University revokes honorary degrees for Giuliani and Flynn
The university's board of trustees voted Friday to revoke the degrees following internal deliberations that included a recommendation by URI President Marc Parlange. The president said in a statement that Flynn and Giuliani “no longer represent” the values and standards they demonstrated when they first received the honors. “Revoking these honorary degrees reinforces our values and allows us to lead with truth and integrity.”news.yahoo.com
Officials: US fugitive faked death, found in UK with COVID
A Rhode Island man who is believed to have fled the U.S. and faked his own death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud has been arrested in Scotland after being hospitalized with COVID-19, authorities said. Alahverdian was discovered after developing a serious case of the coronavirus and being placed on a ventilator at a hospital in Glasgow, Rhode Island State Police Maj. Robert Creamer told The Providence Journal this week. Rhode Island State Police have said Alahverdian is also wanted in their state for failing to register as a sex offender. Leavitt’s office didn’t comment Friday when asked whether Alahverdian would also face charges of faking his death or avoiding arrest. An obituary published online claimed he died Feb. 29, 2020, but by last year, Rhode Island state police, Alahverdian's former lawyer and former foster family were publicly doubting whether he actually died.wftv.com
Winter storm snarls travel, gives some schools the day off
APTOPIX Winter Weather New York Snow covers a statue of composer and entertainer George M. Cohan, in New York's Times Square, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Schools in Boston closed, and Providence, Rhode Island, public schools switched to distance learning, but New York City kept the nation’s largest public school system open. 2022 is off to a bang, but I suppose we were overdue.”A driver died at about 7:30 a.m. when a car went off Route 140 in Freetown, Massachusetts, state police said. The storm also affected coronavirus testing sites, many of which have been overwhelmed with long lines and waits for days. Some testing sites in Rhode Island delayed their openings until later in the day, when the storm was expected to start tapering off.wftv.com
Winter storm snarls travel, forces tough choices for schools
Winter Weather New York A woman walks through snow in Times Square, in New York, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Schools in Boston closed, and Providence, Rhode Island, public schools switched to distance learning, but New York City kept the nation’s largest public school system open. A driver died at about 7:30 a.m. when a car went off Route 140 in Freetown, Massachusetts, state police said. The storm also affected coronavirus testing sites, many of which have been overwhelmed with long lines and waits for days. The largest snowfall in Kentucky was nearly 10 inches (25 centimeters) in Lexington, according to the weather service.wftv.com
Winter storm tracks east, hitting during morning commute
Winter Weather New York A girls kicks at snow n New York's Times Square, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. A winter storm that has already left areas of the south with more than 6 inches of snow moved into the northeast during the morning commute and prompted many school districts to close for the day. The storm also affected coronavirus testing sites, many of which have been overwhelmed with long lines and waits for days. The storm brought record-setting snow to some areas of the South on Thursday. Eastern Kentucky recorded 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters), and far western Kentucky had about 3 inches (8 centimeters).wftv.com
The Ugly History of New Year’s Is Too Real for White Republicans
Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesOn this New Year’s Day, it’s a good bet that Rhode Island state Rep. Patricia Morgan and the one Black person she knows will not be sitting down to eat black-eyed peas and collard greens together.It’s an even safer bet that she and her fellow Republicans will spend zero mental energy on the history of the New Year as a terrifying moment for enslaved people in America.Rep. Morgan, as you might recall, tweeted a few days ago that shenews.yahoo.com
Virus fears widen as omicron variant becomes dominant in US
Virus Outbreak New York People wait in a long line to get tested for COVID-19 in Times Square, New York, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Just a couple of weeks ago, New York City seemed like a relative bright spot in the U.S. coronavirus struggle. The moves in Los Angeles and Rhode Island reflected widening fears of a potentially devastating winter COVID-19 surge. But even if it is milder, the new variant could still overwhelm health systems because of the sheer number of infections. The country is averaging nearly 130,500 new COVID-19 cases a day, up from about 122,000 a day two weeks ago, according to Johns Hopkins University data.wftv.com
WATCH: Rhode Island man accused of stealing beer truck, leading police on low-speed chase
