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  • Vincent Cianci isn’t ruling out run for office (Poll shows him on heels of R.I. senator)

    02/24/2011 5:00:16 PM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 17 replies
    Former Providence mayor-turned-ex-con Vincent “Buddy” Cianci yesterday left open the door to another run for public office on the heels of a new poll showing he remains one of the most popular politicians in Rhode Island. “There’s always a possibility of running for office,” he said. “But I have no intention right now of running for anything.” Cianci is barred from running for office in Rhode Island until 2012 but could seek federal office, a prospect that gained steam yesterday when a Providence TV station released a poll showing him within striking distance of freshman Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). Despite...
  • Providence To Teachers: You're Fired

    02/23/2011 8:44:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/23/2011 | John Ellis
    The Providence Journal of Rhode Island reports that the Providence school district "plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms." The paper continues: In a letter sent to all teachers Tuesday, Supt. Tom Brady wrote that the Providence School Board on Thursday will vote on a resolution to dismiss every teacher, effective the last day of school. In an e-mail sent to all teachers and School Department staff, Brady said, “We are forced to take this precautionary action by the March 1 deadline given the...
  • The Mindset of Supposed Entitlement

    02/04/2011 5:59:20 AM PST · by captjanaway · 4 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | 2/4/11 | Mark Taylor
    To what lengths will cash strapped Democrat controlled states, counties and municipalities go to fatten their coffers to pay for their inflated budgets? While law enforcement should be chasing “bad guys” – the crack dealer, the murderer, the thief – those types of law breakers only strain an already tight budget filled with this gimme program and that gimmie program. No, all you have to do is follow the money trail. One look at Rhode Island will illustrate just that. Truck drivers are prime targets for any number of traffic violations apart from speeding. The fact that they are “just...
  • Rhode Island Governor Chafee to ban employees from talk radio ('Waste of tax payer money' he says)

    01/12/2011 6:24:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2011 | Greg Halvorson
    Add to Paul Krugman, Clarence Dupnak, Chris Matthews and Sherrod Brown the name, Lincoln Chafee, who joins a growing chorus of stooges building a narrative around the straw-man, talk radio.  The governor of Rhode Island, Mr. Chafee will institute a "no talk policy" for state officials, banning them from speaking to radio hosts.  A spokesman tells the Providence Journal:  "Talk radio is essentially ratings-driven, for-profit programming and we don't think it appropriate to use taxpayer resources to have state employees use work time to support for-profit, ratings-driven programming."  Get that?  It isn't the state's business to aid the private sector...
  • No talk radio for Chafee, and on-duty state workers, too

    01/11/2011 10:15:10 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 12 replies
    Prov. Journal Bulletin ^ | 1/11/11 | KATHERINE GREGG and RICHARD C. DUJARDIN
    PROVIDENCE — No one is likely to confuse new Governor Chafee with his Republican predecessor, Donald L. Carcieri, and now here’s another way to tell them apart: Chafee doesn’t plan to spend his own time on talk radio, and he intends to ban state employees from spending their state work time talking on talk radio, which was Carcieri’s favorite medium and an integral part of his communications operation. Spokesman Michael Trainor said a directive will go out over the next day or so that reflects that new policy. He said the policy emanates from a belief that talk radio is...
  • Eagle Scout Saves Family in House Fire / Eagle Scout Rescues Drowning Girl

    01/01/2011 3:42:10 PM PST · by Main Street · 18 replies ^ | 30 Dec 2010 |
    Quick thinking saves girl from Warwick pool A local teenager has been hailed a hero after saving a little girl from a swimming pool. Warwick Eagle Scout Austin Irons saved a little girl from drowning after a group of cub scouts and boy scouts finished swimming at McDermott Pool in Warwick. Austin jumped in the water to save the girl who was lying face down and helped lifeguards resuscitate the girl. "We heard shouting for lifeguards...I didn't even think. It was like, just do it," Austin recalled on the experience. He was able to get the girl out of the...
  • Disarming the toy box - Providence program destroys children’s toy guns (Barf alert!)

