A bit more humid Sunday, high near 88

Partly cloudy through mid-morning, then becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light and variable wind becoming south 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Mainly rain-free weather, but with an isolated shower or storm possible this afternoon and Monday afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.Tonight, mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.Very warm…

Return to R.I. classrooms will be driven by the numbers

With the start of the school year approaching and the pandemic persisting, health experts agree that certain COVID metrics play a key role in deciding whether learning will be in-person, remote or a combination. Top Featured Tags: – Rhode Island NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Parking lot vigil held for man shot dead in Providence

PROVIDENCE — Dozens of mourners holding white balloons gathered Saturday evening in the parking lot of a Dunkin’ on Broad Street where a man was killed earlier that morning.The man, who was in his mid-30s, was shot to death in the parking lot at around 12:10 a.m., according to police Maj. David Lapatin.Police did not…

How a magazine company’s choices on data are helping keep Rhode Islanders from traveling

PROVIDENCE — As Rhode Islanders adjusted Friday to the first day of a coronavirus travel ban in Massachusetts, few were probably aware of the large role that the publisher of The Atlantic magazine had in keeping them from crossing the line into the Bay State.And it’s a role that’s coming under the scrutiny of the…

Suddenly, to get to my house on Cape Cod from R.I., I had to get tested. Here’s what that was like.

PROVIDENCE — Imagine my dismay when Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker put Rhode Island on the list of pariah states Tuesday.I own a house on Cape Cod, which has become my refuge during a summer circumscribed by masks, social distancing and all things pandemic. Every weekend I pack up my Subaru with my beach chair, my…

Plan to deal with infected students/staff released

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Departments of Health and Education released their playbook describing how schools will respond when a student or staff person contracts COVID-19.The guidance explains the symptoms of the coronavirus, clarifies what should be considered a probable case and defines the meaning of “close contact” in a school environment.The protocol offers responses…

High bacteria counts prompt closing recommendations for 3 Aquidneck Island beaches

The Rhode Island Department of Health has recommended closing Third Beach and Peabody’s Beach in Middletown and Easton’s Beach in Newport to swimming because of high bacteria levels.It’s the fourth time this summer the Health department recommended closing Easton’s Beach and the second time it recommended closing Third Beach. It’s the first time for Peabody…

Power outage leaves several blocks in the dark in Manhattan

NEW YORK CITY (AP) — A power outage cast darkness across dozens of blocks in New York City early Friday, as many people in the city were still without electricity in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias.Con Edison said in a tweet that it was aware of a “brief service interruption,” and later stated that…

R.I. travel restrictions the latest blow to Newport tourism season

NEWPORT — With all of its neighbors adding travelers coming from Rhode Island to the list of those requiring a quarantine upon entering, the local tourism market is facing yet another obstacle in the ongoing bout with the coronavirus.A day after quarantine orders were announced from Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Discover Newport…

Former Patriarca crime family associate begins sentence for Federal Hill beating

PROVIDENCE – A onetime associate of the Patriarca crime family turned himself in Wednesday and began serving a five-year sentence at the Adult Correctional Institutions for the “brutal assault” of a married couple on Federal Hill in 2011, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced.Anthony Parrillo, 69, of Cranston, was found guilty of one…

Weather: A ’great day’

Expect a “great day for outdoor activities” as drier air moves into the region, according to the National Weather Service.”Beautiful start to Thursday with high pressure established and dewpoints continuing to fall,” the Weather Service says in its forecast discussion.The high temperature in Providence should reach 85 degrees under mostly sunny skies.Friday brings a chance…

Cape Cod school drops Red Raider mascot

HYANNIS — The Barnstable High School Red Raider mascot is no more.The Barnstable School Committee voted Wednesday night to retire the mascot, but it was not a unanimous decision. Members Joseph Nystrom, Barbara Dunn and Kathy Bent voted in favor, while Chairman Michael Judge and Stephanie Ellis abstained.After the death of George Floyd while in…

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