WATCH: Rhode Island man accused of stealing beer truck, leading police on low-speed chase Stock photo of metallic beer barrels. A Rhode Island man is behind bars after police said he stole a beer truck and led Providence police on a low-speed chase. (Emilio Torrente/Getty Images/EyeEm)PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island man is behind bars after police said he stole a beer truck and led Providence police on a low-speed chase. In the video, kegs and beer cans can be seen rolling out of the truck through the open loading door as the vehicle slowly moves down the street. >> Watch the video here#WATCH: A 12 News photojournalist catches the moment a liquor truck is stolen in Providence.wftv.com
To learn about climate quality, scientists turn to drones
Ocean Drones A Saildrone Explorer un-crewed surface vehicle, or ocean drone, is prepared for launch at a dock, in Newport, R.I., Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Saildrone, headquartered in Alameda, Calif., makes autonomous surface vehicles powered by the wind and sun to measure climate quality data and do mapping in remote oceans for scientists worldwide. Saildrone, headquartered in Alameda, California, makes autonomous surface vehicles powered by the wind and sun to measure climate quality data and do mapping in remote oceans for scientists worldwide. One of their drones operated along the Gulf Stream in 2019 for about 18 days. Data will be sent back to the scientists via satellite as the drones traverse the Gulf Stream.wftv.com
COVID cases spike even as US reaches vaccine milestone
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — (AP) — Even as the U.S. reaches a milestone of roughly 200 million people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, cases and hospitalizations are spiking again, even in highly inoculated corners of the country like New England. In the last week, new cases per day are up 54%, and the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 has climbed 18%. Chris Sununu directed hospitals to set up COVID-19 “surge centers” using space normally reserved for such things as outpatient care. “Every day for the next several weeks, we’re likely to see a new high in COVID hospitalizations in New Hampshire,” said Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Elsewhere around the country, Indiana has seen COVID-19 hospital admissions double in the last month and is approaching levels not seen since this time a year ago, before vaccines were widely available.wftv.com
D.C. principal accused of holding second job as principal in Rhode Island
Assistant principal in D.C. accused of holding second job in Rhode Island. (urfinguss/Getty Images/iStockphoto)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington, D.C. School District ethics board is investigating a former assistant principal who is accused of working for both the D.C. school district and a Rhode Island school at the same time, WRC-TV reported. >> Read more trending newsMichael Redmond II admitted to working virtually for the Washington, D.C. School District as an assistant principal of Stephen E. Kramer Middle School, while simultaneously working in-person as principal of the E-Cubed Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, according to charges filed by the D.C. District’s ethics board. Redmond is accused of holding both full-time jobs for more than four months, WUSA reported. He worked as an assistant principal at Kramer for the 2019-2020 school year as well as part of the 2020-2021 school year.wftv.com
Misdial leads to long-distance friendship between Rhode Island man, Florida woman
Misdial makes fast friends A misdialed phone number launched a 20-year long-distance friendship for Mike Moffitt of Rhode Island and Gladys from Florida. (Mike Moffitt)DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — It’s been 20 years since a woman named Gladys mistakenly dialed Mike Moffitt’s Rhode Island number while trying to reach her daughter in Maryland. “I just said, ‘Hey, I’m Mike from Rhode Island,’” Moffitt told the newspaper about showing up on her doorstep, unannounced with a bouquet of flowers in hand. And the first words out of Gladys’ mouth after physically laying eyes on “Mike from Rhode Island?”: “I’m blessed,” the Journal reported. My story of a wrong number.... Gladys...she continually called the wrong number 20 years ago (my number with a... Posted by Mike Moffitt on Wednesday, November 24, 2021©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Police: Teen stole SUV that crashed into minivan, Providence home
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A 15-year-old boy is accused of stealing an SUV and crashing it into a minivan and home in Rhode Island on Wednesday, authorities said. Providence Police Captain Richard Fernandes said that around 4 p.m. EST, an officer spotted an SUV driving erratically, the television station reported. Surveillance footage obtained by WPRI showed that the driver of the SUV ran a stop sign and crashed into the minivan. The teen attempted to drive away but lost control of the vehicle and crashed into another home, police said. The driver of the minivan was taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, WPRI reported.wftv.com
Rhode Island students build bus stop shelter for boy who uses wheelchair
