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RI News
1:05 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Home-based RI Child Care Workers Overwhelmingly Approve To Unionize

Robyn Golden, administrator for the Rhode Island Labor Relations Board counts ballots on union vote.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

State-subsidized, home-based child care providers have voted overwhelmingly to join a union.

The crowd cheered at the state Labor Relations Board when the results of the child care vote were announced. 390 voted to join the Service Employees International Union. 19 voted against it.

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RI News
9:17 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The Boston Red Sox Bring It Home!

Fenway Park in Boston, where the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in nearly 100 years.
Credit ESPN

They've done it again.

The Red Sox have won their third World Series title in less than a decade.

Back at Fenway Park last night for Game 6 of the series, the Red Sox easily beat the Saint Louis Cardinals 6-to-1.

Karen Given was there.

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RI News
8:25 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Work Begins On Wastewater Treatment Facility In Johnston

Governor Lincoln Chafee and other dignitaries break ground on a new center that should help clean up the Narragansett Bay.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The wastewater coming out of the Central Landfill in Johnston should be a lot cleaner in years to come as a result of action taken Wednesday.  It's an ambitious plan to clean up the water that flows into Narragansett Bay.

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Artscape
4:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Artscape: Providence Loves HP Lovecraft

Brown librarian Holly Snyder holds one of HP Lovecraft's hand-drawn pamphlets.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

As a 10-year-old child, Howard Phillips Lovecraft would tuck himself into his grandfather’s library and read. Lovecraft’s father had gone mad and his mother eventually would too, making his wealthy grandfather – and all of those books –the center of Lovecraft’s world. Then his world fell apart. Lovecraft’s grandfather died and the estate was badly managed, wiping away his comfortable life in Providence. To earn much needed income Lovecraft, at 13-years-old, carefully crafted astronomy pamphlets and sold them, essentially starting his career as a published writer.

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RI News
3:56 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Diocese of Providence Helping Rhode Islanders Pay Their Heating Bill

Once again the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is reaching out to help Rhode Islanders who can’t pay their heating bills this winter.

With overnight temperatures dipping into the 30’s, Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has announced the ‘Keep the Heat’ program on for an eighth year.  The program provides heating assistance to Rhode Islanders who have exhausted all other public and private forms of heating assistance.

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RI News
3:48 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Couple Found Dead In Their Rhode Island Home

A couple was found dead in their Cranston home Wednesday morning and investigators suspect carbon monoxide poisoning. The home had no smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.

Cranston firefighters were called to a home on Pontiac Avenue at 8:30 am on a report of two people found unresponsive.  It was too late to save the 40-year-old man and 36-year-old woman.  Cranston fire marshal Stephen MacIntosh said the home was heated with a portable generator that should have been outside but was installed in the basement.  Carbon monoxide levels in the home, he said, were high.

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RI News
3:40 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Rhode Island Rolls Out "Operation Holiday Cheer" For Troops

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride roll out Operation Holiday Cheer at the RI National Guard Armory in Warwick.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

“Operation Holiday Cheer” was officially launched Wednesday. The Lt. Governor’s Office, Rhode Island National Guard and several organizations and businesses are teaming up to send care packages to Rhode Island guardsmen overseas during the holidays.

Capt. Michael Calcagni got a care package last year. He said it makes difference when you’re away from family during the holidays. “However when you’re away one thing that is always uplifting, no matter what time of year, is mail call,” said Calcagni. “And when you can’t be home and mail brings home to you, it’s even better.”

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RI News
9:34 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Students and Activists Shut Down Lecuture At Brown University

Students and community members protest a lecture by New York City's Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

More than 100 Student and community protestors shut down a lecture by New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly at Brown University yesterday afternoon.

Mario Vega, a Brown student, says he was there to protest the way NYC police have monitored Muslim residents since 9/11.

“I think Ray Kelly’s policies are completely racist and Islamiphobic, and I completely do not support how Brown is paying him to come here and unilaterally impose his doctrine on the people of the University.  That gives the impression that we support it and we don’t," said Vega.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Six Judicial Candidates Announced For Superior Court Judgeship

A former aide to Lincoln Chaffee is among the six candidates nominated for the open RI Superior Court Judgeship.
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

A top aide to Governor Lincoln Chafee and a former counsel for the speaker of the House are among six candidates to become a Superior Court judge.  Interviews of the candidates are tentatively scheduled for early next year.

Those hoping to become a Superior Court judge include Richard Licht, director of the state Department of Administration. The state Ethics Commission recently found Licht isn’t subject to a requirement to spend a year outside government before trying to become a judge

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Theater Reviews
4:20 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Festival Ballet's Up Close Is One Of Its Best

Ruth Whitney and Alan Alberto in Boyko Dossev's "Lovers' Song" at Festival Ballet's "Up Close."
Credit A. Cemal Ekin

Widely varied, indeed.

This latest “Up Close” offers dances from the 19th century to world premieres. Topics range from a smartly funny, and goofy, piece called “Tea Time” to a heart-rending vision of the end of life. The music? Well, that goes from Igor Stravinsky and Gustav Mahler to Ray Charles and Jacques Brel.

The dancing by Festival’s best is, generally, at a high level. And, of course, in that rehearsal room the dancers are right there in front of you.

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