Wednesday December 11
Texas Actress was Found Guilty of Attempting to use Ricin to Poison the President
An actress from Texas has pleaded guilty to posting ricin-laced letters to Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Shannon Richardson appeared in a federal court in Texarkana, Texas, on Tuesday, pleading guilty to possessing and producing a biological toxin, which could have carried a sentence of life in prison. Under the plea deal with federal prosecutors, she faces a maximum of 18 years. She will be formally sentenced at a later date. She previously accused her estranged husband Nathaniel of sending the three poisoned letters in an apparent attempt to frame him. Richardson has played small roles in The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead, according to IMDB.
Family Lost in Nevada's Mountains Have Been Recovered
A couple and four children who vanished in sub-zero conditions in the mountains of northern Nevada were found safe Tuesday and revealed they had heated rocks in a fire to keep warm, officials said. The six were found "in fairly good shape" after crews spent two nights searching for them, Pershing County police dispatcher Leslie Steward said. The family failed to return Sunday from a trip to play in the snow near their hometown of Lovelock in Nevada's high desert about 100 miles northeast of Reno. Officials the family was able to survive because they didn't attempt the 4 mile trek back to civilization, otherwise it might have been a recovery mission and not a rescue.
Warwick School Committee has Voted to Keep Vets Open
The Warwick School Committee voted Tuesday night to keep Warwick Veterans Memorial High School open for now. The proposal has met with opposition from students, parents and teachers. But administrators cite the city's declining school population and say it doesn't make economic sense to operate three high schools. Students from Vets would be split between Pilgrim and Toll Gate. Gorton and Aldrich junior high schools would be closed in 2015, and students would move to the repurposed Vets building. The superintendent has said the consolidation plan would save $11 million up front and more than $4 million a year after. He said the savings could be used for programs like all-day kindergarten. Opponents claim the numbers are flawed, that there will be overcrowding and that Vets students will lose their sense of school community if they are moved to one of the city's other two high schools.
Monday December 9
International Dignitaries Descended on South Africa to Pay Tribute to Nelson Mandela
On Tuesday, a memorial service is expected to fill a 95,000-seat stadium in Soweto, the township that came to symbolize the struggle against the brutal white-minority rule that Mandela fought for decades. President Barack Obama, Great Britain’s David Cameron, Cuba’s Raul Castro and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, are expected to attend memorial ceremonies over the next week. After this, Mandela’s body will lie in state for three days in Pretoria, one of the country’s three capitals and where he was sworn in as president in 1994. He will be buried in his ancestral home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province on Sunday.
NFL - Pats Earn Comeback Win… Again
It was the 3rd Quarter in Foxboro: The Browns were leading 12-0, Rob Gronkowski had torn his ACL, and Gillette Stadium was as quiet as an electric razor. Hope was all but lost. Even when the Patriots offense kicked into gear in the 4th quarter, another Browns touchdown made the score 26-14 with 2:39 left on the clock. The Pats offense marched down the field and scored a touchdown to make it 26-21, but they would still need to recover an onside kick to even have a chance… And that they did. In the blink of an eye, a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Danny Amendola put New England ahead by one. The Patriots would earn yet another comeback win, this time to a tune of 27-26. They will next face the Dolphins in Miami.
Thursday, December 5th
Pope Francis Sets Up Child Abuse Committee
The Vatican announced yesterday it was setting up a committee to combat sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The committee will also offer help to victims. Pope Francis stated that dealing with sexual abuse within the church is vital for the Vatican's credibility.
US Fast Food Workers Staging National Strike
American fast food workers across the nation are staging a 24-hour strike in protest of low wages. Walkouts are reportedly underway in New York, Chicago, Washington, Detroit, and Pittsburgh. Labor unions are seeking a higher federal minimum wage than the current one at $7.25 per hour, set in 2009. They are calling for $15 an hour. President Obama has said he will back a Senate measure to raise the wage to $10.10 an hour.
Attention All Commuter Students
Due to the repair on Glen bridge on Manton Ave no threw traffic will be let through due to the re-pavement of the bridge. So if you are traveling from the Killingly Ave area please be advised that you will not be able to reach campus that way. Seek other routes such as Smith street to make it to your final destination.