Bus stop: Rhode Island high school students built a bus hut for a 5-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair so he can remain sheltered while waiting for his ride to school. (John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)WESTERLY, R.I. — High school students in Rhode Island made it easier for a boy in a wheelchair to remain sheltered while waiting for his bus each morning. >> Read more trending newsThe construction class at Westerly High School built a bus hut for 5-year-old Ryder Kilam, WJAR reported. “We ended up having an old patio umbrella standing out here to keep him dry but with the wind blowing and stuff it just didn’t work,” Tim Kilam told WJAR. “He actually after school makes us stay out here and hang out, now it’s his new fort,” Tim Kilam told WJAR.wftv.com
A year later, Rhode Island buildings still say ‘Plantations’
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — (AP) — Rhode Island dropped “Providence Plantations” from its name a year ago, but not from its buildings. The state seal with the full former name is on the rotunda floor, the elevator doors, door numbers and directional signs. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is the keeper of the state seal, and has been using a new embosser to apply the redesigned state seal to official documents. In the DOA building, the old state seal is on the front desk and on the directory of rooms. Rhode Island was incorporated as The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations when it declared statehood in 1790.wftv.com
Rhode Island Man Sentenced to Over 33 Years in Federal Prison for Leadership Role in International Drug Trafficking Organization
A Rhode Island man was sentenced today to 400 months in prison for his role in an international fentanyl distribution conspiracy. Steven Barros Pinto, 40, of Rhode Island, was sentenced by Chief District Court Judge Peter D. Welte in Fargo, North Dakota today. Pinto was part of a Rhode Island organization that was distributing fentanyl and fentanyl analogues from Canada and China. One of Pinto’s principal U.S.-based partners in this criminal conspiracy, Anthony Santos Gomes, 36, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on July 30. This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S.justice.gov
A wedding with flare: 2 men fined over Coast Guard search
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — (AP) — Two Rhode Island men authorities say touched off a needless and expensive ocean search-and-rescue effort when they fired maritime distress flares to celebrate a friend's wedding have agreed to pay $5,000 each to settle the case, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The Coast Guard and the town of New Shoreham spent more than $100,000 combined responding to the flares off Block Island on June 6, 2020, when there was no one in distress, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Providence. People who saw the flares reported them to the New Shoreham harbormaster, who in turn alerted the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard deployed a boat and two helicopters for the search. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
Michael Renzi, former 'Sesame Street' musical director, dies
NEWPORT, R.I. — (AP) — Michael Renzi, who during a storied musical career worked with Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Lena Horne and some of the other biggest names in jazz and pop, and who for years was also the musical director of “Sesame Street,” has died. Renzi died Wednesday at Newport Hospital in Rhode Island after a short illness, according to Memorial Funeral Homes. Even after retirement to Middletown, Rhode Island, he didn't slow down, appearing regularly at Sardella's Restaurant in Newport and at gigs around the state. Renzi was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2018. A private funeral and a memorial will be held in the future, according to Memorial Funeral Homes.wftv.com
Appeals are mounting in Purdue Pharma bankruptcy settlement
A U.S. bankruptcy court judge signed the plan Friday, more than two weeks after giving it preliminary approval. Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha, a Democrat, said he doesn't accept that the resolution between Purdue Pharma and thousands of state and local governments is sufficient. The Sackler family has not been transparent about its wealth, he said, so it's difficult to calculate how much punishment any resolution will inflict. Estimates have put the collective wealth of family members who own the company at over $10 billion. But the state's claim and all others against Purdue were put on pause when the company filed for bankruptcy two years ago.wftv.com
Biden nominates 9 candidates for federal prosecutor posts
Biden President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 during an event in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Washington. The nominations, announced by the White House on Tuesday, are expected to run the federal prosecutors’ offices in Hawaii, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Colorado, Ohio, Vermont and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They would include several historic firsts, including the first Black female attorneys to lead their districts, the Biden administration said. The White House is also nominating Zachary Cunha to be the U.S. attorney in Rhode Island, where he currently runs the office’s civil division. The administration has also nominated Delia L. Smith to run the U.S. attorney’s office in the U.S. Virgin Island.wftv.com
Hospitals fear staffing shortages as vaccine deadlines loom
