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Hurricane Florence Closes In on US East Coast

VOA/Steve Herman Emergency officials on Wednesday urged millions of residents along the southeastern coast to finish preparations ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to unleash damaging winds and life-threatening amounts of rain when it makes landfall this week. Florence was at last report a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers (121 miles) per hour. Although it weakened slightly Wednesday afternoon, forecasters do not expect Florence's strength to change much before it comes ashore near the North Carolina-South Carolina border. The massive system was about 700 kilometers (435 miles) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. The National…
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US News

US Seeks to Impose Cost for Election Meddling

VOA/Jeff Seldin WASHINGTON — The United States is hoping to use the threat of calibrated sanctions to deter individuals, companies or countries from attempting to interfere with the midterm elections in November. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing automatic sanctions against actors or entities assessed to have meddled with elections, whether by attacking America's election infrastructure or through the use of propaganda and disinformation campaigns. "It's a further effort, among several that the administration has made, to protect the United States against foreign interference in our elections and really our political process more broadly," National Security Adviser John…
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National Carousel Association to Honor Pawtucket Carousel

Slater Park Looff Carousel recipient of 2018 NCA Historic Award PAWTUCKET – The National Carousel Association (NCA) unanimously selected the Slater Park Looff Carousel, built in 1895 and placed in Slater Park in 1910, as a recipient of the 2018 NCA Historic Award, which will be presented at the visit by the organization September 13th. “I want to thank the National Carousel Association for recognizing the Looff Carousel, the oldest stander carousel in the world,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “This Pawtucket and Slater Park treasure has withstood the test of time for over 100 years. The community’s commitment to its preservation can be…
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Entertainment

Actor Burt Reynolds, 1970’s Hollywood Icon, Dies at 82

VOA News Actor Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star whose career lasted for more than half a century, died Thursday at 82. His agent announced the actor's death in Jupiter, Florida, but did not give a cause. The rugged, mustached, handsome Reynolds was an icon of 1970s America and its fixation on Hollywood celebrities. Michigan-born Reynolds was a college football star in Florida and appeared headed for a professional sports career before he was injured in a car crash. FILE - Actors Burt Reynolds and Darren McGavin are seen on the set of the TV program "Riverboat" on NBC, Aug. 18,…
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Statement from Robert A. DeRobbio in Response to Shooting Outside PCTA

PROVIDENCE, RI — Following the tragedy that occurred yesterday outside the Providence Career and Technical Academy, words feel entirely inadequate. As a father, as a teacher, as a resident of this wonderful city, I struggle to identify any possible phrase to match the level of loss, fear, and anger, which I am sure so many members of our community are feeling. What words of comfort can we offer the family, friends, classmates, and teachers of the 15-year boy old who was killed? What statements of promise can we provide to parents and neighbors who are feeling fearful and looking for answers? Where words fail,…
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TRINITY REP OPENS 2018-19 SEASON WITH PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Hilarious Adaptation of Austen’s Novel Runs Oct. 4 – Nov. 4 PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Rep will open its 2018-19 Season with Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen. This classic “will they or won’t they” romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy is infused with fresh vitality and hilarity in this effervescent new comedic adaptation, directed by Birgitta Victorson. Pride and Prejudice runs October 4 – November 4 with press opening on Monday, October 8 at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $25. More information can be found at Mrs. Bennet is determined to see her daughters married. In…
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Education

UMass Dartmouth honors September 11 with community service

The 8th annual 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance brings together students, faculty, staff, and community members On Sunday, September 9, 2018, the UMass Dartmouth community along with Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA will once again collaborate on the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. This year’s day will consist of with two shifts: 12:00-1:30 and 2:00-3:30 This community service event, hosted by the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, works to harvest thousands of pounds of fresh produce for local food pantries including Arnie’s Cupboard, located on campus. “This event not only raises awareness about hunger issues, but…
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Big Names Gather in Detroit for Funeral of ‘Queen of Soul’

VOA News Former President Bill Clinton, comedian and entertainment mogul Tyler Perry, and legendary actress Cicely Tyson are among the dozens of people who have paid tribute to soul singer Aretha Franklin during an epic, hours-long funeral service in Detroit. Former President Bill Clinton smiles as he plays a recording of Aretha Franklin on his phone during the funeral service for Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. "She lived with courage. Not without fear, but overcoming her fears," Clinton said of Franklin, who died August 16 of pancreatic cancer, at age 78. "She lived with courage,"…
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LPR News

John McCain Lies in State at US Capitol for Final Farewell

VOA News The remains of the late Senator John McCain are lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda Friday as Americans continue to mourn the loss of the long-time legislator and war hero. McCain's remains were flown Thursday to Washington from Arizona, the southwestern state he represented in Congress since he was first elected in 1982. Hundreds of members of Congress are expected to attend a ceremony in the rotunda, an honor that has been bestowed upon just 30 Americans throughout the country's history. McCain's coffin will rest on a wooden platform known as a catafalque, which was first used…
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Health

Boil Water Advisory in Place for Five Public Water Systems Serving Parts of Narragansett and Parts of South Kingstown

A boil water advisory is in place for the customers of five public water systems serving parts of Narragansett and South Kingstown because E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply. The affected water systems are: Suez Water (customers with questions should contact Chris Jacobs at 401-316-2201) Narragansett – Point Judith (customers with questions should contact the Police Department at 401-789-1091 or John Soetbeer at 401-265-3515) Narragansett – North End (customers with questions should contact the Police Department at 401-789-1091 or John Soetbeer at 401-265-3515) South Kingstown – South Shore (customers with questions should contact the Police Department at 401-783-3321) South Kingstown – Middlebridge (customers with questions…
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