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Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren dies at 92

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 7:53pm
MONROE, Conn. — World-wide paranormal investigator and author Lorraine Warren, whose decades of ghost-hunting cases with her late husband inspired such frightening films as "The Conjuring" series and "The Amityville Horror," died. She was 92.Warren's son-in-law Tony Spera and grandson Chris McKinnell posted Friday on Facebook that Warren died in her sleep Thursday night at her Connecticut home. Phone messages and emails were left with several of Warren's family members. [...]

Cicilline: Mueller report 'doesn't exonerate' president

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 7:39pm
PAWTUCKET — U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline stopped short of calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment Friday but said there was "no question" that the Mueller report details several instances of obstruction of justice that under normal circumstances would lead to criminal charges.In a news conference at his Pawtucket office, Cicilline said the report, released in redacted form on Thursday, describes "a sustained effort by the president to obstruct the special counsel's [...]

Massachusetts is wooing Hasbro

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 7:06pm
"We are still in the process of evaluating several options for contemporizing our corporate headquarters, including finding a new corporate campus in the vicinity of our current headquarters" in Pawtucket, the company says.

Bird's-eye view of falcons from atop Providence's tallest building

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 6:44pm
A live cam pointed toward a peregrine falcon nest on top of the downtown "Superman Building" went live on the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s website Wednesday. The nest has four eggs, with two adults, the same unbanded pair that was there the year before.

Cranston pushes back on cut in state aid

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 6:14pm
A resolution pending before the Cranston City Council accuses Gov. Gina Raimondo of making an unfair attempt to slash about $630,000 from a stream of state aid that’s designed to compensate Cranston for services to state-owned properties in the city.

Inside Story: Behind the stereotypes of video games and gamers

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 5:57pm
Kimberly Wallace, the features editor of Game Informer, is this week’s guest on "Story in the Public Square," and she changed our perceptions of the industry.

Stop & Shop strikers see difficult Easter ahead

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:39pm
“It’s Easter Sunday coming up,” says one; “I can’t even do anything special for my son the way I would normally do.”

Divorced R.I. couple battles over custody of dogs

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:16pm
R.I. Supreme Court rules in the case of Winnie and Marox.

Providence man sentenced to life in prison for stabbing death

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 3:20pm
PROVIDENCE — A Providence man was sentenced to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2017 murder.Nathan Spardello, 30, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, domestic breaking and entering, domestic assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny under $1,500, domestic malicious damage, trespassing and shoplifting, according to a press release from the office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha. [...]

Graduation rates keep falling for English language learners in R.I.

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 3:07pm
PROVIDENCE -- Graduation rates for English language learners, the state's fastest-growing student population, continues to decline.According to the Rhode Island Department of Education, which released a report on graduation rates Friday, English learners had a four-year graduation rate of 71.7 percent in 2018 compared to 72.4 percent last year and 75.5 percent in 2016.The state average for all high school students is 84 percent in 2018, up from 83.5 in 2016. [...]

Massachusetts reaches out to Hasbro

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 2:40pm
Massachusetts is “working to establish a dialogue” with Hasbro as the Pawtucket-based children’s toymaker and entertainment company makes a decision on its headquarters.The state’s Office of Business Development is trying to establish talks “as it regularly does with businesses both in and outside the Commonwealth that may benefit from learning more about the many opportunities to grow in Massachusetts,” spokeswoman Colleen Arons said in an [...]

Nearly killed on R.I. bike path, man seeks 'angel nurses' who saved him

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:21pm
He checked with police, fire and rescue, and no one got their names.

Lawyer who defended Mattiello in campaign-finance case poised for confirmation as R.I. traffic court magistrate

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:51am
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island's senators are poised to confirm Michael DiChiro Jr. — the lawyer who defended House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in a campaign-finance skirmish — as a $155,215-a-year state traffic court magistrate after a confirmation hearing that had the makings of a family reunion."I feel — and I mean this from the bottom of my heart — I feel like it's a family member being brought before this committee. I've known you so, so long and our [...]

Cicilline: Mueller report 'doesn't exonerate' Trump; Whitehouse: 'Russia may have chosen our president'

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:15am
PAWTUCKET -- U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline, in a press conference in his Pawtucket office Friday, stopped short of calling for President Trump's impeachment, saying that Congress had to see the full Mueller report.He said the Mueller report "does not exonerate the president."Cicilline said the report established without a doubt that the Russians, in a sophsticated and effective intelligence campaign, attacked American democracy in the 2016 presidential campaign.He [...]

Police capture one of R.I.'s most wanted in California

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 9:37am
CENTRAL FALLS -- One of Rhode Island’s most wanted fugitives was arrested in California on Thursday on charges of child molestation, according to the Central Falls police.Saul Lopez, 63, was arrested at a home on Elder Avenue in Moreno Valley, California, the Central Falls police said.Lopez had been added to the Rhode Island’s Most Wanted list in November. He was wanted on five counts of first-degree child molestation against a family member, Central Falls police [...]

Yankees drop Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' after questions of possible racism arise

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 8:49am
The New York Yankees reportedly confirmed Thursday that they were no longer playing a Kate Smith version of "God Bless America" during the seventh inning of home games, after the team learned of a Depression-era song she'd recorded that raised questions of possible racism. Two songs cited by the New York Daily News, which broke the story, included "That's Why Darkies Were Born," a 1931 hit for Smith, and "Pickaninny Heaven." Smith's 1939 version of "God Bless America" had [...]

R.I. man sentenced in Connecticut for trafficking in fentanyl

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 8:25am
He was stopped with another Providence man on Route 95 in 2017.

Attorneys accuse police, prosecutors of leaking Kraft video

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 7:56am
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for two of the women charged in a Florida prostitution sting asked a judge on Thursday to hold police and prosecutors in contempt of court following reports that someone was shopping around undercover video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.The motion was filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court by attorneys for Lei Wang and Hua Zhang, who are accused of working at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.The attorneys cited [...]