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Rhode Island News as of 08/19/20 of 4:58am

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: An explosion at a gas station in Lincoln yesterday afternoon.  A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Providence by a black police recruit.  Patriots fans won't be able to attend the first couple of home games in Foxboro.

>>Explosion At Lincoln Gas Station

(Lincoln, RI)  --  There was an explosion at a gas station in Lincoln on Tuesday, but it wasn't from gasoline.  Lincoln Fire Chief Richard Andrews said static electricity sparked the explosion from the source of a leaking fuel tank on a welding tool in the back of the car, which was owned by a plumbing company.  Officials said this happened before gas was pumped; the incident took place at the Sunoco station on Route 116 at around 2 p.m.  A local police officer who was nearby reportedly extinguished the flames.  The driver reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

>>Postmaster General Promises No Immediate Post Office Changes

(Washington, DC)  --  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says there will be no big changes made at the U.S. Postal Service until after the election.  DeJoy says he wants to avoid the appearance that any changes pushed forward would affect the election.  Rhode Island's congressional delegation sent a letter to the postmaster on Monday demanding the Trump administration end the, quote, "sabotage" of the postal service, followed by action from the RI Attorney General on Tuesday to join other states in a lawsuit that would block the changes.

>>Lawsuit Filed By Black Police Recruit

(Providence, RI)  --  The ACLU is filing a racial discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a black police recruit in Providence.  The ACLU alleges in a federal lawsuit that Michael Clark of West Warwick was involuntarily dismissed last year from the police academy after enduring months of harassment from trainers.  Specifically, the lawsuit claims Clark was singled out for mistreatment because of Christian rap songs he had written and posted on social media before entering the academy, including one song referencing black men being killed by police.

>>Study Points To Effectiveness Of Stay-At-Home Orders

(Providence, RI)  --  A new study from Brown University claims stay-at-home orders issued by American states are "significantly associated" with reduced spread of COVID-19.  The findings were published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases at the beginning of this month.  The study says the pandemic doubling time, which increases when the pandemic slows, did increase as lockdowns were put in place this spring.

>>No Fans For September Patriots Games; Fenway Staying Fan-Free

(Undated)  --  Patriots fans are not being allowed into Gillette Stadium for the first two games of the season.  A statement on Tuesday indicated after consultation with the Massachusetts Reopening Advisory Board, the stadium will not be permitted to host fans at any events through at least the end of September.  That affects the Pats home opener against the Dolphins on September 13th and the game against the Raiders on September 27th, as well as three upcoming New England Revolution games.  It was also made official yesterday that Fenway Park will not host any fans for Red Sox games for the rest of this season.

>>RI Plugs Calamari During DNC Virtual Roll Call

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island is declaring itself the "calamari comeback state."  They plugged one of their favorite foods at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night.  It was part of the virtual roll call to officially nominate Joe Biden for president.  State Representative Joseph McNamara, also the state Democratic Party chair, stood next to a giant plate of calamari to say their restaurant and fishing industry have been decimated by the pandemic but their appetizer is available in all 50 states.

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