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Alleged Hells Angels leader again asks R.I. judge to step aside

2 hours 58 min ago
PROVIDENCE -- The purported president of the state chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club is challenging a judge’s refusal to step aside from hearing his case, arguing that it could create an appearance of impropriety given her husband’s 24-year career with the state police.Joseph M. Lancia, 28, of Smithfield, is asking Superior Court Judge Kristin E. Rodgers to step down from the state’s case charging him with trying to kill an acknowledged onetime Hells [...]

Boston cleans up after violence, looting from police protest

3 hours 33 min ago
BOSTON (AP) — Downtown Boston cleaned up Monday after mostly peaceful protests over the killing of a black man by a white police officer in Minneapolis evolved into violence and looting across the nation.Crews cleared broken glass along the Downtown Crossing, a mostly pedestrian shopping and commercial district, as well as the Common, the city's central park, and the Back Bay, a nearby neighborhood of high-end shops and stately brick townhouses.Looters on Sunday [...]

Trump slams governors as 'weak,' urges crackdown on protests

3 hours 41 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday derided the nation's governors as "weak" and demanded tougher crackdowns on protesters in the aftermath of another night of violent protests in dozens of American cities.Trump spoke to governors on a video teleconference with law enforcement and national security officials, telling the local leaders they "have to get much tougher" amid nationwide protests and criticizing their responses."Most of you are weak," [...]

Their stores were burned, ransacked and looted. What's next for Minneapolis-area small business owners in danger of losing livelihoods?

4 hours 15 min ago
MINNEAPOLIS — Brandy Moore likened the charred remains of her south Minneapolis clothing store and recording studio to the pangs for equality that minorities here feel. Smoke continued to waft in the air 24 hours after people protesting the death of George Floyd lit fire to Moore's storefront, and several others along Lake Street. "My business burned down two days ago, you see the flames? It's still going," Moore, 41, said Sunday. [...]

R.I. reports 2 coronavirus deaths, 67 new cases; fewer than 200 hospitalized

4 hours 43 min ago
PROVIDENCE -- The Rhode Island Department of Health on Monday reported two additional coronavirus-related deaths and said 67 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.That brings the total toll in the state to 720 deaths and 14,991 known cases.TO OUR READERS: This content is being provided for free as a public service during the coronavirus outbreak. [...]

ACLU claims Pawtucket school officer unlawfully arrested girl, 13

4 hours 53 min ago
The Rhode Island branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in federal court charging that a Pawtucket school resource officer unlawfully arrested a 13-year-old honors student at Goff Middle SchoolAttorneys Shannah Kurland and Lynette Labinger filed the suit in U.S. District Court.The suit alleges that the defendants violated Tre’sur Johnson’s constitutional and statutory rights, including her right to be free from unreasonable searches [...]

May was cooler than usual in Providence

4 hours 54 min ago
After four months in a row of warmer-than-normal temperatures, Providence has had its second straight month of cooler weather.May finished a half-degree cooler than normal, with an average temperature of 58 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.April was also cooler than normal, a full 3.6 degrees cooler, but the four months from December to March [...]

George Floyd protests continue nationwide, 4,400 arrests reported; St. John's Church in DC set on fire: live updates

6 hours 15 min ago
Relative calm descended on Minneapolis and other U.S. cities Monday after protesters and police across the nation clashed for a sixth straight night in the wake of George Floyd's death.More than 4,400 arrests have been made at protests nationwide since viral video emerged showing former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin holding his knee to Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes on Memorial Day, resulting in Floyd's death. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo apologized to [...]

Home but not alone: A coronavirus diary | Entry 16: Lucky to be in Rhody

7 hours 29 min ago
Author Vanessa Lillie lives in Providence with her husband and young son. She is writing a diary regularly for The Providence Journal. Staff Writer G. Wayne Miller is curating the diary.I’d almost forgotten what it feels like to smell the ocean. I’m from Oklahoma, which is distinctly non-ocean. It’s not ingrained in me like it must be for native Rhode Islanders. The expansiveness always surprises me. The vast space of blue and gray and white that’s [...]

