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June 5th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” He was an honor student and the valedictorian of his high school class. He served in the military as a member of the famed 101st Airborne Division. He became a church deacon and an advocate for the poor.
But on a cold February night in 1994, Donald Graham was on a road to ruinous violence that would leave another man dead and his own life in shambles.
PROVIDENCE â€” Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared Monday that â€śthis is a new day at EDC,â€ť because the RI Economic Development Corp. will start being more cautious about the way it doles out taxpayersâ€™ money.
â€śWeâ€™ve been scorched; weâ€™ve been burned, as it stands now,â€ť Chafee acknowledged. â€śRhode Islanders should know I am conservative by nature with every dollar and I always have been, as a mayor, as a (U.S.) senator, as a governor. There is going to be a full analysis before any investment is made.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” A runner turning onto Mount St. Charles Avenue encounters a hill that only gets steeper, more challenging the farther the runner travels up it. It is only when the runner crests the top near Mount St. Charles Academy that the reward, a wide-ranging view of the land around the school, can be claimed.
A similar challenge faced the 196 members of the Class of 2012 graduating from Mount on Sunday when they began their studies at the private high school operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
Roger Lapierre, left, president of Li'l General Stores, welcomes Noor Memon, Roshan Baral and Ruksana Surti, from left, as owners of the new Li'l General Store, located at 259 Front St. in Lincoln during a Grand Opening celebration Thursday. Memon and Surti are co-owners of the building and Baral is leasing the store franchise. The hours of
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Saying it heralds a â€śnew period in Central Fallsâ€™ recovery,â€ť Gov. Lincoln Chafee has appointed John F. McJennett III, as the cityâ€™s new receiver, replacing the controversial Robert Flanders.
McJennett is the former executive director of DEPCO (Rhode Island Depositors Economic Protection Corporation), the stateâ€™s response to the credit union crisis in 1991.
BLACKSTONE â€“ As they said goodbye to Blackstone-Millville Regional High School Friday evening, 127 members of the Class of 2012 had plenty to think about as they sat in front of the school's entrance with their family members and teachers nearby.
Yes, as they would be told by the speakers coming to stand before them, they had worked hard to get to graduation night and learned many things at BMR that they would take with them into college, military service or future work careers.
BELLINGHAM â€” On a breezy, cool Friday evening, 174 Bellingham High School Blackhawks completed 13 years of formal schooling and did it with class and style.
"One of the greatest joys as an educator and a parent is to watch children grow and witness their accomplishments and realize their goals," School Supt. Edward L. Fleury said at Friday's 74th commencement exercises to honor the Class of 2012 graduating seniors.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As expected, one of the newly seated Woonsocket Budget Commissionâ€™s first official deeds was to ask the state to hand over some $3.1 million in school aid to the cash-strapped Woonsocket Education Department nearly a month sooner than it was due.
Itâ€™s still not enough to get the WED through its last pay period of the year, on June 29, and the panel will go back to the drawing board on Tuesday to reassess its options.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A House Finance Committee meeting to unveil the General Assemblyâ€™s 2013 budget was delayed by about four hours Thursday due to last-minute wrangling about what would be in and out of the final document.
There was good news and bad news for hard pressed cities and towns in the budget, which will be debated and voted on by the full House of Representatives next Thursday.
Central Falls will receive a $2.6 million allocation to ease some of the harsher provisions of the cityâ€™s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s official: accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau is now a federal prisoner facing a possible death penalty, despite Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s continuing efforts to safeguard the career criminal in state custody.
Pleau appeared for arraignment in U.S. District Court, Providence, for the first time on Wednesday, months after federal prosecutors first sought his transfer from state prison.