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Suspect arrested of Webster Avenue murder

PROVIDENCE, RI- Derell Johnson, age 21, has been charged by the Providence Police Department with one count of 1st degree murder for the April 1, 2015 murder of Briana Giorgio, age 21 of Cranston, which occurred on Webster Avenue.  Johnson is scheduled to appear in Superior Court at 2 today.   “I commend the Providence Police Department for their swift and successful investigation into this matter. We will not rest in our efforts to bring justice in the wake of this senseless tragedy,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza.   “The Detectives assigned to this case did a great job tracking…
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This Day in History: Pope John Paul II Dies, April 2, 2005

On this day in 2005, John Paul II, history’s most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century, dies at his home in the Vatican. Six days later, two million people packed Vatican City for his funeral, said to be the biggest funeral in history. John Paul II was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland, 35 miles southwest of Krakow, in 1920. After high school, the future pope enrolled at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University, where he studied philosophy and literature and performed in a theater group. During World War II, Nazis occupied Krakow and…
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Officials: 147 Dead in Al-Shabab Attack in Kenya

NAIROBI—Kenyan officials say 147 people are dead after al-Shabab militants attacked a university in northeastern Kenya Thursday. About 160 students are still unaccounted for, Kenya's interior ministry said. Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery spoke as special forces tried to clear the assailants off the campus of Garissa University College, about 370 kilometers (230 miles) east of Nairobi. Garissa University, Kenya “The government is on top of the security situation in our country; incident that happened today is one of those incidents that would surprise any country,” Nkaissery said. A reporter for VOA's Somali news service reported hearing gunfire and explosions coming…
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Governor Raimondo gave her first Budget Address

PROVIDENCE,  - Governor Gina M. Raimondo's Fiscal Year 2016 budget is a forward-looking, balanced budget proposal rooted in the belief that every hardworking person deserves the chance to make it in Rhode Island. Her budget offers significant investments in growth and has no broad-based tax increases despite closing an inherited $190 million deficit. "If we rebuild this economy and create middle class jobs for Rhode Island families, everything is possible," Raimondo said. "And if we don't, nothing else will matter. Our economic engine has run out of gas, and we have been in decline. Now is the time to spark our…
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Latino students can apply for $500,000 in scholarships at Rhode Island Foundation

PROVIDENCE, RI – Latino students can apply for more than $500,000 in scholarships at the Rhode Island Foundation. The assistance helps students pay for educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books.   “Every one of these scholarships makes dreams come true for our donors and our recipients,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “The impact of their generosity will ripple through Rhode Island for generations.” In addition to general scholarship assistance, some funds target Providence residents or provide assistance based on gender, economic status or special circumstance. Margaret Hanley Van Orden Scholarship goes to graduates of Hope…
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Ferguson police chief to resign later Wednesday

(Reuters) - The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, will resign later on Wednesday, Fox News reported, citing police sources. CNN, meanwhile, reported Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has indicated he is willing to step down but first wants to ensure that the police department stays in place and is not dissolved. CNN, which cited a source from city hall, did not have a time frame for the resignation. Fox said Chief Tom Jackson was not pushed out or fired. Protesters have called for his removal since the shooting of an unarmed black teenager last summer, which led to a Justice…
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Flu Virus in China Has Pandemic Potential, Scientists Say

Steve Baragona A dangerous influenza virus spreading in China's live poultry markets has the potential to become a worldwide pandemic, researchers say. They are calling for these markets to be permanently closed to protect global public health. H7N9 flu has infected roughly 650 people, mostly in China. Almost all of those patients had contact with poultry. Nearly 40 percent of them have died, an unusually high rate for influenza. Those who died generally had other medical problems. While the virus does not spread easily from person to person, experts say the more opportunity the virus has to evolve, the greater…
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Top 5 Songs for Week Ending March 7

We’re settling into a comfortable routine in which one new song appears every week. We can live with that…how about you? Hozier is starting to slip on the Top Five, as his triple-platinum smash “Take Me To Church” drops two slots to number five. He’s following it with a new single, “Someone New,” which features actress Natalie Dormer in the video. You’ve seen her in several big movies and TV series, including Game Of Thrones. She plays Margaery Tyrell. Maroon 5 rebounds a slot to fourth place with “Sugar.” Adam Levine and company are on the North American leg of a world tour, which sees…
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‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Likely to Alter Music Business

LOS ANGELES— A jury's verdict that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye's music to create their hit song “Blurred Lines” won't just be felt by the singer's pocketbooks - it has the potential to change how musicians work and could open the door to new copyright claims. An eight-person jury determined Tuesday that Williams and Thicke copied elements of Gaye's 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” and ordered the pair to pay nearly $ million to the late singer's three children. Marvin Gaye's daughter, Nona Gaye, left, talks to the media outside the Los Angeles District Court…
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US Military: Human Remains Found in Florida Helicopter Crash

military officials say rescuers have found human remains in the search for an Army helicopter that crashed off the Florida coast with 11 soldiers on board. A spokesman at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida said debris from the wrecked Black Hawk was discovered early Wednesday after the helicopter failed to return to base Tuesday night. Passengers on the helicopter included seven Marines and four crewmen. The Marines were part of a special operations unit based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, while the aircrew and helicopter belonged to a Hammond, Louisiana Army National Guard unit, base spokesman Andy…
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