Hospitals and nursing homes across the country are preparing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. New York health care employees had until the end of the day Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, to get at least one dose. Some New York hospitals prepared contingency plans that included cutting back on noncritical services and limiting nursing home admissions. The governor also drew up plans to summon help from National Guard members with medical training, retirees or vaccinated workers from outside the state. About a dozen states have vaccination mandates covering health care workers in hospitals, long-term care facilities or both.wftv.com
Beisel completes swim to Block Island to honor late father
Beisel's Long Swim FILE - In this June 28, 2016 file photo, Elizabeth Beisel competes in the women's 200-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb. Honoring her late father and raising money for cancer research, she's planning to swim more than 12 miles through cold ocean waters to a popular vacation island off the Rhode Island coast. Beisel decided to start training for the long swim after her father, Ted, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late last year. As a native of Rhode Island, she picked the island as her goal, saying it was one of her family's favorite places to visit when she was growing up. Beisel has raised some $133,000 for cancer research through her partnership with Swim Across America.wftv.com
Home that inspired 'The Conjuring' movie for sale for $1.2M
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — (AP) — Not afraid of ghosts and things that go bump in the night? The purportedly haunted Rhode Island farmhouse where the spooky happenings that inspired the 2013 horror movie “The Conjuring" occurred hit the market Thursday for the scary price of $1.2 million. “Legend has it, the home is haunted by the presence of Bathsheba Sherman, who lived in the house in the 1800s,” the agency said. The movie wasn’t filmed at the home, but was based on the experiences of the Perron family that lived there in the 1970s. Before that, the previous owners didn't complain about ghosts, but about fans of the movie who showed up at all hours and trespassed on the property.wftv.com
Haunted house for sale: Home that inspired ‘The Conjuring’ on market
'The Conjuring' house for sale FILE PHOTO: The "Conjuring" house in Harrisville, RI on Oct. 14, 2020. The owners are Jennifer and Cory Heinzen, paranormal investigators and they've put their haunted house on the market for $1.2 million. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) (Boston Globe /Boston Globe via Getty Images)BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — A house that’s currently on the market sports all the amenities: brick fireplaces, hardwood floors and a few unseen housemates. If living in a real haunted house is what you dream about, and you have an extra $1.2 million sitting around, a property in Rhode Island may be what you’re looking for. At first, they stayed in one downstairs room, sleeping on cots for four months after closing the deal for $439,000, they told The Wall Street Journal.wftv.com
Horse farm owner uses water trough as makeshift boat after flooding
Horse farm owner uses water trough as makeshift boat after flooding FILE PHOTO: The owner of a Rhode Island horse farm decided to make the most of flooded conditions and used a water trough as a makeshift boat. (wsfurlan/Getty Images)TIVERTON, R.I. — The owner of a Rhode Island horse farm decided to make the most of flooded conditions and used a water trough as a makeshift boat. >> Read more trending news“I was floating on the grass,” owner Mary Charette told WJAR. We couldn’t turn the horses out today, so I said, ‘We might as well laugh about it.’”About a foot of water flooded portions of Claddagh Farm on Thursday. Charette, who has owned the farm for 12 years, has never seen conditions so bad.wftv.com
Free wheeling: City sets up bike bank
Bike bank FILE PHOTO: A Rhode Island town has set up a bike bank to help get gently used bikes into the hands of those who can use them. >> Read more trending newsCity leaders have set up what they call a Bike Bank. It also has set up a furniture bank where people can donate gently-used furniture that anyone who needs something can visit to “shop for free,” the Daily Times reported when the bike bank opened. The bike bank started last month and it is already full of bikes of all sizes. Did you know Coventry has a “Bike Bank”- you can donate a bike, swap one or get one for free!wftv.com
Henri's lazy remnants hinder cleanup, threaten inland floods
President Joe Biden has declared disasters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, opening the purse strings for federal recovery aid to those states. When Henri made landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island, it had sustained winds of about 60 mph (97 kph) and gusts as high as 70 mph (110 kph). It cut power to 140,000 homes, closed bridges, swamped roads and left some people stranded in their vehicles. Several major bridges in Rhode Island were briefly shuttered Sunday, and some coastal roads were nearly impassable. Concerns had been high when Henri was briefly rated a hurricane, with stronger winds and greater potential for a damaging storm, before it was downgraded to a tropical storm.wftv.com
Henri hurls rain as storm settles atop swamped Northeast