    12/20/2010 9:59:24 AM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 19, 2010 | Maria Cramer
    PROVIDENCE — Dominic Johnson, a 10-year-old fourth-grader with a fledgling Mohawk, brandished his black, long-nosed toy gun and caressed the muzzle appreciatively. “It’s like a shotgun mixed with a rifle,’’ he said, as his mother, April, told him to stop pointing it at nearby children. Soon it would be junk. Dominic joined dozens of children yesterday at the annual Toy Gun Bash in the gymnasium of Pleasant View Elementary School. There, they lined up to toss their toy guns, from dainty purple water guns to camouflage-painted pistols, inside the Bash-O-Matic, a large black, foam creature with churning metal teeth and...
  • Receiver to city: Financial ruin near

    12/18/2010 7:11:22 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 20 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 17, 2010 | John Hill
    The major problem is the city, with an annual operating budget of about $16 million, is facing about $32 million in promised after-retirement health-insurance costs in addition to the $48 million in pension obligations. “That’s $80 million for a city that has 19,000 citizens, approximately,” he said. “That’s a huge problem.” Pfeiffer raised the specter of a municipal bankruptcy filing as a last resort..... The crisis in Central Falls has been growing for more than a decade, Pfeiffer said. City administrations approved municipal employee contracts Central Falls could not afford and kept giving out pension and retirement benefits without figuring...
  • Rhode Island: Immigration policy up for review

    11/16/2010 3:31:53 AM PST · by WilliamHouston · 11 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 16, 2010 | Michelle R. Smith
    PROVIDENCE — Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee repeated a pledge yesterday to rescind an executive order on illegal immigration, but his office said he is discussing with State Police whether they should ask for immigration papers when there is reasonable suspicion that a person is in the United States illegally. The order signed by Governor Don Carcieri, a Republican. sparked outrage in the immigrant and minority communities in part because it instructed State Police to check the immigration status of suspects in the course of investigations. . . .
  • John Kerry’s bucks stop where? (Still no tax payment on the yacht)

    11/05/2010 6:29:01 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 24 replies ^ | Friday, November 5, 2010 | Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    It’s been more than three months since we first told you about Capt. John Kerry’s high-seas tax dodge on his new $7 million yacht, Isabel, and the town of Nantucket still doesn’t have a check from the senior senator! You may recall that Kerry lowered the flag and surrendered in July, agreeing to pony up more than $400,000 to cover state taxes on the toney tub. Mr. Teresa Heinz broke out the checkbook four days after the Track set off a furious tempest with our report that he had purchased the 76-foot floating palace and ported her in Rhode Island,...
  • Frank Caprio to Get Bill Clinton's Help Despite Obama's Non-Endorsement

    10/30/2010 9:18:17 AM PDT · by Semper911 · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 27, 2010
    Former President Bill Clinton will campaign in Rhode Island for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio this week - despite the candidate recently telling President Obama, who refused to endorse Caprio, to "shove it," according to Politico. The appearance, currently scheduled for Sunday, could give the Democrat a much-needed boost in the polls: According to a Rasmussen report from last Friday, Caprio trailed Independent Lincoln Chafee by seven points.
  • RI to vote on dropping 'Plantations' from its name.

    10/27/2010 6:37:52 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | Oct 26 2010 | By ERIC TUCKER
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This state's official name — The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations — is more than just a mouthful. To many, it evokes stinging reminders of Rhode Island's prime role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
  • Obama to GOP:'They can come for the ride,but they gotta sit in back.'(From the Great Unifier?)

