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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: National Grid is close to getting power back to almost all Rhode Islanders who lost it during this week's storm.  Several teachers in one Rhode Island school district could lose their jobs for not getting vaccinated against COVID.  A controversial street project is celebrated in Providence.

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>>National Grid Outages In RI Under 2K

(Undated)  --  National Grid has the number of Rhode Island customers who lost power from this week's nor'easter down to about 15-hundred as of overnight Friday.  Nearly one-hundred thousand did not have electricity at the height of the storm.  The Providence Journal reports a spokesman for National Grid said the vast majority of those still impacted should have service restored by Friday night, but for some customers, it could still be days before they get power back.

>>Barrington Teachers Face Firing Over Refusal To Get COVID Vaccine

(Barrington, RI)  --  Three teachers in the Barrington School District are facing the loss of their jobs because they are refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  The teachers, who are citing religious objections, appeared before the Barrington School Committee on Thursday.  The deadline is November 1st.  After that, the district plans to place the teachers on unpaid leave, and fully-terminate them if they don't get vaccinated by the end of the year.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,878

(Providence, RI)  --  One new coronavirus death was reported in Rhode Island on Thursday.  The pandemic death toll in the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-878.  The number of new virus cases reported in RI yesterday was two-hundred-six.

>>Patriots At Chargers Sunday 

(Inglewood, CA)  --  The New England Patriots are on the road this weekend.  They've got a Sunday afternoon game at the Los Angeles Chargers.  Kickoff from SoFi [[ sophie ]] Stadium in Inglewood, California is 4:05 p.m. Eastern time.  The 3-and-4 Patriots are one game back of Buffalo for first place in the AFC East Division.

>>Providence Mayor Celebrates Controversial Street Project 

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza participated in a ribbon-cutting for a controversial road upgrade project on Thursday.  Part of the Elorza administration's "Great Streets Initiative", the project on South Water Street widened bicycle traffic while reducing motor vehicles on the one-way street to a single lane.  Businesses in the Jewelry District voiced their concerns about the new logistics, and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation put up a brief fight against the project.  Elorza yesterday touted support from bike-riding advocates and said the enhancements will benefit everyone.

>>Big Blue Bug Gets Temporary Makeover 

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island's famous Big Blue Bug is now the Big Green Bug.  The business behind the mascot that looms over I-95 which once appeared in the movie Dumb and Dumber, says the change is temporary.  The bug was made to look like the Incredible Hulk to celebrate Halloween and Rhode Island Comic Con.  The pest control service is promising an upcoming special appearance from Lou Ferrigno [[ fur-IGG-no ]], the actor who played the Hulk in the TV series from the 70's and 80's.

Jim McCabe/jb         RI) 
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10-29-2021 01:39:08



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