Archive - Apr 7, 2013 - News Article
CUMBERLAND â€” At 5:20 on March 31, just after finishing Easter Sunday dinner, 73-year-old Roland Bouvier and his wife of 49 years, 70-year-old Maria, walked quietly into the bedroom of their Cumberland condominium on Nate Whipple Highway.
While the couple's 40-year-old daughter and three grandchildren were in another room, Bouvier took a .32-caliber handgun, shot his wife twice in the torso and then turned the gun on himself.
It was Cumberlandâ€™s first murder and second murder-suicide in four years.
I begin this story with full disclosure: I like riding on RIPTA buses, or at least I have fond memories of doing so.
Before I stepped on RIPTA bus No. 0124 Friday at a spot some of the locals disparagingly refer to as Hobo Junction â€“ the corner of High and Main, below the P&W truss bridge â€“ I hadnâ€™t been aboard one for about 40 years. When I was around 15 years old, the bus was how my friends and I used to go to downtown Providence for lunch at the now-defunct Lukeâ€™s Chinese Restaurant, where we reveled in dumping the soy sauce into a bowl of sugar
when no one was looking.
PAWTUCKET â€” Change can be scary...especially if it affects oneâ€™s ability to get to work, school, or some other important destination.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has embarked on a plan to change many of its bus routes statewide, and officials say they are trying to do it without causing hardship to riders.
In an effort that began last summer, RIPTA has been doing a â€śComprehensive Operational Analysis,â€ť a study of where riders live and work, how each bus route is performing, and where changes could be made to improve service.