Tropical Weather Atlantic Matt Prue, from Stonington, Conn., walks out into the Atlantic Ocean to body surf the waves from Tropical Storm Henri as it approaches Westerly, R.I., Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. Henri, which made landfall as a tropical storm Sunday afternoon in Rhode Island, has moved northwest through Connecticut. “The ground is so saturated that it can flood with just another inch of rain,” Connecticut Gov. Several major bridges in Rhode Island were briefly shuttered Sunday, and some coastal roads were nearly impassable. “If we still have no power by then, that will be miserable.”___Kunzelman reported from Newport, Rhode Island.wftv.com
Slow-moving storm Henri drenches Northeast US
Tropical Weather Atlantic Matt Prue, from Stonington, Conn., walks out into the Atlantic Ocean to body surf the waves from Tropical Storm Henri as it approaches Westerly, R.I., Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. When it made landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island, Henri had sustained winds of about 60 mph and gusts of up to 70 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Several major bridges in Rhode Island, which stitch together much of the state, were briefly shuttered Sunday, and some coastal roads were nearly impassable. After Tropical Storm Irene roared up the coast in August 2011, many were relieved when the New York City area largely was spared. So if we still have no power by then, that will be miserable.”___Kunzelman reported from Newport, Rhode Island.wftv.com
Storm Henri causes travel chaos as Northeast hit by heavy rains
Henri weakened to a depression Sunday night, after earlier making landfall as a tropical storm in Rhode Island, knocking out power to over 100,000 homes, causing flight cancellations and bringing record rainfall to New York City. Yes but: It's expected to continue unleashing heavy rains and triggering flooding across parts of southern New England and the northern Mid-Atlantic states as it moves inland through Monday, the National Hurricane Center warned.Get market news worthy of your time with Anews.yahoo.com
Moving inland, Tropical Storm Henri drenches Northeast
Tropical Weather Atlantic Matt Prue, from Stonington, Conn., walks out into the Atlantic Ocean to body surf the waves from Tropical Storm Henri as it approaches Westerly, R.I., Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. By Sunday afternoon, Henri had sustained winds of about 50 mph as it moved inland across Connecticut, according to the National Hurricane Center. Several major bridges in Rhode Island, which stitch together much of the state, were briefly shuttered Sunday, and some coastal roads were nearly impassable. We’re all geared up for a major, major calamity, and it’s a little less than that.”___Kunzelman reported from Newport, Rhode Island. Associated Press writers William J. Kole in Warwick, Rhode Island, Michelle Smith in Providence, Rhode Island, Michael R. Sisak and Julie Tucker from East Hampton, and Michael Melia in Hartford, Connecticut, contributed to this report.wftv.com
Tropical Storm Henri makes landfall in Rhode Island
Tropical Storm Henri made landfall in Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon, bringing with it damaging winds, storm surge flooding and torrential rainfall, according to the National Hurricane Center. The big picture: The storm has slowed down slightly but maximum sustained winds in Rhode Island reached 60 mph at the time of landfall, according to the NHC.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeThe latest: The storm has left more than 125,000news.yahoo.com
Steak-out: Rhode Island's runaway steer has been recaptured
FILE - This Feb. 2021 file photo provided by Adam Seaberg shows a cow that escaped on Feb. 4, in Johnston, R.I., as it was being unloaded at a slaughterhouse. Weeks after escaping, the steer was finally captured unharmed in Johnston by its owner on Friday, March 26, and returned to a Connecticut farm. (Adam Seaberg via AP, File)JOHNSTON, R.I. – A steer that has been on the lam for nearly two months after escaping while on the way to a Rhode Island slaughterhouse was finally corralled Friday morning, police said. The beefy, 1500-pound (680-kilogram) fugitive was captured unharmed in Johnston by its owner and returned to a Connecticut farm, Johnston Chief Joseph Razza told WLNE-TV. The steer took off Feb. 4 when a wholesaler lost control of it outside Rhode Island Beef & Veal in Johnston, according to authorities.
Are suit jackets oppression? Lawmakers fight own dress codes
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON – A sneaker-clad Latino state senator in Rhode Island is objecting to his chamber’s jacket and dress shirt edict as a form of white oppression. With women and people of color elected in larger numbers in many states, legislatures are being forced to confront longstanding dress codes that are increasingly viewed as sexist and racist. But the Denver-based organization said roughly half of all state legislatures had some sort of formalized dress code in 2019. The Democrat-controlled Rhode Island Senate approved its new dress code Tuesday, over objections from Acosta and other lawmakers. But he said the strong opposition to ending the dress code outright only underscores the uphill battle younger, progressive lawmakers face in trying to advance more pressing priorities.
