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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Governor Gina Raimondo says she will not be Joe Biden's Health and Human Services Secretary.  Rhode Island is seeking to force the closure of a gym that is staying open despite the state-ordered "pause".  The Patriots are in L.A.

>>Raimondo Addresses Biden Cabinet Report

(Providence, RI)  --  One day after a report said Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo was in the running for President-elect Biden's Health and Human Services Secretary, Raimondo said she won't take that job.  At a coronavirus press briefing on Thursday, Raimondo said rumors are rampant and that there was a lot of speculation about her being considered for the position.  The governor said she is focused on Rhode Island.  She declined comment when asked if she would consider another position in the Biden cabinet.  Raimondo was reportedly interviewed about being Biden's running mate earlier this year.

>>Rhode Island Seeking Restraining Order Against Gyms Staying Open

(Lincoln, RI)  --  The Providence Journal reports the state of Rhode Island is seeking a restraining order to close a local gym that is defying the "pause" instituted by Governor Raimondo to fight COVID.  Maxx Fitness operates facilities in Lincoln and Warren, but the focus was on the Lincoln facility in Superior Court documents submitted by the state on Thursday, according to the Journal report.  Rhode Island public health director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott said in an affidavit that gym patrons engaging in vigorous exercise generates increased levels of respiratory droplets indoors.

>>Fatal Crash On Route 195 In Somerset, Massachusetts

(Somerset, MA)  --  The Massachusetts State Police is investigating a fatal crash on Interstate 195 in Somerset on Thursday afternoon.  Troopers responded to reports of a vehicle going off the road into a wooded area on Route 195 eastbound at around 2:30.  The driver's name was not released, but state police said it was a 67-year-old Fall River man.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

>>RIDOT Previews Traffic Pattern Changes For 6-10 Connector

(Providence, RI)  --  The RI Department of Transportation is announcing several traffic pattern changes on the 6-10 Connector in Providence starting next Wednesday as part of the ongoing project for the highway interchange.  RIDOT says drivers will have to make a decision about a quarter-mile sooner between 6-10 north towards downtown Prov and Route 10 south towards Cranston.  The split is now just before the Hartford Avenue on-ramp.  Drivers will only be able to use the Plainfield Street on-ramp to access Route 10 south.  And traffic on Route 6 east will shift onto a newly-built section of the bridge to continue towards downtown.

>>Patriots Versus Chargers Sunday

(Inglewood, CA)  --  The Patriots are playing two straight games in Los Angeles.  First up is a match against the Chargers on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. Eastern time.  Then the Pats will play the L.A. Rams next Thursday.  New England finds itself in unfamiliar territory this century: scrapping for a playoff spot in December, currently outside the bubble with a record of 5-and-6.

>>Tree-Lighting Ceremony Saturday In Providence, Big Blue Bug Lit

(Providence, RI)  --  The coronavirus isn't stopping Providence from lighting up its holiday tree, but it is making it a virtual experience this year.  The event at 5 p.m. Saturday will be live-streamed on Mayor Jorge Elorza's Facebook page.  Elsewhere in Providence, a virtual ceremony was held earlier this week for the Big Blue Bug light adornment on I-95.  This is the 28th year that the pest control company has lit up the bug mascot.

Jim McCabe/djc           RI)
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