Sunday March 9
Malaysia Airlines Missing Plane
Malaysia Airlines is “fearing the worst” as its plane carrying 239 people is still missing, more than 24 hours after it disappeared. A rescue team is continuing its search after two oil slicks suspected to have come from the aircraft were found at sea. The plane search area for the rescue mission has been expanded as the missing aircraft might have turned back, Malaysia's Transport Minister Seri Hishammuddin said during press conference. The minister said that no debris was found and added that four suspect passengers are being investigated in a terror link probe.
Thursday March 6
Crimean Parliament Votes to Join Russia
The Crimean parliament has voted for the region to join Russia. The decision will only come in force if approved by the Crimeans at a referendum which will be held in 10 days. Crimean MPs voted on Thursday for the region to “to become part of the Russian Federation as its constituent territory,” says the text of the regional parliament’s statement. 78 MPs said yes to Crimea joining Russia, while 8 abstained from voting.
225 Staples store are to be closed as Sales move to online
Staples will close 225 stores by the end of next year and the office supply retailer will be initiating a plan to save about $500 million annually by 2015. Staples says nearly half of its sales are now generated online, so it will aggressively cut cost to become more efficient. The closings, all in North America, will help the company meet its pre-tax savings goal. The store closing amount to about 10 percent of Staples Inc.'s world total of 2,200. It has 1,500 locations in the United States. The company's fourth quarter earnings more than doubled compared with last year, when the company booked a restricting charge of more then $176 million.
Wednesday March 5
RI’s First Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center Opens in Warwick
The state Department of Health has granted an ambulatory care facility license on Tuesday to B&B Consulting LLC, a firm that assists qualifying patients seeking entry into the state medical marijuana program. The offices, at 300 Toll Gate Rd., Warwick, are open. Jessica Cotton, owner of the firm, said the approval by the Health Department is groundbreaking.
There are about 7,000 patients in the state medical marijuana program seeking relief from chronic pain, cancer, HIV, AIDS, severe nausea and other ailments. Their applications must be approved by the Health Department before they can join the program.
Tuesday March 4
RadioShack to Close up to 1,100 Stores
Electronics retailer RadioShack said Tuesday it is planning to shutter up to 1,100 stores around the country as it pushes ahead with a major rebranding strategy. The company’s stock price tumbled about 15 percent after the announcement. The potential closure of one-fifth of its stores is the latest setback for the firm, which said it had a dismal holiday shopping season.
Kerry Pledges $1 Billion in U.S.Aid to Ukraine
Secretary of State John F. Kerry brought a pledge of $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees for Ukraine’s new anti-Russian leadership as he arrived in Kiev to show solidarity with former opposition leaders now facing a military standoff with Moscow. Kerry was in the Ukrainian capital for talks Tuesday that U.S. officials hope will help the interim leaders in Ukraine prepare for elections and recover looted assets.
Monday March 3
Kerry Lectures Russia
“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. Kerry has also threatened to isolate Russia economically and
politically and warned of potential asset freezes and visa bans,
adding to media and political hype that followed Russia
authorization of sending a stabilization force in Crimea on
official request from the authorities.
Youth arrested for making threat to blow up Scituate High School
A child was arrested by the police on Sunday after admitting to
making a threat to “blow up” the high school, according to the school
superintendent. The threat was made to a student through social
media early Sunday, said Supt. Paul Lescault. That student informed the
police and school officials. “The threat was made to him and also
to his school, something about blowing up the school,” Lescault said.
“We decided it was something we needed to follow up on.”
Sunday March 2
Russian Senators Vote to Allow use of Military Forces in Ukraine
Russia’s Federation Council has unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to use Russian military forces in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine. The move is aimed to settle the turmoil in the split country. Crimeans began protesting after the new self-proclaimed
government in Kiev introduced a law abolishing the use of other languages in
official circumstances in Ukraine. According to Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, the president has
not yet made a decision on sending the troops to Ukraine.
Road Salt Deliveries Arrive in Rhode Island
Shipments of much-needed road salt began arriving in Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon, according to state officials. Road salt supplier International Salt was able ship salt today from New Haven to Department of Transportation facilities in Rhode Island, but not enough to reach normal operating levels.
Friday February 28
Ukraine crisis: Armed men patrol Crimean airports
There are more signs of tension in Ukraine after armed men began patrolling airports in the Crimean capital Simferopol and Belbek International airport in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol. It was not immediately clear who the men were, nor the reason for their presence at the airports. This comes a day after pro-Russian armed men stormed Crimea's local parliament.
Thursday February 27
Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill on Refusal of Service to Gays
Jan Brewer, a Republican, vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have
given business owners the right to refuse service to gay men, lesbians
and other people on religious grounds.Her
action came amid mounting pressure from Arizona business leaders, who
said the bill would be a financial disaster for the state and would harm
its reputation. Most students would graduate without NECAP
The majority of Providence 12th-grade students who are still at risk
of not receiving a diploma because they haven’t earned a qualifying
score on the state’s standardized test would be on track to graduate if
the testing requirement wasn’t in place, the school department said
As it stands now, 515 of the city’s 605 students who haven’t shown
improvement on the math or English section of the New England Common
Assessment Program exam are on pace to meet the other components of the
state’s high school graduation requirements, according to Christina
O’Reilly, a spokeswoman for Providence Public Schools.
Wednesday February 26th
Man pleads guilty to sex trafficking
A Missouri man has pleaded guilty to charges that he took a 17-year-old girl with learning disabilities from Massachusetts to Rhode Island, where he sold her for sex. Stephen Ardrey, 30, of Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday acknowledged he met the girl online and corresponded with her for months. She was found in neighboring Coventry after someone saw them walking together. He pleaded guilty to trafficking a minor and transporting a minor to engage in sex. The charges carry a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for May 15.
New England fishing community gets disaster aid
Coastal New England states are getting $32.8 million in disaster relief funding for communities that have suffered severe economic losses due to declining fish populations.The funding is part of $75 million being sent from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to affected fishing communities in several regions of the country. It was announced Wednesday by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and praised by other members of Congress across the region. New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte says NOAA also agreed to waive the state matching requirements for the disaster relief funds.
Mass gambling panel weighs slots parlor licence
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is continuing discussions on the merits of the three applicants seeking to open the state's first and only slots parlor. Commission chairman Stephen Crosby, who led a general overview of the proposals, on Wednesday gave the strongest grade of "very good" to a plan by Cordish Cos. to build a slots parlor in Leominster. Penn National Gaming, which hopes to add slot machines at the Plainridge harness racetrack in Plainville, earned the second highest grade from Crosby, with Raynham Park receiving the lowest grade. Penn National and Cordish also received higher grades than Raynham in several other categories being used to evaluate the proposals, including economic development, mitigation efforts, financial strength, and building and site design. The commission is expected to decide on the slots parlor license by Friday.
Tuesday February 25
Publishers Remove Fake Scientific Papers
Providence Potholes Worst In Years
Angel Taveras, mayor of Providence has sent out a press release on the road damage that has occurred this winter. Taveras states that five crews are out repairing damaged roads. Residents may file a claim with the city for serious damages. The city of Providence has paid out almost $600,000 from 2009-2013.
Springer and the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers have removed more than 120 published papers from their subscription services. The papers were found to be computer generated by a software called SCIgen, which generates scientific-sounding gibberish, along with graphs and tables of meaningless data. The fake papers had made it through the peer-review process, and some had made it to conferences.