Tag Archive: Rhode Island


Scientists Record 5 Small Earthquakes In Connecticut

 

 

 

 

” Five small earthquakes were recorded within a 5 1/2-hour span in eastern Connecticut on Monday, including a 3.1-magnitude quake that was felt in parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, according to the Weston Observatory at Boston College and the U.S. Geological Survey.

  The quakes followed two in the same area last week, including a 2.0-magnitude quake Thursday and a 0.4 magnitude Friday. All the quakes were centered near Danielson and in northern Plainfield.

  Four of the quakes on Monday were within a 20-minute span starting just after 6:30 a.m., including the 3.1-magnitude quake that was felt in parts of Rhode Island, including Providence, and more than 60 miles away in Massachusetts in New Bedford and Framingham, scientists said. A 1.3-magnitude aftershock was recorded just after noon.”

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Blues On The Beach – Sugar Ray Norcia & The  Bluetones

Westerly, RI

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uploaded on Aug 29, 2011

” Sugar Ray Norcia and the Bluetones Big Band
August 10, 2011
Blues on the Beach, Westerly, RI
The WHOLE SHOW is here!

Ray Norcia – Vocals, HarpMonica
Anthony Geraci – Piano
Neil Gouvin – Drums
Mudcat Ward – Bass
Monster Mike Welch – Guitar
Carl Querfurth – Trombone
Barry Fleischer – Tenor/Baritone Saxophones
John Abrahamsen – Trumpet

http://www.sugarrayandthebluetones.com/

Produced by John Abrahamsen

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SET 1

Sent For You Yesterday
Say You Love Me, Before We Hang Up
That will never do
I’m Not Ashamed
I Put My Baby Out
You Know My Lover WIll Never Die
Blues on the Beach “HarpMonica” Special!
Geraci’s Boogie Woogie

SET 2

Further On Up The Road
Hipshake Baby
You Give Me Nothing But The Blues
That’s my Fool
I Want A Little Girl
Some Day, Some Way
Hoodoo Man
Lonely Nights
“Soupy” Kidney Stew

Mark Sullivan – emcee

STEREO 1230 AM WBLQ
Westerly, MA

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  Neda Suzanne Sullivan of 14 Cove Road, Westerly, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 21, 2011. Born in San Francisco, on Oct. 19, 2004, she was 6 years old.

  A beautiful and preternaturally delightful child, Neda was a happy, energetic little girl with a playful sparkle in her eye, a mischievous crooked smile and a gentle warmth and tenderness that melted the hearts of everyone with whom she came in contact.

  She was much beloved throughout the community and within the Westerly School system, particularly in the special education department and at the Bradford School, where she was something of a celebrity.
She is survived by her parents, Mark Sullivan Jr. and Stanislava Sullivan, of Westerly; her big brother/hero, Joseph; her grandparents, Mark and Suzanne Sullivan Sr., of Westerly, and Gancho and Nedka Ganev, of Gabrovo, Bulgaria; her aunts and uncles, Dave and Maura Sullivan of Rocky Hill, Conn., Leeann and Michael Keady of Medfield, Mass., and Hristo and Aneta Ganev of Berlin, Germany; her cousins, MJ, Mary, Mathew, Mack, Kate, Callie and Marie; and a multitude of children, thoughtful families and dedicated caregivers throughout southern New England and all over the world.

  Neda’s family will host a waking and memorial service in her memory from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly, followed by a family-friendly reception, to which Neda’s little friends are cordially invited, at St. Clare Community Center, on Crandall Avenue in Misquamicut.

   In lieu of flowers, please donate to the “Neda Fund” at 224 Post Road, #181, Westerly, RI, 02891.
Proceeds will be used to help defray the costs of Neda’s final arrangements, and to establish a foundation in her name to assist families of children with developmental disorders like those with which Neda struggled so valiantly to the end. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newport From The Air

Flying Over Newport, RI August 2014

 

 

 

    Take an aerial tour of Newport with Stu Sinclair aboard his trike .

Armored Truck Crashes: Money Bags Spill Over Highway, Passersby Sprint To Loot

 

 

 

” An armored truck turned over and out spilled bags of money along the highway, which was a sight that quickly drew a crowd of people scrambling to the site of the bags of cash. If you happened to be driving down the highway at the time on Route 10 in Rhode Island, the clear plastic bags and the white canvas duffle bags stuffed with money would have definitely caught your eye. The crowd scrambling around the money was also an eye-catcher!

