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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Governor Dan McKee's office is explaining the extension of Rhode Island's COVID-19 pandemic emergency.  Someone on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean has found a message in a bottle sent from the Ocean State.  A doctor who gained notoriety for commissioning an embarrassing mural of a Rhode Island mayor a few years ago is now facing a federal fine for allegedly exposing his workers to COVID.

>>Governor's Office Explains RI Extension Of COVID Emergency

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island's neighbor to the north lifted its coronavirus emergency on Tuesday.  The move from Massachusetts is leaving some in the Ocean State to wonder why its governor decided to extend its own pandemic emergency, especially since the pandemic appears to now be in the rear-view mirror locally.  The Providence Journal over the weekend reported a statement from Dan McKee's office that said the emergency additionally responds to the after-effects of the pandemic and helps to preserve federal benefits, among other things.  The emergency was extended to July 9th and could possibly go longer.

>>D.A.'s Office Announces Arrests Tied To MA/RI Drug-Trafficking

(New Bedford, MA)  --  Ten people have been arrested in connection to an alleged drug-trafficking operation in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  The Bristol County Mass District Attorney's Office says search warrants were executed last Friday in New Bedford and Providence.  The alleged traffickers allegedly distributed large quantities of fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana and opioid pills.  The prosecutor's office dubbed this the "Geraldo Rivera Drug Trafficking Organization" named for the lead defendant.

>>Message In A Bottle Found

(Undated)  --  A message in a bottle written by someone in Rhode Island was found in Portugal's Azores [[ AE-zorz ]] Islands earlier this month.  The Boston Globe reports 17-year-old Christian Santos, a former Boston resident, found the note in a plastic bottle while he was spear-fishing and also apparently on environmental cleanup duty.  The note read: "It is Thanksgiving. I am 13 and visiting family in Rhode Island.  I am from Vermont", followed by an email address which appeared to indicate the note was written in 2018.  Santos has tried to contact the message-sender, but no success so far.

>>Patriots Mini-Camp Report

(Foxboro, MA)  --  There are plenty of storylines to follow as the New England Patriots opened mini-camp this week.  All eyes are on first-round draft pick, quarterback Mac Jones who has earned initial rave reviews.  Linebacker Dont'a [[ DON-tay ]] Hightower has returned after opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID concerns.  There is also attention on another key defensive player who did not report to the mandatory mini-camp: cornerback Stephon Gilmore.  An ESPN report suggests the move is contract-related.

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>>Doctor Cited For Allegedly Exposing Workers To COVID

(North Providence, RI)  --  A Rhode Island doctor is being cited by federal agency OSHA for failing to protect workers from COVID.  Anthony Farina allegedly exposed employees to the virus at multiple practices in North Providence and West Greenwich.  OSHA has proposed a fine of approximately 136-thousand dollars.  This was the same complaint lodged by the state of Rhode Island earlier this year which led to Farina's license being temporarily suspended.  And you may recall in 2018, Farina commissioned an artist to create a mural of North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi sitting on a toilet wearing a crown on his head.  The mural went on a former Farina medical office that the city had ordered to be demolished.

>>Doris Duke Mansion No Longer Refers To 1966 Death As Accident

(Newport, RI)  --  An exhibit at the Newport mansion of famous billionaire Doris Duke has been changed to reflect updated information about a death incident at the estate.  According to a report from The Newport Daily News, the title of the exhibit about the 1966 death of Eduardo Tirella, Duke's interior designer, was changed from "The Accident at the Rough Point Gate" to "The Incident at the Rough Point Gate" based on findings from a book last year which present evidence of an intentional murder.  Tirella was run over by a car driven by Duke, but the death was ruled accidental at the time.  The mansion is operated by the Newport Restoration Foundation, which acted on a letter sent by a relative of Tirella's.

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