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Town, fire union claim victory after ruling

May 31, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—From the moment the North Kingstown Town Council passed a highly controversial ordinance forcibly implementing a three-platoon system where town firefighters would work 24-hour shifts every three days, members from both the council and the fire union, North Kingstown Firefighters Association, Local 1651, IAFF, argued that the battle was inevitably heading to court.

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May 31, 2012

The battle between the town of North Kingstown and the North Kingstown firefighter's union is heating up.
Nearly four months after a controversial ruling by the NK Town Council to pass an ordinance mandating a change to 24-hour shifts for the fire department, Judge Brian J. Stern ruled this week that the ordinance violated state law.
So, why did both the town and union claim victory in the ruling? Pick up a copy of this week's Standard-Times and find out.

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Politics as Usual: Boy, the state sure struck out with 38 Studios (OPINION)

May 29, 2012

It was already a pretty busy news cycle last week – Governor Chafee’s executive order on gay marriage, the Channel 12 poll on the 1st Congressional district primary and the tussle over Woonsocket’s supplemental tax bill – and then the 38 Studios fiasco came and sucked all the oxygen out of the room.
Really, the only surprising thing about this news is that it seemed to take everyone by surprise.
Just about everyone in Rhode Island, except then-Gov. Donald Carcieri and his pick for EDC honcho, Keith Stokes, said at the time that this deal was irresponsible to the point of lunacy.

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At 27,000 square feet, Twisted Throttle hits high gear

May 28, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – You’ve got to hand it to Erik Stephens: he really knows how to throw a party.
Last Saturday, on both his 36th birthday and the 10th anniversary of his company Twisted Throttle, throngs of motorcycle aficionados showed up to celebrate the opening of Stephens’ spectacular new 27,000-square-foot establishment.
The business manufactures, distributes and engages in online sales of all things motorcycle, making it a Mecca for weekend road warriors wanting gear, apparel and hard-to-find parts, some of which require custom production.

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Langevin stalls submarine cuts

May 27, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Last month, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) called the news that only one Virginia Class submarine would be built in 2014, rather than the two as planned, “troubling.”
Since the announcement, he had been working tirelessly to change that decision and Friday afternoon that work paid off.

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Tell Me Your Story: In Exeter, Walt is doing weiner-ful

May 26, 2012

EXETER – For Walter Linton, there was no better time to be in the roadside hot dog business than last Saturday.
As an inordinate number of motorcycles and cars traveled down Ted Rod Road – either heading toward or returning from the grand opening of Twisted Throttle, on Rt. 3 – drivers suddenly found themselves a little hungry.

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Exeter Town Council passes new shelter ordinance

May 25, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, following a hearing in the Exeter Public Library, the town council passed an ordinance placing management of the animal shelter under the department of public works (DPW).
The measure amends sections 10-1 and 10-36 of Chapter 10 of the code as they apply to the shelter’s administration, personnel and other matters, including policy. The Director of Public Works (DPW) will oversee day-to-day operations as well as tackling the big picture of restoring the facility’s once-sterling reputation.

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Fry sentenced to 40 years for murder

May 24, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

PROVIDENCE – Two-and-a-half years after she killed her then-eight-year-old daughter and seven months after a jury found her guilty of second- degree murder following an emotional five-week trial, former North Kingstown resident Kimberly Fry was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 40 years at the Adult Correctional Institute (ACI), with 20 to serve, for the August, 2009 murder of Camden Fry.

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May 23, 2012

The Kimberly Fry saga is over.
After a tense and emotional two years of investigations, trials and postponements, Fry was sentenced this week to 40 years in prison, with 20 to serve, for the 2009 murder of her daughter Camden.
In this week's Standard-Times, we bring you into the courtroom and show you how it all went down.
In addition, we've got you covered on all the latest news related to the Exeter Animal Shelter controversy, the NK School Committee's 2013 budget battle and a handful of other stories you'll only find here.
Pick up a copy today!

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BREAKING NEWS: Judge Stern rules against North Kingstown in firefighter dispute

May 23, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: The Standard-Times has learned, exclusively, that the North Kingstown Firefighters Union has won its legal challenge against the town of North Kingstown regarding a change to 24-hour shifts. We'll have full details as soon as they become available.

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