  According to MSN News on Aug. 31, the driver of the Garda armored truck lost control going southbound on Route 10 Saturday afternoon. The truck swerved and left the highway then flipped on its side when hitting the grass area along the side of Route 10.

  The New York Post reports today that a little after 2 p.m. on Saturday, bags of money flew onto the highway in Cranston. “There were bags of it all over the place,” said Deputy Fire Chief Paul Valetta. He also added, “There were quite a few people here.” “

 

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School Reverses Course After Canceling Honors Night For Being Too ‘Exclusive’

 

 

 

 

 

” A Rhode Island school district that had come under criticism for canceling a night for honors students over concerns that the event would be too “exclusive” is reversing its stance.

  An email sent out to parents of students at Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich over the weekend said students who would normally be honored at the spring event would instead be recognized during team-based ceremonies and graduation, the East Greenwich Patch reported.

” Members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night,” the email stated.

  But in a statement released on Tuesday, the middle school backed off.”

 

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Rhode Island Police Seized Over $ 15 Million Over The Last Decade

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The smallest state in the Union can rake in big money from asset forfeiture.

  Since 2003, law enforcement in Rhode Island has hauled in $15.7 million using the state’s asset forfeiture laws. But most of the cases were not targeting drug kingpins. Between 2003 and 2013, the average value of forfeited property was $4,142. Almost 40 percent of these cases affected property valued at less than $1,000. Only 12 out of almost 3,800 incidents involved property worth more than $100,000.

  Last year, 22 police departments seized more than $1.3 million from 306 incidents. But less than half of these actually led to a conviction. In fact, under civil forfeiture, the government can take property from people never convicted of a crime, or even charged with one. Only a handful of states (including, most recently, Minnesota) actually require a criminal conviction to forfeit property.

  According to the Institute for Justice’s survey of America’s civil forfeiture laws, “Policing for Profit,” Rhode Island’s laws are in dire need of reform. To forfeit property, the government only needs to show probable cause, an incredibly low standard of proof. Only nine other states require such little evidence. Not only that, to retrieve property, an owner has to bear the burden of proof—they are considered guilty until proven innocent. As one criminal defense attorney put it, “The playing field is not level. The government has all the leverage.”

  Civil forfeiture in Rhode Island also provides a tantalizing incentive to police for profit. Law enforcement can keep up to 90 percent of the proceeds from forfeited property. As the police chief for Pawtucket, the fourth largest city in the Ocean State, put it, “These assets have been a godsend.”

  Help IJ end policing for profit!”

 

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Acrobats Hurt In Circus Accident

 

 

 

 

” A platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at a circus performance Sunday, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. Nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered less serious injuries.

  The accident was reported about 45 minutes into the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus’ 11 a.m. Legends show at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.

  Stephen Payne, a spokesman for Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros., said the accident happened during an act in which eight performers hang “like a human chandelier” using their hair.

  He said the metal-frame apparatus from which the performers were hanging came free from the metal truss it was connected to. The eight women fell up to 40 feet (12 meters), landing on a dancer on the ground.”

 

 

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Rhode Island Speaker’s Work, Home Raided In Probe

 

 

 

 

 

” Law enforcement officials raided the office and home of House Speaker Gordon Fox on Friday as part of a criminal investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police.

  Officials would not say who or what was being investigated, but authorities worked for hours inside the Democratic House speaker’s Statehouse office while state troopers stood outside.

  Authorities entered the office carrying an evidence bag and empty cardboard boxes Friday morning. Fox’s spokesman, Larry Berman, said state police had asked everyone working in the office to leave but he didn’t know why.

  Around 4 p.m., a dozen authorities exited Fox’s office carrying boxes and other items.

  Several news outlets reported that Fox returned to his home on the East Side of Providence on Friday afternoon, shortly after FBI agents removed boxes from it. He did not comment.

  A U.S. attorney’s office spokesman, Jim Martin, wouldn’t comment when asked whether the House speaker was being investigated. He said two federal search warrants had been executed, but he wouldn’t say whether they were connected to Fox.

  Fox is just the latest politician to be wrapped up in a criminal investigation in Rhode Island, a state with a long history of elected officials getting into trouble with the law. Former Independent Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci, one of the longest-serving mayors in U.S. history, went to prison in 2002 for racketeering conspiracy after a federal probe found he presided over widespread corruption in office. Former Republican Gov. Edward DiPrete went to prison in the 1990s after admitting he took bribes while in office.”

