The Providence Journal

  • R.I. real estate: 2017 — a really hot market!
    Thursday - 01/18/2018 - 12:01 AM

    Sales rose again, median price was up 6% and days on market fell, too. Biggest problem was lack of inventory, particularly in the starter home market.

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  • Suit: Gay couple gets 'hateful' flyers, not wedding programs
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 07:54 PM

    BOSTON — Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg were excited to see the wedding programs they ordered for their big day. But when the package arrived, the gay couple was horrified to instead find religious pamphlets with messages about temptation and sin, according to a federal lawsuit against printing company Vistaprint.The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Massachusetts, accuses Vistaprint of attacking the couple because they're gay by replacing their wedding program order with [...]

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  • Mark Patinkin: Mollicone's repayment plan isn't exactly breaking the bank
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 08:13 PM

    Thoughts at Large: • Nice to know ex-banker Joe Mollicone, 73, who looted $12 million, is paying it back at the rate of $300 a month. Should make us whole in around 3,000 years.• I can't figure out the difference between Bitcoin and a slot machine.• Me: "What's a bomb cyclone?" Meterologist: "A rapidly deepening extratropical cyclonic low-pressure area." Me: "I don't get it." Meterologist: "Dunkin' Donuts is [...]

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  • Bullet went through bedroom window in Providence after two men seen firing guns into air
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 06:12 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two men fired guns into the air late Sunday night in Elmwood — sending a bullet into the bedroom of a sleeping woman.The two men, who wore "beanies" and dark clothing, were seen firing into the air outside 194 Adelaide Ave.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Legendary sax player Charles Lloyd to be artist-in-residence at Newport Jazz Festival
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 07:30 PM

    NEWPORT, R.I. — George Wein, founding producer of the Newport Jazz Festival, announced Wednesday that saxophone player Charles Lloyd will be artist-in-residence at this summer's Festival, held Aug. 3-5.Lloyd, who turns 80 in March, has played with everyone from Cannonball Adderly to The Beach Boys.  "The thought of making this personal milestone for Charles the centerpiece of this year's festival was impossible to resist," Wein said. At Newport, [...]

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  • Bishop Hendricken High School principal retires after emergence of inflammatory video
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 05:49 PM

    WARWICK, R.I. — The principal of Bishop Hendricken High School has retired after school officials became aware of a brief video that shows him using racist and anti-Semitic language.In an email that went out to Hendricken parents, and was obtained by The Journal, the school's president, John A.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Raimondo calls manufacturing a budget priority
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 04:02 PM

    CRANSTON, R.I. — Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Wednesday at Dean Machine in Cranston that manufacturing will be a top priority for her when she releases her proposed budget on Thursday.As she did last year, she’s proposing to expand a number of incentives programs so smaller manufacturing companies can seek certain tax credits and job training.Raimondo told dozens of Dean Machine employees, leaders in the state’s manufacturing industry and [...]

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  • Bystanders intervene in Providence dispute, panhandler pulls gun
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 05:02 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A turf war between panhandlers in Mount Hope quickly escalated Tuesday afternoon when one drew a gun on the man he thought was poaching his spot.The assailant was arguing with the 55-year-old man in a wheelchair panhandling at Randall and North Main streets, when a father and daughter at the nearby McDonald's noticed and decided to intervene, according to a police report.The father told police that he asked if there was a problem, and the [...]

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  • Invenergy withholds payment, citing power plant opposition
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 02:46 PM

    A $500,000 installment in a tax agreement signed with the developer of a controversial $1-billion power plant has been placed in escrow, with the developer decrying the town's use of the money paid thus far to help derail the plant.

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  • Rhode Island and Miriam hospitals swamped by flu patients
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 02:00 PM

    State health officials are coordinating with local EMS chiefs and directing them to take patients to other area hospitals if possible to reduce long wait times as the flu outbreak worsens in Rhode Island.

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  • Hendricken principal retires over racially charged video clip
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 09:09 PM

    WARWICK, R.I. — The principal of Bishop Hendricken High School has retired after school officials became aware of a brief video that shows him using racist and anti-Semitic language.In an email that went out to Hendricken parents that was obtained by The Journal, the school's president, John A.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Invenergy withholds payment over power plant opposition
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 07:56 PM

    A $500,000 installment in a tax agreement signed with the developer of a controversial $1-billion power plant has been placed in escrow, with the developer decrying the town's use of the money paid thus far to help derail the plant.

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  • Journal subscriber wins trip to Super Bowl LII
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 06:10 PM

    Thomas Nichols, chosen from 118,000 entrants, is a longtime Pats fan who expects his team to head there, too.

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  • North Providence man picking up birthday balloons charged with gun possession
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 07:19 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A North Providence man picking up birthday balloons at a Stop & Shop supermarket in Manton ended up in handcuffs for bringing a loaded gun with him into the store.Dino Colaluca, 22, of 8 Rosemont Terrace, was driving away with two balloons bouncing along in the back of his SUV when the store called police about seeing him with a gun, according to a police report. Officers pulled him over at Greenwood and Atwells avenue, where he was taken out of the [...]

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  • Journal food editor to be honored by Italian-American women's group
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 05:27 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence Journal Food Editor Gail Ciampa will be honored on Thursday by the Rhode Island Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women, which proclaims its mission is “to unite and connect women through Italian culture and heritage” while also celebrating the achievements of women of Italian ancestry.

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  • Lawyer: Kettle's surreptitious photos of girlfriend on iPad prompted probe
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 03:29 PM

    COVENTRY, R.I. — The end of state Sen. Nicholas Kettle's two-year relationship with a woman — and the start of a state police investigation — began last week when Kettle's girlfriend saw images of herself, apparently taken surreptitiously, on Kettle's iPad, Kettle's lawyer said.

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  • Christie ends term unpopular — but no broken legs
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 04:14 PM

    TRENTON, N.J. — Republican Chris Christie left the New Jersey governor's office with his popularity in tatters, but at least he didn't break a leg.Christie is the first elected New Jersey governor in more than two decades not to suffer a broken leg while in office.— Jon Corzine: The Democrat broke his leg during a serious vehicle accident on the Garden State Parkway in 2007.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 02:44 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Mattiello calls closed-door caucus to discuss PawSox stadium
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 01:23 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — House Democrats will hold a closed-door caucus Thursday afternoon to discuss the Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark financing plan passed by the Senate Tuesday.House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello called the caucus to "gauge the views and sentiments" of caucus members, Larry Berman, spokesman for the speaker said Wednesday.Mattiello wants to talk to lawmakers about what they are hearing from their constituents on the stadium plan, which includes a combined [...]

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  • Providence principal denies students told her about sexual abuse
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 02:30 PM

    WARWICK, R.I. — The principal at Kizirian Elementary School In Providence testified Wednesday that two female students did not share with her allegations that a gym teacher had touched their breasts.“They did not demonstrate that to me,” Violet LeMar said of testimony by two students this week that they showed her last May how gym teacher James Duffy had touched their breasts.LeMar said she asked one of the girls directly what she meant when she accused [...]

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