    10/26/2010 11:13:15 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 16 replies
    american thinker ^ | 10/26/10 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Democrats are about to be trounced in the midterm elections, and if the pundits are correct the emergency brakes are about to be slammed on Obama’s out of control liberal agenda. In response to the predictions of a Republican tidal wave coupled together with lack of enthusiasm for the Democrat party and Barack’s policies, the President is stumping for Democrat candidates as if his life depended on it. The Democrat Party is certainly giving it their all. Stumper/early voter Michelle Obama is showing up all over America. Nuclear-code-loser Bill Clinton has found his way to “95 campaign stops for 65...
  • Obama assails GOP on clouded final campaign push (Republicans "gotta sit in back")

    10/25/2010 6:59:19 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/25/10 | DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent
    WOONSOCKET, R.I. – President Barack Obama attacked Republicans with gusto Monday as he plunged into a final week of midterm election campaigning, but his party's prognosis remained darkened by the feeble economy and his itinerary was designed largely to minimize losses. Nor was his greeting totally friendly in a state where Obama has pointedly declined to endorse his party's candidate for governor. Obama can "take his endorsement and shove it," declared Democrat Frank Caprio, battling Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee in a Rhode Island gubernatorial race rated tight in the polls. Chafee endorsed Obama during the 2008 campaign for the White House....
  • RI Democrat: I don't need Obama endorsement [Obama can "take his endorsement and shove it."]

    10/25/2010 5:51:23 AM PDT · by Semper911 · 40 replies · 1+ views
    NECN ^ | Oct 25, 2010 7:33am
    <p>PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for governor of Rhode Island is reacting angrily to news that he won't be getting the endorsement of President Obama.</p> <p>Obama is scheduled to visit Rhode Island on Monday, but according to The Providence Journal, won't be endorsing anyone.</p>
  • Dem Candidate To Obama: “He Can Take His Endorsement And Really Shove It”

    10/25/2010 12:06:05 PM PDT · by · 4 replies
    Democrat Frank Caprio, who is running for Governor of Rhode Island, didn’t receive President Obama’s endorsement and had some choice words about it, saying he “can take his endorsement and really shove it” on WPRO radio. He went on to say that Obama ignored Rhode Island and now he’s coming in to treat them like an ATM machine.
  • Political Theatre In Rhode Island?

    10/25/2010 11:02:50 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 1 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10/25/10 | CaroleL
    In an election cycle that has Democratic candidates running as far as they can from an unpopular president, Rhode Island's Democratic gubernatorial candidate made a sure to go viral comment today when he didn't get President Barack Obama's endorsement. Democrat Frank Caprio told a local radio station, "He can take his endorsement and really shove it" and went on to criticize Mr. Obama for ignoring Rhode Island's recent floods and "treating us like an ATM machine." So was this a real snub of a fellow Democrat or a well-orchestrated plan to help both Mr. Caprio and the president?
  • Audio: Rhode Island Democrat Says Obama Can Take His Endorsement and Shove It

    10/25/2010 8:59:33 AM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 5 replies
    HAP ^ | 10/25/10 | hap
    Audio of Democrat Frank Caprio on Frank Caprio on WRPO Radio.... "He can take his endorsement and really shove it,” “We had one of the worst floods in the history of the United States a few months back and President Obama didn’t even do a fly over of Rhode Island. He ignored us and now he’s coming into Rhode Island and treating us like an ATM machine"
  • Suspicious Tractor-Trailer Empty [Connecticut]

    10/08/2010 6:25:42 PM PDT · by Cindy · 35 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 8, 2010, updated 23 minuts ago | n/a
    SNIPPET: "BRANFORD, Conn. — Police and FBI agents Friday night said a tractor-trailer stopped in Branford, Conn., and suspected of carrying explosives was empty, NBC station WVIT of Hartford reported." SNIPPET: "Police were told to be on the lookout for a brown Peterbilt tractor-trailer that may have a bomb in it that was en route from Rhode Island to New York City, the New Haven Register reported. Officers were told if they encountered it to stop it and create a perimeter and stand by. Branford is about 80 miles north of New York City. In another incident, around 6:21 p.m....
  • Defense Department Rejects 4 States' Military Voter Plans, Grants 5 States Waivers

