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Obama signs bill for national park along the Blackstone River

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - President Obama signed legislation Friday establishing a national park at eight sites that dot the Blackstone River, according to an announcement by Sen. Jack Reed.
Dec 20, 2014

Obama signs bill for national park along the Blackstone River shar.es/13TIAU via @sharethis

Catcher Ryan Hanigan embracing chance to come home

providencejournal.com — BOSTON - Technically, Ryan Hanigan was a part of the Cincinnati Reds organization on October 27, 2004. But while doing his offseason training in Arizona, Hanigan felt like he was back home in New England, watching the team he grew up loving finally win a World Series.
Dec 20, 2014

And also in that action-packed link, Cherington on not being engaged in the SP market: bit.ly/1sKlJYV

Dec 20, 2014

Contained within, Cherington admits selling low on Middlebrooks: bit.ly/1sKlJYV

Dec 20, 2014

Like you, Ryan Hanigan remembers where he was Oct. 27, 2004. He's excited to be coming home: bit.ly/1sKlJYV

Woonsocket woman who saved friend dies from overdose

providencejournal.com — WOONSOCKET - Veronica Cherwinski crouched over her friend on the floor, holding up her head so she wouldn't choke. Her friend was overdosing on heroin. But rescue workers arrived in time to give her a shot of Narcan, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose - and the woman lived.

Rocco Baldelli named first-base coach of Tampa Bay Rays

providencejournal.com — The Tampa Bay Rays have named Rhode Island native Rocco Baldelli their new first-base coach. Baldelli, 33, becomes the youngest coach in franchise history. The former outfielder has spent the last four seasons in Tampa Bay's baseball operations department.

Wage theft alleged at Providence eatery; complaint filed on behalf of former workers

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The state Department of Labor and Training is opening an investigation into wage-theft allegations by former workers at Gourmet Heaven stores, one of which closed abruptly on Dec. 4. Fuerza Laboral/Power of Workers filed a complaint Friday on behalf of seven former employees, said DLT spokesman Michael Healey.
Dec 20, 2014

MT @projo: Ex-Gourmet Heaven workers say they worked long hours, were paid below minimum wage shar.es/13T0LL pic.twitter.com/2WTLGuuqdm

Dec 20, 2014

RT @LynnArditi: By @karenleez: Wage theft alleged at Providence eatery; complaint filed on behalf of former workers shar.es/13RpiE via @sharethis

Toymakers finally construct a new model for girls’ toys

By Shan Li
providencejournal.com — LOS ANGELES - For decades, toy makers believed the industry gospel: Boys want to build things; girls want to play princess. But now, female CEOs are leading huge corporations, including Yahoo Inc. and General Motors Corp., and more women are becoming engineers and mathematicians.

Rhode Island’s story of the year: What’s your pick? + poll

providencejournal.com — Reporter Karen Lee Ziner is putting together a year-end look at the top Rhode Island stories in 2014. So she's asking our readers, what do you think is the best local story of the year? Comment on this post, or send your thoughts to kziner@providencejournal.com

Bridgham Estate subdivision plan dies after failing to get third vote from Planning Commission

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE - A plan to subdivide the Brigham Estate on Blackstone Boulevard is dead after failing to get the needed three votes from the Planning Commission Tuesday evening, a city official and a lawyer for opponents of the plan said Thursday.
Dec 19, 2014

Bridgham Estate subdivision plan dies after failing to get third vote from Planning Commission shar.es/13RHul By John Hill @projo

200 gather in Providence for vigil to remember those massacred at Pakistani school

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE - Between 150 and 200 people filled the sidewalk in front of the Brown University Bookstore on Thayer Street in a candlelight peace vigil Friday afternoon to remember the children and teachers massacred Tuesday when the Taliban attacked a school for army children in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Man injured in Portsmouth crash charged with DUI

providencejournal.com — PORTSMOUTH, R.I. - A man suffered serious injuries in a Thursday night crash on Middle Road after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving, struck a telephone pole and tree on the side of the road and then returned to the roadway and struck another vehicle, according to the Portsmouth Fire Department.

Mollis concludes former R.I. attorney general Lynch did not violate lobbying rules

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis has concluded that former Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch did not violate state lobbying law in his interactions with his successor's office about federal regulation of Internet gambling and other topics. "After careful consideration and review of our information, the information you provided, the situations and clients you describe ...
Dec 19, 2014

Rhode Island Sec of State concludes, after NYT report, former R.I. AG Lynch didn't violate lobbying rules. shar.es/13Fn28

Dec 19, 2014

Mollis concludes former R.I. attorney general Lynch did not violate lobbying rules shar.es/13QWrJ ~ @kmulvane

Daniel A. Baudouin: Providence poised for world-class parks

providencejournal.com — Providence has an incredible opportunity to create a world-class waterfront park system and enjoy its multi-faceted benefits. A 40-year quest has already created significant new park space, particularly along the downtown rivers.
Dec 19, 2014

ICYMI from Daniel A. Baudouin at Providence Foundation: PVD poised 4 world-class parks shar.es/13FqTp @projo

Community forum on racism will be held Saturday in South Providence

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Local organizations and Brown University are hosting a community forum Saturday on "Racism, State Oppression & the Black Community: Ferguson and Beyond." The forum is prompted by the deaths of unarmed blacks - 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, Ohio, and 43-year-old Eric Garner of New York City - who died in encounters with white police officers.

Luis “Fat Boy” Gonzalez to serve 30 years for Hartford Park shooting

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A judge on Friday sentenced Harriet Street gang member Luis "Fat Boy" Gonzalez to serve 30 years in prison for his role in the murder of a 12-year-old girl and the shooting of three others at Hartford Park in June 2013.
Dec 19, 2014

Luis “Fat Boy” Gonzalez to serve 30 years for Hartford Park shooting ~ @kmulvane ow.ly/Gc8L7

Producers of Vinny Paz movie announce next film: Scorsese directing, Neeson starring

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- With the Vinny Paz biopic "Bleed for This" having officially wrapped up production this week, producers Chad and Michelle Verdi on Friday announced their next project: A movie directed by Martin Scorsese, and starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @AlanRosenbergPJ: Producers of Vinny Paz movie announce next film: Scorsese directing, Liam Neeson starring. bit.ly/1DRZPgt pic.twitter.com/QxpgLhIjav

Patriots showing plenty of respect to 3-11 Jets

providencejournal.com — FOXBORO - The bulletin-board material is out there early this time. Last Sunday, the Patriots talked after the fact about disrespect during the week from the Dolphins. This week, it's the Jets who feel disrespected by New England in advance of their Week 16 matchup at MetLife Stadium.
Dec 19, 2014

Patriots players bending over backwards to say nice things about the 3-11 Jets, but Jets still feel disrespected shar.es/13FvJi

Rick Porcello hopes to make more memories at Fenway Park

providencejournal.com — BOSTON - Rick Porcello could only laugh. The 25-year-old righty had taken a seat in front of a row of cameras in a conference room at Fenway Park, his first visit to his new workplace since the Red Sox acquired him from the Detroit Tigers last week.
Dec 19, 2014

ICYMI: Rick Porcello has come a long way as a pitcher since that memorable brawl with Kevin Youkilis: bit.ly/1C9Ioq1

Dec 19, 2014

It's been five years since Rick Porcello wrestled down Kevin Youkilis, and he's grown as a pitcher since then: bit.ly/1C9Ioq1

From June to September, R.I. personal income outpaces national average

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The total personal income of all Rhode Islanders grew to $51.8 billion a year as of the end of September, rising faster than the national average, according to numbers made public Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.