Archive - Nov 2012 - News Article
RIPTA riders wait for their bus as the first snowflakes of the season begin falling in Woonsocket Tuesday. A Winter Weather Advisory was posted by the National Weather Service for northwest Rhode Island forecasting 1-4 inches of snow before changing to freezing rain and rain Wednesday night.
PROVIDENCE â€” Freshman Democratic Rep. David Cicilline held off first-time Republican candidate Brendan Doherty in Tuesday's election, notching an easier-than-expected victory against the former head of the state police.
Republicans believed they had their best shot in two decades at winning a U.S. House seat from the heavily Democratic state, and both national parties poured money into TV attack ads, making for one of the ugliest races in Rhode Island in years. The last time a Republican was elected to the House from Rhode Island was in 1992.
WOONSOCKET â€” House aspirant Stephen Casey and incumbent Reps. Robert Phillips and Lisa Baldelli Hunt were all winners last night, but the biggest loser of all wasnâ€™t a person.
It was an institution: The School Committee.
LINCOLN â€” A woman visiting Twin River Tuesday evening said she wouldnâ€™t give a second thought to voting approval of full casino gambling.
Of course the woman was a resident of Massachusetts and her comment was directed toward the approval of casino gambling in her state not Rhode Island. â€śWhy should Massachusetts give up money to Rhode Island,â€ť the woman said before heading on her way.
That question may well have been on the minds of both state and local voters Tuesday as they gave a solid vote of approval to the expansion of casino gambling at Twin River.
Natasha Anderson, 14, left, and Samantha Clark, 13, enjoy the afternoon while holding campaign signs for Stephen Casey, a candidate for state representative in District 50, outside Monsignor Gadoury School in Woonsocket Tuesday.
Voters wait in long lines to cast their ballots on Election Day at Cumberland High School Tuesday morning.
PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Islanders were facing long lines and, in at least two polling places, the wrong ballots as they began voting Tuesday in a hotly contested congressional race and on whether to allow the state's two slots parlors to turn into full-fledged casinos.
Officials said the incorrect ballots were delivered by the state Board of Elections for two polling places, West Kingston Elementary School in South Kingstown and Elks Lodge in West Warwick. Voting was delayed in each location, and some voters left without casting a ballot, according to town officials.
WOONSOCKET â€” Struggling Landmark Medical Center publicly turned up its nose at a rival, eleventh-hour offer on the hospital last week, but apparently the spurned suitor isnâ€™t getting the message.
Yesterday, Landmark Hospital Holdco LLC renewed its overtures, accusing special master Jonathan Savage of acting too hastily in rejecting the â€śeconomically superior offer.â€ť
GLOCESTER â€” Police say alcohol may been a factor in a rollover motor vehicle crash on the Putnam Pike early Monday that left a Providence man in critical condition.
Unconscious and suffering from massive physical trauma, Chauncy Leahy, 31, was trapped in the wreckage of his Toyota compact for an hour after the crash, said Capt. Joseph Mattera.
Firefighters from the Chepachet and Harmony fire departments responded to free Leahy from the vehicle using hydraulic power saws.
WOONSOCKET (AP) â€” With the clock ticking down to Election Day, the candidates in Rhode Island's bitter and heated race to represent the 1st Congressional District spent Sunday shaking hands and stumping for every last vote.
Freshman Rep. David Cicilline got help during visits to senior housing projects from popular Democrats, including Sen. Jack Reed and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, who brought along his infant son, Owen, as an added sweetener.