Providence Fire Department promotes twenty-four members to various ranks within the department

PROVIDENCE, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré and Fire Chief Clarence A. Cunha joined at City Hall this afternoon for a promotional ceremony of twenty-four members of the Providence Fire Department.   “The Providence Fire Department is simply as fine as they come. I congratulate all of the firefighters being promoted this afternoon and thank them for their continued service to the City,” said Mayor Elorza.   “I would like to congratulate the members of the Providence Fire Department being promoted this afternoon,” said Chief Cunha.  “I commend for their commitment, hard work and compassion…
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RIDOT Accelerates Opening of Washington Bridge Linear Park

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will open the new linear park on the historic Washington Bridge in Providence on weekends beginning Saturday, May 2; this to allow the public to take advantage of the spring weather and enjoy the new bike path as soon as possible. The park will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from dawn to dusk; this schedule will be in effect until the project is completed and the park is fully opened in late June. As part of this project, the original bike path - which was closed in 2012…
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Baltimore Riots Shut Down Baseball, Businesses, Schools

Baltimore is struggling to return to normal following a night of violence, with schools and other key parts of city life shut down. The city's Major League Baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles, used social media to announce its second game postponement Tuesday, after canceling a game Monday night against the Chicago White Sox. "After consultation with MLB & state & local officials, tonight's game between the Orioles & the White Sox at Oriole Park has been postponed," said the Orioles' official Twitter account. Some offices and businesses also opted to close, including the Baltimore campus of the Social Security Administration,…
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Obama: ‘No Excuse’ for Riots in Baltimore

President Barack Obama Tuesday said there's “no excuse” for Monday night's violence in the eastern city of Baltimore and called for those who looted and burned buildings "to be treated as criminals." Riots erupted in the city after the funeral for 25-year-old Freddie Gray, an African-American man who died in police custody earlier this month. Obama said what happened Monday in Baltimore "distracted" from the multiple days of peaceful protests that were focused on what he described as "entirely legitimate concerns" over Gray's death. "There's no excuse for the kind of violence that we saw yesterday," Obama said, making his…
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Boston Marathoners under deary skies, but full of energy

The skies are dreary, the air is chilly and downpours are on the way, but the runners have hit the road for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. Enveloped as it was last year in a heavy security blanket of multiple armed law enforcement agencies, the National Guard and bomb-sniffing canines, the world’s oldest competitive race got under way at 8:50 with the first field of mobility impaired participants. Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, won the men’s wheelchair race with a time of 1:29:53. Tatyana McFadden won the women’s wheelchair race, finishing in 1:52:53.  
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Elorza & Reed Kick Off Campaign to Help Enroll Eligible Children in RIte Care

PROVIDENCE, RI – Last week, Congress passed a bipartisan bill to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as for community health centers.  This is great news for thousands of children in low and moderate-income households in Rhode Island who will have health coverage through RIte Care as a result.   On Monday, April 20 at 11 , Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) will be joined by Merrill Thomas, CEO of the Providence Community Health Centers, and Elizabeth Burke Bryant, executive director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, to discuss the importance of…
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Raimondo, Pryor Statements on Stadium Proposal

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor today released the following statements regarding the proposal to build a minor league baseball stadium in Providence. "The PawSox are an important institution in Rhode Island and our goal is to keep them in the state," said Raimondo. "The idea of a stadium in downtown Providence that can be used for multiple purposes is exciting. That said, my top priority is getting Rhode Islanders back to work, and we have very limited resources to invest in economic growth - especially in the face of a large structural deficit. I…
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Jury Reaches Verdict in Murder trail of Arron Hernandez

Fall River - Arron  Hernandez's verdict is guilty of Murder of First Degree.   Jury also found Arron  Hernandez  guilty of  firearm and ammunition charges. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. He was shot six times in an industrial park near Hernandez's home. Hernandez's mother, Terri, and his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, cried and gasped when they heard the verdict, and Lloyd's mother and family members also cried.  The sentencing was late morning; the judge heard from Odin's mother and other family members before the sentencing.  The sentence was life without possible parole for the…
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Obama and Castro Meet on Saturday

PANAMA CITY— The White House says President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, are expected to "see each other" on Saturday, in a historic encounter at the Summit of the Americas in Panama. The president's deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, told reporters in Panama City Friday that the two leaders would meet during the summit but that no formal bilateral talks are scheduled at this time. A senior White House official told VOA the two presidents spoke on Wednesday, before Obama left the United States for Jamaica and Panama. Jorge Leganoa, deputy director of Cuba's state-run National…
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Suspect arrested of Webster Avenue murder

PROVIDENCE, RI- Derell Johnson, age 21, has been charged by the Providence Police Department with one count of 1st degree murder for the April 1, 2015 murder of Briana Giorgio, age 21 of Cranston, which occurred on Webster Avenue.  Johnson is scheduled to appear in Superior Court at 2 today.   “I commend the Providence Police Department for their swift and successful investigation into this matter. We will not rest in our efforts to bring justice in the wake of this senseless tragedy,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza.   “The Detectives assigned to this case did a great job tracking…
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