Wednesday December 4
Former Pawtucket Police Officer is Accused of Domestic Violence Again
North Smithfield Police have charged Stephen Ricco with domestic 1st degree sexual assault and domestic assault by strangulation. These serious allegations come just months after Ricco resigned as a Pawtucket Police officer because of previous problems. In February he was charged by Pawtucket Police with domestic assault. He was accused of pushing an ex-girlfriend while he was on duty, reportedly upset that she refused to get an abortion. Ricco ultimately pled no contest to disorderly conduct in that case and was ordered to anger management and community service. Ricco is remains at the ACI and is expected back in court on Thursday.
Dangerous Radioactive Material Stolen in Mexico
A truck carrying "extremely dangerous" radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico. The vehicle was transporting the radioactive isotope cobalt-60 from a hospital where it was being used for radiotherapy, the International Atomic Energy Agency said. Experts said that if the material gets into the wrong hands it could be turned into a "dirty bomb" and potentially spread cancer-causing radiation across a wide area. The 2.5-ton Volkswagen Worker carrying the cobalt-60 was stolen on Monday at from a gas station in Tepojaco, near Mexico City, Mexico's National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards (CNSNS) said. The truck was en route to a radioactive waste storage center.
Mandatory meeting today at 1pm in Horace Mann 186 for the election of a new Sales Director, and Production Director
Tuesday December 3
Washington Man Killed by Shark Bite
Patrick Briney, 57 was paddling between the islands of Maui and Molokini when he was bitten by an unknown type of shark. Briney was taken by a friend to a nearby tour boat but died before reaching the Maui mainland. It is the second fatal shark attack in Hawaii this year. A German tourist died following a shark attack in August.
The Family of a Mentally Ill Man Shot Nine times by North Kingstown Police has Agreed to Settle a Police Brutality Lawsuit Against the Town and Police Department for $7 million
Mark Kilcline, was shot Feb. 8, 2009, in his home, in the face, chest, abdomen, and arm and was permanently paralyzed. He died this year, and the lawsuit says his death was a result of the shooting. The lawsuit says officers ran upstairs without permission and did not ask Kilcline to come out but instead kicked in his bedroom door, blindsiding him and barricading him inside.
Monday December 2
Rhode Island Removes Tax on Liquors
Rhode Island is eliminating the state sales tax on certain alcohol products and exempting artwork from the tax for a first-in-the nation statewide arts district. Wine and spirits bought at a Rhode Island liquor store will no longer carry a 7-percent sales tax. The tax will remain for beer and other malt beverages. The Legislature enacted the tax changes to help Rhode Island liquor stores be more competitive with businesses in Massachusetts, which repealed its sales tax on beer, wine and liquor in 2011. Rhode Island is expected to lose about $7.2 million in revenue without the sales tax on wine and spirits but gain $6 million by increasing alcohol excise tax rates.
Icy conditions caused a 65-vehicle crash in Massachusetts Sunday morning
Sixty one cars, two trailer trucks and two six-wheel trucks collided in Worcester, Mass., creating a 1,500 foot long chain of impacted vehicles, according to Massachusetts State Police. Recovery teams were delayed in getting to the stretch of Route 290 to treat the 35 injured people because the road had not been sufficiently salted yet. Sixty additional people were bused away from the scene.
Tuesday November 26
The Republican Party of Florida is calling on disgraced congressman Trey Radel to "resign immediately" after his conviction for cocaine possession
Chairman Lenny Curry released a statement saying that the 37-year-old should quit and "focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family". The father-of-one was given a year's probation last week at a Washington DC court. He won election easily last year with the support of Tea Party activists. But after last Wednesday's conviction, he was accused of hypocrisy as it was pointed out that he had recently voted for a bill containing a measure that mandated drug tests for poor Americans who apply for food aid. He has taken a leave of absence, pledging to donate some of his salary to charity.
