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Tiverton firefighters rescue 3 after power boat overturns in frigid water

1 hour 47 min ago
TIVERTON — The Tiverton Fire Department pulled three people from the water Wednesday morning after their power boat overturned in choppy waters off Seapowet Beach, a department spokesman said.The two men and one woman had been in the water for 20 to 30 minutes before firefighters pulled them out, according to Fire Capt. Joseph Plocica. Two of them showed signs of hypothermia and were taken to Rhode Island Hospital, Plocica said. One of them, a man, declined to be [...]

With spring, questions bloom for URI Master Gardeners

2 hours 3 min ago
In helping Rhode Islanders solve the mysteries of horticulture, the master gardeners who run the University of Rhode Island's gardening and environmental hotline can employ the traits applied in several different professions: detective, doctor and therapist, to mention a few.

Ethics Commission fines Lt. Gov. McKee, votes to investigate Sen. Lawson

2 hours 35 min ago
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Ethics Commission on Tuesday imposed a "civil fine" of $250 on Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee, finding that McKee violated ethics codes when he failed to list his 2017 trip to Taiwan as required.After reaching a settlement agreement with McKee, the commission also announced its decision to launch an investigation into the case [...]

Florida man indicted in R.I. on bank fraud charges

2 hours 38 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island say a Florida man stole the identities of people, and used the information to apply for ATM cards, which he then used to fraudulently withdraw money from their bank accounts.The U.S. attorney's office in Rhode Island says 47-year-old Stacy Moore, of Miami Beach, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday of 18 counts including bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and mail theft.Authorities say from [...]

DOT to detour traffic over East Greenwich bridge for 2 months

2 hours 50 min ago
EAST GREENWICH — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation plans to close southbound traffic on the Shippeetown Road Bridge, over Route 95, for about two months beginning Wednesday, May 29.Northbound traffic will not be affected.During the closure, southbound traffic heading toward Division Road will be detoured using Crompton Road and the New London Turnpike.The DOT will be repairing the bridge's concrete arches and installing a waterproof membrane, new [...]

Smithfield woman charged with DUI in crash that badly injured 2 pedestrians

4 hours 21 min ago
SMITHFIELD — A Smithfield woman was arrested Tuesday night after two women were struck by a car that left the roadway on Pleasant View Avenue, the Smithfield police said in a press release.Catherine Grundy, 63, of 2 Duchess Way was charged with two felony counts of driving under the influence of liquor or drugs resulting in serious bodily injury and two felony counts of driving to endanger resulting in personal injury, the Smithfield police said. She was held overnight and is [...]

Sunny, high near 70

5 hours 28 min ago
PROVIDENCE -- Expect sunny skies with a high near 70 degrees today in Providence."High pressure brings dry and seasonably mild conditions today with less wind," the National Weather Service says. "A few showers are possible late tonight into early Thursday as a warm front approaches."Thursday looks partly sunny with a high near 66.Friday should bring a slight chance of showers early then partly sunny skies and high near 72."Another brief dry period moves in [...]

Great white shark was tracked in Long Island Sound for first time; that's good news.

5 hours 45 min ago
Cabot's 500 pounds of churning white flesh sped though North Carolina waters last week, part of a group traversing shipwrecks, seeking bounties of fish. In a matter of days, Cabot traveled hundreds of miles north, sliced through Block Island Sound and hunted Tuesday for a meal near Greenwich, Connecticut. "For the first time ever, we are tracking a white shark in the Long Island Sound," the ocean life research group Ocearch said on Twitter. [...]

North Korea calls Biden 'fool of low IQ' over Kim criticism

6 hours 8 min ago
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has labeled Joe Biden a "fool of low IQ" and an "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being" after the U.S. presidential hopeful called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a recent speech.Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday said the former American vice president had insulted the country's supreme leadership and committed an "intolerable and serious politically-motivated provocation" against [...]

More Democrats seeking impeachment proceedings against Trump

6 hours 16 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Democrats are calling — and more loudly — for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying.A growing number of rank-and-file House Democrats, incensed by former counsel Don McGahn's empty chair in the Judiciary Committee hearing room on Tuesday, are confronting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and pushing her and other leaders to act. Their [...]

