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Raimondo Celebrates Dr. King’s Legacy, Announces New Criminal Justice Reforms

PROVIDENCE, RI - In her annual address at the Minister's Alliance Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced new criminal justice reforms. Through a series of proposals in her FY21 budget and administrative actions, the Governor plans to implement recommendations from her Criminal & Juvenile Justice Working Group. "Every citizen deserves to know that their criminal justice system is one truly rooted in equality and fairness," said Governor Raimondo. "We made major progress in my first term with our Justice Reinvestment work, but significant challenges remain. These new reforms will help eliminate barriers to reentry…
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ACLU TAKES LEGAL ACTION OVER UNLAWFUL ARREST OF 13-YEAR-OLD HONORS STUDENT

A legal claim for damages has been sent today to the City of Pawtucket over a School Resource Officer’s (SRO) gratuitous and unlawful handcuffing and arrest of a 13-year-old African-American middle school honors student. The damages claim was submitted by ACLU of Rhode Island cooperating attorney Shannah Kurland as a required legal prerequisite to the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of the student, Tre’sur Johnson. Last June, Tre’sur and another student got into a scuffle in the Goff Middle School schoolyard before the school day started. It was quickly broken up by other students, and neither student was hurt.…
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Puerto Rico emergency director fired after residents discover warehouse full of Hurricane Maria supplies

CNN News By Nicole Chavez and Rafy Rivera, CNN Ponce, Puerto Rico (CNN)Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island's emergency manager, hours after a warehouse filled with supplies was emergency aid is believed to be from when Hurricane Maria hit the island two years ago, the governor said. A warehouse filled with bottled water and emergency supplies was opened Saturday by residents in Ponce, Puerto Acevedo, director of Puerto Rico's Office of Emergency Management, was dismissed Saturday. The governor appointed Maj. Gen. José J. Reyes, the adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard, to replace him. Earlier on Saturday, numerous pallets of…
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Germany Hosts Libya Summit in Bid to Curb Military Meddling

VOA News By Associated Press BERLIN - Germany is bringing together the key players in Libya's long-running civil war in a bid to curb foreign military meddling, solidify a cease-fire and help relaunch a political process to determine the North African nation's future.  Chancellor Angela Merkel invited leaders from 12 countries as well as the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and the Arab League to Sunday's summit at the chancellery in Berlin. Germany's months-long diplomatic drive seeks to bolster efforts to stop the fighting in Libya by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his envoy for Libya, Ghassan ;   Among…
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Passengers on Wuhan Flights Shrug at ‘Temperature and a Form’ Screenings

VOA News By Michelle Quinn SAN FRANCISCO - health officials began screening at three airports — here, Los Angeles and New York — of passengers traveling from Wuhan, a city in central China, where a viral pneumonia has spread. As of Saturday, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said four more people were diagnosed with the virus. The total number of cases stands at 62, with five people in serious condition, 19 people who have been discharged and the rest in stable condition. Two people have died, officials said. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it would send 100 people…
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La conferencia de Berlín busca una complicada paz en Libia

Las grandes potencias buscan un acuerdo que impida que la guerra civil se enquiste en el país como ha ocurrido en Siria. La canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, reúne este domingo () en Berlín a las partes implicadas en el conflicto libio, en una conferencia bajo el paraguas de la ONU enmarcada en un clima de "moderado optimismo" y cuyo objetivo es impulsar un proceso de paz. Acuden a la cita el presidente ruso, Vladimir Putin, el turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogan; y el francés, Emmanuel Macron, así como el secretario de Estado estadounidense, Mike Pompeo, y el secretario general de la…
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US-China ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal to be Signed January 15

By AFP WASHINGTON - A partial new trade agreement will be signed in the middle of next month, President Donald Trump said Tuesday, announcing that he will also then travel to China for continued talks. "I will be signing our very large and comprehensive Phase One Trade Deal with China on January 15," Trump tweeted moments before Wall Street was due to open. "The ceremony will take place at the White House. High level representatives of China will be present." Trump said he would then travel to Beijing to continue negotiations "at a later date." Word of the deal, and the…
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Iraqi Protesters Attack US Embassy Compound in Baghdad

By VOA News Hundreds of Iraqi protesters stormed the perimeter of the embassy compound in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, setting fire to one of its gates with some reportedly entering the building. Most of those involved in the attack appear to belong to pro-Iranian Shi'ite parties, which are upset about a airstrike on a pro-Iranian Kataeb Hezbollah militia base in the Iraqi border town of al-Qaim, which killed at least 25 ;The mob of angry attackers used crowbars and street signs to smash the steel doors of the Embassy, after breaching the perimeter of the compound and setting fire to…
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PPSD Community Design Teams Announced

Members Represent Cross-Section of Providence Community PROVIDENCE, – A diverse and well-rounded group of 45 Providence community members have accepted invitations to join one the three Community Design Teams (CDTs) that will help develop a Turnaround Plan for the Providence Public School District (PPSD). CDT members include parents, students, educators, and members of groups such as Parents Leading for Educational Equity, the Latino Policy Institute, and ARISE, to name a few. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with this incredible group of volunteers who have stepped up on behalf of Providence students and families,” said Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. “The stakes are high for all of…
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