Providence – Providence Mayor David Cicilline has chosen an outsider, Dean Esserman, as the new chief of police in Providence.
Esserman's last post as a police chief was in Stamford, CT. He has served as chief of the metro north railroad police, the assistant chief in New Haven, CT, and as a New York City prosecutor. He comes to Providence after a brief stint as a private consultant. He has a four year contract and will earn $138-thousand a year.
Warwick – A former Warwick police detective who spent more than six years in prison is now recognized as an innocent man. A judge Monday vacated the conviction of Jeffrey Scott Hornoff for the 1989 murder of Victoria Cushman and dismissed the charges against him. That's because another man pleaded guilty to the crime and is now serving a thirty year prison sentence.
Only days after pleading not guilty to second degree murder, Todd Barry returned to court to plead guilty as part of a deal with state prosecutors.
Providence – Deborah Becker speaks with two artist who will be among the hundreds of artists and performers at First Night Providence this year. Storyteller Tejumola Ologboni discusses why he describes himself as a 'verbal illusionist' and talks about his the african heritage of his storytelling Ellen Santaniello, of the Zorgina Vocal Ensemble discusses their focus on music about women. We also talk with Artistic Director Kathleen Pletcher.
WRNI – Public health officials in Rhode Island suggest new medical performance evaluations of hospitals suggest they are already leading to improvements in care. The Health Department released the first ratings on Tuesday.
I really think they will be better because I'm aware of how much work our hospitals are putting into quality improvement and sharing methods of quality improvement that I believe are really improving things as a whole, said Dr. Patricia Nolan, Dirctor of the Department of Health.
Providence – Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak says the threats posed by worldwide terrorism and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein are greater now than they've ever been. Barak addressed an audience of some 600 people at Brown University Tuesday night. Barak also used the opportunity to rally support for resolute American military action against Iraq
WRNI – In the mid 1940's there were some 50,000 adoptions recorded in this country. 25-years later, they hit a peak of 175,000. Many of the women who gave up custody of their children recall a society that rejected them and their offspring. An artist at the Rhode Island School of Design is trying to tell the stories of some of those women. Ann Fessler plans several multi-media exhibits using video and audio recordings. She spoke with WRNI's Deborah Becker. The first installation opens in Baltimore in January.