 

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The Worst Run States In America

 

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” For several years now, 24/7 Wall Street has analyzed how well each state within the United States is run by its elected officials and government bureaucrats. To determine how well each state is run, they looked at each state’s financial data as well the services that each provides to its residents, while also factoring in their standard of living.

  To determine how well the states are run, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed hundreds of data sets from dozens of sources. We looked at each state’s debt, revenue, expenditure, and deficit to determine how well it was managed fiscally. We reviewed taxes, exports, and GDP growth, including a breakdown by sector, to identify how each state was managing its resources. We looked at poverty, income, unemployment, high school graduation, violent crime and foreclosure rates to assess the well-being of the state’s residents.

  While each state is different, the best-run states share certain characteristics, as do the worst run. For example, the populations of the worse-off states tended to have lower standards of living. Violent crime rates in these states were usually higher and residents were much less likely to have a high school diploma.

  The worst-run states also tended to have weak fiscal management reflected in higher budget shortfalls and lower credit ratings by Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poors.

  The better-run states tended to display stable fiscal management. Pensions were more likely to be fully funded, debt was lower, and budget deficits smaller. Credit ratings agencies also were much more likely to rate the well-run states favorably. Only two poorly run states received a perfect credit rating from either agency. California and Illinois, which are ranked worst and third worst, received the lowest ratings from both agencies.

The states that were well-managed also tended to have lower unemployment rates.

  We won’t keep you in suspense – the map below, which was produced by USA Today from 24/7 Wall Street’s data, reveals which states were reported to be the worst run in 2013:”

 

 

Is it any wonder these states produce more than their share of corrupt politicos in DC ? 

MyGovCosts.org has the story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welfare Payouts Top $20 Per Hour In Eight States

 

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 ” In 35 states, welfare, housing assistance and other benefits pays more than a minimum wage job, according to a new study by the Cato Institute. The study also found that in 13 states, the payout is more than $15 per hour.

  Of course, this study doesn’t take into account that not everyone on public assistance receives all of the programs. But if they did, their payout would be significantly higher than even a starting teacher’s salary in 11 states or a computer programmer in 3 states.

  The states with the highest welfare payouts – more than $20 per hour – are Hawaii, with payments equaling $29.13 per hour, DC at $24.43 per hour, Massachusetts at $24.30 , Connecticut at $21.33, New York at $21.01 per hour, New Jersey at $20.89 per hour, Rhode Island at $20.83 per hour and Vermont at $20.36 per hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The student debt crisis continues to grow larger and more dangerous with each passing school year. The skyrocketing price for a college degree is causing an epidemic with student loans as more people rack up unsustainable amounts of debt to further their education. Using debt to obtain a degree can be beneficial if done properly, but there are certainly some states worse off than others when comparing debt to earnings .

 

With lenders handing out loans like candy, the amount of student loan debt in America has nearly doubled in the past five years, from $550 billion in late 2007 to $986 billion in the first quarter of 2013. In fact, two-thirds of recent graduates have student loans, with an average balance of more than $27,000, according to a new report from the Joint Economic Committee.”

 

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Shooting Victim’s Mother Sics Pit Bulls On Female Reporter

 

” A young TV reporter found herself scrambling to safety when an on-camera interview took an ugly turn Tuesday.

Apparently WLNE reporter Abbey Niezgoda and her cameraman were on assignment in Providence, Rhode Island, interviewing Melissa Lawrence – whose daughter Ny’asia was wounded Sunday night in a shooting at the family home, when the assault occurred.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RI’s Top 50 Highest Paid State Employees

 

 

 

” The top 50 highest paid state employees collectively earned more than $10 million last year and include a university president and a controversial department administrator, as well as nurses, corrections officers, and athletic coaches. 

The highest paid state employee is David Dooley, the president of the University of Rhode Island, at a salary of $320,000 last year. Second highest is the men’s basketball head coach at the school, Daniel Hurley, who earned $295,481 in 2012, according to state payroll records provided in response to a records request.

The list is as notable for who it includes as who it doesn’t. Governor Lincoln Chafee, who earned $129,210 last year, isn’t on it. Neither are any of the other general officers or their top staffers.

Only two department heads show up. Ranking 14th overall is Paul Suttell, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court. He earned $219,601 last year. Several spots below is state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, at $204,600. Her contract is currently up for renewal.”

