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RIPTA tunnel still closed after water leak

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Repairs to a water main break that affected some 100 customers were completed Friday night, but the Hope Street RIPTA tunnel remains closed until state engineers inspect it and deem it safe, according to a spokesperson for Providence Water.

Jonas Gray won't give up, because his mother never would

providencejournal.com — FOXBORO - As he warmed up on the Gillette Stadium turf, Jonas Gray's eyes sifted through the crowd standing on the sideline. He was searching for his older brother, Cori - short for Corinthian - Gray, who was watching him with a smile the whole time.
Nov 22, 2014

By @MarkDanielsPJ: Jonas Gray won't give up, because his mother never would shar.es/1X4cfk

Trash Tutorial: Please, careful what you put in the bins

providencejournal.com — Every now and then I have the opportunity in this space to speak from the heart. I'm very grateful to The Providence Journal for allowing me to do so. With Thanksgiving approaching, I can't think of a better time to give thanks to Rhode Islanders for participating in the statewide recycling program, and to give thanks to the many people who work at the Materials Recycling Facility in Johnston.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @projo: Trash Tutorial: Please, careful what you put in the recycling bins shar.es/1XCf0W

Priest Barry Meehan charged with sexual assault in Cranston and Providence in the 1980s and ’90s

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A priest was delivered to Superior Court in handcuffs on Friday and charged with five counts of first-degree sexual assault on two alleged victims in the 1980s and early 1990s. The Rev. Barry Meehan, 65, of 767 Providence St., West Warwick, former pastor of St.
Nov 22, 2014

Updated: Priest Barry Meehan charged with sexual assault in Cranston and Providence in the 1980s and ’90s shar.es/1X4ISh via @projo

Judge: Narragansett house must be moved by Dec. 31

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A Superior Court judge has set a deadline of Dec. 31 for the move of a $1.8-million oceanfront house in Narragansett that was mistakenly built on public park land. Judge Brian P. Stern on Nov.
Nov 22, 2014

Oh man. Rich people problems… this case has been fascinating. $1.8M house must be moved from public land: providencejournal.com/news/courts/20…

WaterFire adds a Dec. 19 'Christmas Lighting' to its schedule

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- WaterFire fans will be happy to know an additional event has been added to the calendar. "A Very Special Special Christmas Lighting" will take place on Dec. 19. Braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and in front of the Providence Place Mall will be lit at 4:30 p.m.

North Providence hires, then fires, former Woonsocket city official

providencejournal.com — NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The town recently hired, then fired Friday morning, a former Woonsocket highway superintendent who had been fired from that job several years ago. Robert Harnois worked for two days, according to North Providence's interim public works director, Bernard Salvatore.

Retired Warwick priest charged with first-degree sexual assault

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A retired priest was delivered to Superior Court in handcuffs on Friday and charged with five counts of first-degree sexual assault on two alleged victims in the 1980s and early 1990s. The Rev. Barry Meehan, 65, former pastor of St.
Nov 21, 2014

by @billmalinowski Former Warwick priest charged with first-degree sexual assault shar.es/1X6HfY via @projo

Jonas Gray absent from Friday’s practice

providencejournal.com — FOXBORO - The Patriots were without their latest Sports Illustrated cover boy at Friday's practice. Jonas Gray was one of four players miss from the Patriots final practice of the week, along with Dominique Easley (knee), Cameron Fleming (ankle/finger) and Chandler Jones (hip).

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation praises Obama for immigration stance

providencejournal.com — Rhode Island's congressmen Thursday praised President Obama's executive action on immigration and criticized Republicans for blocking earlier efforts to fix the nation's laws. Bipartisan legislation would be preferable, but that effort has been blocked by House Republicans, said U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.
Nov 21, 2014

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation praises Obama for immigration stance shar.es/1XG8AL via @projo

Providence Journal owner to purchase Halifax Media Group

providencejournal.com — New Media Investment Group Inc., the owner of The Providence Journal, has reached an agreement to acquire the 36 newspapers and affiliated websites of Halifax Media Group for $280 million. The deal announced Thursday includes "substantially all of the assets" of the Halifax group, whose newspapers are concentrated in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Nov 21, 2014

Providence Journal owner to purchase Halifax Media Group shar.es/1XGDDk via @projo

