Health

Measles Cases Surge Globally Putting Many Lives at Risk

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) says that measles outbreaks and deaths are surging globally, putting years of progress made in reducing the killer disease at risk. The WHO is calling for urgent action to stop the spread of the highly contagious but fully preventable disease. The WHO says a safe, effective vaccine, which has been around for 50 years, has protected millions of children. But WHO Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Katherine O’Brien says progress is at risk because of the failure to vaccinate many children in all regions of the world. “Measles as a virus is one…
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More Than 1 Billion People Risk Hearing Loss from Loud Music

VOA News/Lisa Schlein GENEVA, SWITZERLAND —  agencies warn that more than 1 billion people ages 12 to 35 risk losing their hearing from listening to loud music on their audio devices. The World Health Organization, and the International Telecommunication Union, are launching new international standards to make smartphones and other devices safer for listening. Listening to music is one of life’s greatest pleasures. health experts say they do not want to deprive younger people of the enjoyable experience of listening to music regularly on their headphones. But they warn listening to loud music is unsafe and can cause permanent damage…
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Religious & Secular Leaders Applaud AG Neronha’s Withdrawal from Controversial SCOTUS Brief

Leaders from ten religious and secular organizations today applauded Attorney General Peter Neronha’s decision to withdraw the State of Rhode Island’s name from a Supreme Court brief in a controversial church-state case. The brief supported a Maryland agency’s position that its sponsorship and funding of a 40-foot-tall Latin cross to memorialize WWI veterans did not violate the First Amendment. The decision in the case, scheduled to be argued before the Supreme Court later this month, could have profound implications for the First Amendment’s principle of separation of church and state, the legacy of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams. On behalf of the state, former Attorney General…
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Cicilline Introduces Assault Weapons Ban with Record Support

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced legislation today to ban the sale, manufacture, or possession of new military-style assault weapons. “Semi-automatic weapons with military-style features are designed for one purpose only – to kill as many people as quickly as possible,” said Cicilline, who is a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. “These are weapons of war. They do not belong in our communities. This bill will cut off the supply of new assault weapons that have been used to terrorize innocent men, women, and children across America.” The…
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Traffic Advisory: RIDOT to Establish Detour for Portion of Route 117 East in Warwick

Traffic change necessary for Centerville Road Bridge rehabilitation The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced it will implement a detour for a portion of Route 117 East in Warwick effective Monday, February 18. The detour is needed to provide a safe work zone as part of the $ million reconstruction of the Centerville Road Bridge, which carries Route 117 over Route 2, close to the West Warwick line. By establishing this detour, RIDOT will be able to shave approximately six months off the project timeline, finishing by the end of the year instead of Spring 2020. The detour…
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Rhode Island State Police Arrests FormerBoy Scouts Assistant Chaplain for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting an 18-Year-Old Disabled Man

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin M. Barry, Acting Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Acting Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of an Exeter resident for allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled 18-year-old male. James Glawson, age 74, of 101 Widow Sweets Road, Exeter, is charged with:   Three counts of first-degree sexual assault One count of second-degree sexual assault   Mr. Glawson was arraigned today in Fourth Division District Court and was ordered held without bail, pending further court action.   The arrest stemmed from an investigation by members of the Rhode Island State Police Detective…
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PawSox to Hold National Anthem Auditions

O SAY CAN YOU SING AGAIN? PAWSOX TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGERS SUNDAY, MARCH 3 at the WARWICK MALL, 12-4 pm Pawtucket, RI – The Pawtucket Red Sox are once again offering fans the special opportunity to sing the National Anthem prior to a PawSox game at McCoy Stadium during the upcoming 2019 season.  The PawSox will hold auditions for singers and musicians on Sunday, March 3 from 12 noon until 4 pm at the Warwick Mall on 400 Bald Hill Road in Warwick, RI.  “O Say Can You Sing?” will take place at the “center mall.” Individuals or groups…
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City Council Honors Black History Month with an exhibit by Providence City Archives

"South Side: Where Providence Begins" Exhibit Open PROVIDENCE, RI (February, 14, 2019) - On Thursday, February 14, 2019 a new exhibit will open to the public on the day of Frederick Douglass’ believed date of birth. The exhibit shares the story of the African American Community in South Providence, commemorating a history full of both triumphs and struggles. In honor of Black History Month, the Providence City Council and Providence City Archives partnered to create the exhibit “South Side: Where Providence Begins,” which will be showcased throughout the month of February until April 12, 2019. Located on the third floor of…
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PAWTUCKET ANNOUNCES 21ST ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST

Theme: “Pawtucket Works” Deadline for entry: August 3, 2019  PAWTUCKET – Grab your cameras and snap that picture! The City of Pawtucket and Camera Werks announced the 21st Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest. Twelve winning photos will be selected by a panel of local photographers and placed in the 2020 City Calendar. This annual contest provides an opportunity to bring awareness to daily life, historic locations and the ever changing landscape of Pawtucket through the lens of a camera. The contest is open to residents and non-residents alike, but the photo must be taken in Pawtucket. After a public…
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RI State Police and Impossible Dream bring people together to help fulfill 10-year-old’s dream

The Rhode Island State Police and imPossible Dream, a charitable organization that helps chronically ill children, today brought together a group of individuals, organizations and companies that are working together to help make a dream come true for a 10-year-old boy from Cranston. Travis, a fourth grader from Cranston, suffers from a rare congenital disorder known as Caudal regression syndrome. He has undergone more than 20 surgeries, from minor procedures to major operations on his bladder, stomach, feet and mouth. This boy, who never thought he’d even be able to walk, has lots of friends and classmates rooting for him…
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