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April 20th, 2012

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 19th

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.

April 18th

SOAKING UP THE SUN

April 18, 2012

North Smithfield High School students Megan Lefebvre, Emily Richards and Derek Kruzan, from left, join other freshmen in a car wash at the school this past Saturday. The car wash was held to benefit their April 27-May 1 trip to Washington, D.C. for a ‘We the People Honors Government’ national competition. The 36 freshmen in teacher Natalie O'Brien's American Government class won a statewide competition to compete in the national event — the only freshman class in the nation to do so. They will compete with senior classes from all over the country.

Online company assists jobless vets

April 18, 2012

CUMBERLAND — A local company is doing its part to help veterans returning from war get back to work in the civilian job force.
Cumberland-based Jobless Warrior, a new online career enhancing service for veterans, announced this week its official nationwide launch of the service. Veterans across the country can now visit www.joblesswarrior.org to request free resume help, connect with a career coach, join a job networking group, and much more.

City inches toward unified health plan

April 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The City Council took a tentative first step this week toward trading in a hodgepodge of health care products the city offers various workers for a unified plan that will cover all classes of employees, including teachers, police, firefighters and municipal workers.
The idea was rolled out by Councilman Daniel Gendron as point of departure for continued exploration of the concept. Other members of the council quickly embraced the idea, which would, finance officials say, cut the cash-strapped city’s hefty health care costs.

April 17th

'Cash Mob' descends on two local businesses

April 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It was a mob scene at city businesses Vose True Value Hardware and Kay's Restaurant Tuesday night where tens of people burst through the doors with a single purpose in mind: to spend money.

Permit resolution falters on council tie

April 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A resolution opposing a controversial House bill that has been framed as an incentive to the construction trades died on a 3-3 tie vote after some feisty back-and-forth among members of the City Council Monday night.
With the bill held for further study in committee since April 5, all the hoo-ha may have been more instructive about the new political dynamics on the council than anything else.

April 16th

Flanders fields receiver questions

April 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The former Supreme Court justice who has been presiding over Central Falls as receiver will be the guest speaker during a general membership meeting of the Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition next week.
Lawyer Robert G. Flanders Jr. will speak on the subject of municipal receivership and bankruptcy, said Acting WTC President Sharon Geving. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held April 26 at the Elks Club, 380 Social St., at 6:30 p.m.

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