    08/27/2010 11:10:37 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 9 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | August 27, 2010 | steelers6
    The Department of Defense announced Friday that it was denying four states' requests to waive requirements of a law intended to protect the voting rights of military personnel overseas, but five other states were granted exemptions because their alternative accommodations were deemed adequate. The states denied exemptions to the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act were Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii and Wisconsin, as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Waivers were granted to Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Washington.
  • Outrage: Pentagon Grants Five States Waivers from MOVE Act

    08/27/2010 1:42:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 27, 2010 | J. Christian Adams
    Protecting the rights of active duty military to have their vote counted is apparently not a priority for this administration. In Washington, politicians always like to release bad news on a Friday, as fewer people notice. Today, the Pentagon announced that it had granted the waiver requests of five states seeking to escape requirements to protect military voters. I have written previously here at PJM that all waiver requests should be denied. Unfortunately, if you are an overseas servicemember from Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, or Washington, the protections in the MOVE Act aren’t going to apply to you...
  • New York Attorney General Defends Global Warming Limits

    07/26/2010 6:22:47 PM PDT · by EBH · 31 replies · 10+ views
    New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced a 13-state coalition has filed a motion in Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals defending a new environmental regulation limiting greenhouse gases. Starting in January 2011, pollution control requirements under the federal CAA will apply for the first time to new or modified facilities that emit global warming pollution. A new rule from the EPA focuses these requirements on the largest facilities, such as power plants, cement kilns, and oil refineries. These large facilities account for 70% of the greenhouse gases from stationary sources. In response, interest groups representing some of these...
  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's immigration law copied by five states: MI, SC, MN, PA, RI

    07/17/2010 12:59:42 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 50 replies · 2+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | July 17, 2010 | Aliyah Shahid
    Arizona's not alone. Five states have introduced similar immigration laws since The Grand Canyon State passed controversial legislation that is scheduled to kick in on July 29, according the Los Angeles Times. The number of immigration-based laws and resolutions supported by states has increased by more than 10 times in recent years. "Lawmakers are frustrated with federal inaction," Ann Morse, a program director with the National Conference of State Legislatures told the newspaper. "Until the federal government acts, states will still see this as an area where they see the need to play a leadership role." The group says officials...
  • DoD, Guard establish eight Homeland Response Force units

    07/15/2010 11:19:48 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 1+ views - THE NATIONAL GUARD ^ | July 12, 2010 | Jim Garamone
    NOTE The following test is a quote: DoD, Guard establish eight Homeland Response Force units By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, (7/12/10) - Eight more homeland response force units will be established in fiscal year 2012, Defense Department and National Guard Bureau officials said here today. The units are regional forces that will cross state lines when needed. They are part of a restructuring of the nation's chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive consequence management enterprise. Massachusetts (supported by Connecticut and Vermont), New York (supported by New Jersey), Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, Missouri, Utah and California each will...
  • Three-Time Armed Bank Robber Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison; Deportation Hearing...

    07/12/2010 1:24:38 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies ^ | July 9, 2010 | n/a
    July 9, 2010 NOTE The following text is a quote: Three-Time Armed Bank Robber Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison; Deportation Hearing to Follow Prison Term Dwayne, K. Lewis, 28, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced Friday to 120 months in federal prison on armed bank robbery charges. Lewis pleaded guilty February 1, 2010 to armed bank robberies in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York in which nearly $269,000 was taken. Lewis, a Jamaican national, faces a deportation hearing after completing his prison sentence. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the sentence, which was imposed by U.S. District Court Chief...
  • United States v. Arizona — How 'Bout United States v. Rhode Island?

