(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Police in Providence are continuing their search for four suspects who were involved in a home invasion. A Cumberland man has been sentenced to spend the next 10 years in federal prison for his role in drug trafficking. The Providence Fire Academy is now accepting applications as the city looks to boost its number of firefighters.
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>>Providence Police Continuing Search For Four Suspects Involved In Home Invasion
(Providence, RI) -- Police in Providence are continuing their search for four suspects who were involved in a home invasion. According to WJAR-TV, the individuals entered a home on Cambridge Street last night and stole several items before leaving the scene. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported. Anyone with information on this case can give police a call at 401-272-3121.
>>Cumberland Man Sentenced To Spend 10 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking
(Cumberland, RI) -- A Cumberland man has been sentenced to spend the next 10 years in federal prison for his role in drug trafficking. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Dylan Rodas was involved in the packaging and storage of drugs, and he also revealed where he kept other substances and weapons. As a result of their investigation, federal agents seized more than 600-thousand meth-laced pills that were made to look like ADHD medication. Once he's out of prison, Rodas will be on supervised release for five years.
>>Newport Police Chief Gary Silva Retiring Today After 40 Years On The Force
(Newport, RI) -- Newport Police Chief Gary Silva is going to be spending his final day on the job today. Silva said earlier this month that he was retiring from the department after 40 years on the force. Captain Ryan Duffy will be serving the as interim chief until a permanent replacement is named. There is no word yet on just how long that hiring process is going to take.
>>Providence Fire Academy Now Accepting Applications As City Looks To Hire More Firefighters
(Providence, RI) -- The Providence Fire Academy is now accepting applications as the city looks to boost its number of firefighters. In order to be considered, individuals must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and have a valid driver's license. They'd also need to be able to pass both a written test and a physical ability test before their careers can begin. Applications are available online and must be filled out by March 31st.
>>Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Now Sitting At Combined $245 Million
(Undated) -- The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are on the rise again and are now sitting at a combined 245-million-dollars. The jackpot up for grabs in tonight's Mega Millions drawing is 126-million-dollars. And whoever chooses the winning numbers for Powerball tomorrow night will add at least 119-million bucks to their bank account. The cost of a ticket for each game is just two dollars. Both drawings will be streamed live online.
Black bears were once common in Rhode Island but vanished around the year 1800. With the emergence of modern wildlife management practices and philosophies in the early 1900’s, bears and many other species of wildlife were afforded protections under federal and state laws. As farms in the Northeast were abandoned, regeneration of forests created more suitable habitat, allowing black bear populations to recover in recent decades. While still rare, each year we hear of a bear sighting or two!
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: The Rhode Island Attorney General has determined several Providence police officers used necessary force on a man who died in 2021. A homicide is being investigated in Little Compton. Another Warwick school official is facing a drunk-driving charge.
>>No Providence Police Wrongdoing Determined After In-Custody Death
(Providence, RI) -- The Rhode Island Attorney General's office has cleared the Providence Police Department for the death of an individual in custody. Five officers responded to a disturbance in a park on Collyer Street on May 7th, 2021. They encountered Joseph Ventre of Warwick, who was seen on body cameras tossing and turning on the ground. The police attempted to place handcuffs on Ventre after rescue crews arrived for everyone's safety. The 34-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital. The Providence Journal reports the state Medical Examiner's office determined Ventre's passing was the result of the toxic effects of methamphetamine and methadone.
>>East Bay Homicide Case Opened
(Little Compton, RI) -- A man's death in Little Compton last fall has turned into a homicide investigation. WPRI-TV reports an autopsy determined that 47-year-old Steven Velozo died from "mechanical asphyxia". The incident happened on Pottersville Road in October. The state Attorney General's Office says it is working with the Little Compton Police Department.
>>Toll Gate HS Vice Principal Charged With DUI
(Warwick, RI) -- Another Warwick school official is facing a DUI charge. WJAR-TV reports Toll Gate High School vice principal Todd Grimes was arrested in the town of Westerly on February 2nd. The Warwick superintendent told Channel 10 Grimes still holds the vice principal position, but they would not comment further. Warwick School Committee member Karen Bachus was also arrested for alleged drunk driving in Warwick last weekend. She has since issued a public apology.
>>Army Corps Studying Fox Point Hurricane Barrier
(Providence, RI) -- The Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in Providence is getting a review. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been provided one-million dollars in federal funding to evaluate the current condition of the 57-year-old barrier which spans the Providence River. The money was secured by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who says the assessment is necessary because of worsening climate threats.
>>Rhode Island Gas Price Average: $3.26
(Undated) -- The Rhode Island gas price average has fallen to about three-and-a-quarter. According to Rhode-Island-Gas-Prices-dot-com, the current average in the Ocean State is three dollars, 26 cents, which is a dime less than the price from one month ago. The national average is currently three dollars, 37 cents.
>>Friars Lose To Huskies, Rams Beaten By Colonials
(Undated) -- In men's college basketball, Providence lost to UConn on the road Wednesday, 87-to-69. The Rhode Island Rams fell to George Washington at home last night, 89-to-80. Next up: PC goes to Georgetown on Sunday, and URI visits Fordham Saturday.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Cicilline will leave Congress on June 1st. Poker returns to Bally's Twin River this week. A Pawtucket man reported missing has been found.
>>Cicilline Will Leave Congress June First
(Undated) -- Congressman David Cicilline will leave office on June 1st. He will become the president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, which funds nonprofit organizations. Re-elected for a seventh term last November, Cicilline describes serving the people of the First District as the honor of his lifetime. The secretary of state's office says a special election will be held to fill the seat.
>>Poker Returns To Bally's Twin River Thursday
(Lincoln, MA) -- Poker returns to Bally's Twin River Lincoln this Thursday. The casino says the poker room will be open on a limited basis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until more dealers and staff are hired. Poker was suspended three years ago because of the pandemic.
>>Pawtucket Man Reported Missing Has Been Found
(Pawtucket, RI) -- A 71-year-old Pawtucket man with dementia who was reported missing yesterday has been found. Police said Joao [[ jow ]] Silva was located this morning on the banks of the river behind the former Apex store on Main Street. He was taken to a hospital for treatment due to exposure to the weather.
>>Providence Man Sentenced To Life In Prison
(Providence, RI) -- A convicted killer has been sentenced to life in prison. Forty-two-year-old Leron Porter was found guilty by a jury in October for the 2011 shooting death of 17-year-old Tiphany Tallo in Providence. Prosecutors said she was fatally wounded during a violent brawl involving the families of both Porter and Tallo. Attorney General Peter Neronha said the defendant deserves every minute of the sentence imposed.
>>Guns N' Roses At Fenway Park In August
(Boston, MA) -- Guns N' Roses will be at Fenway Park for one night in August. The legendary band's Boston visit is Monday, August 21st. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. More information is available at mlb.com/redsox/tickets/concerts/guns-n-roses [[ mlb-dot-com-slash-red-sox--slash-tickets-slash-concerts-slash-guns-n-roses ]].
In the late 1800s, Central Falls, known as The Little City was a large producer of many different items such as brooms, aprons, art goods, badges, soda bottles, candy, stationery, tools, braid & hosiery, lace, webbing, belting, spools, rayon, mill supplies, monuments and knitting machines. The most important industries were Wheaterhead & Thompson Tannery Firm, E.L. Freeman Co., Conant's Mill (later known as Coats Thread Mills; Pawtucket Hair Cloth Co. and National Haircloth, and its largest employer - The Weyboset Textile Mill.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Rhode Islanders are remembering when Jimmy Carter visited the state. Those affected by the Station nightclub fire are observing the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. Governor McKee has submitted a nomination to the Rhode Island legislature for a new public defender.
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>>Some Snow Tuesday Morning, Bigger Mid-Week Storm Still Being Tracked
(Undated) -- The National Weather Service says northwest Providence County is expected to receive minor snow accumulations on Tuesday morning. Untreated roads and bridges could potentially become slick heading into the morning commute. A more significant winter storm is forecast to impact Southern New England Wednesday to Thursday.
>>Recalling Jimmy Carter's Rhode Island Visits
(Providence, RI) -- Rhode Islanders are remembering when Jimmy Carter visited the Ocean State following the news that the former president has entered hospice care. Carter was at the Providence Civic Center in 1975 as the Democratic nominee. He introduced the Allman Brothers Band, who played a fundraiser concert for his campaign. Carter also met with Governor Joe Garrahy after flying into T.F. Green Airport while he was president in 1979.
