1932.
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Open email exposes wife’s secret weekend rendezvous
My wife of 45 years is having an online affair with a man who is a former business client. I found out when she inadvertently left an email message open on her laptop. Her phone records confirm daily long-distance conversations, as well. Although I know they have never met personally, they plan to meet during a weekend convention at a hotel in his hometown next month. Despite problems in our marriage, neither of us has strayed, and I’m confident she doesn’t want to lose me nor do I want to lose her. My dilemma is whether to tell her I know what’s going on prior to her trip, or confront her when she returns with pictures taken by a private investigator. I can’t let her betrayal continue. — CONFLICTED IN THE SOUTH DEAR CONFLICTED: Tell her sooner rather than later, so she can cancel her trip to the convention. If she’s willing to do that and work on repairing your marriage, there is a chance that your problems are fixable. If she isn’t, then face it — your stressed marriage is over. Photos from a private investigator are beside the point. The email you read is proof enough. hand. She went on to say, “In all my years of attending church potluck dinners, when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would say, ‘Keep your fork.’” She said the main course was her favorite part of the meal because she knew “something better was coming ... something wonderful, and with substance.” What she wanted was to convey to her loved ones at her funeral her belief that something better was to come. wouldn’t be marrying you. But her children MUST come first, and unless you can accept that fact, you shouldn’t marry her. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. To order “How to Write Letters for All Occasions,” send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby — Letter Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. Shipping and handling are included in the price.
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Recently, my friend went to a wake and told me the person in the casket was holding a fork. My friend told me there is a story behind this custom. Can you tell me what it is? — DAILY READER IN WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. EAR DAILY READER: The story, titled “Keep Your Fork,” has been widely shared on the Internet. It appeared in “A Third Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul” and was authored by Roger William Thomas. It concerns a young woman who had been given only a short time to live, and who instructed her pastor that she would like to be buried with a fork in her right I have reconnected with my high school sweetheart. We plan to be married late this summer. My problem is she wants to keep her ex-husband’s name as her middle name for the sake of her kids. I feel she shouldn’t have another man’s name if she’s married to someone else. I have explained that it upsets me, but she doesn’t care. What are your thoughts? — TRADITIONAL MAN DEAR TRADITIONAL: I think her reason for wanting to retain her married name (and probably hyphenate it with yours) is a valid one. It will prevent confusion for her children at school. However, one line in your letter concerns me. It’s the one in which you say it upsets you, “but she doesn’t care.” If she didn’t care about you, she
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By HOLIDAY MATHIS ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your choice of projects will be a draw. You’ll join forces to build something cool, and you’ll forge a lasting bond in the process. But first you have to determine what “cool” means to you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Sometimes you wonder whether your schedule can bear any new friendships, but can you ever have too many friends? The only downside is that you’ll soon have to throw bigger parties. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The entire problem is not yours to solve. In fact, there’s a big part of it that you can’t do anything about. But if you control the part of it that is yours, something magical will happen to the rest. CANCER (June 22-July 22). If you have to bail on the sequence of events you laid out for yourself, don’t sweat it too much. There was something flawed in the plan that you couldn’t have known about. Plan B will be better. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Normally, you would need to pace yourself to get to a triumphant end of such a busy day, but this morning you’ll handle all that needs doing in one enthusiastic spree. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Why wait until you have huge gains to declare a personal victory? Shouldn’t small wins count, too? Anyhow, your mood is more attractive when you go easy on yourself. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There’s a sweet balance to strike between alone time and together time. If you get too much of either, it will warp your perspective. Toggle between the two. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’re not much of a gambler, but if you’re going to take a risk, you want the payoff to be big. Not cakewalk big, more like lottery-style big. Maybe the odds aren’t in your favor, but the game is more fun that way. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21). Your style is firm, direct and assertive but not aggressive. You’ll employ your best manners and a good deal of tact, and in the end, you’ll get your way. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There’s someone who owes you, and this is a great time to collect. The transaction will be convenient for all involved. Also, if there’s someone you owe, you can settle it fast this afternoon. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). In some relationships, forgiveness isn’t an act that happens once or twice. It’s a constant state — an attitude almost. Anyway, life gets easier for you when you become very good at it. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll dip a toe into the glamorous life and find it much to your liking. Now, how can you keep this style flowing through your life on a regular basis?
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The premises described in the mortgage will be sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on March 21, 2014 at 11:30 am on the premises directly in front of the building in which the unit is located by virtue of the Power of Sale in said mortgage made by Margaret Onasanya dated August 18, 2006, and recorded in Book 2308 at Page 205, et seq. of the North Providence Land Evidence Records, the conditions of said mortgage having been broken: Said unit is conveyed together with an undivided percentage interest in The Charles Condominium, North Providence, Rhode Island.
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