    07/08/2010 7:48:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 07/08/2010 | Andrew McCarthy
    Well whaddya know? It turns out that Rhode Island has long been carrying out the procedures at issue in the Arizona immigration statute: As a matter of routine, RI state police check immigration status at traffic stops whenever there is reasonable suspicion to do so, and they report all illegals to the feds for deportation. Besides the usual profiling blather, critics have trotted out the now familiar saw that such procedures hamstring police because they make immigrants afraid to cooperate. But it turns out that it’s the Rhode Island police who insist on enforcing the law. As Cornell law prof...
  • Elementary School Bans Army Hat

    06/17/2010 7:09:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 485+ views
    Newsoxy ^ | Jun 17, 2010 | Mary Smith
    School official bans army hat from program because it contained weapon concepts. School bans army hat in Rhode Island. The school forbids hats with weapon concepts and a second grader was told to take off his camouflage cap, which he designed with an American flag patch with army men holding guns. The principal said that David Morales' hat wasn't patriot enough, but the family has great concerns. "We don't advocate having any concept of weapons in the school. (David's) military theme was all welcomed. The only issue was the weapons displayed on the hat," Kenneth DiPietro, superintendent of Coventry Public...
  • Rhode Island School Bans Toy Soldier Cap

    06/19/2010 4:36:46 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 19 replies · 555+ views
    The New American ^ | 6/18/2010 | Warren Mass
    David Morales, a Coventry, Rhode Island, second grader, was recently banned from wearing a patriotic cap he made for a school project to school because it was adorned with plastic toy soldiers carrying tiny plastic “weapons.” WPRI in Providence reported that David said he did not make the camouflage cap with soldiers on top as a fashion statement: It was meant to honor military members. David’s teacher phoned his mother, Christan Morales, explaining that the miniature military figures brandishing even tinier, toothpick-sized rifles violated the school district's zero-tolerance weapons policy. "His teacher called and said it wasn't appropriate," Morales told...
  • RI boy who made banned toy soldier hat gets medal

    06/18/2010 4:02:32 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 58 replies · 1,475+ views
    Yahooo! ^ | 6/18/10 | ap
    EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island boy whose school banned a hat he made because the toy soldiers on it carried tiny guns was awarded a medal on Friday for his patriotic efforts. Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio, the retired head of the Rhode Island National Guard, gave 8-year-old David Morales a medal called a challenge coin during an appearance on WPRO-AM's John DePetro show. Centracchio said the second-grader should be thanked for recognizing veterans and soldiers."You did nothing wrong, and you did an outstanding job," he said. "We can only hope that kids of your caliber will continue to...
  • 2-Inch-Tall Army Soldiers Gets School Kid Reprimanded

    06/17/2010 7:41:09 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 13 replies · 410+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 06/07/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    A policy of no tolerance for weapons got an 8-year-old boy in trouble at his Rhode Island grade school this week. The boy brought in nearly a dozen M-14 Army rifles to his Tiogue School in Coventry, R.I. grade school and was chastised by the principal for the outrage. How did he get all those assault rifles into the school you might ask? Why he did it by gluing seven or so of his 2-inch-tall green army soldier toys to his camo colored ball cap for "make a crazy hat" day at school. That's right, a few green army man...
  • Judge sentences man for multiple crimes (Drugs, sexual assault, identity theft and bestiality)

    06/05/2010 3:43:06 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 21 replies · 1,065+ views
    ProJo ^ | 6-4-10 | Talia Buford
    WARWICK — A Superior Court judge sentenced James E. Cook Friday to what amounts to life plus seven years for the 22 crimes from first-degree sexual assault to identity theft and drug possession to bestiality he was convicted of in March. During the seven-day trial, prosecutors produced videotaped evidence of Cook, 47, performing sexual acts on two unconscious teenagers on separate occasions. Cook had also videotaped a sexual encounter that he orchestrated between a 17-year-old boy and a friend’s dog. His niece testified that Cook had sold drugs to her, and the state produced records and witnesses that showed Cook...
  • Gadsden Flag Now Officially "Offensive" In America

