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Florida candidate claimed she removed 77 bullets from Pulse shooting victims; it was all a lie.

3 hours 45 min ago
Elizabeth McCarthy told a harrowing story about how her life had been touched by gun violence. Standing behind the lectern at a March town hall hosted by Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., in Orlando, she described working as an emergency room doctor on June 12, 2016 - the night a gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people in what was then the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Performing triage that night had been one of the hardest moments of her career, [...]

Tiverton couple giving away Hamilton tickets through essay contest

4 hours 9 min ago
TIVERTON — A town couple who retired here after spending their professional lives in the entertainment industry want to send two public high school students to an Aug. 4 evening performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Hamilton at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The only thing they ask is for the students to write a one-page essay on “Seeing Hamilton in Providence this Summer is Important to Me Because”......... [...]

Could coastal mansions become eligible for disaster aid?

4 hours 12 min ago
OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — On an exclusive Connecticut peninsula, where signs warn outsiders to stay off private roads, eight multimillion-dollar homes with sprawling yards along the Long Island Sound are poised to become eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster aid.That's despite the fact that the Fenwick neighborhood of Old Saybrook is in a potentially perilous position, hovering where the Connecticut River meets the sound. A 1938 hurricane washed many Fenwick homes out to sea, [...]

Hot but no heat wave or records

5 hours 4 min ago
PROVIDENCE -- It sure was hot, but it wasn't a heat wave and no records fell.Providence missed qualifying for a heat wave -- three days in a row of 90 or above -- by just one degree, on Friday. The high temperatures Friday, Saturday and Sunday were 89, 94 and 96 respectively, according to the National Weather Service. The record highs for those dates are 100, 101 and 102 respectively.If the temperature crosses 90 degrees today, Providence would record a heat wave for Saturday [...]

Beachgoers beware: Bacteria linked to thousands of beach closures and advisories

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 11:30pm
Millions of Americans — Rhode Islanders among them — will hit the beach this summer to soak up the sun and surf, and many of them will go home harboring an unintended souvenir — bacterial infection.

TV personality Jesse James offers $5,000 for return of dog Coco, lost in Newport

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 10:56pm
NEWPORT — Television personality Jesse James is offering a $5,000 reward for the return of his French bulldog "Coco," which has been missing from the Newport area since Tuesday.James describes himself on social media as a "glorified welder." He is known for customizing motorcycles and other vehicles. He was CEO of Austin Speed Shop, founded West Coast Choppers, starred in the reality show "Jesse James is a Dead Man" on Spike TV and was host of "Monster Garage" on the Discovery [...]

Lottery chief defends deal that saved IGT $25M

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 10:54pm
Racing to launch legal sports betting last year, Rhode Island Lottery Director Gerald Aubin faced a predicament.The General Assembly's top lawmakers insisted Rhode Island get at least half of any profit from this emerging market, but the state needed to satisfy two long-time private partners — IGT and Twin River — seeking a cut of the action.IGT, the only company to bid on running sports bets in Rhode Island, offered to split profits with the state down the middle, [...]

Despite CPR, man pulled from water at Swansea Town Beach dies

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 10:52pm
SWANSEA — The identity of a male who died at the Swansea, Massachusetts, Town Beach, around 6 p.m. Sunday is not being released until his relatives are notified.A news release from the Swansea Police Department said they got a 911 call about a person in distress in the water. The victim's friend had called for help after noticing that he was in trouble. The friend and three others helped pull the victim out, and bystanders started CPR.Patrol officers continued CPR until [...]

World renowned soloists to help mark R.I. Philharmonic's 75th year

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 9:02pm
The Philharmonic, with Bramwell Tovey in his first full season as artistic adviser, celebrates the special anniversary this year with Grammy winners and outstanding singers coming to mark the occasion with music.

Three dogs found dead in hot car in Jamestown

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 8:39pm
The Providence Journal delivers accurate, timely news about the moments that matter most. To receive stories like this one in your inbox, sign up here.JAMESTOWN — Three dogs died in a hot car Sunday, and a Jamestown woman, 65, was charged with a cruelty felony and a misdemeanor for each dog.Police were called to McQuades Marketplace at about 4 p.m., where bystanders reported three dogs unresponsive in a [...]