Where's the beef? Runaway steer still roaming Rhode Island
This February 2021 photo provided by Adam Seaberg shows a cow that escaped on Feb. 4, in Johnston, R.I., as it was being transported. More than a month after escaping while being unloaded at a slaughterhouse, the steer is still roaming the streets of Johnston, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Providence. (Adam Seaberg via AP)JOHNSTON, R.I. – Where's the beef? More than a month after escaping while being unloaded at a slaughterhouse, a 1,600-pound (725-kilogram) steer is still roaming the streets of Johnston, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Providence. “Though it appears in this picture that it backs the blue, the escaped Johnston cow is still on the lam,” police wrote.
Remains of Cold War-era Russian sub seen in film catch fire
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2016 photo, the remnants of a Cold War-era Russian submarine, once used as a floating museum until it sank in 2007, sits rusting in the Providence river in Providence, R.I. The remains of the submarine caught fire, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, as workers were using a blow torch to cut it up for scrap. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The remains of a Cold War-era Russian submarine once seen in a movie starring Harrison Ford caught fire in Providence on Tuesday morning as workers were using a blowtorch to cut it up for scrap, fire officials said. The fire at a waterfront scrap yard sent a plume of black smoke over the city at about 9:30 a.m. but was quickly extinguished. AdIt sank during a nor’easter in 2007 and was sold for scrap.
Senate confirms Raimondo as Biden commerce secretary
FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Rhode Island Gov. The Senate has voted to confirm Raimondo as President Biden's commerce secretary. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON – The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary and help guide the economy's recovery during and after the coronavirus pandemic. Later Tuesday, the Senate voted 95-4 to confirm Cecilia Rouse to be chair of Biden's Council of Economic Advisers.
CVS posts strong Q4 numbers, but pandemic weighs on results
CVS Health Corporation (CVS) on Tuesday, Feb. 16 reported a fourth-quarter net income of $973 million. The company's health insurance business also has started adding claims for COVID-19 treatments. CVS Health earned $973 million in the final quarter of 2020, with results adjusted for one-time gains and costs totaling $1.30 per share. CVS Health operates one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains with nearly 10,000 retail locations. AdShares of CVS Health Corp. slipped 4% to $71.24 while broader markets rose slightly Tuesday.
The Latest: Wet snow turns to sleet in northern New England
A sprawling, lumbering winter storm has walloped the Eastern U.S., shutting down coronavirus vaccination sites, closing schools and halting transit. In its second day in the Northeast, a snow storm left nearly 15 inches (38 centimeters) of snow piled up in parts of New Hampshire. The Yale New Haven Health system, which runs several hospitals in southern Connecticut, said its vaccination sites were closed Tuesday and staff were contacting people to reschedule appointments. In New England, nearly 15 inches (38 centimeters) of snow piled up in southeast New Hampshire, and the mountains were getting heavy snow as well. The National Weather Service reported 30 inches of snow fell in parts of Sussex and Morris counties on Monday.
Creator of RI's beloved Big Blue Bug landmark dies at 88
(AP Photo/David Klepper, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The creator of the Rhode Island landmark, the Big Blue Bug, which advertises a local pest control business on Interstate 95 in Providence, has died. According to his obituary, George Cardono died Tuesday at the age of 88, the Providence Journal reported. The idea for the beloved termite came from Big Blue Bug founder Leonard Goldman, his son Stephan and “their outside advertising man” Cardono according to a 2012 Providence Journal column by Mark Patinkin. Cardono, an artist with a Rhode Island School of Design background, studied termites under a microscope to create the advertisement. AdThe 58-foot-long, 4,000 pound (17 meter-long, 1,815 kilogram) Rhode Island icon cost $30,000, the newspaper reported.
Biden's Commerce pick, Raimondo, voices tough line on China
Gina Raimondo testifies remotely during her nomination hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Gina Raimondo, a former venture capitalist, would be responsible for promoting opportunities for economic growth domestically and overseas. U.S. companies need to get a license to sell sophisticated technology to companies on the list. Raimondo promised to give the Census Bureau more time to crunch the numbers for the 2020 census if needed. “I believe we need to take the politics out of the census and we need to rely on the experts,” Raimondo said.