Nov 21, 2014

RT @TMurphyRI: Providence Journal owner to purchase Halifax Media Group shar.es/1XGcT0 via @projo

R.I. lawmakers told state budget deficit could top $60 million

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - With state agencies on pace to overspend by more than $60 million, the director of the Department of Administration told lawmakers Thursday that even with efforts to save across agencies and departments, more money may be needed to balance the state budget.
Nov 21, 2014

R.I. lawmakers told state budget deficit could top $34.5 million shar.es/1XGDCA via @projo

Nov 21, 2014

"I'm inheriting a mess," Gov-elect Raimondo says on this week's Newsmakers. More evidence of that today re: RI budget providencejournal.com/breaking-news/…

Residents voice concerns at Elorza’s first ‘One Providence Listening Forum’

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE - Transportation for public school students, gang violence, drugs, substandard housing conditions and the loathed car tax were just a few of the issues city residents told Mayor-elect Jorge O. Elorza Thursday night they want addressed.
Nov 21, 2014

Residents voice concerns at Elorza’s first ‘One Providence Listening Forum’ shar.es/1XGObw via @projo

Nov 21, 2014

By @JenniferBogdan Residents voice concerns at Elorza’s first ‘One Providence Listening Forum’ shar.es/1XG6Ql via @projo

RIPBS to show Pell prize speech by ‘Mockingjay’ screenwriter

providencejournal.com — Rhode Island PBS, Channel 36, will broadcast actor/screenwriter Danny Strong's April 2014, acceptance speech, made when he won the Pell Center prize for storytelling, at Salve Regina University, tonight at 10:30. The prize was awarded at the Pell Center's annual Story in the Public Square conference.

Costly in Coventry

providencejournal.com — Problems afflicting fire districts in Coventry point to a larger predicament in Rhode Island. Simply put, firefighting costs too much in the state. There are too many fire districts, too many chiefs and too many laws that make fire protection abnormally expensive here.
Nov 21, 2014

.@Projo editorial: "Problems afflicting fire districts in Coventry point to a larger predicament in Rhode Island." providencejournal.com/opinion/editor…

Elizabeth Beisel wins 400 IM at Minneapolis Grand Prix

providencejournal.com — MINNEAPOLIS - Olympic medalists Conor Dwyer and Elizabeth Beisel each won an event and finished runner-up in another Thursday on opening night of the Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis. Dwyer won the 200-yard freestyle and was edged by fellow Olympian Tyler Clary in the 400 individual medley.
Nov 21, 2014

Elizabeth Beisel wins 400 IM at Minneapolis Grand Prix shar.es/1XGCRt

Theme of Raimondo’s transition website: Comeback R.I.

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE - Governor-elect Gina Raimondo has launched her transition website and, in keeping with her campaign theme, it is titled "comeback.ri.gov" Visitors are welcomed by this message: "Thank you for visiting my Transition website! "Our little state is facing some big challenges and I am looking forward to tackling them with help from dedicated and talented people like you.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @FitzProv: Theme of Raimondo’s transition website: Comeback R.I. shar.es/1XGGb3 via @projo

Unsealed documents reveal new details about alleged sexual assault at Brown

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - She told the police that after drinking a shot of vodka at a local bar she'd felt a weird sensation in her arms "like I was a puppet" and awakened hours later, naked, in a dorm room at Brown University.
Nov 21, 2014

by @lynnArditi Unsealed documents reveal new details about alleged sexual assault at Brown shar.es/1XG75O via @sharethis

Jewelry maker will sponsor Providence ice rink, renamed ‘Alex & Ani Center,’ until 2019

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Alex & Ani have finalized a five-year deal to sponsor Providence's skating rink at Kennedy Plaza. The 14,000-square-foot rink and entertainment center will be dubbed the Alex & Ani City Center as a result of the $250,000 partnership with the city.
Nov 20, 2014

Jewelry maker @alexandani 2 sponsor PVD ice rink, renamed ‘Alex & Ani Center,’ until 2019 shar.es/1X551u By @JenniferBogdan @projo

Nov 20, 2014

RT @projo: Jewelry maker will sponsor Providence ice rink, renamed ‘Alex & Ani Center,’ until 2 shar.es/1X5uzw