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April 24th, 2012

In unusual move, Judge Vogel revokes plea deal

April 24, 2012

PROVIDENCE – At the core of it was a vexing question that Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel just couldn’t let go.
Why would a woman, abandoned in the snow “like road kill” after a hit-and-run in Woonsocket, suddenly decide that a jail-time sentence was too severe for the driver?

April 23rd

Cross in group's crosshairs

April 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The thorny constitutional principle of separation of church and state is rearing its head over a 1921 World War I monument featuring a prominent Christian cross on city property.
Unlike the recent prayer banner controversy in Cranston, which was sued by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the threat of legal action in this case is coming from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national nonprofit organization halfway across the country.

April 22nd

Council hosts receivership detractor

April 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A Cumberland lawyer who fought the state law that allowed Central Falls to enter receivership will be a guest of the City Council tonight.
With so much talk in the air advocating receivership for Woonsocket, officials are hoping Michael Kelly can provide some balance, said Councilman Albert G. Brien.
“He was very much involved in Central Falls and I was hoping we might be able to glean whether his experience there could be helpful to us as we debate the pros and cons of this issue,” said Brien, a staunch detractor of receivership.

April 21st

PLAY BALL!

April 21, 2012

Members of the Bernon Little League Firefighters, including (from left) Emanual Quirindongo, Elijah McDowell, Jared Briere, Jacob Harris, Brian Diaz, Baye Lo, Germani Jarrie, Stanley Koss, Matt Robinson and Kyle Woodward celebrate the start of the 60th Little League season Saturday at the Bernon Little League opening day ceremonies at Ayotte Field in Woonsocket. See Sports for more photos of the opening day parade and ceremony.

A crash course in the art of politics

April 21, 2012

PROVIDENCE – What are the five most important things to know if you are thinking about running for office? How do you raise money for a political campaign? How can a challenger defeat an incumbent in an election?
Those are just some of the questions that will be raised and answered by some of the state’s political, media and good-government luminaries at Operation Clean Government’s 2012 Candidate’s School.

Parks advocate headlines preservation summit

April 21, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Even if just a handful of noteworthy sites in the sprawling Blackstone River Heritage Corridor became part of the national park system, as the government recommends, the possibilities for promoting tourism-based economic development throughout the whole region would be greatly enhanced, a top National Park Service official says.

Preview of Tuesday's primary

April 21, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Yes, most of the excitement and suspense of the presidential primary process has fizzled out now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee to challenge Democratic President Obama in November. But Rhode Island is going ahead with its primary on Tuesday.
President Obama is unopposed on the Democratic side, but there is a column for uncommitted delegates.

'Buddy' Cianci's daughter found dead at 38

April 21, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — The daughter of former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. was found dead Friday morning of an apparent overdose, police said.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death of 38-year-old Nicole Cianci, police Cmdr. Thomas Oates III said.
Authorities responded to a residence in the city's Federal Hill neighborhood for a report of an overdose and found Nicole Cianci, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Oates said. He said she was with a male roommate, whom she had been living with for the last few weeks.

April 20th

Woman charged with failure to report a death

April 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A city woman got in a car accident in Smithfield Wednesday morning while driving the vehicle of a man who was later found dead in his apartment in Johnston, according to state police.
Dawn E. Utting, 45, of 75 Union St., was arraigned in Kent County District Court Thursday on charges of failure to report a certain death, reckless driving and operating on a suspended license. She was ordered held without bail at the ACI pending a hearing as a probation violator on a prior domestic disorderly conduct charge.

Homeless making the best of their bad situations

April 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Plastic bags of litter dangle neatly from the branches of trees. Scavenged bits of furniture are arranged into makeshift outdoor dining nooks, beside the tents. Nearby, a green-necked duck splashes down in the Blackstone River, looking for the expected handout.
“We have our animal friends,” says Ray Greeno. “We’re happy here.”
A Vietnam veteran who’s been homeless for months, Greeno, 57, has been living in a tent on the banks of the Blackstone River since the beginning of the month, when the overnight shelter at Harvest Church closed for the season.

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