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Amtrak Refreshes Interiors of Acela Express Trains

Updates will provide a more modern, comfortable customer experience WASHINGTON - Amtrak is investing in an extensive refresh of its train interiors on the entire Acela Express fleet, which travels along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Boston and Washington, DC, aimed at introducing a more modern and comfortable customer experience. "Customers expect a premium experience when they board an Acela Express train, and these updated interior features will provide a more comfortable, refreshed look and feel - whether you want to relax, move about freely, work or play," said Amtrak CEO and President Richard Anderson. The Acela Express refresh is…
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Alert Warns of More Lava and Possible Explosion at Hawaiian Volcano

PAHOA, HAWAII — Residents near Hawaii's Kilauea volcano faced warnings Monday that more lava-spewing fissures could open near their homes and that the volcano's summit may be getting ready for an explosion that could scatter ash and debris for miles. Since Kilauea began erupting May 3, nearly 2,000 people have been ordered to evacuate as 18 giant fissures ripped through the area, including two new ones that opened Sunday with ear-piercing screeches that sent lava and rocks flying. But the Geological Survey also has warned that pent-up steam could cause an explosion at the top of the volcano as the pool…
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A New Silicon Valley is Sprouting in Middle America

Carolyn Presutti/VOA INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — Kavitha Kamalbabu needed a break. She had raised her two children and the youngest was now in kindergarten. It was time to turn attention to her career. The 36-year-old wanted to code. The mecca of high tech -- Silicon Valley — wasn't an option because she needed to stay close to home and family in Indianapolis, Indiana. "I chose Kenzie Academy because of its life project-based learning," she said. Kamalbabu is now at the top of her class, getting a two-year degree as a software developer. Kenzie, based in Indianapolis, was established to keep talent in Middle America…
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Meet Team MAPFRE

  MAPFRE wins leg 8 Newport, Rhode Island MAPFRE return to the Volvo Ocean Race and their goal could not be clearer – to win the Volvo Ocean Race trophy for the first time in Spain’s history. Skipper Xabi Fernández has built a mixed and multinational squad brimming with honours – from Olympic gold medallists and America’s Cup winners, to some of the most highly regarded offshore sailors on the planet. After finishing in fourth place last time out, it’s fair to say that MAPFRE look stronger than ever before in 2017-18. Skipper: Xabi Fernández Date of Birth: 19 October 1976 In: Ibarra,…
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Team Brunel keep upper hand – but it’s not over yet

Will Carson Team Brunel were on the brink of Leg 8 victory on Monday as they led the seven-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet towards Newport, USA, with a 14-mile advantage. The Dutch crew, skippered by esteemed round the world yachtsman Bouwe Bekking, were speeding up after making it through a light wind patch lying 200 miles from the finish line ahead of their rivals. At 0700 UTC their lead had been reduced to just seven miles, pressed hard by Franco-Chinese outfit Dongfeng Race Team, but by 1300 the new breeze had allowed them to double that. Brunel had just miles…
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All change as fleet hits speed bump

On what should be the last night at sea for most of the fleet, the Volvo Ocean Race crews enjoyed extremely fast downwind sailing, with winds upwards of 35 knots, and speeds regularly exceeding 25 knots. At least that was the case until Team Brunel became the first to hit the speed bump - sailing out of the pressure into light winds and a big right-hand windshift at about 0500 UTC. Wind speed went from 30 knots to between 6-8 knots. And within an hour, a 12-mile lead over Dongfeng Race Team had all but disappeared. As of 0650 UTC, the…
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Closing the game on the final approach to Newport

The final 36 hours of Leg 8 will be decisive with the teams set to choose their final approach line into the finish in Newport, Rhode Team Brunel continue to hold the lead although Bouwe Bekking’s team have an advantage of less than nine miles on second-placed Dongfeng Race Team. What’s more, the top five boats are only 36 miles apart after 14 days at sea and with just over 500-miles of race track still remaining. The positions are so close as the fleet draws level with Bermuda that it would be a bold call to make as to which…
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Blackstone Valley Topping Off Ceremony

Pawtucket, RI – It is with great pleasure that Blackstone Valley Community Health Care (BVCHC) hoisted the last piece of steel onto the Central Falls Neighborhood Health Station Monday, April 23rd during the official “topping off ceremony”. The ceremony was punctuated with comments from BVCHC’s Executive Director, Raymond Lavoie, Sr. Population Health & Clinical Services Officer, Michael Fine, MD, and longtime supporter Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa. "I'd like to thank the Blackstone Valley Community Health Center for their commitment to bringing a neighborhood health station to the City," said Mayor James A. Diossa. "The steel topping off ceremony…
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Independent Gubernatorial Candidate Joe Trillo Outraged at Lenient Sentencing for Man Who Abused More Than 100 Animals

(Warwick, RI) - Independent candidate for Rhode Island governor JoeTrillo is outraged that a man found guilty of abusing over 100 animals received a penalty of only $ Recently, 59 year old Carlos Alves of Exeter, was convicted of animal cruelty for keeping over 100 animals on his property in deplorable condition, including starving dogs and puppies, goats, rabbits, ducks, chickens, and roosters, but the judge sentenced him to only probation and $200 in fines. According to the RI SPCA who conducted an investigation on the property, investigators also found dead animal carcasses, which had been burned in containers and…
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Reed, Whitehouse to Host Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, April 28

WARWICK, RI - On Saturday, April 28, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will host a Military Service Academy Day for high school students from schools across Rhode Island. The event will run from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in Warwick. This informational seminar is open to all high school students and their parents who are interested in learning about the requirements and procedures for seeking a Congressional nomination and obtaining an appointment to one of the United States Service Academies. "I am very proud each year to nominate outstanding young Rhode Islanders…
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