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November 8th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The Museum of Work & Culture presents â€śA Hand in Time: The Art of Ben Butler,â€ť an exhibition of over 30 pieces of three-dimensional work by award-winning Newport sculptor Ben Butler. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 20 through Dec. 15.
An Artistâ€™s Reception will be held Sunday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., open to the public with free admission.
In conjunction with Butlerâ€™s sculptures, UMass-Dartmouth faculty member James Alan Edwardsâ€™ documentary â€śBen Butler Sculptor: Objects from Oblivionâ€ť will be screened throughout the exhibition.
BLACKSTONE â€” Former Blackstone Selectman Robert J. Dubois Tuesday lost his election bid for state representative of the 8th Worcester District after incumbent Republican state Rep. Kevin Kuros won re-election to the seat by a vote of 10,475 to 9,972. Dubois, a Blackstone Democrat, lost the seat by a margin of 503 votes.
WOONSOCKET â€” A legislative crackdown on pit bull dogs has been tabled by the City Council, which now says it wants to work more closely with pet owners to address growing concerns about the burgeoning population of the controversial canines.
City Council President John Ward, who proposed curbs on the dogs that mirror those in effect in Pawtucket for several years, says the council might have to be a little more creative to find a solution that balances the interests of responsible pet owners and the need to protect the public from vicious dogs.
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.