Lynn Arditi

Financially Ailing Memorial Hospital In Pawtucket To Shut ER, Inpatient Services

Memorial Hospital is closing all but some walk-in clinics after its planned sale to a California hospital chain fell through. Hospital officials announced the decision on Tuesday at a noon meeting with hundreds of employees.

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Care New England’s chief operating officer said Wednesday that negotiations are on track to sell Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital company to Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts.

Dr. James E. Fanale said that the deal involves several hospitals, physician practices and a lot of real estate so it’s not surprising that it’s ongoing six months after it was announced.

“Some people may think that (the process) has slowed down,’’ Fanale said. “It has not slowed down.”

The Indian Summer sun fades, the afternoon light will soon dwindle and morning frost is on the pumpkin. Evening chills send us to our closets for the heavier coats we’ll soon need.

Now is also the time to think about those among us who have less. As we ready for the holiday season, the time is nigh to help our less fortunate neighbors by donating to the annual Buy Nothing Coat Exchange, which will be held on the traditional date –Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Christmas holiday shopping blitz.

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Rhode Island State Police and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office say they are reviewing claims of sexual harassment by state Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown).

"Yesterday, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin contacted Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, regarding allegations of sexual harassment at the Rhode Island State House made by Representative Teresa Tanzi," the two agencies said in a statement Wednesday.

ONNE VAN DER WAL / Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island

The Newport-based tall ship, the Oliver Hazard Perry, is set to be back up and running by Tuesday. The vessel lost power and floated through Newport Harbor Sunday evening, the ship knocked into several other boats moored in the harbor.

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Pawtucket’s nine-member City Council will vote on a resolution Tuesday to support or reject the stadium plan. The vote is non-binding, but even a symbolic rejection of the stadium by hometown councilors in Pawtucket could be a serious obstacle.

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President Donald Trump last week cut off federal subsidies that help to cover the cost of health insurance for low-income patients. The decision is expected to drive up premiums for the middle class.


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Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer is warning that people of color are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 


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Members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe protested Saturday against their tribal water being sold to Invenergy, the developer of a natural gas power plant that still needs approval from state officials. 


Mid-October is here and we're zipping through the calendar. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The debate over taxpayer subsidies for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox rages on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that for those who want to keep the team, now is the time to stand up.  


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