>>Twentieth Anniversary Of Station Club Fire Observed At Memorial
(West Warwick, RI) -- People gathered at the grounds of the former Station nightclub in West Warwick on Monday to observe the 20th anniversary of one of the worst fires in U.S. history. Gina Russo, who was at the concert, barely escaped but her fiance was one of the hundred who died. Russo leads the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, which oversees the memorial that opened in 2017. She tells The Boston Globe the transformation of the site has helped to bring peace to those who knew the victims.
>>RI Fire Laws Upgraded After Station Tragedy
(Providence, RI) -- The Station nightclub fire prompted serious changes in Rhode Island regulations. They included mandatory sprinkler systems in clubs holding over one-hundred-fifty people, a ban on pyrotechnics except for the largest venues, and no more "grandfathering" allowances for businesses in older buildings. Rhode Island Fire Marshal Tim McLaughlin says the new laws enacted after the 2003 tragedy made Rhode Island possibly the state with the most-strict fire code in the country.
>>Braga Bridge Closed For Crash
(Fall River, MA) -- Traffic was shut down for several hours on the Braga Bridge between Somerset and Fall River, Massachusetts Monday night. WPRI-TV reports State Police responded to a five-car crash on Route 195 west at around 7:30 p.m. Multiple people were hospitalized. Their conditions were not immediately disclosed.
>>Governor Nominates New Public Defender
(Providence, RI) -- Governor Dan McKee has nominated a new Rhode Island Public Defender. McKee has nominated Collin Geiselman, who has served as Assistant Public Defender since 2003. The appointment has been submitted to the state Senate for advice and consent. If approved, Geiselman will replace Lara Montecalvo, who was approved for a seat on the federal appeals court last September.
Brown University's charter was approved by the Rhode Island legislature in the Spring of 1764. The new “Rhode Island College” was the third college in New England and only the seventh in America. In keeping with the spirit of religious freedom brought to the colony by Roger Williams, the document, drafted by Ezra Stiles, stated: “That into this liberal and catholic institution shall never be admitted any religious tests; but, on the contrary, all the members hereof shall forever enjoy full, free, absolute, and uninterrupted liberty of conscience.” (Brown University)
Undated) -- Here is the latest news: The National Weather Service is tracking a mid-week winter storm for Southern New England. A church service is held for the 20th anniversary of the Station nightclub fire. A Providence man is sentenced a second time to life in prison for murder.
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>>Mid-Week Storm Predicted
(Undated) -- The National Weather Service is forecasting a winter storm for Southern New England this week. The storm is predicted to impact the region Wednesday night and Thursday. The weather service says there will be a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Accumulation totals are uncertain at this time.
>>Mass Held For Station Nightclub Tragedy
(Warwick, RI) -- Monday is the 20th anniversary of the Station nightclub fire. The West Warwick club was hosting a concert by the band Great White when the use of pyrotechnics sparked the blaze in 2003. There were one-hundred deaths and two-hundred-30 injuries. A Mass of Remembrance was held at Saint Kevin Roman Catholic Parish in Warwick on Sunday for the survivors, the victims and their families, as well as the first-responders.
>>Providence Man Sentenced A Second Time For Murder
(Providence, RI) -- A Providence man who was found guilty twice for the same murder has been sentenced. Leron Porter was convicted of the killing of 17-year-old Tiphany Tallo in 2011. Tallo was shot during a violent confrontation on Federal Hill. Porter, now 42 years old, has once again been sentenced to life in prison. A federal appeals court vacated the previous conviction when it was determined that a prosecutor for the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office improperly used race as a factor for excluding the only potential black juror.
>>DOJ: Drugs Sent To New England Hidden In Toys
(Boston, MA) -- Two Rhode Islanders have been federally indicted in a nationwide drug conspiracy. Denise Guyette of Woonsocket and Nathan Boddie of Pawtucket allegedly used the U.S. mail system to send drugs from Arizona to Massachusetts. The Justice Department says they would often hide packages inside children's items like toy trucks, Halloween decorations and Disney items. Between May and October of 2022, investigators seized about two pounds of meth and thousands of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl.
>>Providence Restaurant Closes
(Providence, RI) -- A Providence restaurant is closing. Ganko Ittetsu Ramen [[ GONE-coe it-TET-soo RAHM-in ]] opened on Thayer Street five years ago. There is also a Ganko Ittetsu in Brookline, Massachusetts, which will remain open.
>>Providence Bruins Split With Springfield, Lose To Hartford In OT
(Providence, RI) -- The Providence Bruins picked up three points this weekend. Providence split with the Springfield Thunderbirds at Amica Mutual Pavilion, winning 6-to-2 on Friday and losing 3-to-2 on Sunday. In between, the P-Bruins lost on the road versus the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, 3-to-2 in overtime.
The gateway arch over Atwells Avenue near Downtown is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Providence. The La Pigna (or The Pine Cone) sculpture hanging from its center — a traditional Italian symbol of welcome, abundance, and quality — is often mistakenly referred to as "The Pineapple" and has become the symbol of Federal Hill. The archway was designed by Albert Veri Associates and installed as a part of the area’s refurbishing during the first term of Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr, the city’s first Italian- American Mayor.
The National Museum of Illustration, in Newport, RI, is listed as the 6th best museum for American art by Lonely Planet. Housed in a Gilded Age mansion, Vernon Court, an adaptation of an early 18th century French chateau, it contains works created for newspapers, magazines, and advertisements by 20th century illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and JC Leyendecker. A collection of American art once found by the average person owning copies of the Saturday Evening Post, it is set to open soon, after a thorough renovation.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A woman killed in a crash in Cumberland has been identified. Students at a school in Pawtucket are continuing remote learning after a burst pipe flooded classrooms. Newport's longtime police chief is retiring.
>>One Person ID'd In Double-Fatal Crash In Northern Rhode Island
(Cumberland, RI) -- Police have identified one of two victims in a two-vehicle crash in Cumberland. The crash happened on Pine Swamp Road at around 1 p.m. Monday. The Cumberland Police Department says one of the drivers who was killed was 25-year-old Sara Laboissonniere [[ luh-BOISE-uh-NEER ]] of Cumberland. Authorities say the other motorist, who was not identified on Tuesday, had just fled the scene of another accident.
>>Brown Grad On Forbes '30 Under 30' List Dies After Marathon
(Providence, RI) -- The Boston Globe reports Pierre Lipton, a Brown University graduate who was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2022, has died. Lipton was running a marathon in Mesa, Arizona on February 4th when he collapsed. The resident of Providence was 26 years old.
>>Virtual Learning Continuing At Flooded Pawtucket School
(Pawtucket, RI) -- Remote learning is continuing at Henry Winters Elementary School in Pawtucket. The school on Broadway was flooded by a burst pipe during the New England polar plunge on the first weekend of February. The superintendent says the apparent cause was a heating coil failure. WPRI-TV reports the distance-learning is scheduled to last through the upcoming winter vacation as cleanup continues.
>>Newport Police Chief Retiring
(Newport, RI) -- Newport chief of police Gary Silva is retiring. Silva has led the department for the last twelve years and has served in Newport for the past four decades. His last day as police chief will be on February 24th. City manager Joseph Nicholson said Silva helped make Newport one of the safest and most desirable places to live on the East Coast.
>>North Kingstown Cops Investigating Explosions
(North Kingstown, RI) -- The North Kingstown Police Department said on Tuesday it was investigating reports of explosions. They were reportedly taking place in the area of Stony Lane and Old Baptist Road. The North Kingstown PD says they are also aware of similar reports in neighboring towns.
>>RI Secretary Of State Announces Purging Of 60K Inactive Voters
(Providence, RI) -- Rhode Island Secretary of State Gregg Amore [[ uh-MORE-ay ]] says the State Department has removed over sixty-thousand inactive voter registrations from the state's voter list. A voter's registration is deemed inactive when official election material is returned by the Post Office because it could not be delivered. According to Amore's office, there was an increase in "undeliverable" addresses due to a pandemic-era measure to automatically send out mail-ballot applications. He says the maintenance is an essential part of election integrity.
>>Providence Beats Creighton In Double OT
(Providence, RI) -- Providence College men's basketball notched a big win in the Big East Conference Wednesday night. The Friars beat Creighton University in double overtime, 94-to-86 at Amica Mutual Pavilion. PC is one game back of first place in the Big East with five regular-season games remaining before the conference tournament. Providence hosts Villanova next on Saturday.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Two men have been sentenced for a murder in Providence. The Rhode Island capital city has a new fire chief for the first time in nearly a decade. It's "last call" at The Malted Barley in Westerly.
