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November 6th, 2012
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 isnât getting the message.
Yesterday, Landmark Hospital Holdco LLC renewed its overtures, accusing special master Jonathan Savage of acting too hastily in rejecting the âeconomically superior offer.â
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.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee, center, on a recent tour of RiverzEdge Arts Project in Woonsocket, learns the art of screenprinting from assistant instructor Steve Harden, right, and instructor Thomas Engleman, left. The tour was part of the celebration of Arts and Humanities Month in Rhode Island, along with the governorâs interest in the Arts Projectâs record in workforce development, a public policy priority of Chafeeâs. The screenprinting department at RiverzEdge grosses $100,000 from outside printing sales per year.
Wearing pink attire, 300 students, administrators and teachers gathered Friday on the field between Woonsocket Middle School's Villa Novan and Hamlet buildings to form a giant human pink ribbon as a way of celebrating a recent fundraiser to benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. The school raised $1,500 through students, teachers and school administrators.
WOONSOCKET â A local man is facing a string of drug charges after a motor vehicle stop, police said.
Chyron Abney of 27 Olo St. was already wanted on a warrant for two counts of delivery of cocaine when police stopped his green Pontiac on Arnold Street Thursday, said Detective Jamie Paone, a spokeswoman for the police. After stopping the vehicle, police searched his apartment, where they found crack cocaine, marijuana, pharmaceuticals and cash.
LINCOLN â Voters will face a full election ballot when they enter the townâs 12 polling places on Tuesday.
Decisions for electing the President of the United States, members of Congress and local legislative seats will greet voters, but the single, local ballot question, No. 8, for an expansion of gambling at Twin River Casino will likely represent the most significant local decision before them.
Town Clerk Karen Allen said voters will find that important question on a second ballot sheet with no other items on it.
WOONSOCKET â Thirty-one employees of Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island were laid off Tuesday.
Bill Fischer, spokesman for Landmark, said the affected group included members of management, hospital administrators and patient care workers. He said the cuts were necessary to keep Landmark solvent during the process of completing a merger with the hospitalâs latest suitor.
CUMBERLAND - Choruses representing five area churches will be performing a unique nondenominational concert Sunday to benefit the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry located on Nate Whipple Highway.
The Food Pantry Choral Benefit Concert will be held at 3 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 3069 Diamond Hill Road. The concert, which will include gospel to contemporary, features choirs from St. John Vianney Church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Four Corners Community Chapel, Calvin Presbyterian Church and Arnold Mills United Methodist Church.