Biden picks Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo as commerce secretary
FILE - In this March 1, 2020 file photo, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo faces reporters during a news conference, in Providence, R.I. President-elect Joe Biden has picked Rhode Island Gov. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden has picked Rhode Island Gov. Her name had been floated for Biden's health secretary, though she said last month she would be staying in Rhode Island and continuing to focus on the coronavirus pandemic. She is a former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff at the Small Business Administration and a small business entrepreneur herself.
EXPLAINER: Why the smallest state has a big virus challenge
The nation's smallest state by area has reported 1,870 pandemic deaths so far, far fewer than many states but giving Rhode Island the nation's sixth highest COVID-19 death rate. Like other Northeastern states, Rhode Island was hit hard early in the pandemic. Clusters of cases among students were reported this fall at the University of Rhode Island, Johnson & Wales University and Providence College. Like other states, Rhode Island limited indoor dining and customer capacity at many businesses in the spring and temporarily shuttered bar areas, gyms and theaters. Rhode Island has performed more than 2 million tests, more per resident than any other state, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Judge approves settlement in women's sports case at Brown
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, people rest on grass while reading at Brown University in Providence, R.I. The university and attorneys for student-athletes, who challenged the Ivy League school's decision to reduce several women's varsity sports teams to club status, announced a proposed settlement Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement between Brown University and student-athletes who had challenged the Ivy League school's decision to drop several women's varsity sports. The settlement originally announced in September restores the women’s equestrian and women’s fencing teams to varsity status, and calls for an end to a 1998 legal agreement ensuring gender equity in varsity sports at Brown on Aug. 31, 2024. It stemmed from a legal challenge in June to the Providence, Rhode Island school's decision to reduce several women's varsity sports teams to club status.
Acclaimed art scholar, ex-RISD president Roger Mandle dies
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Roger Mandle, an internationally renowned art scholar and the former longtime president of the Rhode Island School of Design, has died, RISD said Tuesday. Mandle died Saturday in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, after a long battle with cancer, the school said in a statement. A painter himself, Mandle served as president of RISD from 1993 to 2008. Bush, Mandle helped shape and guide U.S. art and design policy. He was a former director of the Toledo Museum of Art, a former associate director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and a member of the Ohio Arts Council.
5 states OK measures eradicating racist language, symbols
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama voters reversed themselves from a few years ago and removed racist vestiges of segregation from the state constitution that courts long ago ruled unconstitutional. Rhode Island did a similar a U-turn to eradicate the word “plantations” from the state’s official name. To the west, Utah and Nebraska approved provisions similar to Alabama's to delete constitutional language allowing slavery as a possible punishment in criminal cases. “This ballot initiative is part of a broader shift in Rhode Island to reconcile with the past," said Mark, the political scientist. “I think this is a unique moment in history.”All those ballot measures involved changing symbols or wiping away reminders of injustices of long ago.
Across the country: 5 noteworthy ballot measures that deserve some attention
To see what exactly the ballot measures are in each state, click or tap here. Below are five noteworthy initiatives we thought we’d mention from across the country. Mississippi’s flag redesignThe state Legislature in June eliminated the old state flag that had the Confederate battle emblem, which was widely thought of as racist. California’s app-based driving proposalThis initiative will decide whether app-based transportation and delivery drivers are classified as independent contractors or as employees. Colorado’s abortion banThis is a ballot initiative that will likely draw a lot of attention across the nation.
Man serving 660-year sentence denied compassionate release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island man serving a 660-year prison sentence for laundering millions of dollars for a Colombian drug cartel was denied compassionate release on Monday by a federal judge who said he had failed to show he was at an increased risk of severe complications from the coronavirus. Saccoccia, 62, a former Cranston precious metals dealer, argued for release because he is a nonviolent offender and has several medical conditions. Saccoccia is being held at Coleman federal prison in Florida, which his attorney called a “hotbed" of COVID-19 cases. “It equates to a life sentence for Mr. Saccoccia and with the COVID risk, we can only hope it is not a death sentence for him,” attorney Lisa Holley said. Federal prosecutors in their opposition to Saccoccia’s release said he failed to show the existence of any medical condition that would place him at a heightened risk.
