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May 6th, 2013

Bombing suspect tied to West Warwick man

May 6, 2013

‘Misha’ being accused by Tsarnaev family of radicalizing eldest son

WEST WARWICK— A man who was accused of mentoring the two Boston bombing suspects was traced to an apartment in West Warwick, where he lives with his two parents.
According to the New York Review of Books, Mikhail Allakhverdov, known as “Misha,” was accused by the Tasrnaev family of radicalizing Tamerlan, the oldest of the bombing suspects.

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Same-sex marriage bill passes in Senate

May 6, 2013

PROVIDENCE — History was made Wednesday afternoon as members of the State Senate voted to approve 26-12 a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in the state of Rhode Island.
Because of the approval by the senate, the bill will now be heard by the House Judiciary Committee last Tuesday. If approved, it will be passed along for a full floor vote on Thursday, before landing on Governor Lincoln Chafee’s desk to be signed into law. Chafee has already said that if the legislation reaches his desk, he will sign it into law.

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School budget level-fund costly to Richmond

May 6, 2013

RICHMOND – The Chariho School Committee’s vote last week to level-fund the school budget will cost the town of Richmond more money, according to Dave Krugman, the town’s finance director.
“Even though they level funded it’s still detrimental to the town,” Krugman said Monday.

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Richmond Elementary celebrates Rhode Island Day

May 6, 2013

RICHMOND—For the past four years, the fourth graders at Richmond Elementary School have studied the history, geography and the culture of Rhode Island as part of their social studies curriculum. The culmination of their studies is known as “Rhode Island Day,” an all-day celebration including Rhode Island foods, a scavenger hunt, games and presentations from the Audubon Society.
“We’ve done this for four or five years now, where the students get to immerse themselves in Rhode Island culture all day,” said Jeanne Garr, fourth grade teacher.

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May 3rd

Experts discuss RI shellfish health

May 3, 2013

NARRAGANSETT—A group of state, local and federal experts gathered at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus last Wednesday to discuss health and food safety regarding the state’s shellfish. Organized by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the seminar was the first in a series of lectures which aims to bring greater awareness to the community about Rhode Island’s emerging economy of shellfish harvesting and aquaculture.

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April 18th

Marathon tragedy hits home for NK athletes

April 18, 2013

By the time the explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Caitlin Wilson was already safely on a train back to Wickford Station.
She admits though, it’s eerie thinking what could have happened had a few things gone differently Monday afternoon.

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URI student finishes Boston Marathon just minutes before explosions

April 18, 2013

Rhode Island authorities have offered assistance to Massachusetts officials as they deal with the tragedy that struck Boston Monday afternoon during the Boston Marathon.
At least three people were killed and nearly 200 were injured in what officials are classifying as an act of terrorism when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 117th marathon at 2:50 p.m.
One of those killed was an 8-year-old boy from Dorchester, Mass., according to the Boston Globe.
Shannon Long, a resident of Newport and a University of Rhode Island graduate student, finished the marathon seven minutes before the blasts. While she was uninjured, she said the experience was terrifying.
“My family was standing right in that area until right after I crossed,” Long said of the area where the explosions occurred. ‘They came over to try and meet me and it was terrifying I just heard two blasts in a row. I couldn’t find my family I couldn’t find my boyfriend, Dennis, and his family.”
Long said it was difficult to contact family and friends because cell phone service went down in the midst of the chaos.
“Everyone was going crazy with fear,” she said. “I’ve never seen so many terrified people in my entire life. Luckily my family wasn’t standing at the spot where they had been the whole day.”
Long finished the marathon in four hours, six minutes and 30 seconds. This was her second time running the marathon, this time running for the Miles for Miracles team which raises money for the Boston Children’s Hospital.
“It was such a positive and amazing experience until that happened and it’s such a tragedy,” she said.
Long said she doesn’t think she’ll run the marathon again next year.
“I don’t think I would put my family in that situation,” she said. “I carry some guilt because I put my family and loved ones in that situation and they took a picture of me right under the flag seven minutes before the explosion happened.”
Long and her family were staying at the Copley Square Hotel which was evacuated when they returned to collect their belongings. She said she and her family then walked two miles to her sister’s apartment and was still in Boston Tuesday, waiting to get her belongings.
“It’s crazy, it’s like war zone,” she said of Boston on Tuesday.
Long hoped to return to Newport on Tuesday.
“I can’t wait to get back home to Rhode Island,” she said. “This makes you think, ‘It’s real, it can happen anywhere,’ even somewhere as innocent as the Boston Marathon.”
According to Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, no Rhode Islanders running in the race were reported injured as of Monday night.
According to race records, published by the Boston Athletic Association, at least 16 residents of South County were registered participants.
Chafee said in a statement Monday that representatives from the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, National Guard and state police are in close contact with their counterparts in Massachusetts and “have offered their full support and cooperation during this difficult time.”
Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin issued a statement Monday night on the incident.
“My thoughts are with all of the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions and their loved ones on this terrible day,” he said. “In the midst of a horrifying scene, with many Rhode Islanders in attendance, we can be thankful for the bravery and selflessness of emergency responders at the event, other medical personnel treating the wounded, and ordinary Americans whose first instincts were to do whatever they could to help one another. I am also grateful for the vigilance of law enforcement working to take all possible precautions and avoid jumping to conclusions as they track down every lead to find whoever did this and bring them to justice.”

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