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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The mayor of Providence commented Monday on this past weekend's gun violence.  Prosecutors in Massachusetts get an extension in the case against the Rhode Island-based Rise of the Moors militia group.  COVID modifications are in place at Gillette Stadium as Patriots fans make their return.

>>Hot Weather Stretch Upcoming

(Undated)  --  The National Weather Service says Southern New England can expect a return of hot summer weather Wednesday through Friday.  The weather service says the heat index will surpass one-hundred degrees during the three-day stretch.  A temperature drop-down is predicted this weekend.

>>Providence Mayor Calls Violence Inexcusable, But Says City Safer Than Previously

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said Monday he understood why people are concerned about the late-summertime crime wave impacting the capital city.  In a statement about a fatal nightclub shooting and a separate non-fatal triple-shooting over the weekend, Elorza called the violence inexcusable.  But the mayor also told reporters yesterday that the city is safer than it was decades ago.  Providence Police Major David Lapatin [[ luh-PAY-tin ]] said a current problem is illegal guns and that authorities have already seized more firearms in 2021 then they get for an entire average year.  Monday night, the latest incident reported in the Providence crime wave was a stabbing of a man who was walking on Cranston Street.  The Providence City Council is holding an emergency meeting tonight.

>>Extension Granted To Prosecutors In Rise Of Moors Case

(Medford, MA)  --  A Massachusetts judge is allowing for a prosecutor's request to have additional time in the case against the Rhode Island-based Rise of the Moors, the group arrested after a police standoff in the Bay State.  The Middlesex District Attorney's Office said Monday it needed more time to process evidence, according to a report from The Providence Journal.  A large number of firearms were seized from the Moors, a self-described militia group which was involved in the standoff with police on I-95 in Wakefield, Mass on the Fourth of July weekend.

>>Skilled Nursing Facilities Denied Admission To Patients Using Opioid Disorder Medication

(Providence, RI)  --  The U.S. government is announcing an agreement with a group of skilled nursing facilities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to resolve alleged denial of admission to prospective residents.  The Justice Department says the dozen facilities operated by Genesis HealthCare violated several federal laws when they issued the rejections because the patients were taking FDA-approved medical treatment for opioid use disorder.  Pennsylvania-based Genesis will adopt a non-discrimination policy as part of the agreement.

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>>Brown Sued Over Alleged Improper Management Of Sexual Misconduct Cases

(Providence, RI)  --  Brown University students are suing the school.  The federal class-action lawsuit by four female students alleges the Ivy League institution has failed to protect women from sexual violence and has actively discouraged reporting of incidents.  All of the school's women from the class of 2018 to the current graduating year are eligible.  Brown has released a statement disputing the lawsuit's claims.

>>Patriots Fans Notified Of Stadium Changes Ahead Of Preseason Opener

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The New England Patriots are set to welcome back fans to Gillette Stadium this week for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.  The Pats are hosting the Washington Football Club on Thursday night.  Gillette has undergone several pandemic safety modifications, including tickets only being accessible via smartphone and no cash sales.  The policy also indicates COVID-19 vaccinations will not be required for entry into the stadium, but ticketholders must agree to not attend if they have recently tested positive or been exposed.  Unvaccinated fans are being asked mask up.

Jim McCabe/djc           RI) MA) PA)
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