August 7th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â His hair soaking wet and his feet inside some soggy pair of racing flats that just endured more than an hourâs worth of rainfall, Patrick Moulton sized up the weather for the inaugural Rock ânâ Roll Providence Half Marathon on Sunday morning with a glass-half-full approach.
âIt got tough, but at least it wasnât hot,â he said. âIt got gusty a few times, but for August you canât complain. It could have been 100 degrees out there.â
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) â Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as seven Afghan commandos, U.S. officials said Saturday. It was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war.
CUMBERLAND - The School Committee will meet Thursday to discuss the designation of funds to match a federal COPS Secure Our Schools grant.
The Cumerland Police Department was awarded an $82,111 SOS grant in September, to be used for enhancing school safety practices including funding programs and continuation of existing programs that help prevent school violence.
The grant award period is from September 2010 through August 31, 2012.
WOONSOCKET â When Amy Thibault was a fourth grader at Bernon Heights Elementary School, a hopscotch grid on the pavement was all that passed for outdoor recreational facilities.
Now her daughter is a third grader at Bernon Heights, and this is what they have: Zippo. You know, as in nothing.
âThey don't even have a hopscotch anymore,â says the secretary for the Bernon Heights PTO. âThe children currently play on a blacktop and in a field adjacent to the parking lot.â
All that could change if the PTO wins a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant to build a new playground, says Thibault.
CUMBERLAND â When your intention is to win a road race, itâs always helpful to have a little course knowledge before stepping foot on the starting line.
Lack of that one minor detail cost Kerwin Vega a victory at last yearâs Cumberlandfest 5K. With a slight lead over Woonsocketâs Corey Brunelle during the last stretch of the five-kilometer race, Vega ran past the final left-hand turn to the finish line inside Diamond Hill State Park. That miscue allowed Brunelle to quickly seize control and produce a narrow one-second win over Vega.
BRISTOL, Conn. â Itâs official: Chris Wright is back.
He made that loud and clear on Saturday, delivering a game-tying two-run double in the bottom of the first inning, then firing 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief as Cumberland American Little League edged Andover National Little League, 5-3, in the New England regional tournament opener for both teams at Breen Field.
Bobby Miller, 12, Michelle Houle, 14, and Eric Dench, 13, all of Cumberland, enjoy a ride on the Cliffhanger on the opening night of Cumberlandfest at Diamond Hill Park Friday night. The fun continues all weekend with gates opening at noon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â Rhode Island's smallest and poorest city cannot stand on its own and should be merged with a neighboring city, Gov. Lincoln Chafee said.
Chafee, an independent, made the comments during an interview Thursday on MSNBC. He said the "best solution" for Central Falls would be to merge with Pawtucket.
"I think Central Falls just cannot survive as a 1-square-mile city," Chafee told MSNBC.
WOONSOCKET â It was a long and painful struggle for Suzanne Potter, but in the end it was a battle she could not win.
With her husband and two sons at her side, the 46-year-old Bernon Heights woman died in Rhode Island Hospital Wednesday, 34 days after being struck by a hit-and-run driver from Pawtucket who, police say, was drunk.
Detective Cmdr. Edward J. Lee Jr. says the police will now lodge more serious charges against the driver, Peter Major.
FOXBORO â Tom Brady is especially glad heâs not a rookie this year â for a couple of reasons.
âNot only because their salaries got cut in half,â said the New England Patriots quarterback, referencing the NFLâs newly ratified collective bargaining agreement.
Rookies are also tasked with an accelerated acclimation to NFL life because of the leagueâs 4 1/2-month lockout.
A week into his 12th training camp with the Patriots, Brady acknowledges that this one is unique.