PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Mafia captain Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent has entered a guilty plea in a murder for hire case.
Anthony St. Laurent, who suffers from numerous infirmities, entered court in a wheelchair equipped with an oxygen tank.
With a simple "Yes, your honor" he admitted to hiring a hit man to take out reputed Mafia member Robert DeLuca, who had accused St. Laurent of being a government informant. The murder was never carried out.
Providence, RI – A coalition of elderly advocacy organizations wants to save the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Elderly Program (RIPAE). The conflict centers on the so-called 'doughnut hole' for senior citizens' prescription drug payments.
Providence, RI – A new program is helping the city of Newport get a handle on its homelessness problem.
56-year-old Michael Monroe has lived on the streets for the better part of the last ten years - sleeping in friends' homes, railroad yards, even cemeteries. But now, thanks to a three-month old program called Housing First he shares a clean two bedroom apartment with a roommate.
Providence, RI – After months of discussion, a senate commission devoted to improving the way hospitals get paid has completed its work. The group leaves behind a thick report and a long list of potential legislation.
Although the final report touches on issues ranging from primary care to mental health, its main focus is how hospitals receive payments for their services. Senator Josh Miller says the current system is unfair.
Providence, RI – The push for same-sex marriage legislation has gained two new supporters, including one of the state's most prominent unions.
The Rhode Island AFL-CIO announced its support of the same-sex marriage bill after a recent vote of its executive committee. The union's president, George Nee, calls same-sex marriage a fundamental civil rights issue.
Providence, RI – Rhode Island grew ever so slightly during the last decade, but its Hispanic population exploded. That's according to new data out Wednesday from the US Census Bureau.
The Ocean State's population increased by less than a half of a percent over the past 10 years to just over 1,052,00. That's the slowest growth rate out of every state except for Michigan, which lost population.
WRNI – Is there a person alive who hasn't been smacked around a bit by life? Who hasn't had to swallow bitter pills and cope with profound disappointment now and then? It seems to be part of the package. Some of us find it easier than others to just let go in these instances, to just grin and bear it. And, as Jessica David believes, some of us discover that the best way to cope is to be . . . nice.
Jessica David lives and Providence and is director of strategy and planning at the Rhode Island Foundation.