RIPR – You know that awful feeling we have when something that is so very precious to us seems to be slipping away? We can't bear the thought this this special someone, or special something, will be gone forever. But every once in awhile, like a miracle, our worst fears don't come true, and we get a second chance. That's what happened to 13-year-old Teri Elisa Thompson.
PROVIDENCE, RI – If you felt the earth move under your feet just before two o'clock this afternoon you were probably feeling a 5.9 earthquake that was centered near Richmond, Virginia. It was felt as far west as Chicago and as far north as Boston.
Probate Judge John Martinelli was working in his office on the 5th floor of Providence City Hall when he felt the earthquake.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is set to announce his selections for the commission overseeing the redevelopment of land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195.
Chafee will be joined by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and House Speaker Gordon Fox for a 2:30 p.m. news conference on Tuesday, August 23. Barring rain, the event will take place on part of the former I-195 land envisioned by city and state officials as a catalyst for economic development.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The state Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has awarded $1 million in grants to encourage Toray Plastics to expand in Rhode Island.
Toray's expansion project is being courted by Virginia and other states where electricity is less expensive. EDC director Keith Stokes says the grant package is meant to encourage Toray to expand in Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE, RI – A funeral for Providence City Councilor Miguel Luna drew about 300 people to a south Providence church Monday. As the haunting bagpipe strains of "Going Home" filled the air, a copper-colored casket containing Luna's remains was lowered from a vintage Providence fire truck. It passed through a phalanx of police officers and dignitaries, including Governor Lincoln Chafee and Mayor Angel Taveras, before being rolled down the aisle of the ornate Romanesque church.
PROVIDENCE, RI – At Touro Synagogue in Newport Sunday, more than 200 people gathered to hear the annual reading of President George Washington's letter to the founders of that temple. The 1790 letter, which asserted that religious bigotry would not be tolerated in the fledgling nation, is considered among the most important documents in American history.
The 1790 George Washington letter was read by Malcolm Rogers of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.