 

 

 

 

Unarmed Police Respond To Shooting On Gun-Free Zone Campus

 

 

 

 

 

” The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a bunch of good guys with no guns who will surround him and then hug him to death. It’s a plan… but it’s a really, really bad plan.

Campus police officers responded without firearms to multiple reports of a lone gunman at the University of Rhode Island (URI), on Thursday, due to a state policy that prohibits deputized campus police officers from carrying firearms on public campuses.

URI police, who were the first to respond to panicked reports of a loose shooter in the school’s Chaffee Hall, arrived at the building and began to create a perimeter using only paper spray and batons.

What exactly were they going to do with the pepper spray? Stand off a gunman using pepper spray and batons? Even the Russian Army sent its conscripts into battle against the German Army in Stalingrad better equipped than that.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A STATE-BY-STATE LOOK AT THE NORTHEAST BLIZZARD

 

 

 

 

 

”  A state-by-state look at the Northeast blizzard
A look at effects in states and provinces in the path of the storm sweeping across the Northeast and southern Canada:

 

CONNECTICUT

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy imposed a travel ban Friday on the state’s highways and deployed National Guard troops around the state for rescues or other emergencies.

A coastal flood warning was posted for southern Fairfield County, saying Friday evening’s high tide could be 3 to 5 feet higher than normal in western Long Island Sound.

The state’s two biggest utilities planned for the possibility that up to 30 percent of their customers _ more than 400,000 homes and businesses _ would lose power. As of early Saturday, more than 35,000 had no service.

Nonessential state workers were ordered to stay home Friday. Schools, colleges and state courthouses were also closed. All flights after 1:30 p.m. at Bradley Airport near Hartford were canceled. Connecticut Transit ceased all bus service by 6 p.m. Friday.

Some gas stations ran out of fuel Thursday night during the rush to prepare for the storm.

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BEHEMOTH STORM DROPS 2 FEET OF SNOW ON NORTHEAST

” BOSTON (AP) — A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast on Saturday, dumping more than 2 feet of snow on New England and knocking out power to 650,000 homes and businesses.

More than 28 inches of snow had fallen on central Connecticut by early Saturday, and areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched 2 feet or more of snow – with more falling. Airlines scratched more than 5,300 flights through Saturday, and New York City’s three major airports and Boston’s Logan Airport closed.

Early snowfall was blamed for a 19-car pileup in Cumberland, Maine, that caused minor injuries. In New York, hundreds of cars began getting stuck on the Long Island Expressway on Friday afternoon at the beginning of the snowstorm and dozens of motorists remained disabled early Saturday as police worked to free them.

About 650,000 customers in the Northeast lost power during the height of the snowstorm, most of them in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Mass., lost electricity and shut down Friday night during the storm. Authorities say there’s no threat to public safety.

At least four deaths were being blamed on the storm, three in Canada and one in New York. In southern Ontario, an 80-year-old woman collapsed while shoveling her driveway and two men were killed in car crashes. In New York, a 74-year-old man died after being struck by a car in Poughkeepsie; the driver said she lost control in the snowy conditions, police said.”

 

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Shamelessly Lifted Verbatim (sans graphic) From Instapundit Because It’s Perfect

 

 

 

 

” CHANGE: One Out of Every 6.5 Americans Is on Food Stamps. “The new all-time record number of recipients, 47.7 million (up from 31.6 million when Obama took office) exceeds the combined populations of Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.”

From Woodstock Nation to Food Stamp Nation. Forward! ” 

 

 

 

  Conn. Senate race goes to Murphy; Sanders, King win VT and ME

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” Democrat Chris Murphy has won Connecticut’s bombastic Senate race, defeating Republican and former WWE president Linda McMahon. Combined with her previous bid in 2010, McMahon has dropped $100 million of her own personal fortune to pursue a Senate seat.

Elsewhere, it’s been a good night for the Independents. In Maine, Angus King has been elected to Senate, where he previously served as governor. In Vermont, independent junior Senator Bernie Sanders has won reelection.

Four other Democrats have also won re-election to the Senate: Bill Nelson in Florida, Sheldon Whitehouse in Rhode Island, Ben Cardin in Maryland and Tom Carper in Delaware. Meanwhile, in Tennessee, Republican Sen. Bob Corker won re-election.

The Senate races that remain toss-ups are in Indiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin.”