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6:14 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Across region, records fall as temperatures rise

Providence, R.I. – Records fell throughout New England as the region sizzled through an unusual spring heat spell.

The National Weather Service says the mercury hit 95 degrees at T.F. Green Airport outside Providence at 2:30 p.m yesterday. That broke the old record of 91 degrees for May 26 set in 1965.

A temperature of 98 degrees was recorded at Bradley International Airport outside of Hartford, breaking the previous record of 94 degrees in 1965.

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OSM: West Warwick
6:12 am
Thu May 27, 2010

A self-styled outsider gets cold shoulder at the Statehouse

Michael Pinga is pictured in front of a van he uses to deliver bread from his bakery in West Warwick. Photo by Alex Nunes.

West Warwick, R.I. – Michael Pinga grew up working in the family business, Westcott Baking Company, in West Warwick. So he's very familiar with the details of commercial bread baking.

"We refrigerate some of the dough, the product, at night, and then we bake it off this afternoon," Pinga says. "That's Italian bread, French bread, all different kinds of rolls, and this is our big walk-in freezer. We keep some product on hand in case customers forget to order."

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RIPR News
6:11 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Judge wants to review tape of alleged abuse at RI jail

Providence, R.I. – A federal judge says he wants to review videotapes that investigators say show an immigration detainee being abused and mistreated at a Rhode Island jail.

U.S. District Judge William Smith said yesterday he would look at the tapes before deciding whether to grant a request to block them from public release.

The videos were taken while Hiu Lui "Jason" Ng was jailed at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls. The Chinese immigrant was held at Wyatt for overstaying his visa.

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RIPR News
1:59 pm
Wed May 26, 2010

Providence commission warns about future of historic records

Providence, R.I. – Priceless historic records could be lost if the city of Providence doesn't store them more carefully. That's the finding of a special City Council commission looking into archive storage.

When the 1636 Roger Williams deed to Rhode Island was found under a table in the city archives last year, city councilor Terrence Hasset became concerned. What other treasures, he wondered, were in danger of being lost for lack of proper storage.

Plenty, as it turns out.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
8:02 am
Wed May 26, 2010

This I Believe RI: Author reflects on hope and resilience

Providence, R.I. – Five years ago, my husband Lorne, our son Sam and I traveled to China to bring a baby girl home from an orphanage in Hunan. Our house had gone mournfully silent in April of 2002, when our five year old daughter Grace died suddenly. Since that day, our lives had been marked more by what used to be than what could be. Until Annabelle.

"Our family is revived," Sam announced in our hotel room in Changsha as we watched our eleven month old daughter grin at us.

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RIPR News
7:42 am
Wed May 26, 2010

RI lawmaker says he will re-introduce immigration bill next year

Providence, R.I. – There are opposing reactions to news that House Speaker Gordon Fox will not let an Arizona-style anti-illegal immigration bill get a hearing.

State Rep. Peter Palumbo was the sponsor of the bill, which would have allowed police to question people they suspected of being illegal immigrants. He says he's "somewhat devastated" that Fox, an opponent of the bill, will not give it a hearing this year.

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RIPR News
6:40 am
Wed May 26, 2010

RI Judge denies request from lead paint companies

Providence, R.I. – Three companies that sold lead-based paint and were sued by the state in a landmark case cannot recover money they spent defending themselves in the lawsuit, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Rhode Island in February 2006 won a jury verdict that could have forced the three companies, including the Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Co., to spend billions of dollars removing lead paint from homes and buildings in the state.

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RIPR News
6:34 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Rhode Island Hospital postpones event at Westin

Providence, R.I. – The boycott against the Westin Hotel seems to be gaining traction.

Rhode Island Hospital says it is postponing a major fundraising event at the Westin Hotel because of the hotel's ongoing dispute with its workers. On March 14, management imposed a 20 percent pay cut and a doubling, or in some cases tripling, of employee contributions to their health insurance.

Camille Viveiros, of Rhode Island Jobs With Justice, says he's grateful for the hospital's support.

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OSM: West Warwick
5:35 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

After 202 years, work goes on at West Warwick mill

Maintenance Man Harry Collard and Machine Operator George Colon are seen talking during a recent weekday at Riverpointe Lace. Photo by Alex Nunes.

West Warwick, R.I. – Thomas Jefferson was in the final year of his presidency when Christopher and Charles Lippitt built a textile mill on the banks of the Pawtuxet River in what was then Warwick. The 1808 wood frame building is not only still standing, it's still in the textile business under the name Riverpointe Lace.

Peter Palmisciano and his partner, John Ponte, bought it in a bankruptcy auction two years ago for $300,000.

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OSM: West Warwick
3:19 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

Medical clinic helps students' health

The Health Hut is located at the John F. Deering Middle School. Photo by Alex Nunes

West Warwick, R.I. – Walk down the main hall of Deering Middle school in West Warwick, take a right, and you'll find the health hut.

Sherrie Berger, the health assistant, stands in the waiting room with a sick student. The nurse practitioner here has already diagnosed him with strep throat. Now he needs to pick up his medication and get better.

And he won't be missing school for long.

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