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Mattiello Breaks Silence on DeLorenzo; Says He Should Apologize

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello broke his silence Friday about embattled Democratic Party official Joe DeLorenzo, saying that DeLorenzo should apologize for critical remarks about progressives and for questioning Rep. Teresa Tanzi's account of experiencing sexual harassment. “There is absolutely no place in society for any type of harassment, particularly sexual harassment," Mattiello said in a statement Friday afternoon. "The work environment is a place where you must feel safe and secure. I stand strongly with women, and any type of harassment is deplorable." “The comments made by Joe DeLorenzo were insensitive and out of place with societal values," Mattiello continued. "I will speak with Joe and suggest and expect that he will apologize for his comments. Regretfully, his remarks began as part of the local and national trend where the left and the right within our party are attacking one another, which is completely inappropriate.These ideological attacks must stop and we must respect every viewpoint within the party. I will work with the progressives, moderates and conservatives to make sure that the Democratic Party is inclusive of everyone.” Mattiello, through his spokesman, had previously declined to respond to questions about whether DeLorenzo should resign. Earlier, a growing number of Rhode Island elected officials called for DeLorenzo to resign from his longtime post as 2nd vice chairman of the state Democratic Party, after he used a radio interview to question Rep. Tanzi's account of experiencing sexual harassment at the Statehouse.

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How New England Became A Leader In The Craft Beer Boom

The craft beer industry in New England is currently the fastest growing in the country, according to industry statistics. But is it growing too fast? And is it possible to have too much craft beer?

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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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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. 


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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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Invenergy, developer of a proposed natural gas power plant in the Town of Burrillville, filed a motion Tuesday claiming resolutions opposing the project from nearly all Rhode Island cities and towns are irrelevant to whether the plant is needed.

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Mayor of Pawtucket, Democrat Donald Grebien, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss spurring economic development with a new transit hub in Pawtucket, the city’s efforts to mitigate gun violence, as well as the recent loss of the Gamm Theatre to Warwick. 


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