Hollywood producer behind hit films such as Pretty Woman and Fight Club has said he spied for Israel in support of its nuclear program
Arnon Milchan, who was born in what is now Israel, gave an account to Israeli investigative programme Uvda. Mr Milchan said he performed dozens of clandestine missions on behalf of Israel after he was recruited by Shimon Peres, now Israel's president. "I did it for my country and I'm proud of it," he said.
NHL - The Bruins Prevail Over Pittsburgh In Overtime
A Sidney Crosby goal with .3 seconds in the final period forced overtime last night at the TD Garden. Bruins' defenseman, Torey Krug, must have had a bus to catch though, as his game-winning goal 34 seconds into overtime would cut short the Penguins' hopes of a dramatic comeback. Krug would earn first star honors, while Rask would be named the third star with his 28-save performance. Standing in 1st place in the Eastern Conference at 16-6-2, the Bruins will next face fellow original six team, Detroit on Wednesday.
Monday November 25
Gunman Reported at Yale University
Yale was on lockdown for more than four hours today as police searched room-to-room in residence areas for any sign of a reported gunman on campus. At an afternoon press conference, New Haven Police Public Information Officer David Hartman said that at 9:30 a.m., an anonymous male caller contacted police from a pay phone, stating that his roommate was on the way to campus intending to shoot people. Hartman said the call "was much more of a statement than a report to police." Shortly thereafter, two witnesses called police saying they spotted a man carrying a long gun on campus, Hartman said. No suspect has been identified yet and there have been no reports of gunfire or injuries. Hartman stated that multiple SWAT teams are searching the area, concentrating on Old Campus.
Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $3 million to help save tigers in Nepal
The funds will be used to significantly increase the number of tigers in Nepal by 2022 - the next year of the tiger. In a statement, the DiCaprio said he's "hopeful" the money will help "exceed the goal" of doubling Nepal's tiger population. Nepal's tigers are classified as endangered and - as with the general tiger population - are under threat from "habitat destruction and escalating illegal poaching".
North Korea has acknowledged that it is holding an American National
Merrill Newman, 85, was reported as detained weeks ago in North Korea. Mr Newman's family have appealed to Pyongyang to free him, saying there has been "some dreadful misunderstanding" and that he may need medication. North Korea's acknowledgement came via Swedish officials, who oversee consular issues for the US as it lacks diplomatic ties with North Korea. US officials have not specifically confirmed the case, but have called on North Korea to "resolve the issue".
NFL - Gostkowski's OT Field Goal Lifts Pats Past Broncos
Six - that's how many times New England fumbled the ball in last night's white-knuckle victory against Denver. Shut out at half 24-0 with little hope of comeback, the Patriots put the ball in Tom Brady's hands so he could do what he does best: win. Brady threw for 344 yards all game, and 3 touchdowns in the second half to bring the Patriots back into the game. Once tied at 31, the teams entered overtime and a muffed punt by Denver special teams man, Tony Carter, was recovered by the Patriots. This gave Stephen Gostkowski the opportunity to kick a game-winning 29 yard field goal, which he did easily. With a final score of 34-31, the Patriots handed Denver only their second loss of the season. The Pats will next face the struggling Texans on Sunday.
Thursday November 20
Radiothon for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank
8pm November 20th - 8pm November 21st
For every $1 donated, the food bank is able to provide three pounds of healthy food for families in need.
To donate by text: text RIFood to 501501 to donate $10 - the amount will be added to your next phone bill
To pledge an amount: call the studio at 401-456-8787 or 401-456-9946
Donations of canned goods also welcomed.
- According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 13.7% of all Rhode Islanders are at-risk of hunger (affecting 58,000 households) – the highest level since the USDA began tracking the statistic.
- Each month there are more than 60,000 Rhode Islanders seeking food assistance through the Food Bank's network of emergency food programs
- A USDA report on food insecurity shows that hunger in Rhode Island now affects one out of seven households
- Nearly one of every three persons served is a child under the age of 18, Six percent are seniors over the age of 65
- 41% report that they have such limited income that they must choose between paying for food and paying their rent, while 43% report that they have had to choose between paying for heat or utilities and paying for food