Archive - 2013 - News Article
CUMBERLAND â€” The Summer Reading Program held at the public library got off to a great start on Thursday, June 27, when a â€śMad Scientistâ€ť amazed an audience of children with her presentation on the Earthâ€™s composition and the scientific method.
â€śCyclone Cindyâ€ť Brunelle captured the childrenâ€™s attention with demonstrations of geysers, volcanoes, inertia, and much more.
The young scientists even got to take home small rocks and minerals as tokens of their experiences.
When Gov. Lincoln Chafee was touring storm-ravaged Glocester in the days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast, liquor store owner Kevin Kitson had a chance to talk to him about business matters and one of the issues that came up was the stateâ€™s 7 percent sales tax on alcohol.
Kitson, longtime owner of Christyâ€™s Liquors in Chepachet, told Chafee that not only would eliminating the sales tax on alcohol put more money in his pocket, it would help him and other Rhode Island liquor store owners better compete with tax-free Massachusetts.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The bill was championed by animal rights groups and boosters of that most controversial of canines, the pit bull.
But Pawtucket Animal Control Officer John Holmes says state lawmakers wonâ€™t be doing the dogs any favors if they prohibit cities and towns from enforcing local bans on pit bulls.
The city banned â€śpitsâ€ť in 2004 after a series of attacks on pets and humans that caused serious injuries. Authorities also suspected illegal dog fights were being staged in Pawtucket after finding the mangled remains of deceased animals abandoned like trash.
PROVIDENCE -- Votes to establish a state budget are annually strange and unwieldy affairs, but the $8.2 billion document that squeaked through the House of Representatives Wednesday night with just two votes to spare was one for the books.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine is calling on Gov. Lincoln Chafee to untangle the â€śinexcusableâ€ť red tape thatâ€™s knotting up the sale of Landmark Medical Center, which marks five years in receivership this week.
In a sharply worded letter, Fontaine reminded the governor that he stood in the lobby of Landmark in 2011 and promised to do everything in his power to save the struggling community hospital.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) â€” New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the NFL player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people.
Hernandez, 23, was taken from his North Attleborough home in handcuffs just over a week after Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park a mile away.
BLACKSTONE â€” The hot and humid weather Tuesday was no hindrance to Lou Ryan as she made her way into the Municipal Center with her daughter, Sharon Finn, of New Hampshire, to vote in the special state election filling U.S. Senator John Kerryâ€™s vacant seat senate.
WOONSOCKET â€“ City police are weighing in on the debate over privacy and medical marijuana after making yet another arrest in a home invasion case that dates back months.
Joshua Gagne, 24, of 482 Park Ave., is the eighth individual charged in connection with the March 24 home invasion at 154 Park Ave., an address police now say housed an operation licensed to grow marijuana under the stateâ€™s medical marijuana law.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The much ballyhooed $2.5 million supplemental tax bill thatâ€™s still dangling in limbo as the 2013 session of the General Assembly draws to a close could look unexpectedly palatable compared to what the Budget Commission has in mind as its go-to alternative.
If the supplemental dies, commissioners said Monday, theyâ€™ll explore the possibility of raising an â€śadministrative taxâ€ť of $4.7 million, on top of regular 2014 taxes, in a manner that lawmakers already approved more than a decade ago.
WOONSOCKET â€” It was hot on Monday, up to 93 degrees in northern Rhode Island, and the weather was generating more concern for potential health impacts than a typical summer day due to higher than normal readings of ground level ozone.