>>Two Sentenced For Providence Murder
(Providence, RI) -- Two Providence men have been sentenced for a 2018 homicide. Jaythan Hang and Chandanoeuth [[ shan-duh-noe-ith ]] Hay were sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and other charge on Monday. Hang and Hay committed a gang-related drive-by shooting which killed city resident David Page outside a home on Lowell Avenue. The victim was described by prosecutors as being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
>>New Providence Fire Chief
(Providence, RI) -- The new Providence fire chief was sworn in on Monday. Derek Silva, a 16-year veteran of the department, was promoted to take over a position that has been vacant since 2015. Silva said yesterday he wants to move the Providence Fire Department into a new era through the use of technology.
>>The Malted Barley In Westerly Is Closing
(Westerly, RI) -- A popular Rhode Island pub is closing. The Malted Barley in Westerly, which is known for its gourmet pretzels and craft beer, says its last day of operation will be on March 2nd. In a statement, the owners said, quote, "the burden of liability has taken its toll on us", and "it's time for a new chapter". Longtime customers credit the Barley with reinvigorating the downtown Westerly dining scene since its opening in 2011. Multiple reports indicate The Malted Barley in Providence will stay in business.
>>Portsmouth Hockey Team Disciplined
(Portsmouth, RI) -- The Portsmouth High School boys' hockey team is forfeiting two games after an incident. Players were reportedly seen on social media drinking alcohol in their locker room after a recent game. The Portsmouth superintendent says those who were involved were also ordered to receive substance abuse counseling or education.
>>URI Men's Basketball Player Dismissed
(South Kingstown, RI) -- A member of the University of Rhode Island men's basketball team has been dismissed. The Providence Journal reports head coach Archie Miller confirmed the roster removal of Brayon Freeman, a sophomore guard, but he did not offer details about why the action was taken. Freeman, who began his career with George Washington University, is expected to enter the transfer portal for a second time. He averaged over 14 points per game for the Rams this season. URI is home against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday.
>>New Contract For DHL Drivers In Pawtucket Despite Pending Closure
(Pawtucket, RI) -- Teamster members of Northeast Transportation Services in Pawtucket voted to approve a new contract last week. The company is a third-party contractor for DHL Express drivers. The union demanded that collective bargaining continue despite Northeast's announcement that the distribution center on Concord Street will close on March 25th. The drivers were on strike for nearly seven months.
>>Cease-And-Desist Order Lifted For Exeter Greenhouse
(Exeter, RI) -- A cease-and-desist order against the construction of a greenhouse in Exeter has been lifted. The Schartner family, which was having the greenhouse built to grow tomatoes, argued it was exempt from a local zoning review, but a Superior Court judge sided with the town last summer. The Providence Journal reports the order halting the project was lifted last week on the condition that Schartner gets approval from the Exeter planning and zoning boards.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: The Rhode Island-produced Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded after an exciting Super Bowl in Arizona. Police are investigating a deadly shooting in Providence. Governor Dan McKee is nominating replacements for six vacant judge seats in the Rhode Island court system.
>>Chiefs Beat Eagles In Super Bowl, Win RI-Produced Trophy
(Cumberland, RI) -- Another Super Bowl trophy produced in Rhode Island has been awarded. The Vince Lombardi Trophy has been made by Tiffany and Company at its workshop in Cumberland since 2017. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 57 Sunday night, 38-to-35.
>>Fatal Crash On U.S. 6
(Johnston, RI) -- A Massachusetts man has been killed in a crash in Johnston. Police say Jimmie Pemberton of Fall River was driving a BMW on Route 6 Saturday night and was taking the off-ramp when he apparently lost control and rolled down an embankment. Pemberton was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected, pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger was hospitalized in critical condition.
>>Deadly Shooting In Providence
(Providence, RI) -- A man was fatally shot in Providence on Sunday. Police responded to a house on Burnside Street for a report of shots fired at around 6 a.m. According to WJAR-TV, the victim was identified by his family as 25-year-old Ivan Encarnacion. One person has been taken into custody, but was not immediately identified by authorities.
>>CVS Store Robbed
(Pawtucket, RI) -- A robbery is under investigation at a Rhode Island CVS store. The incident reportedly happened at the Pawtucket 24-hour store on Newport Avenue at around 3 a.m. Friday. This is the same location which was recently damaged after a motor vehicle crashed into it. The Pawtucket Police Department described the suspect as a white man, about five-feet-ten wearing jeans, a sweatshirt, and a blue surgical face mask.
>>New Firefighter Training Center
(Smithfield, RI) -- A new firefighter training facility has opened in Smithfield. The training center, located near the Smithfield Fire Department, will serve eleven total departments in the northern part of the state. The cost was about one-hundred-thousand dollars, mostly paid for with federal funds. Senator Jack Reed toured the facility on Friday.
>>Governor Announces Nominations For Rhode Island Judicial Vacancies
(Providence, RI) -- Governor Dan McKee has announced his nominations for a half-dozen judge vacancies. McKee wants Christopher Smith, currently a District Court associate judge, to take over for Susan McGuirl on the Superior Court. Joseph McBurney, an assistant attorney general, would fill the seat of Netti Vogel. Judges McGuirl and Vogel retired after a combined five decades of hearing cases. The other vacancies are in District and Worker's Compensation courts. All of the nominees will go before the state Senate for approval.
We've had our share of rare birds in Rhode Island - a few years ago a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was seen in Galilee, a bird that breeds in Siberia and Australia. A Brown Booby – a bird from the Caribbean – was observed in Narragansett. A Steller’s Sea Eagle, a massive bird similar to our bald eagle, but much larger, with a white tail but no white head was here - all the way from Russia, Korea or Japan. In 1978 we even had a white pelican from the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes these birds escape from breeders or collectors - but we never know.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A rescue takes place near Beavertail Lighthouse. A Rhode Island man is hoping family members survived the devastating Turkey-Syria earthquake. Drunk-driving awareness is being raised ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.
>>Man Hospitalized After Fall On Rocks Near Beavertail Lighthouse
(Jamestown, RI) -- A man was hospitalized with serious injuries after falling down an embankment near the Beavertail Lighthouse Thursday night. The Jamestown Fire Department and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management took a boat out into the ocean to rescue the man in his 50s who was stuck on the rocks. A helicopter transported the victim to a hospital for treatment of injuries which included hypothermia. Beavertail State Park was temporarily closed during the rescue operation.
>>Rhode Islander Hoping Family Members Where Earthquake Struck Are OK
(North Providence, RI) -- A North Providence man who has family in the area of Turkey and Syria where a devastating earthquake happened this week is speaking out. Gokhan Vural [[ go-KAHN vur-RALL ]] tells WPRI-TV he is holding out hope of survival for his cousin, her husband and six-year-old son. As of Friday morning, the death toll from the quake has gone above 21-thousand. Vural says he is amazed to see how Rhode Islanders have come together and supported donations towards relief efforts.
>>Elevated Fire Weather Danger, Near-Record Temps Friday
(Undated) -- The National Weather Service says there is elevated fire weather danger in Rhode Island and Connecticut on Friday. A dry air mass combined with gusty winds will result in the heightened risk. One weekend after the region was frozen by the polar vortex, the weather service says Southern New England will experience near-record-high temperatures on Friday. It could reach the 60s today in Rhode Island.
>>Darrelle Revis Going To Hall Of Fame
(Foxboro, MA) -- Former New England Patriots Super Bowl winner Darrelle Revis has been selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Revis and the rest of the Class of 2023 will be honored during a ceremony in August in Canton, Ohio. The cornerback played one season for the Pats, culminating in a win over the Seahawks in the 2015 Super Bowl.
>>Drunk Driving Awareness Press Conference Held
(East Greenwich, RI) -- Ahead of the Big Game, police and other groups held a press conference at a bar on Thursday to urge people to avoid drunk driving. Triple-A Northeast says Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest drinking days of the year, which leads to an increase in drunk-driving incidents. The press conference at the Safehouse restaurant in East Greenwich was hosted by the Tori Lynn Andreozzi Foundation, named after a Narragansett woman who died last year after she was hit by a drunk driver in 2003.