    05/29/2010 1:34:51 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 167 replies · 5,749+ views
    Ace of Spades ^ | May 27th | Ace
    Flag, one of nation's oldest, causes stir after being raised over Town Common WARREN — The Warren Fire Department drew fire Friday morning when members raised one of the nation’s oldest - but these days, controversial - flags from one of three flagpoles they maintain at the Warren Town Common. Their flying of the Gadsden Flag, a Revolutionary War-era flag depicting a coiled rattlesnake with the slogan "Don’t Tread On Me" below it, angered some residents because though it was originally created to protest the British government prior to and during the American Revolution, it has become a symbol to...
  • 'Tea Party' flag rankles some: One of nation's oldest, causes stir after being raised (Gadsen)

    05/27/2010 11:15:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 1,097+ views
    The Warren Times-Gazette ^ | May 27, 2010 | Ted Hayes
    WARREN — The Warren Fire Department drew fire Friday morning when members raised one of the nation’s oldest — but these days, controversial — flags from one of three flagpoles they maintain at the Warren Town Common. Their flying of the Gadsden Flag, a Revolutionary War-era flag depicting a coiled rattlesnake with the slogan “Don’t Tread On Me” below it, angered some residents because though it was originally created to protest the British government prior to and during the American Revolution, it has become a symbol to some of the American Tea Party movement. That conservative movement questions many of...
  • Wait grows longer for R.I. tax refunds

    05/26/2010 9:32:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies · 536+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | May 26, 2010 | Neil Downing
    Thousands of Rhode Island income-tax refunds are being delayed longer than previously reported because of state cash-flow problems. Overall, the state has delayed payment of about 53,000 individual income-tax refunds — totaling about $36.3 million — to make sure it has enough money to pay off state borrowings that come due in June, said Paul L. Dion, chief of the state Office of Revenue Analysis.
  • 17 States Now Filing Versions of Arizona's Immigration Bill SB 1070 (The Confederacy only had 14)

    05/22/2010 8:48:07 AM PDT · by fop · 150 replies · 2,781+ views
    MMDNewsWire ^ | 5-21-10 |
    One of America's national organizations fighting against illegal immigration is announcing that 17 states are now filing versions of Arizona's SB 1070 law which is designed to help local police enforce America's existing immigration laws. Numerous national and local polls indicated that 60-81% of Americans support local police enforcing immigration laws. "Our national network of activists have been working overtime trying to help the state of Arizona and the brave Arizonans who have passed this bill," said William Gheen, President of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. "Arizona no longer stands alone and we have now documented state lawmakers filing, or...
  • 17 More States Planning Arizona "Illegal" Crackdown

    05/22/2010 1:03:52 PM PDT · by Freedom Frayed · 75 replies · 1,963+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 21,2010 | Bob Unruh
    In what is developing into a standoff between states and the federal government that could be bigger than gun control or even health care, 17 states have launched versions of Arizona's immigration law, even as federal officials say they may not bother to process illegal aliens caught by the states. William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, which has been trying to get officials to address the open southern border for years, warned the consequences could be dire. "Over the last couple days, Obama and the chief of ICE have refused to honor their oaths of office," he...
  • 17 more states planning Ariz. 'illegal' crackdown

    05/21/2010 7:36:10 PM PDT · by rxsid · 115 replies · 2,440+ views ^ | 5/21/2010 | Bob Unruh
    "17 more states planning Ariz. 'illegal' crackdown But ICE chief says feds might not 'process' illegals arrested by state In what is developing into a standoff between states and the federal government that could be bigger than gun control or even health care, 17 states have launched versions of Arizona's immigration law, even as federal officials say they may not bother to process illegal aliens caught by the states. William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, which has been trying to get officials to address the open southern border for years, warned the consequences could be dire. "They've...
  • States Gearing Up to Follow Arizona's Lead on Immigration

