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YOUTH POWER RALLY EMPOWERS STUDENTS ACTIVISTS TO ORGANIZE AND VOTE

Providence, Rhode Island August 14, 2018— youth activists representing Young Voices, Providence Student Union, and One Gun Gone gathered on the State House lawn this afternoon for a rally to end gun violence in their communities, on their streets, and in schools across the nation. The rally, led by Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Youth committee activists brought together hundreds of youth who spoke of the need to address gun violence with both legislative change and intersectional discussions about urban violence.  “Sometimes when people get shot it is close to where I live. All I am saying is I have…
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DeRobbio critica a Elorza por el Acuerdo Federal ELL

"Los estudiantes de Providence no deberían necesitar una investigación federal para obtener una buena educación", dice el ex superintendente escolar y candidato a la alcaldía PROVIDENCE, RI - Hoy, el departamento escolar de Jorge Elorza tuvo cerró acuerdo tras una investigación federal del Departamento de Justicia sobre el fracaso de sus programas de Aprendices del Idioma Inglés. El enfoque de Elorza para dar a los estudiantes las habilidades en inglés que necesitan para tener éxito fue tan inadecuado que los investigadores federales creyeron que violaba la Ley de Igualdad de Oportunidades Educativas. En una ciudad donde casi el 60% de los estudiantes provienen de…
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Puerto Rico Officials Say All of Island Now Has Power Again

VOA News/Associated Press SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Power has been restored to all of Puerto Rico for the first time since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 11 months ago, officials said Tuesday. The island's electric utility announced that crews working in the southern city of Ponce reconnected the last neighborhood that had been offline since the Sept. 20 storm knocked out the territory's power grid. Ponce resident Charlie Colon Nazario told El Nuevo Dia that he was looking forward to no longer having to use a generator to light his house. "No more lamps, no more candles, no more extension cords," he said…
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US Believes Missing Journalist Tice Still Alive After Six Years

VOA News/Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON — The Trump administration believes missing journalist Austin Tice, thought to have been captured in Syria six years ago, is still alive. "We believe him to be alive," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on the sixth anniversary of his disappearance. "We remain deeply concerned about his well-being, and we are actively working to bring Austin Tice home." Nauert declined to provide details about the conclusion or where Tice is thought to be held, and by whom. Tice was a 31-year-old freelance photojournalist working for AFP, McClatchy News, The Washington Post, CBS, and other news organizations when he…
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Jurors: 300-plus Priests Abused Scores of Kids in Pennsylvania

VOA News More than 300 Catholic priests sexually abused at least 1,000 children over the last 70 years and church leaders did all they could to cover it up, a Pennsylvania grand jury report released Tuesday said. The report said the number of victims might actually be in the thousands because church records have been lost and some victims were too scared to report the crimes. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than…
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Trump Blames Attorney General, Fired FBI Agent for Russia Probe

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump unleashed new attacks Tuesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, blaming them for the investigation of Russian links to his 2016 presidential campaign that has consumed his presidency. The leader said on Twitter, "If we had a real Attorney General, this Witch Hunt would never have been started! Looking at the wrong people." Trump's attack on the country's top law enforcement official came days after he described Sessions as "scared stiff" and "missing in action." Trump has long been critical of Sessions but has stopped short of firing Sessions…
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Poll: Americans Split on Whether Trump Guilty of Wrongdoing in Connection With Russia

VOA News A new Quinnipiac University poll shows almost half of all Americans believe President Donald Trump is guilty of wrongdoing in connection with Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Forty-two-percent said they believed he committed wrongful acts, while 43 percent said he did not. When asked if it is ever acceptable for a presidential campaign to get information on a political opponent from hostile foreign power, 79 percent said it was "never acceptable," while 12 percent said it was acceptable. More than half of American voters, 51 percent, believe special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a fair investigation…
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New Book, Nondisclosure Agreement Pits Trump Against Omarosa

Patsy Widakuswara President Donald Trump's presidential campaign Tuesday filed a legal action against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, alleging she breached a nondisclosure agreement with the campaign. The former contestant on the reality TV show The Apprentice is promoting her new book titled Unhinged, in which she made a number of controversial claims, including that she has tapes of Trump using a racial slur. During a White House press briefing Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders refused to "go on a back-and-forth on NDAs" but said the agreements were "actually very normal." She added that prior administrations have "had NDAs, particularly those…
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Raimondo Administration, Business Community Partner to Expand Opportunity for Rhode Islanders in Recovery

Governor: "I've personally hired people in recovery because they are determined, committed and focused" PROVIDENCE, - At a one-stop job training center today in Providence, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a new Recovery-Friendly Workplace Initiative -- supported by a $4 million federal labor grant -- to expand skills training and job opportunities for Rhode Islanders in recovery. In addition to the job training funding and programs, the new Recovery-Friendly Workplace Initiative will also provide guidance for employers looking to create more supportive work environments for employees and potential employees in recovery or living with addiction and to address the stigma…
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Terms of Trump-Mueller Interview Still Being Negotiated

WHITE HOUSE — Fifteen months since special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to head the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, prosecutors and lawyers for President Donald Trump are still negotiating over what questions investigators can ask the president. News reports Wednesday quoted the president's lawyers as saying they are trying to narrow the scope of Mueller's questions by declining to allow the president to answer questions about possible obstruction of justice. In an interview with CNN, Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers on the case, said the team is sending a new letter today with a counteroffer. Giuliani…
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