>>Retired Middletown Police Chief Returning
(Middletown, RI) -- The Newport Daily News reports the Middletown Town Council is bringing back retired police chief Anthony Pesare [[ puh-SAR-ee ]]. This comes after police chief William Kewer informed the town last month he would not renew his contract after four years on the job. Pesare, who is starting on Monday, was the chief for 18 years before Kewer.
>>Bally's Restarts Poker
(Lincoln, RI) -- Bally's Twin River Casino in Lincoln is bringing back cash poker games. The coronavirus pandemic put the pause on poker. However, Bally's says it's coming back in a limited capacity starting on February 23rd. The casino adds they will continue working hard to get back to full operations as soon as staffing allows.
1920, 70% of Woonsocket’s population was of French and French Canadian descent. Many Woonsocket mill baseball teams produced great players, including Hall of Famer Napolean LaJoie.
Over the 20th century, Woonsocket’s six theaters–the Laurier, the Bijou, the Rialto, the Music Hall, the Park, and the Stadium–hosted a dazzling variety of acts, including vaudeville, Francophone performers, blockbuster film, live performance, and “eggrolls and jazz.” The city has a rich history as a prime destination for national and international performers. (Museum of Work & Culture)
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A Pawtucket school believed to have been damaged by last weekend's cold snap is staying closed this week. The McKee administration is focused on increasing housing in Rhode Island. Courts in the state are being directed to implement procedures for expunging marijuana-related criminal charges.
>>New Pawtucket School Closed For Rest Of The Week
(Pawtucket, RI) -- Students at Winters Elementary School in Pawtucket are set to continue remote learning for the rest of the week after a burst pipe caused flooding damage. Acting Superintendent Lisa Benedetti-Ramzi tells WPRI-TV last weekend's frigid temperatures may have been a factor, but engineers are still conducting assessments. Winters on Broadway was torn down and rebuilt for the 22-23 school year.
>>Laundromat Fire In Kent County
(West Warwick, RI) -- Firefighters responded to a West Warwick laundromat on Tuesday night. A dryer fire at "Tumbletown 2" on Main Street damaged a half-dozen machines, but not the building itself. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
>>McKee, New Housing Secretary Promote Agenda
(Providence, RI) -- Governor Dan McKee and his new housing secretary Stefan [[ STEFF-inn ]] Pryor met with residents on Tuesday at King Street Commons, a development in the Olneyville section of Providence which opened two years ago. Pryor, the former Rhode Island commerce secretary, was appointed to the new role after Josh Saal resigned last month. Saal was the state's first-ever housing secretary who was criticized for his handling of housing and homelessness issues. Pryor said yesterday that the Ocean State needs to increase its rate of home production at every income level.
>>Court Order For Marijuana Expungement
(Providence, RI) -- The chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court has issued an executive order directing judges in the state to implement procedures for expunging marijuana-related criminal charges. The order lays out court procedures for expunging from people's records misdemeanor and felony possession charges as well as civil violations. This stems from the law passed by Governor McKee last year which legalized recreational cannabis. Requests can be submitted in person or via email at any county Superior and District Court clerk's office, as well as the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.
>>Warwick Police Fully-Equipped With Body Cams
(Warwick, RI) -- The Warwick Police Department is turning on body cameras for its entire force. The new rule, which took effect on Monday, comes after the police department participated in a pilot program last year equipping twenty officers. The department purchased the Axon cameras with funding from the statewide body camera program which started in 2021.
>>Bruins Beat Phantoms, Comets
(Providence, RI) -- The Providence Bruins won both of their road games over the weekend. The P-Bruins defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday, 4-to-2, and the Utica Comets on Saturday 4-to-1. Next up, Providence has a home-and-home series versus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Penguins and B's skate at Amica Mutual Pavilion Friday at 7:05 p.m.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A former college student in Rhode Island has died in the war in Ukraine. Officials have handled a racial incident at a Rhode Island high school sporting event. A state lawmaker says he defended himself against an intruder at his house.
>>Former CCRI Student Killed In Ukraine
(Warwick, RI) -- The Community College of Rhode Island is mourning the loss of a former student who was killed in Ukraine. Former Marine Pete Reed, who was from New Jersey, died last Thursday while evacuating civilians in the eastern part of the country. His ambulance was hit by a missile and his wife says Reed, who did two tours of duty as a rifleman in Afghanistan, instinctively covered another rescue worker's body with his own. CCRI released a statement calling Reed a hero, and that the college will find a way to honor him.
>>Tiverton School District Bans Spectators After Incident At Basketball Game
(Tiverton, RI) -- Tiverton school officials have dealt with a racial incident. Students from Pawtucket Shea High School complained about racial slurs and taunts at a boy's basketball game hosted by Tiverton last Thursday. An investigation determined that a non-Tiverton student used slurs, and was permanently banned from attending games. It was confirmed that a second individual who was a Tiverton student used abusive language, but it was not racial in nature. They were temporarily banned. The Rhode Island Interscholastic League commended the schools for taking the matter seriously.
>>Weekend Arctic Freeze Causes Issues At Rhode Island Schools
(Undated) -- A number of Rhode Island schools were closed or went to remote learning on Monday after damage was done to the buildings from the weekend polar plunge. They included Bradley School North in Cumberland, the Gaudet schools in Middletown, Davisville Middle School in North Kingstown, Winters Elementary in Pawtucket and Smithfield High School. Plans to continue distance learning on Tuesday have been announced for Smithfield High and the Pawtucket Winters School.
>>State Senator Reportedly Fights Off Intruder
(Foster, RI) -- A Rhode Island state legislator says someone broke into his home last week. Senator Gordon Rogers of Foster told police he defended himself against a known acquaintance who tried to attack him. Authorities arrested Patrick Lucas of Foster for breaking-and-entering plus assault. The Providence Journal reports Lucas was treated at a hospital and released on bail Saturday on the condition of having no further contact. The Republican Rogers notes he has introduced bills every year to strengthen Rhode Island's "castle laws", which govern the use of force against an intruder.
>>Kwity Paye Invited To SOTU
(Washington, DC) -- Rhode Island Congressman Seth Magaziner has invited NFL player Kwity Paye to President Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday night. The defensive end who graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick has been with the Indianapolis Colts since 2021. Magaziner says Paye's journey from a refugee camp in the country of Guinea, to Section 8 housing in Rhode Island, to the NFL is emblematic of the American dream that he is fighting for in Washington. Paye was previously a guest of Governor Gina Raimondo during her State of the State speech in 2017.
>>Tom Brady Movie Does Well, His Sportscasting Job Starts Next Year
(Undated) -- New England Patriots legend Tom Brady is in movie theaters and will soon be announcing football games on TV. He produced the movie "80 For Brady" which was released on Friday and finished second place at the box office over the weekend. Meanwhile, it's being announced that Brady, who retired from playing last week, will begin his new job as a broadcaster for Fox Sports in the fall of 2024.
The Romans had a recipe for concrete to last forever - today we build for planned obsolescence
Our architecture writer, DAVID BRUSSAT captures research done at MIT into what was in the Romans' concrete that made it last - nearly - forever - while our buildings start crumbling almost immediately.
Newport, Rhode Island was founded in 1639 by religious dissidents who believed in the principle of soul liberty: the right of each person to their own religious beliefs. This sense of tolerance was more inclusive than was common anywhere else at the time and was codified in Rhode Island’s royal charter of 1662. Consequently, Newport was extremely religiously diverse, with over a dozen different congregations abiding together by the mid-18th century. (Newport Historical Society)
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Extreme cold temperatures caused problems in Southern New England this weekend. An investigation is taking place after the discovery of a body in a Rhode Island pond. An Ocean State native has achieved a rare accomplishment in showbusiness.
>>Windows Break At Providence Warming Center During Frigid Temperatures
(Providence, RI) -- A polar vortex gripping the region over the weekend penetrated the warming center at the Cranston Street Armory in Providence. High winds shattered several windows at the Armory Friday night, letting in single-digit temperatures. A spokesperson for Governor Dan McKee said a team including the emergency management director and the National Guard worked quickly to get the windows fixed.
>>Pipe Bursts At T.F. Green
(Warwick, RI) -- Cold weather caused issues at T.F. Green International Airport on Saturday. WJAR-TV reports some flights were delayed after a pipe burst and flooded in the arrivals area. The affected section of the airport was closed for the cleanup.
>>Plainridge Park Casino Evacuated
(Plainville, MA) -- Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts was evacuated on Saturday afternoon for a gas leak. The Mass State Police says the leak came from a rooftop unit and apparently involved a burst sprinkler pipe. The casino says there were no injuries.
