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June 13th, 2012

City man clings to life after struck by brick

June 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET (Courtesy WPRI) - A city man is fighting for his life after being struck in the head with a brick early Saturday morning.
According to police, Brian Hicks and three friends were walking near Walnut Hill when someone drove by in a gold truck and threw a brick out the window, hitting Hicks in the head.
"Whoever did this is an animal we want this guy caught," said Hicks' father Russell, according to WPRI.
Doctors say Hicks is battling a severe head injury. He's had multiple surgeries, but so far shown no sign of consciousness. Doctors say they aren't sure what the outcome will be.

June 12th

Budget board balks at recall of teachers

June 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The state-appointed Budget Commission Monday reserved the right not to recall up to 98 teachers who are still holding pink slips, about a fifth of the Woonsocket Education Department’s teaching workforce.
Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan was before the panel asking for permission to recall 56 teachers immediately to fill known vacancies, including a number of state-mandated positions.

Cumberland High graduates more than 350

June 12, 2012

CUMBERLAND — With a nod to the class of 1962, the graduating class of 2012 bid farewell to Cumberland High School on Monday night at a ceremony held at Tucker Field.

June 11th

Netroots Nation examines Rhode Island Democrats

June 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Denizens of Netroots Nation may have thought they were coming to a famously deep-blue state that has Democratic supermajorities in both chambers of its General Assembly for their 2012 get-together, but a panel of local activists gave them a sobering dose of bad news: While Rhode Island is heavily Democratic, it is not particularly liberal, or, in the current jargon, progressive.

June 10th

Senate to take up budget Monday

June 10, 2012

PROVIDENCE – It was 3:41 a.m. on Friday when House Speaker Gordon Fox brought down the gavel on the 2013 budget debate, sending the document across the Rotunda to the Senate. Twenty-four hours later, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel DaPonte of East Providence raised his gavel to open the panel’s hearing on the budget.

House approves ignition interlock bill

June 10, 2012

STATE HOUSE – The House this past week approved legislation to increase use of the vehicle ignition interlock system for those convicted of driving under the influence or refusing a chemical test.

BHS confers 158 diplomas

June 10, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — The 158 Burrillville High School seniors who earned diplomas at Friday's 111th Commencement celebrated achievements, overcame obstacles and adapted to change on their four-year high school journeys.
The Class of 2012 may also have been Burrillville High School's most diverse.
"We all became friends despite our differences and that diversity seemed to bring us together," said Senior Class President Nathan A. Satish, an exchange student who noted the graduating class's unique membership.

June 8th

Careless use of fireworks causes house fire

June 8, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A two-alarm fire that displaced four residents in a two-family at 24 Knight St. early Thursday morning was caused by the careless use of fireworks.
Lt. Scott Popovich of the Woonsocket Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau said the fireworks were legally purchased at a retail store.
Investigators for the WFD determined that the fire started in a pile of debris in the yard behind the house. The fire eventually crept toward the house, scorching the rear facade and the roof, Popovich said.
The fire will be classified as accidental in nature.

WHS Class of ’12 off to new horizons

June 8, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A tough year ended on a jubilant note as Woonsocket High School’s class of 2012 strode off into the great unknown with words of encouragement and sage advice Friday.
After a ceremony spiced with student performances of pop music, 309 seniors picked up diplomas in the gymnasium, where hundreds of spectators gathered, clutching balloons and sounding the occasional noisemaker.
“Be the best version of yourself possible” was Valedictorian Justyna Pietrus’s parting advice to her classmates. “No matter what your version of success is work until you get there.”

June 7th

Homeless camp in city crosshairs

June 7, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Acting on orders from City Hall, the police began dispersing a group of homeless men living in tents alongside the Blackstone River this week.
Human Resources Director Matt Wojcik said the city would have continued to tolerate the camp were it not for repeated complaints of disruptive behavior and violence. The police have one report on file of a fight on May 28 involving two men armed with bats and knives.

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