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Mayor Elorza, Providence Police Announce Continued Efforts in “Operation Backpage”

PROVIDENCE, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Commissioner Steven M. Paré, Commander Thomas F. Oates III and Peg Langhammer; Executive Director of Day One today announced 13 new arrests in the ongoing undercover sting operation, “Operation Backpage.”  This operation was first conducted during the month of March and led to the arrest of 22 men soliciting for sex on   Providence Police Narcotics Bureau Detectives continued this investigation on April 16 and 17, targeting people answering ads on Backpage to pay for the illegal procurement of sex.  Narcotics Detectives placed advertisements on disguised as women soliciting for sex. Undercover policewomen arranged…
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Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) rounded off Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Thursday on a perfect, sun-bathed Newport morning

NEWPORT, Rhode Island, May 7 – Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) rounded off Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Thursday on a perfect, sun-bathed Newport morning with their heads held high, but a burning sense of what might have been. For so long in the 5,010-nautical mile (nm) leg to the American sailing capital of Newport, from Itajaí, Brazil, the all-women’s crew were right in the mix in the fight for supremacy. But in the final four days of a 17-day stage, they conceded nautical mile after nautical mile to their rivals and ended up finishing sixth again (see…
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Welcome home, boys!

NEWPORT, Rhode Island, USA, May 7 – Tired, a little disappointed, but still proud, Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) savoured their home town welcome in the small hours of Thursday as Newport residents stayed out in bitterly cold conditions to cheer them in. Skipper Enright grew up in nearby Bristol, but learned much of his craft in the sailing crazy town’s Narrangansett Bay. He had targeted the sixth leg, won late on Wednesday by Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) after a thrilling tussle with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR), as the perfect stage to grab Team Alvimedica’s first victory. But…
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A glorious comeback

NEWPORT, Rhode Island, USA (May 7) – Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) edged overall Volvo Ocean Race leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) by just three minutes and 25 seconds to win Leg 6 to Newport after an enthralling duel over the past 24 hours. The result cuts the Emirati boat’s lead over the Chinese-backed challengers to six points and marks a fantastic comeback for Caudrelier and his crew after they were forced to pull out of the previous leg to Itajaí because of a broken mast. The French skipper paid tribute to his shore crew who managed to…
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Arrivals Update – Volvo Ocean Race in Newport

Newport - Today's the day! After 17 long and tiring days sailing north from Itajaí, Brazil, the fleet is moving ever closer to Rhode Island - and the excitement is growing by the hour! The American flags are out in force to welcome these boats to the only North American stopover of the 2014-15 edition - the race's first ever visit to Newport! Racing close all the way to the finish, the boats are still battling it out for first place, and the leaders are expected to arrive between 2000UTC and 0300UTC tonight! (That's between 00-07 UTC time on 7 May)…
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Volvo Ocean Race Fleet Expected To Finish This Evening Between 8 PM And 3 AM

The past 24 hours have been swift for the six boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race and the leader’s estimated time of arrival is now expected tonight, between 8 and 3 tomorrow morning. The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village at Fort Adams State Park will remain open past the scheduled 7 closing time to accommodate race fans and families of the sailors who will be on hand to welcome the weary sailors after a 5,000-nautical mile leg. Based on this morning’s position report of 8:40 EDT (12:40 UTC), Dongfeng Race Team, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, led the…
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Raimondo, Paiva Weed Officially Open New State Pier At Fort Adams

PROVIDENCE,  – Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Rhode Island Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed and Director of the Department of Environmental Management Janet Coit today officially opened the new public pier at Fort Adams State Park. Construction on the pier began in April 2014 to improve public access to Narragansett Bay. “Increasing public access to Narragansett Bay is a great way to attract visitors to one of our beautiful state parks,” Governor Raimondo said. “Completing this type of project demonstrates Rhode Island is ready to welcome residents and tourists alike to enjoy all our state has to offer.” “This investment…
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Providence Fire Department promotes twenty-four members to various ranks within the department

PROVIDENCE, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré and Fire Chief Clarence A. Cunha joined at City Hall this afternoon for a promotional ceremony of twenty-four members of the Providence Fire Department.   “The Providence Fire Department is simply as fine as they come. I congratulate all of the firefighters being promoted this afternoon and thank them for their continued service to the City,” said Mayor Elorza.   “I would like to congratulate the members of the Providence Fire Department being promoted this afternoon,” said Chief Cunha.  “I commend for their commitment, hard work and compassion…
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RIDOT Accelerates Opening of Washington Bridge Linear Park

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will open the new linear park on the historic Washington Bridge in Providence on weekends beginning Saturday, May 2; this to allow the public to take advantage of the spring weather and enjoy the new bike path as soon as possible. The park will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from dawn to dusk; this schedule will be in effect until the project is completed and the park is fully opened in late June. As part of this project, the original bike path - which was closed in 2012…
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Boston Marathoners under deary skies, but full of energy

The skies are dreary, the air is chilly and downpours are on the way, but the runners have hit the road for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. Enveloped as it was last year in a heavy security blanket of multiple armed law enforcement agencies, the National Guard and bomb-sniffing canines, the world’s oldest competitive race got under way at 8:50 with the first field of mobility impaired participants. Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, won the men’s wheelchair race with a time of 1:29:53. Tatyana McFadden won the women’s wheelchair race, finishing in 1:52:53.  
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