>>Body Found In Northwest RI
(Burrillville, RI) -- A police investigation is underway after a body was pulled from a pond in Burrillville on Sunday. The female victim was reportedly discovered partially submerged in Little Round Top Pond at around 11 a.m. and was recovered by the Harrisville Fire Department. The body was taken by the Rhode Island Medical Examiner's Office.
>>Former Director At Trinity Rep Has Died
(Providence, RI) -- The founding artistic director of the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence has died. GoLocalProv.com reports Adrian Hall passed away at the age of 95. The death was announced on social media by a longtime friend. Hall was credited with putting Trinity Rep on the national map. He guided the theater to a Tony Award in 1981.
>>Viola Davis Joins EGOT Club
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Rhode Islander Viola Davis has accomplished the "grand slam" of entertainment. Davis has added a Grammy to her Emmy, Oscar and Tony awards. The Central Falls native won the Grammy on Sunday for best audio book, narration and storytelling recording for her memoir "Finding Me". Davis joins the exclusive "EGOT" Club which includes Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend, Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg.
>>RI Black And Latino Caucus Changes Name
(Providence, RI) -- The Rhode Island General Assembly's Black and Latino Caucus has changed its name. The new title is the Black, Latino, Indigenous, Asian-American and Pacific Islander Caucus. State Senator Jonathon Acosta and Representative Leonela Felix, the co-chairs of the caucus, say the name change reflects its evolving values and mission, and that they look forward to advocating for disenfranchised residents of the state.
The earliest snowfall to ever reach Rhode Island occurred on October 19, 1972 in Providence. Only 0.7 inches fell, but the amount was still considered measurable. The average date for a first snow in Providence, RI is December 1. In the last decade, the earliest snow in RI fell on October 30, 2020 and measured 1.6 inches.
>>STOCKS CLOSED MIXED AS MAJOR EARNINGS REPORTS SET TO RELEASE
(NEW YORK, NY) -- WALL STREET CLOSED THURSDAY WITH STOCKS MIXED. TOMORROW, THE LATEST JOBS REPORT WILL BE RELEASED AND EXPERTS EXPECT AROUND 187-THOUSAND JOBS TO HAVE BEEN ADDED LAST MONTH. AT THE CLOSING BELL, THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE LOST 39 POINTS TO 34-054. THE S&P 500 ROSE BY 61 POINTS TO 41-80. THE NASDAQ GAINED 385 POINTS TO 12-201.
>>STRONG JANUARY JOBS GROWTH EXPECTED
(WASHINGTON, DC) -- ECONOMISTS EXPECT TO SEE CONTINUED STRONG JOBS GROWTH IN JANUARY. THE LABOR DEPARTMENT WILL BE OUT WITH LAST MONTH'S JOBS AND UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES FRIDAY MORNING. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS EXPECTED TO RISE SLIGHTLY TO THREE-POINT-SIX PERCENT FROM DECEMBER'S 50-YEAR LOW OF THREE-POINT-FIVE PERCENT. THE EXPERTS PREDICT FURTHER SLOWING IN WAGE GROWTH, GIVING SOME COMFORT TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE IN ITS ONGOING FIGHT AGAINST INFLATION. THE NUMBERS ARE DUE AT 8:30 A.M. EASTERN TIME.
>>MCCARTHY REJECTS CLEAN DEBT CEILING INCREASE
(WASHINGTON, DC) -- HOUSE SPEAKER KEVIN MCCARTHY IS REJECTING DEMOCRATS' PUSH FOR A CLEAN DEBT CEILING INCREASE. WHILE SPEAKING TO REPORTERS, THE CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN SAID HE WON'T PASS AN INCREASE WITHOUT SPENDING REFORM. HE PLANS TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT BIDEN AGAIN TO FIND WAYS TO MAKE SPENDING CUTS. THE TWO MET FOR THE FIRST TIME ONE-ON-ONE AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON WEDNESDAY. BIDEN HAS CALLED ON CONGRESS TO INCREASE THE LIMIT WITHOUT CONDITIONS, WARNING OF A POTENTIAL DEFAULT.
>>OIL GIANT SHELL POSTS RECORD $39.9-BILLION PROFIT
(LONDON) -- OIL GIANT SHELL THURSDAY POSTED ITS HIGHEST-EVER ANNUAL PROFIT, JUST UNDER 40-BILLION DOLLARS FOR 2022. THAT'S MORE THAN DOUBLE THE COMPANY'S 2021 FULL-YEAR PROFIT OF LESS THAN 19-POINT-THREE BILLION. SHELL REPORTED ADJUSTED EARNINGS OF NINE-POINT-EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2022.
(WASHINGTON, DC) -- TICKETMASTER IS BEING WARNED BY ONE U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE AHEAD OF TICKETS FOR BEYONCE'S UPCOMING TOUR GOING ON SALE. IN A TWEET THURSDAY, THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SIMPLY SAID, "WE'RE WATCHING, TICKETMASTER." THE SENATE HELD A HEARING ON THE TICKETING INDUSTRY LAST MONTH FOLLOWING TICKETMASTER'S BOTCHED ON SALE FOR TAYLOR SWIFT'S TOUR. BEYONCE HAS ALREADY ADDED SEVEN ADDITIONAL DATES TO HER RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND. TICKETMASTER SAID THE NUMBER OF VERIFIED FAN REGISTRATIONS FOR THE FIRST WAVE OF CITIES GOING ON SALE -- WHICH INCLUDES LOS ANGLES, NEW YORK CITY, LAS VEGAS AND OTHERS -- ALREADY EXCEEDS THE NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE BY 800-PERCENT.
>>TICKET PRICES SURGE AS LEBRON NEARS RECORD
(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- BASKETBALL FANS WHO WANT TO SEE LEBRON JAMES MAKE NBA HISTORY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY UP BIG TIME. JAMES IS JUST 63 POINTS AWAY FROM BREAKING KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR'S ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD. PRICES FOR TICKETS FOR THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS' GAMES AGAINST OKLAHOMA CITY ON FEBRUARY 7TH AND MILWAUKEE ON FEBRUARY 9TH ARE SURGING. JUST TO GET INTO THE BUILDING FOR THE GAME AGAINST THE THUNDER WILL SET FANS BACK AT LEAST 350 DOLLARS, WHILE THE BUCKS GAME'S GET-IN PRICE IS ABOUT 550 BUCKS. FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE COURTSIDE TO POTENTIALLY WITNESS HISTORY THOSE TICKETS ARE BEING LISTED FOR UP TO 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH.
(UNDATED) -- HERE IS THE LATEST SPORTS NEWS: BOTH SUPER BOWL QUARTERBACKS ARE COMMENTING ON THE HISTORIC MATCHUP THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN GLENDALE NEXT WEEKEND. THE NFL PRO BOWL IS LOOKING QUIET DIFFERENT THIS YEAR. MISDEMEANOR CHARGES AGAINST A STAR CINCINNATI BENGALS PLAYER WILL BE DROPPED.
>>MAHOMES, HURTS COMMENT ON HISTORIC MATCHUP
(GLENDALE, AZ) -- BOTH SUPER BOWL QUARTERBACKS ARE COMMENTING ON THE HISTORIC MATCHUP THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN GLENDALE NEXT WEEKEND. PATRICK MAHOMES SPOKE TO THE MEDIA ON THURSDAY AND SAID, "TO BE ON THE WORLD STAGE AND HAVE TWO BLACK QUARTERBACKS START IN THE SUPER BOWL, I THINK IT'S SPECIAL, AND I'VE LEARNED MORE AND MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE BLACK QUARTERBACK SINCE I'VE BEEN IN THIS LEAGUE." EAGLES' QB JALEN HURTS ALSO SHARED HIS THOUGHTS ON THE UPCOMING GAME AND SAID, "I THINK IT'S SOMETHING WORTHY OF BEING NOTED. IT'S COME A LONG WAY. I THINK THERE'S ONLY BEEN SEVEN AFRICAN AMERICAN QUARTERBACKS TO PLAY IN THE SUPER BOWL." THE CHIEFS AND EAGLES KICK OFF FROM STATE FARM STADIUM IN SUPER BOWL 57 ON FEBRUARY 12TH.