Truck bed cover blows off pickup on Rt. 95, metal rod injures juvenile in car behind

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 8:18pm
PROVIDENCE — A pickup truck's retractable cover blew off at highway speed on Route 95 just before 6 p.m. Sunday, and an aluminum support rod pierced the windshield of a car behind it, cutting the arm of a juvenile in the car's front passenger seat.State Police Lt. Ken Jones said the car was southbound near [...]

Initiative lets Central Falls students decide how to improve their school

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 7:47pm
CENTRAL FALLS — The windows were open in Room 211 at Central Falls High School, just after it wrapped up the last full day of classes; a calm breeze cooled off the 12 people — including seven students — who gathered to decide who would lead a first-in-Rhode Island program at the school next year."Why should we vote for you?" Lesdin Salazar, a facilitator for "How to Save the World," asked the candidates for chairperson of the 2019-2020 "Warriors for Change" [...]

Political Scene: Earlier primary date will cost municipal election budgets

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 7:36pm
In 2020, workers will have to spend the previous day — Labor Day — setting up voting booths and preparing polling places, and that will incur holiday or overtime pay, straining the election budgets of cities and towns.

Unclear if Costco coming to Cranston

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 6:40pm
CRANSTON — The listing, referencing the arrival of a Costco in Cranston, has popped up in internet postings with some persistence.But at the Cranston Planning Department, Costco disappeared from all filings after the name came up only briefly in a mid-2017 first-draft filing for a box store project in the Chapel View area, according to the city’s planning director, Jason Pezzullo.Meanwhile, the developer of the project, Kelly A. Coates of Carpionato Properties, [...]

Warwick man sues state over removal of 9 trees for runway expansion

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 6:22pm
"It was like an emotional bomb was dropped on me," Lawrence Morra said July 12, two years to the date the trees were cut down.

Acting Cranston Fire Chief Valletta chooses union over chief's job

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 6:12pm
CRANSTON — Acting Fire Chief Paul Valletta Jr. has withdrawn from being considered for permanent fire chief, instead giving notice that he will retire Friday.Mayor Allan Fung said in a news release Sunday that Valletta wanted to focus on his work at the State House, where he is a lobbyist for the International Association of Fire Fighters. He is also president of the IAFF's Cranston Local 1362.As deputy chief and president of the local, Valletta was involved in [...]

Body recovered from river near Pawtucket Town Landing

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 5:04pm
PAWTUCKET — Police have confirmed that a body was recovered from the riverfront on Sunday afternoon, but Lt. Robert Pickett said he had no further information about a cause of death until a detective reported back from the investigation.Unconfirmed reports indicated the body was in the water near the [...]

Acting Cranston Fire Chief Valletta to retire, withdraws from being considered for chief

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 4:42pm
CRANSTON — Acting Fire Chief Paul Valletta Jr. will retire Friday and withdraw from being considered for permanent chief, the mayor's office reported in an email Sunday.Mayor Allan Fung said Valletta notified him over the weekend that he wanted to focus on his work at the State House advocating for firefighters. Valletta is president of Cranston Local 1362 of the International Association of Fire Fighters and is legislative agent for the association.Valletta, hired in [...]

Scituate police chief placed on paid leave

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 3:28pm
The chief of the Scituate Police Department has temporarily been placed on paid administrative leave, the Town Council vice president said Sunday.Chief Donald Delaere Jr. will be paid during his leave, council Vice President Abbie J. Groves said.“This action is taken to further review recently received information pertaining to the chief," Groves said in a news release.Deputy Chief Todd Rich will take over in the meantime, Groves said. Groves said that she had the [...]

Great white shark leaps in front of fishing boat off Cape Cod

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 1:39pm
Keep an eye out for leaping great white sharks when you’re fishing off Cape Cod. Folks aboard the Columbia Sportfishing vessel had a close encounter with a great white shark Saturday afternoon.

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