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April 1st, 2011
MILFORD, Mass. (AP) â€” A vehicle designed to protect soldiers from armor-piercing roadside bombs has rolled over in Afghanistan, fatally wounding a member of the Massachusetts National Guard from Cumberland.
Maj. Gen. Joseph Carter, the officer in charge of the Massachusetts National Guard, says Spc. Dennis Poulin died Thursday in Germany, where he was evacuated for treatment.
Poulin's "mine resistant, ambush-protected" vehicle rolled over on Monday in Afghanistan's Konar Province.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It's been called the wise man's religion and the root of all evil. It can be cold and hard and still burn a hole in your pocket. It's bread, dough and cabbage all at the same time, unless you're bringing it home, in which case it's bacon.
Money can be confusing, even for grownups who are used to obsessing over it. Imagine what it's like for a child.
Melissa Bavoux does. And then she does something about it.
BURRILLVILLE - Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) Executive Director Keith Stokes visited with the Burrillville Town Council Tuesday to discuss local economic development initiatives.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Math and science are usually something students face in the classroom or at home when they open their books to do homework.
But at the Hamlet Avenue middle school on Wednesday night, math and science were subjects to be enjoyed in the form of brain teasers and geometry games and presentations about the environment.
The games pitted students against their parents in some fun, but difficult, challenges based on assembling designs with geometric shapes or variations of the popular Sudoku numbers game.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Construction work on a $252,000 addition to the town's first and oldest library began three weeks ago and is making rapid progress, according to library officials.
Work on the Pascoag Public Library addition officially began on March 14. As of today, the foundation has been poured and is being finished and walls for the 22-foot by 38-foot addition have been erected.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Though the proposal has been trashed by environmental groups, State Rep. Jon D. Brien says he'll keep pushing to pass his bill to allow a waste-to-energy plant to be built in the city.
The bill would would lift the state's 20-year ban on waste-to-energy projects and allow only one to be built â€“ at an unspecified location in Woonsocket â€“ provided it complies with all applicable legal and health codes and wins the endorsement of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Local firefighters have had their say on Mayor Leo T. Fontaineâ€™s recent efforts to cut fire department spending, taking a vote of no confidence in Fire Chief Gary Lataille at regular meeting of Local #732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Local President Christopher J. Oakland announced the vote on Monday, a week after the City Council approved the Fontaine administrationâ€™s proposed rescheduling of the firefighter work shifts to eliminate $1.2 million in department overtime costs.
His father was Italian-American, his mother African-American. And even if he was the best catcher in baseball that was enough to keep Roy Campanella out of the major leagues.
But in 1956, things were changing fast. A savvy general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers named Branch Rickey had the audacity to challenge the gentlemen's agreement among big league powerbrokers that had kept black talent relegated to the Negro Leagues.
Within three years, Rickey would make Campanella part of a seminal group of African-American pioneers in major league baseball, changing the game forever.
BLACKSTONE - If there was ever a life-changing moment during Robert Fournier Jr.'s two-year mission in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, it was his new-found understanding of what he says are the most important things in life: family and friends.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Henry Stad is eager to spread the news about â€śHonor Flight New Englandâ€ť to his fellow World War II veterans.
â€śThey treated us like royalty when we went to Washington, D.C. last October 24th,â€ť Stad was saying recently. â€śWorld War II veterans are becoming a smaller group every day. I want all of the guys who are still alive to know about Honor Flight New England, which takes groups of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. several times a year, for free.