    05/21/2010 3:01:55 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 57 replies · 1,866+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2010 | Staff
    While Arizona faces the scorn of the White House and local governments across the country for its immigration law, lawmakers in several states are looking to follow the Grand Canyon State's lead. Lawmakers and politicians in Texas, Rhode Island, Utah and Georgia are among those who, in the month since Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law, have announced plans to introduce similar legislation. The officials say states need to take matters into their own hands to tackle illegal immigration and in turn reduce the taxpayer cost associated with large undocumented populations in their hospitals, schools and prisons. They draw...
  • Man caught boarding plane with weapons

    05/19/2010 1:29:28 PM PDT · by cll · 42 replies · 1,509+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/19/2010 | AP
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- U.S. authorities have charged a man with attempting to board a flight from Puerto Rico with weapons including a stun gun, a switchblade knife and four box cutters. ~ snip ~ Pol was scheduled to take a JetBlue flight to Boston when he was arrested on Monday. In addition to the knives agents found pepper spray and a flight simulator program in his luggage.
  • Obama Concedes That FEMA Director Not Visiting Rhode Island [What if Bush had done this?!]

    04/03/2010 2:59:30 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 42 replies · 1,553+ views
    CNS News ^ | 4/2/2010 | Fred Lucas
    --snip-- Though a presidential visit to Rhode Island has not been announced, Obama is responsive, Kass said. “The president has been in touch with Gov. Carcieri. He called him yesterday. He gave the governor his personal, private phone line,” Kass told “It was very interesting. He said to the governor, ‘if Washington is not responding properly or not fast enough for you please call me directly,’ which I was just blown away by. I thought that was amazing, and we’re very appreciative of it.”
  • Rhode Island Governor: Chafee Still Leads

    03/29/2010 5:05:45 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 11 replies · 398+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 03/29/2010 | Scott Rasmussen
    Former Senator Lincoln Chafee remains the leader in the race to be Rhode Island’s next governor, with State Treasurer Frank Caprio the strongest Democrat in the contest for now. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Rhode Island shows Chafee, who is running as an independent, earning 39% support to Caprio’s 28%. Likely Republican nominee John Robitaille picks up 22% of the vote, with 11% more undecided. Chafee pulls 37% of the vote if state Attorney General Patrick Lynch is the Democrat in the race. Robitaille is in second with 26% support, and Lynch runs third with...
  • Effigy Of President Found Hanging In R.I. School

    03/18/2010 11:39:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 47 replies · 1,991+ views
    Effigy Of President Found Hanging In R.I. School CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (CBS) ― A Rhode Island teacher has been disciplined after an effigy of President Barack Obama was found hanging by its ankle in his classroom. The male teacher at Central Falls High School was not named, nor did the school district say specifically what disciplinary action was taken. Central Falls is the troubled high school where all of the teachers were fired last month in an effort to reform the chronically underperforming school, reports CBS station WBZ-TV. Superintendent Dr. Frances Gallo told CNN that the President Obama doll was...
  • Obama effigy hung at RI school with fired teachers

    03/18/2010 12:20:10 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 16 replies · 963+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 18
    CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) -- A teacher at a failing Rhode Island school where he and all his colleagues were fired hung an effigy of President Barack Obama in his classroom, apparently in reaction to Obama's support of extreme measures to ensure accountability in schools. The teachers union on Thursday condemned the effigy, discovered Monday in the teacher's third-floor classroom at Central Falls High School, saying it was wrong and cannot be condoned under any circumstances. The effigy was found in the unidentified teacher's classroom by Superintendent Frances Gallo, Nicole Shaffer of the Rhode Island Department of Education told The...
  • Unemployment rises in 30 states in January