>>NFL PRO BOWL GAMES UNDERWAY IN LAS VEGAS
(LAS VEGAS, NV) -- THE NFL PRO BOWL IS LOOKING QUIET DIFFERENT THIS YEAR. THE LEAGUE HAS ALTERED THIS YEAR'S FORMAT FROM A TRADITIONAL PRO BOWL FOOTBALL GAME TO A NUMBER OF SKILL-BASED COMPETITIONS AND A FLAG FOOTBALL GAME, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY. PEYTON AND ELI MANNING WILL EACH SERVE AS COACHES FOR THE PRO BOWL FLAG FOOTBALL GAME. THE EVENTS KICKED OFF ON THURSDAY NIGHT AND WILL BE CONTINUED WITH KICK TAC TOE, GRIDIRON GAUNTLET AND MOVE THE CHAINS ON SUNDAY. THE FINAL ROUND OF THE BEST CATCH COMPETITION WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY.
>>AGENT FOR BENGALS RB MIXON SAYS CHARGES WILL BE DROPPED
(CINCINNATI, OH) -- MISDEMEANOR CHARGES AGAINST A STAR CINCINNATI BENGALS PLAYER WILL BE DROPPED. THAT'S ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT FROM RUNNING BACK JOE MIXON'S AGENT, PETER SCHAFFER. CINCINNATI POLICE ISSUED A WARRANT FOR MIXON'S ARREST THURSDAY THAT STEMMED FROM AN ALLEGED INCIDENT ON JANUARY 21ST. MIXON ALLEGEDLY POINTED A GUN AT A WOMAN AND THREATENED HER SAYING, "YOU SHOULD BE POPPED IN THE FACE. I SHOULD SHOOT YOU NOW." SCHAFFER SAID THE CHARGES WERE "A RUSH TO JUDGMENT" AND ADDED POLICE "SHOULD BE HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD" AND "DO THEIR WORK" BEFORE THEY FILE CHARGES.
>>NBA RELEASES ALL-STAR RESERVES
(NEW YORK, NY) -- THE NBA IS RELEASING THIS YEAR'S ALL-STAR GAME RESERVES. JA MORANT AND DAMIAN LILLARD HEADLINE THE WESTERN CONFERENCE RESERVES AND ARE JOINED BY FELLOW GUARD SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER. IN THE FRONTCOURT, JAREN JACKSON JR., DOMANTAS SABONIS, LAURI MARKKANEN AND PAUL GEORGE MAKE UP THE REST OF THE WEST TEAM. FOR THE EASTERN CONFERENCE, JOEL EMBIID AND BAM ADEBAYO LEAD THE WAY, WITH JULIUS RANDLE JOINING THEM IN THE FRONTCOURT. JAYLEN BROWN, DEMAR DEROZAN, JRUE HOLIDAY AND TYRESE HALIBURTON ROUND OUT THE REST OF THE EAST GUARDS.
>>NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND PREVIEW
(SUNRISE, FL) -- THE BEST PLAYERS IN HOCKEY WILL TAKE THE ICE THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THE NHL ALL-STAR GAME WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT FLA LIVE ARENA IN SUNRISE. 44 ALL-STAR PLAYERS ARE SET TO COMPETE ON FOUR SEPARATE DIVISION TEAMS. IN THE SEMIFINALS, THE TEAMS PLAY THREE-ON-THREE FOR TWO 10-MINUTE HALVES. THE TWO WINNERS OF EACH SEMI-FINAL WILL SQUARE OFF IN AN ALL-STAR CHAMPIONSHIP. ACTION BEGINS TONIGHT WITH THE ALL-STAR SKILLS COMPETITION THAT INCLUDES EVENTS SUCH AS FASTEST SKATER, HARDEST SHOT AND THE BREAKAWAY CHALLENGE.
>>HANK LEBIODA LEADS AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM
(PEBBLE BEACH, CA) -- HANK LEBIODA IS LEADING THE WAY AFTER THE FIRST ROUND OF THE AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM. LEBIODA FINISHED THE OPENING ROUND WITH AN EIGHT UNDER 63. THREE PLAYERS ARE TIED FOR SECOND PLACE AFTER ROUND ONE. KURT KITAYAMA AND HARRY HALL EACH SHOT A SEVEN UNDER 64, WHILE CHAD RAMEY IS SEVEN UNDER AFTER SHOOTING A 65 ON ONE OF THE TWO DIFFERENT PAR 72 COURSES. MARTIN TRAINER, ERIC COLE AND AARON BADDELEY ARE TIED FOR FIFTH PLACE AT SIX UNDER PAR.
>>NASCAR CUP SERIES RETURNS WITH CLASH AT COLISEUM
(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- THE GREEN FLAG WILL WAVE ONCE AGAIN AS THE NASCAR CUP SERIES RETURNS TO ACTION THIS WEEKEND FOR ITS 75TH SEASON. THE DRIVERS ARE IN LOS ANGELES FOR THE CLASH AT THE COLISEUM. JOEY LOGANO WAS CROWNED CUP SERIES CHAMPION LAST SEASON AND IS LOOKING TO DEFEND HIS TITLE. HOWEVER, THE LAST REPEAT WINNER WAS JIMMIE JOHNSON BACK IN 2010. CHASE ELLIOTT IS THE FAVORITE TO HOIST THE CUP THIS YEAR WHILE KYLE LARSON AND DENNY HAMLIN FOLLOW CLOSELY BEHIND. THE RACERS WILL SQUARE-OFF SUNDAY NIGHT ON FOX.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS 112, INDIANA PACERS 111
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 128, MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 113
NEW YORK KNICKS 106, MIAMI HEAT 104
CHICAGO BULLS 114, CHARLOTTE HORNETS 98
DALLAS MAVERICKS 111, NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 106
DENVER NUGGETS 134, GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 117
MILWAUKEE BUCKS 106, LA CLIPPERS 105
NO GAMES SCHEDULED
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL (COACHES' POLL)
UAB BLAZERS 86, #20 FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS 77
#3 HOUSTON COUGARS 70, WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS 61
#9 UCLA BRUINS 70, WASHINGTON HUSKIES 61
#7 ARIZONA WILDCATS 91, OREGON DUCKS 76
#14 GONZAGA BULLDOGS 88, SANTA CLARA BRONCOS 70
#18 SAINT MARY'S GAELS 68, SAN FRANCISCO DONS 59
PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM (AT PEBBLE BEACH, CA)
1. HANK LEBIODA (-8)
T2. KURT KITAYAMA (-7)
T2. CHAD RAMEY (-7)
T2. HARRY HALL (-7)
>>FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN)
7:00 P.M. - CHARLOTTE HORNETS AT DETROIT PISTONS
7:00 P.M. - SACRAMENTO KINGS AT INDIANA PACERS
7:00 P.M. - PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS
7:30 P.M. - PHOENIX SUNS AT BOSTON CELTICS
8:00 P.M. - TORONTO RAPTORS AT HOUSTON ROCKETS
8:00 P.M. - ORLANDO MAGIC AT MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
8:00 P.M. - PHILADELPHIA 76ERS AT SAN ANTONIO SPURS
9:00 P.M. - ATLANTA HAWKS AT UTAH JAZZ
NO GAMES SCHEDULED
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL (COACHES' POLL)
NO GAMES SCHEDULED
PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM (AT PEBBLE BEACH, CA)
(PARIS) -- THE SALE OF A LUXURY CAR IN FRANCE IS SETTING A WORLD RECORD. A ONE OF ONE BUGATTI CHIRON [[ BOO-GAA-TEE KA-RUHN ]] WAS AUCTIONED OFF FOR TEN-POINT-SEVEN-MILLION-DOLLARS IN PARIS THIS WEEK. THE SALE SETS THE WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR AMOUNT OF MONEY PAID FOR A NEW CAR. IT CAN REACH 236 MILES PER HOUR. THE VEHICLE WILL BE BUGATTI'S LAST PURELY GASSED CAR EVER MADE.
>>TWIN SISTERS IN AR GIVE BIRTH TO DAUGHTERS ON SAME DAY
(CLARKSVILLE, AR) -- TWO NEWBORNS IN ARKANSAS HAVE A LOT IN COMMON. TWIN SISTERS IN CLARKSVILLE, EAST OF FORT SMITH, BOTH GAVE BIRTH TO THEIR DAUGHTERS ON TUESDAY THIS WEEK. THE COUSINS WERE BORN JUST HOURS APART AT THE SAME HOSPITAL IN ADJACENT ROOMS. TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE, IT ALL HAPPENED WHILE AN ICE STORM BLANKETED THE AREA.