Trump briefly taken to underground bunker as protests grew outside White House

7 hours 32 min ago
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump was briefly moved to the White House's underground bunker Friday night to shelter in place for a brief period of time as the protest grew outside the Executive Mansion. The protests over George Floyd's death hit the nation's capital Friday night as angry protesters arrived at Pennsylvania Avenue, leading to a lockdown at the White House. Outside the White House on Friday, Secret Service could be [...]

'Rolling graduation party' Friday for Tiverton High seniors

7 hours 48 min ago
A “rolling graduation party” will be held Friday for the Tiverton High School class of 2020.The Tiverton Police Department announced in a Facebook post Sunday that it’s partnering with the high school to help the students celebrate. Traditional high school graduation ceremonies have been canceled this year because of restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus. [...]

While asking for more, states are slow to spend virus aid

8 hours 24 min ago
Many states have yet to spend the federal funding they received more than a month ago to help with soaring costs related to the coronavirus crisis, complicating governors' arguments that they need hundreds of billions more from U.S. taxpayers.The Associated Press reviewed plans from governors or lawmakers on how they plan to use the money from the coronavirus relief bill and found that at least a dozen states have started distributing the money. But far more have not. [...]

Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged

8 hours 35 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion, some of them throwing rocks and tugging at police barricades.Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker, which was designed for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks, according to a Republican close to the White House who was not authorized to publicly discuss private matters and spoke on the [...]

Mass gatherings, erosion of trust upend coronavirus control

9 hours 10 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Protests erupting across the nation over the past week — and law enforcement's response to them — are threatening to upend efforts by health officials to track and contain the spread of coronavirus just as those efforts were finally getting underway.Health experts need newly infected people to remember and recount everyone they've interacted with over several days in order to alert others who may have been exposed, and prevent them from spreading [...]

US heads into a new week shaken by violence and pandemic

9 hours 19 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — With cities wounded by days of violent unrest, America headed into a new week with neighborhoods in shambles, urban streets on lockdown and shaken confidence about when leaders would find the answers to control the mayhem amid unrelenting raw emotion over police killings of black people.All of it smashed into a nation already bludgeoned by a death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surging past 100,000 and unemployment that soared to levels not seen since [...]

Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests

9 hours 29 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are seeking to determine whether extremist groups had infiltrated police brutality protests across the country and deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations toward violence — and if foreign adversaries were behind a burgeoning disinformation campaign on social media.As demonstrations spread from Minneapolis to the White House, New York City and overseas Sunday, federal law enforcement officials insisted far-left groups were [...]

Protests peaceful in Boston by day turn violent at nightfall

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 10:44pm
BOSTON — A Sunday afternoon of mostly peaceful protests in Boston broke at nightfall when protesters clashed with officers, throwing rocks and lighting a police vehicle on fire.Thousands of mostly mask-wearing demonstrators marched peacefully through Boston in several protests during the day, lending their voices to the nationwide anger over the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis custody.The largest protest of several thousand started Sunday night in the [...]

Daily TV show targets people in nursing homes with cheer, wellness

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 6:04pm
EAST PROVIDENCE — A half-hour TV show can’t be a substitute for Facebooking Live with grandkids, but “Room with a View” will begin airing at 2 p.m. weekdays in hopes of reaching people who are “disconnected and sad and anxious,” the CEO of CareLink said Sunday.TO OUR READERS: This content is being provided for free as a public service during the [...]

US cities clean up, prepare for another night of unrest

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 5:48pm
MINNEAPOLIS — America's cities boarded up windows, swept up glass and covered graffiti Sunday as the country's most significant night of protests in a half-century spilled into another day of unrest fueled by killings of black people at the hands of police.The turbulence sparked by the death of George Floyd — a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes — shook not only the streets of New York and [...]

New wave of dining in starts Monday in R.I.

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 5:26pm
For the first time since March, Rhode Islanders can go inside a restaurant to dine today.After months of providing takeout only, and two weeks of outdoor service, restaurants are again adapting to a new world of dining in a coronavirus-impacted world.TO OUR READERS: This content is being provided for free as a public service during the coronavirus outbreak. [...]