    03/10/2010 11:07:10 AM PST · by Kartographer · 35 replies · 1,198+ views
    Ap/YahooNews ^ | 3/10/10 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    Unemployment rose in 30 states in January, the Labor Department said Wednesday, evidence that jobs remain scarce in most regions of the country. The data is somewhat better than December, when 43 states reported higher unemployment rates, but worse than November, when rates fell in most states. Still, five states reported record-high joblessness in January: California, at 12.5 percent; South Carolina, 12.6 percent; Florida, 11.9 percent; North Carolina, 11.1 percent; and Georgia, 10.4 percent. Michigan's unemployment rate is still the nation's highest, at 14.3 percent, followed by Nevada, with 13 percent and Rhode Island at 12.7 percent. South Carolina and...
  • Central Falls at center of a national debate (teacher firings)

    03/02/2010 2:28:57 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 6 replies · 540+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | 3/2/10 | John E. Mulligan
    WASHINGTON — President Obama singled out Central Falls High School on Monday as an example of failing public schools whose teachers have been let go as a “last resort” to confront substandard scholarship. The president did not explicitly endorse last week’s firing, effective at the end of the school year, of 93 teachers and other school personnel. But the context of his remarks made clear that Mr. Obama viewed the action as a drastic but necessary step toward overhauling a failing school where improvements are long overdue.
  • Snowstorm in Northeast, rain pounds New England

    02/25/2010 3:10:32 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 648+ views
    hosted ^ | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A slow-moving winter storm bringing snow again in the Northeast is also dumping a lot of rain in parts of northern New England and threatening to cause flooding. In parts of southern and mid-coastal Maine more than 3 inches of rain has fallen and forecasters say some areas could get more than 7 inches. The river in the flood-prone New Hampshire town of Goffstown is nearing flood stage and residents have been told to prepare for possible evacuation. Back-to-back storms have been blamed for a number deaths, including a man who was hit by a snow laden...
  • Plan to fire all its teachers roils poor RI city

    02/24/2010 2:48:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 848+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/24/10 | Ray Henry - ap
    CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. – The blue-and-white banner exclaiming "anticipation" on the front of Central Falls High School seems like a cruel joke for an institution so chronically troubled that its leaders decided to fire every teacher by year's end. No more than half those instructors would be hired back under a federal option that has enraged the state's powerful teachers union, earned criticism from students, and brought praise from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and some parents. The mass firings were approved by the school district's board of trustees Tuesday night after talks failed between Superintendent Frances Gallo and the...
  • High Schools to Offer Plan to Graduate 2 Years Early

    02/18/2010 1:59:08 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 64 replies · 1,362+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 17, 2010 | By SAM DILLON
    Dozens of public high schools in eight states will introduce a program next year allowing 10th graders who pass a battery of tests to get a diploma two years early and immediately enroll in community college.
  • All Administrators and Teachers at Rhode Island School Fired

    02/16/2010 4:55:51 PM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 21 replies · 882+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 02/16/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    I don't expect this to stick. I fully expect some left-wing, paid off judge to come to the aid of these union thugs. But... in Central Falls, Rhode Island School Superintendent Frances Gallo has fired an entire high school's worth of teachers and administrators over a labor dispute. Central Falls High School is situated in one of the poorest sections of Rhode Island yet the teachers there make between $72 and $78 thousand per year, far above the mean income of the area. The school is also performing dismally. So, Superintendent Gallo told teachers that they would have to work...
  • Central Falls Rhode Island Fires Every High School Teacher

    02/14/2010 4:13:08 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 94 replies · 3,821+ views
    Mish's Global Analysis ^ | 2/14/10 | Mike Shedlock
    The teachers didn’t blink. Under threat of losing their jobs if they didn’t go along with extra work for not a lot of extra pay, the Central Falls Teachers’ Union refused Friday morning to accept a reform plan for one of the worst-performing high schools in the state. The superintendent didn’t blink either. After learning of the union’s position, School Supt. Frances Gallo notified the state that she was switching to an alternative she was hoping to avoid: firing the entire staff at Central Falls High School. In total, about 100 teachers, administrators and assistants will lose their jobs.