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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Military medical teams are in place at several short-staffed hospitals in Rhode Island.  Another Republican candidate has declared for the Rhode Island 2nd Congressional District race.  Tom Brady is denied another chance to win back-to-back Super Bowls. 

>>FEMA Teams Helping With Staffing At RI Hospitals 

(Providence, RI)  --  A military team of doctors, nurses and other personnel is now in place at Rhode Island Hospital.  Governor Dan McKee requested the federal help to alleviate staffing shortages at the state's largest hospital, located in Providence.  The team of nearly two-dozen arrived on Friday and is expected to be here for at least a month.  A smaller unit was also deployed to Kent Hospital in Warwick.  Governor McKee has also signed an executive order that delays the start of a new state law imposing minimum staffing requirements at nursing homes. 

>>State Senator De La Cruz Running For Congress

(North Smithfield, RI)  --  A Rhode Island state senator is running for a Congressional seat which just became available.  WJAR-TV reports Republican Jessica de la Cruz is running in the 2nd District after incumbent Democrat Jim Langevin [[ LAN-juh-vin ]] announced last week he was not running for re-election.  The GOP field also includes former state rep Robert Lancia [[ LAN-see-uh ]].  The 2nd District covers southern and western Rhode Island. 

>>Homeless Encampment Cleared Out In Providence

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence police officers and other city workers disbanded a homeless encampment on Friday.  The Providence Journal reported the camp where about ten people were staying was on a spot of land near Randall Square.  A spokesperson for the Providence Department of Public Safety said it was dangerous for the occupants to stay there because of the drop in temperatures.  The police reportedly worked with social service agencies on temporary shelter options.

>>Hells Angels Leader Gets Jail Time For Shooting 

(Providence, RI)  --  The president of the Rhode Island chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club is going to prison.  Joseph Lancia was sentenced on Friday to five years in the ACI with ten years suspended with probation.  Lancia pleaded no contest to state charges of felony assault and carrying a gun without a license.  Lancia allegedly fired a gunshot at a former prospective club member outside the Hells Angels clubhouse in Providence in 2019. 

>>Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Bucs Bounced From NFL Playoffs

(Tampa, FL)  --  There will be no repeat Super Bowl title for ex-New England Patriot Tom Brady.  He engineered a signature comeback effort for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their second-round NFL playoff match versus the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but the Rams won 30-to-27.  The 44-year-old Brady, who was the last quarterback to win back-to-back Super Bowls when he was with New England, was asked after yesterday's game if he plans to come back next season, and he would not commit to a decision.  The Rams face another former Patriots quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, and the San Francisco 49ers in the conference championship game. 

>>Friars Basketball Off To 16-2 Start 

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence College men's basketball is off to its best start in decades.  The Friars beat Butler at the Dunk on Sunday, 69-to-62.  PC improved to 16-and-2 overall for the first time since the 1977-78 season.  The Friars play next at Xaiver on Wednesday night.

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