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Celebrating Black History Month: African-Americans say civil rights were here all along

February 27, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When James Lynch, an Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, was stationed in Germany from 1963-67, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, he and other soldiers of color were unaware of what was going on back home.
“When the bulk of it was taking place, our news was still being censored,” he recalls of the military media including the Voice of America radio station and the Stars and Stripes newspaper. “The true facts only got to us through letters and magazines like Ebony.”

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Tell Me Your Story: Mike Abbott has designs on historic architecture

February 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Mike Abbott, 59, grew up near Cincinnati in a little ranch house where he was born.
“I still go back to my own house and sleep in my bed,” he says. “My parents have done it all over and made it into a cute little Victorian house with gingerbread.”
A rural place where “they build about one house every 25 years” seems an unlikely beginning for a man who, as a partner in the Newport Collaborative – now the Northeast Collaborative – has become one of the country’s foremost restoration architects.

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Fire Academy faculty alarmed by insurance news

February 25, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Instructors working under the auspices of the State Fire Academy have been training responders for more than a year without liability insurance – a situation one teacher learned of when he was turned away from Electric Boat in late 2010 because he had no proof of coverage.
“Nobody was ever told,” says one of the teachers, speaking on condition of anonymity, but apparently representing a number of other worried and angry faculty members.

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Crash claims the lives of two NK residents

February 24, 2012

By DAVID PEPIN &
LINDSAY OLIVIER

EAST GREENWICH– Thomas Meers had just put his one-year-old daughter back to bed at about 3:50 a.m. Sunday morning and was about to fall back asleep himself when he heard a horrible noise not far from his home at 403 Shippeetown Road.
“If you put your head against a board and somebody hit a baseball bat across it, that’s what it sounded like,” said Meers, East Greenwich Fire District captain. “I just started getting dressed and ran out. I knew it was going to be bad.”

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February 23, 2012

Tragedy struck this weekend when a pair of local teenagers were killed in a car accident in East Greenwich. This week, the Standard-Times has the story, as well as a look at the victims through the eyes of friends and family members.
In addition, we bring you an exclusive look into the troubles that continue to plague the State Fire Academy in Exeter and wrap up our month-long look into Black History Month.
All that and more in this week's Standard-Times. Pick up a copy on newsstands today!

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Politics as Usual: Rhode Island needs to adopt a sane tax policy (OPINION)

February 22, 2012

The proposed two-percent additional tax on restaurant meals and beverages has emerged as the big headline from Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s 2012 budget. His notion that it would fund additional aid to school districts didn’t seem to get as much ink.
My advice? Go someplace nice for lunch, order a good meal and a cocktail, and stop worrying about it. The tax ain’t going to happen.

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Centenarians reflect on lives worth living

February 21, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – One hundred and eight years ago, the first underground line of the New York City subway opened. One hundred and five years ago, Houdini escaped from chains underwater in 57 seconds. One hundred and three years ago, the average price of a house was $4,500. One hundred and one years ago, gas cost 3.2 cents a gallon and, 100 years ago, China became a republic.
Why are these facts important?

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Celebrating Black History Month: Servicemen found military not color-blind

February 20, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When the legendary Tuskegee Airmen – the all-black flying unit of World War II now being celebrated in the film “Red Tails” – returned from their heroic exploits, they were greeted by the sound of silence.
It took 60 years for President George W. Bush to honor the survivors with the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded to each elderly man in a 2007 ceremony in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

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Tell Me Your Story: NK music man honored for half-century of service

February 19, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – When Joseph R. “Joe” Pelosi graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1959 and returned to Rhode Island, his wife, Angela, saw an ad seeking a music teacher in the North Kingstown school system.
“I didn’t know where North Kingstown was,” Joe laughs.
He quickly learned – in fact, he became a legend on the local music scene – and the display areas in the den of his home near the East Greenwich-North Kingstown line are filled with evidence that North Kingstown certainly knows him.

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Zorro dog tired but home

February 18, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A scared little lapdog that escaped into the woods from its backyard and went on the lam for 10 days – an event that caused fliers to appear in every shop window in Wickford and galvanized the community into search parties – has been found.
Zorro, a Lhasa Apso rescued from an out-of-state puppy mill, vanished Feb. 2 and managed to avoid being eaten by coyotes or killed by a car while traveling from one end of town to the other.

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