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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A grand jury is not charging Providence police officers in an excessive force case.  The public's help is being sought in the investigation of fires that tore up two Rhode Island lawyer offices.  RI-based Ocean State Job Lot has collected plenty of supplies to support Ukraine.

>>Grand Jury Wont Charge Providence Officers Who Were Suspended

(Providence, RI)  --  A Providence County grand jury has declined to charge a Providence police officer who was reportedly seen on video spitting at a suspect.  Authorities arrested three teenagers who allegedly terrorized the city in a BMW with BB guns last July.  Officer Domingo Diaz had faced the possibility of a simple assault charge.  But neither he nor a second cop who was suspended, Mitchel Voyer, will face charges for roughing up the teens during the arrest.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare [[ parry ]] called the body-camera images they saw from the night of the incident appalling.  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office notes two experts did not reach an agreement on whether excessive force was used.

>>Public Defender Who Represented Marathon, Shoe Bombers Retiring

(Boston, MA)  --  Wednesday is the last formal day of work for the longtime federal public defender covering the states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  The United States Courts for the First Circuit announced the pending departure of Miriam Conrad last summer.  Conrad represented several high-profile defendants, including Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev [[ joh-HAHR zar-NYE-ev ]] and Richard Reid, the man convicted of a plot to set off a bomb in his shoes on an airplane in 2001.

>>Investigators Ask Public For Assistance In Attorney Office Fires

(Undated)  --  The public is being asked to help investigations into fires at two Rhode Island law offices.  A fire last May on the 11th destroyed the Warwick office of Rhode Island House Speaker Joe Shekarchi, while another blaze torched the Conti Law Office in North Providence last July 20th.  Anyone who has images or videos from the nights of the fires should contact the Rhode Island Fire Marshal's Office.

>>UnitedHealthCare Fined For Denying Coverage

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner is fining UnitedHealthCare one-hundred-thousand dollars.  The Boston Globe reports the fine is due to United allegedly not following state law in making coverage decisions for treatments including drug rehab and detox.  UnitedHealthCare is not admitting wrongdoing, but the Globe reports the health insurer will have to submit a corrective action plan and address the 67 previous cases where the state determined the guidelines they used to deny coverage or reimbursement were faulty.  The time frame was between 2015 and 2018.

>>No Action From Barrington School Board On New Honors Plan

(Barrington, RI)  --  The Barrington School Committee did not take a vote Wednesday night on a proposed plan to bring back some level of high school honors program.  The school district angered students and parents by announcing that English and social studies honors classes will be dropped next school year.  Barrington High School principal Joseph Hurley said last night the proposal calls for quote-unquote "honors distinction" classes in the two subjects.

>>Ocean State Job Lot Collects Supplies For Ukraine

(North Kingstown, RI)  --  North Kingstown-based Ocean State Job Lot says it has collected six trailer loads of supplies to donate to Ukraine, according to MassLive.com.  The discount retailer is transporting the supplies overseas to Poland, where they will be distributed further on.  Ocean State Job Lot organized a relief effort across its nearly one-hundred-fifty stores in the Northeast.

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