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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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Reed & Whitehouse Announce Additional $25.8 Million in Federal Road Funds Heading to RI

WASHINGTON, DC –  Senators Jack Reed, the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), and Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW), today announced that Rhode Island is receiving $25,891,967 in additional federal funding for transportation infrastructure upgrades this year. The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) annual August redistribution means that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will have access to dollars not spent by other states to move forward with several shovel-ready road improvement projects across Rhode Island. The additional funds will benefit several RIDOT projects,…
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US Charges N. Korean Man in Sony Hack, Other Attacks

VOA/Masood Farivar prosecutors on Thursday announced charges against a North Korean computer programmer in connection with a series of cyberattacks in recent years, including the 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment and a 2016 attack on the Bangladesh central bank. Prosecutors identified the hacker as Park Jin Hyok, an alleged member of a hacking team known as the "Lazarus Group." The group is accused of engaging in a "wide-ranging, multi-year conspiracy" to conduct computer intrusions and wire fraud around the world while operating out of North Korea, China and other countries. The charges against Park were filed June 8 in…
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US Top Court Nominee Kavanaugh Defends His Judicial Independence

VOA/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — After spending 12 hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh returns Thursday for another round of questioning as senators decide whether to support his bid to become the ninth member on the nation’s highest court. President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh in July, says he is pleased with the way the hearings are going so far. During Wednesday’s session, Kavanaugh pledged judicial independence from Trump. ‘An independent judge’​ “I’m an independent judge,” Kavanaugh said when asked by Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch for assurances that, if confirmed to the high court, he would…
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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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Reed Delivers $396k to Help People With Disabilities Find Accessible Housing

Federal grant aims to increase access to community-based housing and supportive services PROVIDENCE, RI – In an effort to increase accessible rental housing opportunities for low-income individuals with disabilities, Senator Jack Reed today announced $395,940 in federal Section 811 voucher funding for the Providence Housing Authority. Administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Section 811 Mainstream Voucher program helps provide rental assistance so people with developmental and physical disabilities who are preparing to exit institutional care or at risk of homelessness can transition to independent living in the community. Senator Reed, the Ranking Member of the Appropriations…
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Four RI Fire Departments Granted $1.1M for New Truck & Rescue Equipment

RI Congressional delegation announces new fire grants for Little Compton, North Kingstown, Warwick, and Woonsocket Fire Departments WARWICK, RI – In an effort to help local fire departments effectively respond to emergencies and keep communities safe, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced a total of $1,113,758 in federal funding to help the Warwick Fire Department purchase a new rescue vehicle and the North Kingstown, Little Compton, and Woonsocket fire departments upgrade essential equipment. The federal funds are being awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. …
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TRINITY REP ANNOUNCES CHILD AUDITIONS FOR ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Open call for children ages 8-12 on Saturday, September 8, 2018 PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Rep announces auditions for children 8-12 years of age for its upcoming production of beloved New England tradition, A Christmas Carol. Auditions will take place Saturday, September 8, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Cardi’s Furniture, at 999 Newport Avenue, Attleboro, MA. This is an open call, and appointments will not be taken. Actors will be seen in groups of ten every ten minutes and will be asked to read from a side and sing a few bars of a holiday song of their choice. Children turning 13 before…
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Mayor Grebien Announces City of Pawtucket Open House

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien, in tandem with Pawtucket School Department Superintendent Patti DiCenso, has announced an Open House outside of City Hall on Wednesday, September 5th from 3:00 to 7:00 Members of the community will be given the opportunity to learn about the specific departments within the City and School Department. Application information will also be available for open positions including the Police and Fire Departments. “The City and School Department are here to serve the community and our residents. In doing so, we want to ensure that they understand what each department does while showcasing all of the career opportunities that are available,”…
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Tributes to McCain Begin in Home State of Arizona

VOA/Ken Bredemeier Days of tribute to the late Senator John McCain began Wednesday, his body lying in state under a flag-draped coffin in Phoenix, the capitol of his home state of Arizona. His widow, Cindy McCain, gently touched his casket and knelt silently to rest her cheek against the flag before other family members and mourners walked by to pay their respects on what would have been the lawmaker and war hero's 82nd birthday. McCain's sons were in their military uniforms and his daughter, Meghan McCain, wept as the tribute unfolded. The Arizona National Guard carries the casket of Sen.…
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