R.I. students from low-income families are most likely to be learning remotely, a new study says — and they’re the ones who most need to be back in a real classroom

(Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong location for the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. It is located in Providence.)The students who most need to be back in a real classroom — those from low-income families — are the ones spending more of their time learning remotely, according to a study by…

Woman accused of assaulting Trump supporter says he was aggressor

UXBRIDGE — A Douglas woman accused of assaulting a Vietnam veteran holding a campaign sign for President Donald J. Trump on Main Street Saturday was arraigned Monday in Uxbridge District Court.Kiara R. Dudley, 34, was released on $250 bail, court records show.She told reporters outside courthouse that she, not the veteran, was the victim.George Griffin…

Bat-wielding man in clown suit arrested on Cape Cod

BARNSTABLE — An Eastham man wearing a clown suit and holding a baseball bat was arrested over the weekend at Veterans Beach.Barnstable Police received a call at about 10:14 p.m. Saturday night reporting a man walking around in a clown suit carrying a baseball bat at Veterans Beach. Police located 30-year-old Justus T. Allmon, and…

Cranston elementary school closes to in-person learning after positive COVID-19 test

CRANSTON – Stadium Elementary School has been closed to in-person learning until Nov. 5 after an individual tested positive for COVID-19.TO OUR READERS: This content is being provided for free as a public service during the coronavirus outbreak. Sign up for our daily or breaking newsletters to stay informed. […] Top Featured Tags: – Rhode…

High temperatures around 70 later this week

After the region got some much needed rain last week, this work week looks mostly dry with warm temperatures.After a chilly start – 41 degrees shortly before 7 a.m. in Providence – the temperature should warm to about 65 degrees under mostly sunny skies.”High pressure (will be) in control for much of the upcoming week,”…

Woman holding baby in Providence struck by apparent stray bullet

The Providence police are investigating after woman holding a baby was struck by what appears to be a straight bullet, the police say.The woman was inside her home on Ridge Street when she was struck Sunday night, according to the police. The bullet apparently passed through a wall.The injury is not considered serious, according to…

Sunny Sunday, high near 61

High pressure brings dry and seasonable weather Sunday. Chilly start to the day with calm wind as temperatures climb above normal with a high near 61, according to the National Weather Service. Low will be around 45.Monday will be partly sunny with a high near 65.Generally dry and quiet weather expected for much of this…

E. Greenwich state Senate candidate says lewd social media posts are not his

A Republican state Senate candidate says he’s being attacked by a group of Democratic-aligned groups for Facebook posts that he didn’t make about a backyard bar.On Friday, four liberal advocacy organizations led by Rhode Island NOW PAC, called social media posts by Charles Callanan from the “Broken Ankle Bar” Facebook account “misogynistic, vulgar, homophobic, and,…

Patinkin: ‘Last caddie’ charts a new course after Metacomet closes

After Metacomet Golf Club in East Providence closed, caddie Dave Bart wondered what was next for him. Three weeks later, he’s still in the game — and enjoying a few strokes of unexpected good fortune. Top Featured Tags: – Rhode Island NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Buy-back program will run ballistics tests on all guns turned in

PROVIDENCE — A gun buyback program organized by the cities of Providence and Central Falls will begin on Saturday but with a new policy in place — police will now run ballistics tracing on every weapon that’s turned in.Community members and local activists, however, are still questioning whether such a program is the correct response…

Judge dismisses priest-abuse suits against R.I. Catholic diocese

A state judge on Friday dismissed three priest-abuse lawsuits against the leaders of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.The ruling, by Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel, analyzed a new 2019 law that extended the deadline to sue over childhood sexual abuse in Rhode Island from seven years to 35 years after the victim’s 18th birthday.Vogel…

SOUND OVER SIZE: Pinchas Zukerman talks about conducting downsized R.I. Philharmonic at Vets this Saturday

“You don’t need 14 violins if a smaller group can make big sound.” Top Featured Tags: – Rhode Island NewsPress Release Distribution Service

A town hall with Trump was testy, a forum with Biden was much quieter: Here are takeaways from each

A canceled presidential debate turned into a tale of of two very different town hall forums.More than 1,000 miles apart on Thursday, President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden faced voters questions on everything from COVID-19 to race relations to health care.But one was tense and testy. The other was conversational and intimate.TO OUR…

Warwick police arrest 4 suspected of car break-ins

With police departments in various Rhode Island towns noting an increase in nighttime car break-ins, the Warwick police last night arrested four people suspected of breaking into cars.The police made the arrests in the Norwood area and recovered more than 20 “items of substantial value,” the police say in a Facebook post.”If you wake up…

Twitter changes hacked content rules after Biden story furor

Twitter said late Thursday it was changing its policy on hacked content after an outcry about its handling of an unverified political story that prompted cries of censorship from the right.The social media company will no longer remove hacked material unless it’s directly shared by hackers or those working with them, the company’s head of…

Orig3n analysis ID’d dog and tap water DNA as human. Then the company produced hundreds of false positive COVID-19 test results.

After coming under investigation four times for quality control problems, consumer genetics company Orig3n last spring was allowed to administer COVID-19 tests in several states. By summer the Boston company halted testing in Massachusetts after producing hundreds of false positive test results. Top Featured Tags: – Rhode Island NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Dry, mild Thursday, then ’beneficial rain’ Friday and Saturday

Another round of “beneficial rainfall” should move into the region Friday into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.But first, Thursday will bring dry and “unseasonably mild” weather, the Weather Service says. Expect sunny skies and a high near 73 degrees, nine degrees above the normal high, today in Providence, the Weather Service says.Change comes…

Friends, family, colleagues praise judicial candidates to nominating commission

PROVIDENCE — The state Judicial Nomination Commission on Wednesday heard from friends, colleagues, and even legal opponents on the 13 candidates being considered as Rhode Island’s newest Superior Court judge.The panel held a public hearing via WebEx and by phone, giving each witness five minutes to speak to the qualities and character of the contenders.…

Cyber attack disrupts remote learning in Cape Cod schools

SANDWICH — A cyberattack has caused ongoing internet issues at the Sandwich Public Schools for about a week, disrupting remote learning for students.Sandwich Public Schools Educational Technology Director Bryce Harper and his tech team identified the problem as a firewall failure, schools Superintendent Pamela Gould said in an email.A firewall is a network security system…

Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the Trump administration can end census field operations early, in a blow to efforts to make sure minorities and hard-to-enumerate communities are properly counted in the crucial once-a-decade tally. Top Featured Tags: – Rhode Island NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Jan. 13 trial date eyed for Jasiel Correia II and Gen Andrade

BOSTON — Former Fall River mayor Jasiel Correia II and his chief of staff and campaign manager, Gen Andrade, will likely go to trial in the alleged political corruption case of bribery and extortion on Jan. 13 as co-defendants despite their defense attorneys’ objections.”I think unless there is a specific problem with the 13th of…

Nevada man’s COVID-19 reinfection, the first in the US, is ‘yellow caution light’ about risk of coronavirus

An otherwise healthy 25-year-old Nevada man is the first American confirmed to have caught COVID-19 twice, with the second infection worse than the first.He has recovered, but his case raises questions about how long people are protected after being infected with the coronavirus that causes the disease, and potentially how protective a vaccine might be.TO…

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