April 8th, 2011
(With reports from the AP)
PROVIDENCE â€“ A last minute budget deal, forged amid bluster and tough bargaining, averted an embarrassing federal shutdown and cut billions in spending â€” the first major test of the divided government voters ushered in five months ago.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Nary a trace of resentment could be found in Hideki Okajimaâ€™s tone when asked if he felt he was bypassed by the Red Sox on Friday. Boston selected Felix Doubront â€“ a pitcher who was shutdown during spring training with left forearm inflammation â€“ to fill the clubâ€™s left-handed need in the bullpen after designating the ineffective Dennys Reyes for assignment.
â€śNo,â€ť was the straightforward answer Okajima came back with through interpreter Jeff Cutler after posed said question.
LINCOLN -- This No. 9 batter delivered the No. 1 hit of her high school career on Friday afternoon.
Senior left fielder Marissa Walshâ€™s walkoff one-out single in the seventh inning delivered the run that gave Lincoln High a big 1-0 victory over Mount St. Charles Academy in their early showdown of Division I-North heavyweights at Saylesville Elementary School.
Walshâ€™s clutch hit settled a superb pitchersâ€™ duel between the Lionsâ€™ Alyssa McCoart and the Mountiesâ€™ Olivia Hendricks and gave her team their second win of the young season.
Florence B. Laprade
WOONSOCKET- Florence B. (Brouillette) Laprade 102, formerly of Mendon Rd. died Thursday at the Ballou Home. She was the wife of the late Napoleon Laprade.
Mrs. Laprade was born in Woonsocket a daughter of the late George and Adele (Marquis) Brouillette.
She was a spooler for the former Bell Worsted Co. and a packer for the Dennison Co. before retiring forty nine years ago. Mrs. Laprade was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Senior Citizens. She was an avid card player, and one of the Red Sox's Greatest fans.
Leo H. Letondress
BURRILLVILLE- Leo H. Letondress, 81, resident of Davenport FL, formerly of Mapleville died on March 10, 2011 at his residence. Loving husband of Audrey (Boucher) Letondress.
Born in Mapleville RI, a son of the late Abraham & Malvina (Ducharme) Letondress.
Leo worked for the Turex Co. as a setup man for twenty eight years, retiring in 1992. A Korean Army Veteran. He lived most of his life in Burrillville.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.
PAWTUCKET â€“ All appeared to be fine in Alfredo Acevesâ€™ universe when he walked into the home clubhouse shortly after 4 oâ€™clock on Thursday afternoon. The righthander chatted briefly with a reporter before going through the necessary preparations for that nightâ€™s start against Rochester.
Those plans were officially scrapped 15 minutes prior to first pitch, as Scott Atchison took Acevesâ€™ spot. Itâ€™s believed that the Red Sox will place reliever Matt Albers on the disabled list on Friday and call up Aceves in time for Bostonâ€™s home opener against the New York Yankees.
The Red Sox have certainly provided plenty of grist for the mill. Thatâ€™s what happens when you begin the season with unprecedented expectations (World Series or bust) only to stumble out of the gate with six straight losses. Agony doesnâ€™t even begin to describe the early-season travails with your Boston baseball club.
Weâ€™re not about to declare that hope is lost, especially when you subtract six from 162 and end up with 156, which is how many games the Red Sox have left. Time is on their side.
WOONSOCKET â€” The other shoe dropped for embattled undertaker Todd W. Lauzon as the State Police arrested him for embezzling over $27,000 clients had given him for â€śpre-needâ€ť funeral contracts.
The charges come nearly five months after the director of the now-defunct T. Lauzon Funeral Home had his license suspended by the state Department of Health â€” allegedly for cremating a body and burying the ashes in a cemetery without obtaining the necessary permits.
LINCOLN â€” A 20-year-old Pawtucket man was hurt Wednesday evening when the ambulance he was driving on Route 146 North went off the road and struck a utility pole, according to State Police.
Michael Bergeron of 6 Hatfield St., Pawtucket, was alone in the Med Tech ambulance van when it struck the pole in front of Cox Communications on Route 146 North just past the Route 99 onramp, according to State Police Lt. Michael J. Gill of State Police Headquarters in Scituate.