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May 5th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” Medical marijuana patients say they did all the right things.
They went to the General Assembly to get medical marijuana made legal, they testified at hearings. First they got a law allowing the use of marijuana for chronically ill patients, then they went through the legislative process all over again, testifying at even more hearings, to get a law creating compassion centers where they could get their medicine legally, safely and regularly without having to grow it themselves or have someone do it for them.
WOONSOCKET â€” A Superior Court lawsuit that prevented CVS/Caremark from building a new flagship store in Chipman's Corner has been decided in favor of the homegrown pharmacy giant, ending a legal battle that's lasted nearly three years.
Judge Michael Silverstein issued a 52-page decision addressing five consolidated lawsuits attacking various permits city officials issued in support of the proposed store. The defendants included the Zoning Board, the Planning Board and the City Council.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” As he watched five of the world's best in-line skaters, skateboarders and BMXers show off X Games-like tricks on a half-pipe placed in a parking lot near the Dr. Paul F. Joyce Athletic Complex, North Smithfield High sophomore Paris Correia marveled at what he was witnessing.
WOONSOCKET â€” Longtime Planning Director Joel D. Mathews has retired â€” again. But this time it looks like itâ€™s the real deal.
He made his intentions plain in a letter forwarded to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine last week, two days after clearing out his office, co-workers said.
â€śUpon this occasion of my retirement, I would like to issue a very public thank you,â€ť Mathews said in the letter, which was released to the press on Monday. â€śI believe I've been very fortunate to have held the very best job in Woonsocket.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ A 21-year-old city woman faces a charge of driving under the influence, death resulting, following a single-vehicle accident on Mendon Road early Monday.
Dakota McKenna of 233 North Main Street is charged in the death of Antonio Williams, 20, whose last address was listed as 232 Morin Heights, according Lt. Eugene Jalette, a police department spokesman.
Police arriving at the area of 1144 Mendon Road near Theresa Street at 1:46 a.m. found a 1997 Ford Taurus had struck a telephone pole at the location, Jalette said. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.
PROVIDENCE â€” U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden by U.S. commandos in Pakistan â€śgood news, and testimony to the courage and skill of our military forces.
â€śI hope it is also a moment for the families of 9/11 to have a brief bit of solace after 10 years,â€ť the stateâ€™s senior senator said Monday.
WASHINGTON â€” Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday.
A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.
A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.
"Justice has been done," the president said.
LINCOLN â€” It's both amusing and inspiring, how Lincoln High junior Josh Soucy came up with the notion of creating a â€śTeen Advocacy Group,â€ť an organization that would give him and his peers more input and knowledge about happenings in town government.
BLACKSTONE - Amanda Notz, a life skills teacher at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, pauses about three feet from the top of a 25-foot-tall fiberglass rock climbing wall that has been erected in a corner of the school parking lot.
The wall has three climbing sides and an automated belay and hydraulic system that allows climbers to slowly descend from the top.
"Don't look down," U.S. Army Sgt. Logan O. Saunders yells up.
Notz adjusts her harness, makes one last reach and then taps the buzzer on top of the wall before lowering herself back down.
PAWTUCKET â€“ John Costa is 89 years old now and still lives in the house on Crane Street that he grew up in during the 1920s and 1930s.
â€śWe had nine people in this house â€¦ my mother and father, five boys and two girls,â€ť the World War II veteran was saying a few days ago. â€śMy twin sister Rose and I are the only ones still living. Rose lives out in Rehoboth.â€ť
Costa joined the National Guard in 1940, at the age of 18, admittedly â€ślooking for a little excitement.â€ť