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RHODE ISLAND & VICINITY

Route 95 highway re-numbering was scheduled to start on Sunday, but has been delayed again

1,000 boats participated in Aquapalooza this past weekend in Mackeral Cove, near Prudence Island

Orange Line MBTA will be shut down for a month for repairs – impacting 100K riders

Judge Nettie Vogel in RI to retire after 28 years on the bench

RI Blood Center declares a state of emergency, encouraging people to donate blood if they can

Connecticut looking for school bus drivers – critical shortage – parents can apply as well

The search for the Gaspee has come up with no evidence of the ship

New Rhode Island Child Tax Rebate, a state tax rebate of $250 per child for a maximum of three children.

Governor Dan McKee, Revolution Wind’s joint-venture partners Ørsted and Eversource, and leaders from Rhode Island state agencies, labor and academia announced a new public-private partnership supporting RI offshore wind workforce development.

200 swimmers will participate in Saturday’s Save the Bay swim

More than 32 cars were broken into in Jamestown – Barrington had a similar incident

Trader Joe’s will open a store on So. Main Street in Providence

Christian flag raised at Boston City Hall after it was originally denied

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will run a Sunday/Holiday service schedule on Monday, August 8, 2022, in observance of Victory Day, an official state holiday. The Sunday/Holiday schedule will apply to all regular fixed-route buses and trolleys. All RIPTA offices, except for the Newport Transportation Center, will be closed on Monday, August 8, 2022, in celebration of the holiday.

In a student suicide case, a RI judge rules that the actions of school officials were a proximate cause of a student’s suicide, a Superior Court judge has denied the defendants’ request to conduct a complete forensic imaging of the decedent’s cellphone, citing relevancy and privacy concerns.

RI announces $2.9 million in grants to support the tourism, hospitality, and events industries in Rhode Island with a focus on developing outdoor and public space capital improvements and/or event programming.

In MA, just 11% of children received at least one dose of COVID vaccine.

The nominee to take over as police chief on Block Island has withdrawn his name from consideration due to personal reasons.

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL

Israel launching air strikes into militant targets in Gaza and says they will continue. Targeting Islamic Jihad. Iron dome defense have intercepted almost 200 strikes in return. Most escalated violence in over a year.

Jobs report – added 528,000 jobs – was over prediction

Gannett, parent company of ProJO and Newport Daily News, reports $53.7M loss

White House declares Monkeypox a national health emergency

Actress Ann Heche in critical condition after suffering burns when her Mini Cooper crashed into a home.

Kim Kardashian & Pete Davidson have split noting their schedules

Rumors that Saturday Night Live may end after 50th season in 2025.

The CDC updated recommendations are expected to ease quarantine recommendations for people exposed to the virus and de-emphasize 6 feet of social distancing.”

Co-working giant WeWork’s offices-for-rent are back to their pre-pandemic occupancy levels, 72%

The FDA has missed multiple deadlines to take these dangerous products off the market.

A Russian judge sentenced the W.N.B.A. star Brittney Griner to nine years in a penal colony on drug charges.

China announced it has cut off dialogue with US on climate change, drug issues, etc.

Days of our Lives is moving to Peacock in September, leaving NBC

The United Nations chief warned the world Monday that “humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” citing the war in Ukraine, nuclear threats in Asia and the Middle East and many other factors.

California has declared a monkeypox state of emergency

Long COVID has sidelined as many as 4 million U.S. workers

Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana and 2 of her staffers were killed in a car accident in her home state

Carbon dioxide supplies are scarce, hurting breweries

1st ship carrying grain has left Odesa, Ukraine

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing $2.8 billion in fresh funding for homeless services organizations across the country.The funding, announced Monday, will be allocated via competitive bids through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, the largest source of federal grant support to housing and services programs for people experiencing homelessness.

CVS and Walgreens both have policies place to ensure no patient is denied access to medication prescribed by a physician based on a staff member’s individual beliefs. An objecting staff member may request “reasonable accommodation” to not be involved in the sale of items such as condoms or abortion medication.

$280B package to support veterans impacted by burn pit injuries

Top Al Qaeda leader was killed in Afghanistan – President will speak from balcony of White House

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PASSINGS

Pat Carroll, 95, TV actress

Former Providence Mayor Joe Doorley, 95

Peter Holden, 74, of Pawtucket, had been Executive Director for RIARC (or The ARC of Blackstone Valley) for over 20 years.

Bill Russell, 88, basketball fame

Nichelle Nichols, 89, most notably played Lt. Uhura of Star Trek

Vince Scully, 94, voice of the Dodgers

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