With spring, questions bloom for URI Master Garderners

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:16pm
In helping Rhode Islanders solve the mysteries of horticulture, the master gardeners who run URI's Gardening and Environmental Hotline the University of Rhode Island's gardening and environmental hotline can employ the traits applied in several different professions: detective, doctor and therapist, to mention a few.

R.I. Senate passes bill to replace 'wave' license plates, charge more for replacements

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 9:13pm
To many Rhode Islanders, the gray and white "wave" license plates that have been on their cars since the 1990s are a familiar, comforting image instantly identifiable with the Ocean State.To most state senators, they are an outdated, dilapidated, and past their sell-by-date safety concern that should be removed from the road as soon as possible — no later than 2021."Delay. Delay. Delay, delay, delay," is how Sen. Louis DiPalma, D-Middletown, describes the [...]

Kevin McNamara: R.I.'s Demetrius Andrade looking for breakthrough fight

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 8:12pm
PROVIDENCE — He travels with a minuscule entourage, just a few close friends with the sounds and smells of boxing running through their veins.He’s a world middleweight champion, a former Olympian and he is undefeated in 27 bouts. He’s from Providence, attended Hope High and has poured buckets of sweat in gritty gyms in Cranston, Providence and Pawtucket.Yet when Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade strode onto the floor of the Rhode Island House of [...]

Airline to offer nonstop flight from T.F. Green Airport to Dominican Republic

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 8:11pm
WARWICK — T. F. Green Airport will have another try at nonstop flights to the Caribbean this fall, as Sun Country Airlines will begin service to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, airline and airport officials announced Tuesday morning.This follows short-lived service to Martinique and Guadeloupe begun in the fall of 2017 by Norwegian Air Shuttle, which, despite abandoning that route, still flies from Green to Ireland.Why will service to the Dominican Republic be more [...]

Man on Most Wanted list for raping and kidnapping a woman in New Bedford has R.I. ties

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 6:58pm
NEW BEDFORD — A 33-year-old man who kidnapped and raped a woman in New Bedford is on the state's Most Wanted fugitives list, according to police.The Massachusetts State Police and New Bedford police are searching for Carlos M. Vizcaino, who has used numerous aliases and is actively trying to evade law enforcement, according to police. He is wanted for kidnapping and raping a woman at knifepoint over several hours in New Bedford last year.Early on May 31, 2018, [...]

‘Story in the Public Square’ wins Telly Award bronze

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 6:58pm
NEWPORT — “Story in the Public Square” has been awarded Bronze for Best Political/Commentary in Television in the 40th Annual Telly Awards.The results were announced Tuesday. This is the second consecutive Telly bronze for the show, which a Salve Regina University news release describes as an initiative to “study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.”The show’s creators and hosts are Jim Ludes of Salve’s Pell Center and G. [...]

People: Author says 'Game of Thrones' finale was ending, also beginning

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 6:55pm
NEW YORK — What's next for "Game of Thrones?"The author, whose work was adapted into the HBO series that drew a record-setting numbers of viewers for Sunday's finale, says it's "been a wild ride." George RR Martin wrote on Monday that it "was an ending, but it was also a beginning."The 70-year-old says he's working on the next installment, "The Winds of Winter." He says he knows it's late "but it will be done." He's just not saying when. He says "A Dream [...]

R.I. Senate panel advances Health and Human Services nominee

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 6:14pm
A unanimous vote of endorsement from a key Senate committee on Tuesday set the stage for the confirmation of Womazetta Jones by the full Senate on Thursday.

New York man charged with supplying counterfeit goods to U.S. government

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 4:01pm
PROVIDENCE — A clothing and goods wholesaler from Brooklyn has been charged in U.S. District Court, Providence, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods in connection by selling more than $20 million dollars worth of Chinese-made counterfeit goods to the U.S. military and other government purchasers, as well as to other companies that supply the U.S. government.The criminal information filing was announced Tuesday by the office of U.S. Attorney [...]

Portsmouth School Department appeals ruling in public records case

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 3:11pm
PORTSMOUTH — A Superior Court judge on May 6 denied a motion by the Portsmouth School Department to dismiss a complaint filed last October by the owner of The Newport Daily News seeking the release of the investigative report into the circumstances preceding the suicide of Portsmouth High School student Nathan Bruno, and the School Department has chosen to appeal that ruling.On May 6, an attorney representing the School Department, Patricia Byrnes, argued that because the town [...]