Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor the men and women who devoted their lives to serving their country in the armed services. Many ceremonies and parades are planned across the state.
Most of Rhode Island’s top lawmakers will be at the state Veterans cemetery in Exeter this morning. Governor Lincoln Chafee, along with the state’s entire congressional delegation plan to be in attendance. The President of the U.S. Naval War College will speak at the ceremony. Music will be provided by National Guard's 88th Army Band.
The 12th annual National School Scrabble Championship will be hosted by Hasbro, Inc. on Saturday in Providence.
Over one hundred students between the fourth and eighth grades from the U.S. and Canada will compete against each other in teams of two. Hasbro’s Karen Davis says the tournament will have many educational benefits for children.
Seventy four undocumented students have enrolled at the state’s public colleges and universities.
They’re taking advantage of a policy the state adopted in 2011.
The controversial policy allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at any of Rhode Island’s schools of higher education. The seventy-four students taking advantage of the policy is about half the number lawmakers predicted. Ana Cano-Morales is the head of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. She offers several reasons for the lower-than-expected numbers.
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.