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11:40 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Secrets of RI's greatest heist revealed by two generations of reporters

Photo Courtesy John Villella of WPRI

PROVIDENCE, RI – Jack White was the dean of investigative reporters in Rhode Island. He won a Pulitzer Prize at the Providence Journal in 1974 for revealing how Richard Nixon had cheated on his taxes. And he continued to break news for years afterward as the investigative reporter at Channel 12. A prime example came when former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci learned of his indictment in 2001.

"I heard it from the press," Cianci said. "I heard it from Jack White."

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RIPR News
7:47 am
Wed December 22, 2010

The Top Ten Stories of 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's been a busy 2010 in Rhode Island and WRNI's counting down the top ten news stories.

Number 10: Corruption in North Providence
If the headline was about "corruption" the words "North Providence" probably preceded it in 2010.

In August three North Providence city councilman were indicted on charges of conspiracy, extortion and bribery. Prosecutors say they shook down a supermarket developer for $25,000 for a zoning permit. All three later stepped down and are awaiting trial.

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RIPR News
2:45 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

The 1957 Celtics: Rise of a dynasty

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Basketball in America back in 1957 was just taking form. And Providence Journal sports columnist Bill Reynolds takes a look at the 1957 Boston Celtics in his book "Rise of a Dynasty: The 1957 Celtics. The First Banner and the Dawn of a New America." WRNI's Scott MacKay talked with Reynolds about the coach, players and town that shaped the Boston Celtics half a century ago.

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RIPR News
1:28 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Hauling, the latest trend in shopping

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Fashion hauling is a hot new trend in marketing and it's turning ordinary shoppers into celebrities. Elisabeth Harrison met a mom from Warwick who is using the trend to launch a new career as a professional blogger and fashionista.

"I hope these are on sale. Let me see," says Audrey McClelland. She's in her element hunting for a bargain at Old Navy in the Providence Place Mall. She selects a pair of fleece pants with blue and green stripes, on sale for eight dollars.

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RIPR News
11:02 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Icy roads keep state police busy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island State Police say they responded to 26 accidents that happened on icy roads Monday night during a three-hour span.

Captain Jamie Pereira says most of the accidents happened between Pawtucket and Providence,starting at around 8:30pm.


"It just became very icy and slick causing most of the vehicles to spin out, hit a barrier, guard rail, or actually had a couple of rollovers as well," says Pereira.

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RIPR News
10:14 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Newport needs to tweak America's Cup proposal

Providence, RI – Rhode Island is still in the running to host the 2013 America's Cup sailing race, but race organizers aren't completely satisfied with the Ocean State's plan.

A representative from BMW Oracle- the winner of the last America's Cup and the team charged with choosing the event's next location- says Newport is still a serious contender. But race organizers need more proof that proposed renovations at Fort Adams will be completed in time for the race.

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RIPR News
5:19 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Landmark, Caritas talks are off

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Landmark Medical Center of Woonsocket has suspended the acquisition process with Caritas Christi Health Care, and is making itself available to talks with other health care providers.

A court appointed special master has been running the financially troubled Landmark Medical Center for more than two years, and Landmark had been exclusively negotiating with Caritas for nearly half that time.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Ethics Commission to consider Costantino case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The state Ethics Commission will consider Tuesday whether to allow a departing state legislator to join the administration of Governor-elect Chafee.

House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Providence this year instead of seeking reelection as a state rep.

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RIPR News
4:34 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Luring computer-savvy kids into high tech jobs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin is meeting with Rhode Island high school students Monday launching the High School Cyber Challenge.


Langevin says his work on the House Armed Services Committee has enlightened him to the lack of cyber security specialists in the U.S.

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RIPR News
1:12 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Elizabeth Roberts leaves political Siberia

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island lieutenant governor Elizabeth Roberts has been in political Siberia for much of the past four years. Now, a new governor is bringing her intro the State House fold.

The profile of Democrat Roberts that emerged in her first term was one of a female Rodney Dangerfield : she didn't get much respect from Republican Governor Don Carcieri or the mostly male cast that prevailed in the Democratic Party until the November election.

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