Entertainment

BON JOVI MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT LONG ISLAND SUPERMARKET

Stew Leonard Names 19 LB Lobster "Bon Jovi" FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK (August 4, 2018) – Jon Bon Jovi made a surprise appearance at Long Island’s Stew Leonard’s in Farmingdale to visit hundreds of shoppers, fans, and staff. Bon Jovi, a surf and turf fan, was greeted by Stew Leonard’s CEO Stew Leonard, Jr., with a twenty-pound lobster and Stew Leonard’s famous tomahawk steaks. Bon Jovi was there to support his new venture with his son, Jesse, who launched a rosé company this past year. Stew Leonard’s Wine and Spirits, owned by Stew Leonard, Jr., will be launching the sale of Jesse…
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Family Separation Policy Galvanizes Americans

VOA News/Bill Rodgers GETTYSBURG, PA — On a recent Thursday evening, residents of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, brought bags filled with school supplies, toiletries, games and other items to be donated to a shelter in Baltimore, Maryland, that houses migrant children who have been separated from their families. Galvanized by the Trump administration's now-ended policy of separating detained migrant parents and children, dozens of residents of the historic town showed up with their donations and to attend a forum to learn more about immigration advocacy. "It has hit a nerve with a lot of individuals in our neighborhood," said Gettysburg resident Annette Ehly,…
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Congressman Jim McGovern Visits Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands

Joins Congressional Delegation to Spotlight Recovery Efforts WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) took part in a two-day congressional delegation in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to shine a light on recovery efforts following Hurricanes Maria and Irma, which took place nearly one year ago. “Democrats pledged we would not forget about our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands as they recover and rebuild,” said Congressman McGovern. “We want to make sure that the failures of this administration during the weeks and months after Hurricane…
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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT REACHES 10-YEAR HIGH AS INDUSTRY ADDS 19,000 JOBS IN JULY AND 303,000 FOR THE YEAR; INDUSTRY UNEMPLOYMENT SETS RECORD LOW

Construction Officials Say Firms Would Likely Have Added More Workers if they Could Find Them, Urge Education Officials to Do More to Encourage Students to Consider High-Paying Construction Careers Construction employment increased by 19,000 jobs in July and by 303,000 jobs over the past year, reaching a 10-year high, while the industry's unemployment rate and level hit an all-time low, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said it was likely firms would have added even more workers if they could find qualified candidates to hire. "The construction industry has…
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Nigerian Nationals Sentenced, Face Deportation Proceedings in Bank Fraud, Counterfeit Passport Scheme

PROVIDENCE, RI – Two Nigerian nationals who participated in a large-scale bank fraud and counterfeit passport scheme, with an intended loss of more than $ million dollars, were sentenced today to 13 months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh.   Olugboyega Akinloye Fasanya, 36, of Woonsocket and Anthony Chidozie Ezike, 36, of Pawtucket, previously admitted to the Court that they participated in a scheme to defraud banks in Rhode Island and Massachusetts by acquiring and altering lawfully passed checks between commercial entities. The checks were…
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LPR News

Backpacks Provide Dignity to Migrant Children

VOA News/Aline Barros ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND —As migrant families and immigration advocates fight in court to return children to their parents, a Maryland nonprofit has been providing care packages to the children separated from their parents at the border. Volunteers fill backpacks with basic necessities, one by one, picking up shampoo, toothbrushes, blankets, pajamas, stuffed animals and books. They’ve been shipped to shelters in Texas, Florida, New York and Virginia — locations where migrant children were taken after crossing the border. “I’m not going to get into the political wave of what is happening, but I will tell you this: We…
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Tom Cruise Does the Impossible in ‘Mission: Impossible Fallout’

VOA News/Penelope Poulou WASHINGTON — Tom Cruise’s latest action installment of Mission: Impossible Fallout follows operative Ethan Hunt, the daredevil spy, on an extremely perilous quest to save the world. Cruise and the rest of the Mission: Impossible cast, along with the powerful visuals and the megastar’s mind-bending stunts, keep audiences on the edge of their seats for almost three hours. The film starts with a dramatic failed operation in which Hunt, an operative of the fictional independent espionage agency “Impossible Mission Force” — or IMF — loses three plutonium bombs to the enemy. With nuclear devastation looming, Hunt teams again with field agents Benji…
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Health

Lt. Governor McKee Launches Town Hall Meeting Series on Addressing Alzheimer’s Disease

PROVIDENCE, RI – As part of his effort to update Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s, Lt. Governor Dan McKee is launching a series of Town Hall meetings across the state to collect input from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been impacted by the disease.   In February, Lt. Governor McKee and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association secured $30,000 in grants to update the State Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for how Rhode Island will address the growing Alzheimer's crisis. Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation each pledged $15,000 to support the initiative.   The…
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Education

Langevin Applauds Passage of Major Career and Technical Education Legislation

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act reauthorizes Perkins Act funding at the Department of Education   WASHINGTON - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, issued the following statement after the House agreed to the Senate amendment to 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which now goes to the President for his signature:   “The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which funds important CTE programs in Rhode Island and across the country, has long been overdue for an…
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RIDOT CLOSING LANES ON I-95 NORTH TOMORROW NIGHT FOR SURVEY WORK

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will close multiple lanes of I-95 North tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 24, for survey work following repair to an area of settled pavement near the Park Avenue overpass in Cranston. The work is part of a study of subsurface conditions that contributed to the settlement, which required a temporary repair in early June. When the analysis is complete, RIDOT will announce its findings and schedule permanent repairs to prevent the settlement from reoccurring. By 11:30 , only one lane of travel will be open on the right side of the highway between the…
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