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State police clear Rep. Scott Slater of any possible mail ballot fraud

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - State police have cleared state Rep. Scott A. Slater of any possible wrong-doing after investigating his handling of a mail ballot last weekend. "No crime was committed," Col. Steven G. O'Donnell, superintendent of the state police, said Thursday. "That ballot ended up at the state Board of Elections where it was supposed to go."
Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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Barrington teen finally gets diploma from school committee

providencejournal.com — BARRINGTON, R.I. - Molly Coffey will finally get her high school diploma. The Barrington School Committee made the announcement in a seven-page memorandum of agreement released Thursday. "I am ecstatic," said Molly's mother, Terry Coffey, who has pushed for this outcome for many months. "We got the news on Monday.

Candidates on the attack in R.I.'s last TV gubernatorial debate

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In their final, raucous and often out-of-control TV debate, the candidates for governor emerged from behind their TV attack ads Thursday night to personally hurl accusations at each other of poor judgment, failed leadership and missed opportunities.
Oct 31, 2014

The final dust-up: Candidates on the attack in #RI's last TV gubernatorial debate shar.es/10vZ8Z via @projo

Barrington School Committee reverses itself, grants diploma to student who failed NECAP, two finals

providencejournal.com — BARRINGTON - Molly Coffey got her birthday wish. She got her diploma. There was no ceremony, no pomp and circumstance. But Thursday at 3:30 p.m., Molly, along with her parents, Terry and Richard Coffey, met in the high school principal's office to receive a document that opens Molly's future.
Oct 31, 2014

Barrington School Committee reverses itself, grants diploma to student who failed NECAP, two finals shar.es/10vws2 via @projo

RIDOT announces nonspecific road ‘restrictions’ due to Obama visit

providencejournal.com — Rhode Island Department of Transportation says there will be traffic restrictions Thursday night and Friday morning because of President Obama's visit to the state, but the agency has not announced any in advance. "Due to the planned Presidential visit, there will be road restrictions in the Providence Metro area, beginning this evening into tomorrow midday," RIDOT said in a statement.

Red Sox sign Koji Uehara to two-year, $18 million contract

providencejournal.com — Koji Uehara became a free agent Friday morning, the day after the conclusion of the World Series. Uehara came off the market by the end of the work day Friday afternoon, signing a two-year, $18 million contract to return to the Red Sox.

GM supports executive after stumbling World Series speech

providencejournal.com — DETROIT - Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors. Yes, he committed a nationally televised, major-league blooper while presenting pickup truck keys to the World Series MVP. No, he wouldn't be fired.

Boston sports teams pay tribute to Menino

providencejournal.com — Thomas M. Menino was elected mayor of Boston in 1993, a time when the city's sports franchises were down in the dumps. The fact that the city hit an unprecedented run of success later in his administration was of course a coincidence, but Menino seemed to enjoy every bit of it.

Cherington: Red Sox expect talk to Lester

providencejournal.com — With the World Series over, players without contracts for next season have become free agents - and that includes former Red Sox ace Jon Lester, who will hit the open market as one of the best two or three pitchers available.

Police: Man wanted in Pennsylvania trooper ambush is captured

providencejournal.com — DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say they have captured a man accused of killing one Pennsylvania State trooper and seriously injuring another during an ambush outside police barracks. Police say they have 31-year-old Eric Frein in custody. The ambush was Sept. 12.

Aaron Hernandez lawyers set to argue for change of murder trial site

providencejournal.com — FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez were set to go before a judge to argue that his trial in the 2013 killing of a semiprofessional football player should be moved because of intense pretrial media coverage.

Federal judge weighs East Providence ordinance banning cat, dog sales

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE - The owners of an East Providence pet store asked a federal judge Thursday to strike down as unconstitutional a city ordinance banning the sale of cats and dogs. The City Council passed an ordinance making it a criminal offense to sell cats or dogs on June 3, just weeks after the Perfect Puppy opened its doors at 1235 Wampanoag Trail.
Oct 30, 2014

Federal judge weighs East Providence ordinance banning cat, dog sales ow.ly/DADFq ~ @kmulvane

69 cats removed from Providence apartment

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Animal control officers have removed 69 cats from a Providence apartment. Police say they were called to the home on Progress Avenue on Thursday morning. The animal control department had received a complaint about a tenant on the second floor hoarding cats.

Changes coming to our online listings

providencejournal.com — To our Readers: Starting today, we have a new "Things to Do" database on our website, powered by EvieSays, an events company that partners with more than 600 newspapers nationwide. It replaces our old events database, run by Zvents, which is going out of business on Friday.

Man taken in for questioning after knocking on back door of Johnston High School

providencejournal.com — JOHNSTON, R.I. - A man who drove into a back lot of Johnston High School and knocked on one of the back doors shortly before lunch Thursday was taken to the police department for questioning, the Superintendent of Johnston schools said Thursday afternoon. Supt. Bernard DiLullo Jr.
Oct 30, 2014

Update with suspect's name, photo: Man who knocked on back door of Johnston High School arrested shar.es/10t51T

Oct 30, 2014

Man taken in for questioning after knocking on back door of Johnston High School ow.ly/DAywD ~ @Donita22

Luis Tiant among those on Hall of Fame committee ballot

providencejournal.com — COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Gil Hodges, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills are among 10 candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for its Golden Era committee. Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva and Billy Pierce also are on the ballot. The only non-player is Bob Howsam, the late Cincinnati Reds general manager.
Oct 30, 2014

Luis Tiant among those on Hall of Fame committee ballot shar.es/10s9S8

Cardinals exercise John Lackey's contract, at major-league minimum

providencejournal.com — ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised their 2015 contract option on pitcher John Lackey, which is at the major league minimum. The right-hander agreed to an $82.5 million, five-year contract with Boston in December 2009 that contained a provision for a conditional team option at the minimum if he missed a season due to specified injury.
Oct 30, 2014

Cardinals exercise John Lackey's contract, at major-league minimum shar.es/10sw11

North Kingstown police investigate report of man exposing himself at Walmart

providencejournal.com — NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - Police are investigating a report of a male exposing himself at the Walmart, 1031 Ten Rod Rd., at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call the North Kingstown Police TIPS line at (401) 294-3316 extension 8411 or email at TIPS@northkingstown.org.
Oct 30, 2014

North Kingstown police investigate report of man exposing himself at Walmart ow.ly/DzXkH ~ @Donita22

Tom Menino's 'ionic' sports moments

providencejournal.com — Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who died on Thursday, was an enthusiastic sports fan who frequently found himself making cameos on the national stage. That's what happens when your four major professional sports teams win eight championships during your time in office.