>>BOYS FIND GRENADE WHILE HIKING IN MA
(WRENTHAM, MA) -- A PAIR OF 12-YEAR-OLD BOYS IS BEING PRAISED AFTER THEY FOUND A HAND GRENADE WHILE HIKING IN MASSACHUSETTS AND REPORTED IT TO POLICE. THE BOYS WERE ON A TRAIL NEAR POWER LINES ON JANUARY 25TH IN WRENTHAM, NEAR FOXBOROUGH, WHEN THEY SPOTTED THE GRENADE IN A PILE OF TRASH. THEY TOOK PICTURES AND IMMEDIATELY REPORTED THE FINDING WITHOUT TOUCHING IT. IT TURNED OUT TO BE A REAL GRENADE THAT HAD BEEN HOLLOWED OUT AND WAS HARMLESS. THE GRENADE WAS REMOVED BY POLICE.
>>WORLD'S LARGEST TRICERATOPS UNBOXED IN TAMPA MUSEUM
(TAMPA, FL) -- THE WORLD'S LARGEST TRICERATOPS IS IN FLORIDA. THE SKELETON, KNOWN AS BIG JOHN, ARRIVED AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM IN DOWNTOWN TAMPA AND WAS UNBOXED ON WEDNESDAY. IT'S THE BIGGEST FOSSIL OF ITS KIND EVER TO BE DISCOVERED. ITS EXHIBIT IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN MAY.
>>BULLDOGS WIN LEAVES BEHIND MORE THAN $55K IN DAMAGE
(ATHENS, GA) -- WHILE THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WIN WAS GOOD NEWS FOR THE STATE, IT CAME WITH A PRICE TAG. ACCORDING TO ONLINEATHENS, BULLDOGS FANS LEFT BEHIND AN ESTIMATED 56-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGES IN ATHENS FOLLOWING THE VICTORY. THE ATHENS-CLARKE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG A POPULAR STREET AFTER BETWEEN 10-TO-15-THOUSAND PEOPLE CONGREGATED DURING AN AFTER THE GAME.
24/7 NEWS SOURCE 02/02/2023 21:38:29 NEW ENGLAND SPORTS
(UNDATED) -- HERE IS THE LATEST SPORTS NEWS: THE PATRIOTS ARE HOPING TO REUNITE WITH A RECENTLY RETIRED LEGEND. THE CELTICS COULD BE LOOKING TO BRING BACK A FAMILIAR FACE. THE BRUINS ARE OFF THE ICE FOR THE NEXT WEEK AS THE NHL CELEBRATES ITS ALL-STARS.
>>PATRIOTS OPEN TO SIGNING BRADY TO ONE-DAY CONTRACT
(FOXBORO, MA) -- THE PATRIOTS ARE HOPING TO REUNITE WITH A RECENTLY RETIRED LEGEND. OWNER ROBERT KRAFT EXPRESSED TO CNN ON THURSDAY MORNING THAT HE IS OPEN TO SIGNING TOM BRADY TO A ONE-DAY CONTRACT SO THAT BRADY COULD RETIRE AS A PATRIOT. BRADY ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT ON WEDNESDAY MORNING AFTER 23 SEASONS IN THE NFL. THE SEVEN-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION WAS DRAFTED BY NEW ENGLAND IN THE SIXTH ROUND OF THE 2000 NFL DRAFT AND HOLDS NUMEROUS FRANCHISE RECORDS.
>>REPORT: CELTICS INTERESTED IN OLYNYK, HOST SUNS TONIGHT
(BOSTON, MA) -- THE CELTICS COULD BE LOOKING TO BRING BACK A FAMILIAR FACE. ACCORDING TO HEAVY, THE C'S ARE CONSIDERING MAKING A MOVE TO BRING BIG MAN KELLY OLYNYK BACK TO BOSTON. THE CELTICS SELECTED OLYNYK WITH THE 13TH PICK IN THE 2013 DRAFT. THE NBA TRADE DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH. BOSTON WILL BE LOOKING TO EXTEND ITS WINNING STREAK TO THREE GAMES WHEN THEY HOST THE PHOENIX SUNS TONIGHT. THE CELTICS ARE LEADING THE NBA WITH A RECORD OF 37-AND-15.
>>REPORT: BRUINS BELIEVED TO BE IN MARKET FOR DEFENSE
(BOSTON, MA) -- THE BRUINS ARE OFF THE ICE FOR THE NEXT WEEK AS THE NHL CELEBRATES ITS ALL-STARS. BOSTON WILL BE REPRESENTED BY FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK AND GOALTENDER LINUS ULLMARK AS THE B'S LEAD THE NHL WITH 83 POINTS AT THE BREAK. THE BRUINS COULD BE LOOKING TO MAKE AN UPGRADE BEFORE THE MARCH 3RD TRADE DEADLINE. ACCORDING TO SPORTSNET, BOSTON IS BELIEVED TO BE IN THE MARKET FOR A LEFT DEFENSEMAN. THE BRUINS COULD HAVE ALREADY CHECKED IN ON JAKOB CHYCHRUN AND VLADISLAV GAVRIKOV AMONG OTHERS.
>>COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP
(UNDATED) -- UCONN IS 17-AND-6 HEADING INTO TOMORROW'S GAME AT GEORGETOWN. UMASS WILL BE LOOKING TO IMPROVE TO 14-AND-9 WHEN THE MINUTEMEN HOST DAVIDSON TOMORROW AFTERNOON. BOSTON COLLEGE HAS WON THREE OF ITS LAST FOUR GAMES. THE EAGLES ARE 11-AND-12 AND WILL HOST SYRACUSE TOMORROW NIGHT. PROVIDENCE WILL BE LOOKING TO GET BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN WHEN THE 17-AND-6 FRIARS HOST GEORGETOWN WEDNESDAY NIGHT. RHODE ISLAND IS 8-AND-14 HEADING INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S GAME AT SAINT LOUIS.
24/7 NEWS SOURCE 02/03/2023 02:43:24 RHODE ISLAND SUMMARY AM
(UNDATED) -- HERE IS THE LATEST NEWS: RHODE ISLANDERS ARE DEALING WITH EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS. POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER WHO WAS KILLED AFTER CRASHING INTO A HOME IN CRANSTON. THE PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES AN EXTENSION FOR THE OPERATOR OF THE CITY'S DEEP-WATER PORT.
>>ARCTIC BLAST UPON RHODE ISLAND
(PROVIDENCE, RI) -- A COLD SNAP IS HITTING RHODE ISLAND ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS PREDICTING WIND CHILLS IN THE STATE OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS WILL REACH 35 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. GOVERNOR DAN MCKEE'S OFFICE SAYS THE RHODE ISLAND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY HAS BEEN WORKING WITH CITIES AND TOWNS TO ENSURE WARMING CENTERS ARE PREPARED FOR AN INCREASE IN DEMAND. A FULL LIST OF WARMING CENTERS IS POSTED ONLINE AT RIEMA-DOT-RI-DOT-GOV. PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED ON FRIDAY BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.
>>POLICE ID DRIVER KILLED IN CRANSTON CRASH
(CRANSTON, RI) -- THE CRANSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT IS IDENTIFYING THE VICTIM OF A DEADLY CRASH. AUTHORITIES SAY 73-YEAR-OLD GUIDO ROMANO JR. OF CRANSTON WAS DRIVING AN SUV WHEN HE STRUCK TWO PARKED VEHICLES AND A HOUSE ON DYER AVENUE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE RESIDENCE WAS OCCUPIED, BUT NO ONE INSIDE WAS INJURED. THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. POLICE DO NOT BELIEVE SPEED OR ALCOHOL WERE FACTORS.
>>ATTLEBORO POLICE SEEK MISSING TEEN
(ATTLEBORO, MA) -- ATTLEBORO POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR A MISSING YOUTH. SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD NATHAN MCCORMICK IS A GROUP HOME RESIDENT WHO WAS REPORTEDLY LAST SEEN ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE ATTLEBORO YMCA. MCCORMICK IS DESCRIBED AS SIX-FOOT TALL, 340 POUNDS WITH DYED-GREEN HAIR. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS BEING ASKED TO CALL THE ATTLEBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT.
