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In the news… for February 24, 2024


Bill signed into law permanently allows outdoor dining at restaurants

The Newport Restaurant Group sold the Newport International Boat to South Florida Ventures.

Fidelity & Deutsche Bank will require employees to work 2 weeks out of every 4 in the office

Principal of Shea HS, Gavin Adams, leaving – Pawtucket is recruiting

FEMA has declined applications for disaster money for Bristol County – Bristol, Barrington, & Warren

RI Day of Portugal will be held on June 8th and 9th and moved to downtown Providence’s District Park, at the pedestrian bridge

Pawtucket Bus/Train Shelter construction is to begin this to begin this year and completed at the end of 9025 or early2006. Nothing further available on a start date so if interested call RIPTA. Doesn’t appear to be a high priority, so the more calls the better.

Online casino gaming will go live in Rhode Island next month.

Local bill requiring employers to pay employees weekly is working its way through the RI legislature

A Valentine’s Day fun “rate the best chocolate” at the RI State House produced a winner:  Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Caramel won a decisive victory this Valentine’s Day.

NY System wiener restaurant on Smith St, Prov. is having financial problems, owner says 6 months or less to closing

Brockton school committee and others want the state to call in the National Guard due to how difficult the students have become – saying parents, teachers and staff are afraid of them. So far the city and governor have opposed this request

Mt. St. Charles will transition into a “prep school” model for all its sports

Norovirus spreading across Rhode Island

Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy resting at home after heart surgery

Massachusetts tosses out 40% of DCF neglect charges

Six correctional officers were assaulted at the ACI over the weekend.

Japanese food market – Maruichi Japanese Food & Deli – to open in Providence

A Latina-led and Chelsea-based social services organization that aids Latinx immigrants — is opening a new day shelter today to provide space, meals and other services for up to 200 families and individuals during business hours on weekdays. United Way of Massachusetts Bay administered state grant funds to support the shelter, and La Colaborativa plans to provide transportation for families staying at Cambridge’s overnight-only overflow shelter.

Delta will offer direct flights between Boston and Honolulu starting next winter

Matthew Slater announced his retirement from the New England Patriots

Teacher resignations in Providence have more than doubled in the past five years

Governor Maura Healey said she wants Steward Health Care out of the hospital business in Massachusetts, telling the for-profit it must transfer its facilities to other operators.

Central Falls newly renovated Pierce Park, with a new little league baseball field and basketball court has opened

Rhode Islanders and nonresidents holding standard fishing licenses, multipurpose licenses, shellfish over 65 licenses, and nonresident standard licenses that their renewals are due by close of business on Thursday, Feb. 29.

Narragansett Beach road parking will have signs this year which means tickets can be given out for exceeding the 3-hour limit

Lighthouse Hotel in Galilee being demolished and will be a maintained and landscaped area – the RI DEM will decide its next purpose.

RIPTA has raised its starting rates from $21.71 per hour to $25.33 per hour.

IRS offices in Providence will be open 9am to 4pm TODAY, Saturday – no appointments needed.  The IRS Center in Warwick is open 8:30 to 4:30, closed 1:30 to 2:30, week days. To make an appt. call 844-545-5640.

Electric Boat will hire 1,900 at RI shipyard

Report on the I-195 Bridge released with results showing serious repairs must be made or more likely the bridge will need to come down and be built.

Erosion in Nantucket will probably cause the sewage treatment plant to be rebuilt



US vetoes NATO resolution demanding an immediate cease fire by Israel

Jeff Riley, Massachusetts Education Commissioner, steps down

Egypt is building a wall between it and Gaza

National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre will need to repay $4.4M in misspent funds used from the nonprofit organization for personal use.

Measles outbreak took place in Florida in Broward County – said to be due to international travelers and religious exemption from immunizations

The IRS will be giving a tighter review of corporate jet use

Tiger Woods has started his own athletic line, available May 1st:

Pres. Trump has started his own sneaker line: – gold sneakers he debuted at Sneaker Con, selling 1,000 pre-orders in hours – now sold out ($399K) – but with other items available

Southwest Airlines will begin a makeover of their cabin seats, device holders, even new uniforms for staff

Manchin says he has decided not to run for President

Smoking fentanyl surpasses injections as cause of overdoses

National shortage of substitute teachers

Top universities, such as Yale, have gone back to requiring SATs

Ukraine nuclear power plant is a severe threat to the planet if it were to lose power, be attacked, etc.

William Byron won the Daytona 500, his first time winning

Russia is detaining a Russian-US dual resident who studied ballet in Maryland and worked in LA, but went to Russia to see family – the crime was raising funds for Ukraine

Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are children and that a person can be held liable for destroying them. Reproductive rights advocates say the case could have implications for fertility treatments such as IVF.

Commander, president’s dog that bites, has bitten over 25 secret service agents

Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia

First moon landing in 50 years – Odysseus – was made by a private company

500 sanctions have been imposed against Russia by US

Giant Anaconda – 20 feet long – discovered while a film crew was

VICE will cease publication

Republican primary is being held TODAY in So. Carolina. Former President Trump is expected to win handily over former SC Governor Nikki Haley

Research on people’s streaming behavior showed that old shows were the most watched, particularly classics



Dr. Anthony Epstein, 102, founder of Epstein-Barr researcher

Julia Lieblich, 65, suicide, a journalist who wrote about torture and death, and suffered from bi-polar disease

RI Senator Frank Lombardo, 65, of cancer, of Johnston

Arthur Robbins, 65, entrepreneur, who worked with many nonprofits


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