Racial justice movement a factor for 5 state ballot measures
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2020 file photo, Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration employees Willie Townsend, left, and Joe Brown, attach a Mississippi state flag to the harness before raising it over the Capitol grounds in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)The Black Lives Matter movement isn’t named in any of the 120 statewide ballot measures up for a vote on Nov. 3. But this year's nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice are major factors in the campaigns in several states for measures with distinctive racial themes. In Mississippi and Rhode Island, Black supporters of the ballot measures hope this year’s nationwide spotlight on racial injustice will bring a different outcome than when similar proposals were on the ballot previously. In Utah, the slavery measure’s lead sponsor was Rep. Sandra Hollins, the only Black person now serving in the Legislature.
Brown U. rebuts 'conspiracy' in fight over women's sports
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Brown University rebutted what the school calls spurious conspiracy claims" as it responded to an allegation that it is failing to comply with a 1998 agreement ensuring gender equity in sports. The Ivy League school this year announced it was cutting several varsity women's and men's sports, and reducing them to club status. The agreement stemmed from a lawsuit filed after Brown dropped womens gymnastics and volleyball as varsity sports. Brown last month released internal documents, including emails from high-ranking school officials, that Public Justice and the ACLU said show Brown wanted to undermine and dismantle the 1998 agreement. Brown President Christina Paxson said the school fully supports women's sports.
From farm to beach, Democrats across America nominate Biden
(Democratic National Convention via AP)SACRAMENTO, Calif. A Montana cattle range, a California beach, a historic bridge in Alabama. These were the sometimes kitschy, sometimes poignant scenes from the first-ever virtual roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention. Fred Guttenberg spoke about Biden's compassion following the murder of his daughter at the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Each state also cast some votes for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the last Democrat in the race to challenge Biden. Following tradition, Delaware, Biden's home state, was the final state to announce its support for Biden, with Gov.
Rhode Island boy digs up massive 2 1/2-pound mollusk
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. An 11-year-old Rhode Island boy clamming with his grandfather found a giant quahog that is thought to be one of the largest ever harvested in state waters. Cooper Monaco, of Wakefield, found the massive mollusk Monday in the Weekapaug section of Westerly, and donated it to the University of Rhode Islands Marine Science Research Facility in Narragansett, the university said in a statement Thursday. The state Department of Environmental Management does not keep quahog records, but a typical quahog grows to about 4 inches (10 centimeters) across, the university said. And then I felt the edge of it and I thought, holy moly, this is a clam. So I pulled it out. Ed Baker, the manager of the URI Marine Science Research Facility, plans to put the quahog on display.
A troubling pandemic thought: Are THESE the good old days?
A man wearing a mask leaves a gift shop on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Hope Valley, R.I. Could these be the good old days? But consider this: What if THESE are the good old days? The pandemic continues to buffet the planet economically, dashing hopes that the worst of the joblessness might be behind us. The pandemic is "going to get worse and worse and worse, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters last week. These times were in right now perilous as they are will soon be looked back on fondly as the good old days. Prepare accordingly, tweeted Columbia University philosopher Rory Varrato.
Reconnaissance Aircraft Finds Tropical Storm Fay Has Formed Just Off The Coast Of North Carolina
Location 40 miles ENE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina Wind 45 mph Heading N at 7 mph Pressure 29.68 Coordinates 74.9W, 35.5NDiscussionAt 500 p.m. EDT (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Fay was located near latitude 35.5 north, longitude 74.9 west. Fay is moving toward the north near 7 mph (11 km/h). Watches and WarningsChanges with this advisory:A tropical storm warning has been issued from cape may New Jersey northward to watch hill, Rhode Island, including long island and long island sound. Summary of watches and warnings in effect:A tropical storm warning is in effect for, * cape may New Jersey to watch hill Rhode Island including long island and long island soundA tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. Wind: tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area on Friday and spread northward through the warning area Friday night.
2-year-old boy hugs pizza delivery guy without knowing he just lost his daughter
A feel-good moment was caught on camera Saturday night as a Rhode Island pizza delivery man was leaving a home. It's a sweet moment when a young boy can be seen running up to a man delivering pizza giving him a big hug. What Sheely didn’t know at the time is what that moment would mean for Ryan Catterson, the man behind the pizza box. Catterson's 16-year-old daughter, who lived with his ex-wife in California, struggled with her mental health and recently passed away unexpectedly. His ex-wife, Danielle McCord, says this 2-year-old boy taught everyone a valuable lesson without even realizing.