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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and a string of state representatives on Tuesday excoriated a front page Providence Sunday Journal editorial about community service grants that was published last weekend, saying it misrepresented the legislative process and was based on false assumptions.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Caution

May 24, 2016

Most of us find that our perspectives change as we age. What was once a relatively trivial concern in our lives may begin to take on great meaning, or we may begin to relax about issues that once caused us great consternation and angst. Tom Doyle reflects on this very shift in his own life, and on its implications.
 

Following graduation from Wesleyan University, Doyle worked as a journalist, including a stint as managing editor of the Block Island Times weekly newspaper. He is now a physician, and lives with his family in Providence.

The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday found probable cause that Don Lally violated the revolving door provisions of the code of ethics when he accepted a state job less than four months after resigning as a state representative in March 2015.

Commission spokesman Jason Gramitt called the finding a preliminary step, since Lally -- barring a settlement -- will face a hearing with the Ethics Commission.

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  Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lagueux ruled today that the city of Cranston violated the one person one vote Baker V. Carr standards when the city allocated the entire population of the Adult Correctional Institutions as `residents’ of one city ward when it drew district borders for the city council and school committee.

The ruling concluded that Cranston artificially inflated the population of Ward 6 by treating all inmates of the ACI as residents of the prison for redistricting purposes.

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Rhode Island’s Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is joining a group of his peers calling on Congress to fund research into the prevention of gun violence. 

By law, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t been able to use public funds to research gun violence prevention. Many public health researchers believe that has stymied their ability to find ways to reduce gun violence.

Now, attorneys general from 14 states are asking Congress to lift that ban and direct funding to the CDC immediately.

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Two state lawmakers added their voice against a proposed power plant in Burrillville at a third public hearing for the project Monday.

State Sen. Paul Fogarty and Rep. Cale Keable were among more than 30 people who testified before the state board reviewing the power plant proposal. Two local residents yielded their time to speak to the lawmakers.   

Fogarty said in all his years as senator, he has never seen such opposition to a project from his constituents. 

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  New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is looking to go back to court as he continues to fight a four-game suspension over the deflation of footballs in a 2014 playoff game.

Lawyers for Brady are asking all 13 judges of the federal appeals court to re-consider a ruling issued by three of its judges last month.

That ruling said the NFL union contract permitted NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to make the final determination about Brady’s status when he went to arbitration.

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Jewish leaders say their community is shaken by recent vandalism at a Pawtucket Synagogue and learning center. Police are investigating a swastika spray-painted in red on a sign at Ohave Shalom late Saturday or early Sunday.

Raphie Schochet, a rabbi at the center,  said it’s been disheartening for members of his community to see this symbol synonymous with the Holocaust.

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This year’s Claiborne Pell Award for Lifetime Achievements in the Arts were presented to Trinity Rep's former artistic director Oskar Eustis and his wife Laurie at Salve Regina University in Newport Monday.

Local historian Patrick Conley is defending using an envisioned new state lottery game to help develop a Rhode Island history center in Bristol, although a former state official calls the funding approach misguided and fiscally irresponsible.

Speaking Monday, U.S. Senator Jack Reed echoed calls for unity among Democrats in the lead up to the presidential election. But Reed stopped short of saying it's time for fellow Senator Bernie Sanders to drop out of the Democratic nominating contest. 

"That’s a decision that Senator Sanders is going to have to make," Reed said "But I think it should be clearer and clearer to him that we have to be a united party to be successful in November."

The Red Bandana Fund, which honors the memory of Richard Walton, has chosen Artemis Moonhawk, Sarath Suong and the Providence Youth Student Movement as winners of the 2016 Red Bandana Awards.

Artremis Moonhawk, also known as Mama Dreads, founded the Mama Dreads Mission of Love, a grassroots organization that helps the homeless.

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Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) met with leaders working to prevent lead poisoning today in Providence. Reed is pushing legislation to better regulate toxic chemicals like lead.

The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 hasn’t been updated in 40 years. It’s the law that regulates harmful chemicals, including lead. And  Reed says an update is in the works. But congressional negotiations over the bill remain contentious.

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For the first time in years, river herring are traveling up the Saugatucket River in Wakefield without the help of humans lifting them over a dam during the spring migration. 

River herring are an important source of food for other animals. This year the Saugatucket River in Wakefield has a new fish ladder that's easier for river herring to find and swim through. Bryan Sojkowski, an engineer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the new ladder replaces an old one that wasn't well designed. 

  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was in the Ocean State Sunday to deliver the commencement address at this year’s the University of Rhode Island graduation ceremonies.

During her speech, the first Hispanic woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice told the students to cherish the “ah-ha” moments they had during their college years.

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