>>TIVERTON POLICE CALLED AFTER FORMER STUDENT FOUND ON SCHOOL GROUNDS
(TIVERTON, RI) -- A FORMER STUDENT AT TIVERTON HIGH SCHOOL ALLEGEDLY CAUSED A DISTURBANCE ON THE CAMPUS THIS WEEK. WJAR-TV REPORTS THE 16-YEAR-OLD BOY SNUCK INTO THE SCHOOL WITH THE HELP OF ANOTHER STUDENT ON WEDNESDAY, AND WAS FOUND HIDING BY STAFF MEMBERS. POLICE SAY THE TEEN DID NOT INTEND TO HURT ANYONE, BUT APPARENTLY JUST WANTED TO HANG OUT WITH SOME OF HIS FRIENDS. THE INCIDENT PROMPTED A LOCKDOWN, AND THE JUVENILE WAS ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF DISTURBING A PUBLIC ASSEMBLY, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND OBSTRUCTING AN OFFICER.
>>PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL PASSES PROVPORT EXTENSION
(PROVIDENCE, RI) -- WPRI-TV REPORTS THE PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A THIRTY-YEAR TAX EXTENSION FOR THE NONPROFIT AGENCY WHICH OPERATES THE CITY'S DEEP-WATER PORT, KNOWN AS PROVPORT. UNDER THE AGREEMENT, MONEY WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS, INCLUDING AIR QUALITY TESTING, AND NEW FOSSIL-FUEL TENANTS WILL BE PROHIBITED. THE DEAL STILL NEEDS APPROVAL FROM PROVIDENCE MAYOR BRETT SMILEY AND THE STATE LEGISLATURE.
>>PC FALLS TO XAVIER IN OT, URI BEATEN BY SAINT JOE'S
(UNDATED) -- BOTH PROVIDENCE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS ARE OFF THIS WEEKEND. PC AND URI PLAYED THEIR LAST GAMES ON WEDNESDAY, WITH PROVIDENCE LOSING AT XAVIER IN OVERTIME, 85-TO-83. URI LOST THEIR ROAD MATCH VERSUS SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY 64-TO-50. THE FRIARS HOST GEORGETOWN AT AMICA MUTUAL PAVILION ON WEDNESDAY THE 8TH, WHILE THE RAMS PLAY AT ST. LOUIS NEXT TUESDAY.
First established by Germans in America in 1887, Groundhog Day was actually inspired by Europe’s Candlemas Day, held 40 days after Christmas, during which clergymen would bless the candles they needed for the cold season. If the candles brought a sunny day, there would be six more weeks of winter. Conversely, clouds and rain signified that winter would end soon.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Southern New England residents are bracing for dangerous wind chills. The top contractor of the Providence 6-10 highway project is pleading not guilty to state charges. A Rhode Island woman has been arraigned for killing her father.
>>Wind Chill Warning For Rhode Island
(Undated) -- All of Rhode Island except for Block Island is under a Wind Chill Warning from the National Weather Service from 10 a.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday. During this time frame, the weather service says the Ocean State is expected to calculate wind chills as low as thirty degrees below zero. Meteorologists say we haven't had conditions this cold in the region since February of 2016.
>>Highway Contractor Pleads Not Guilty To RI Charges
(Providence, RI) -- The lead contractor for the 6-10 Connector reconstruction project in Providence is pleading not guilty to state charges. A representative for Canton, Massachusetts-based Barletta Heavy Division entered the plea on the company's behalf in Providence Superior Court Wednesday to charges including illegal disposal of solid waste. The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office alleges contaminated stone from a construction site in Mass and dirt from the Pawtucket-Central Falls train station was used to fill in the 6-10 site. Dennis Ferreira, the former project superintendent, is due for arraignment on February 7th.
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>>Woonsocket Woman Arraigned For Murdering Father
(Woonsocket, RI) -- WPRI-TV reports Jennifer Pamula [[ pah-MOOL-uh ]] of Woonsocket has been arraigned and ordered held without bail for the killing of her father. Seventy-year-old Joseph Pamula was found dead at the family home on Cato Street Monday. Officers reportedly found the 38-year-old daughter covered in blood, and she was transferred for an evaluation to Landmark Medical Center. Channel 12 reports Jennifer Pamula was arraigned for first-degree domestic murder from her hospital bed on Wednesday.
>>Missing Person In Cumberland
(Cumberland, RI) -- Police are asking the public for help in finding a missing person in Cumberland. Sixty-five-year-old Donna Tiberio was last seen near her home on Tuesday afternoon. The Cumberland Police Department says Tiberio was wearing a full-length white sweater and has shoulder-length brown hair.
>>Car Crashes Into East Bay Home
(Bristol, RI) -- A car crashed into a house in Bristol on Wednesday. It reportedly happened at around 8 a.m. at a home on Sherry Avenue. An initial investigation indicates the driver, who was a juvenile, lost control in icy conditions. No injuries were reported by police, and the house was deemed structurally safe.
>>Beyoncé Bringing World Tour To Gillette Stadium
(Foxboro, MA) -- Beyoncé is bringing her world tour to Gillette Stadium this summer. The singer is touring for her latest album "Renaissance". The stop in Foxboro is on Tuesday, August 1st. Several ticket pre-sales are going on now through February 9th.
>>Bruins Beat Wolf Pack
(Hartford, CT) -- The Providence Bruins beat the Hartford Wolf Pack in Hartford last night, 4-to-2. The P-Bruins are staying on the road for two games this weekend. They play the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday and the Utica Comets on Saturday.
Samuel Slater became involved in the textile industry at the age of 14 and completed a seven year long apprenticeship in the “art of cotton spinning.” He left his home country of England in 1789, and came to Pawtucket to start his own cotton spinning business. In 1812, he moved his mills north, to Webster, Massachusetts, named for his friend, Sen. Daniel Webster.
?Slater was able to create an industrial town centered on cotton and woolen manufacturing. Slater would go on to build the first Sunday School in the area, across the street from the mill, for the education of the children who were employed at the mill.
(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A woman has been charged with murdering her father in Woonsocket. Providence authorities say they have removed a "life-saving" amount of narcotics from the streets. Two North Providence policemen are facing embezzlement charges from the state.
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>>Woman Arrested For Murdering Father In Woonsocket
(Woonsocket, RI) -- A woman is under arrest for the killing of her father in Woonsocket. Thirty-eight-year-old Jennifer Pamula [[ pah-MOOL-uh ]] is accused of killing 70-year-old Joseph Pamula. The senior Pamula was found dead at the family house on Cato Street Monday. Jennifer Pamula is facing arraignment for first-degree domestic murder.
>>Fentanyl, Cocaine Seized By Providence Police
(Providence, RI) -- The Providence Police Department announced a significant drug bust on Tuesday. A search warrant executed last week at a residence on Bellevue Avenue reportedly yielded nine kilograms of fentanyl and three kilos of cocaine. Providence police captain Roger Aspinall said the bust will save lives and cut down on overdoses. Two men were taken into custody at the scene, while the target of the investigation, identified as Juan Martinez, has been incarcerated in New Jersey. Aspinall says a warrant for Martinez is being drawn up.
>>Current And Recently-Retired North Providence Cops Charged
(North Providence, RI) -- One current and one former North Providence police officer are facing state embezzlement charges. Detective Christopher Petteruti is on unpaid leave. Former lieutenant Dennis Stone retired last month. A grand jury returned an indictment against the two after a years-long investigation by the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office. Petteruti and Stone are charged with embezzling an undisclosed amount of money from the North Providence police union. Petteruti served as union treasurer, and Stone was president. They have pleaded not guilty in Superior Court.
>>New Deputy RI House Speaker
(Providence, RI) -- The long-running deputy speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives has been stripped of the title. WPRI-TV reports House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi has selected Representative Ray Hull of North Providence for the role. Charlene Lima exits after holding the position for over a decade. Shekarchi said Hull is reflective of his leadership style in that they are both collaborative, consensus-building and moderate Democrats. Lima, who represents Cranston, said she did not feel included in her party's decision-making over the past two years.
>>End Of An Era For Hallmark Stores In Ocean State
(Westerly, RI) -- The Westerly Sun reports a Hallmark store in the town which was believed to be the last one operating in Rhode Island has closed. Putnam's Hallmark Gold Crown in the Franklin Street Shopping Plaza had its last day on Monday. Other area stores on Hallmark's website have converted to the Massachusetts-based business The Paper Store.
>>Devin McCourty Has Surgery
(Foxboro, MA) -- ESPN reports longtime New England Patriot Devin McCourty has had shoulder surgery. It is unknown how long McCourty will need to rehab. The 35-year-old has not missed a game since the 2015 season. He has yet to announce if he will return in 2023.