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R.I. getting $43M this year from tobacco pact
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will get more than $43.2 million this year from the 1998 national settlement with tobacco companies, the office of state Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch announced this evening.
Under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, the dollar figure is part of a combined $6 billion-plus in settlements to the states.
Since 1999, Rhode Island has netted more than $370 million through the master settlement.
Much of the payment comes from Philip Morris, Reynolds American, and Lorrilard. Philip Morris is the only one to make its payment in full, according to the news release from the attorney general.
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney
The other two companies paid about 75 percent of the amounts due to the states, with the balance of their amounts remaining in a disputed account. The two companies assert they have the right to a “downward payment adjustment” to account for cigarette sales lost to tobacco companies that didn’t sign the settlement agreement and saw their share of the U.S. market grow art the expense of companies that did sign the settlement.
The attorney general’s office states that the settlement agreement made clear that any state that has “diligently enforced” a law pertaining to the issue the way Rhode Island has should not receive a reduced payment from the two companies. Lynch expressed confidence the disagreement can be resolved, but said the state is ready to litigate the matter if it became necessary.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 6:05 PM
Mom, with tot in car, leads police on high-speed chase
CHARLESTOWN — A Westerly woman was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase up and down Route 1 and finally into Westerly, where she pulled over and screamed to officers that her baby was “in the car,” the police said today.
Jennifer L. Getter, 29, of 9 Ivanhoe Drive, faces a felony charge of child neglect and was also charged with driving while intoxicated, said Charlestown Police Sgt. Patrick J. McMahon.
Officers found Getter’s son, believed to be 18 to 22 months old, in the back seat of the vehicle, secure in a child car seat. He was not injured, McMahon said.
-- Journal staff writer Randall Edgar
The chase began at about 4:15 Monday afternoon when an officer driving south on Route 1 saw a black Jeep Cherokee speeding up the northbound lane, McMahon said.
The officer turned around and headed north with the cruiser’s siren and lights activated, but the Jeep made a sliding and skidding U-turn near a convenience store and headed south, the police said.
Another police officer waited for the Cherokee and then pursued the vehicle just over the Westerly line, where Getter abruptly changed lanes and pulled over near Haversham Corners, the police said.
McMahon said the Jeep was traveling faster than 95 miles per hour at times. The speed limit on Route 1 is 50.
Getter was released on $5,000 personal recognizance after appearing before a bail commissioner, according to a police news release. She is scheduled to appear in District Court, Wakefield, on April 26.
Getter also faces several motor vehicle violation charges, including speeding and driving with open alcohol containers, McMahon said.
McMahon said Getter offered no explanation for the incident. She failed a field sobriety test after she was pulled over and showed signs of intoxication, according to the news release.
Charlestown police contacted the Department of Children Youth and Families, which is looking into the incident.
The boy, meanwhile, is staying with his grandmother, the police said.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 5:57 PM
Man charges into Newport courthouse waving crucifix
NEWPORT -- A man brandishing a 10-inch-long wooden crucifix charged through a security checkpoint at the entrance to the Florence K. Murray Judicial Complex and rushed into a courtroom yelling and screaming on Monday.
District Court Judge Patricia D. Moore was about to call the daily calendar when sheriffs chased down Frank W. Gullison as he headed toward the bench, state Executive High Sheriff Gary Dias said today. They subdued him after a violent struggle, which injured Gullison and several sheriffs.
Gullison, 56, of 15B Woolsey Road, Middletown, has been charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and three counts of assaulting a police officer, State Police Sgt. Paul Olszewski said today.
Dias said the man, waving the crucifix, was yelling something about “God and saving him.”
Gullison entered the building “dressed only in a pair of shorts with no shirt on,” Olszewski said.
-- Journal staff writer Richard Salit
Whether the bottoms were shorts or boxers hasn’t been determined, he said. While the State Police said he was topless, Dias said it was his understanding the man had on a T-shirt.
“As he entered the courthouse, he ran through the metal detector,” Olszewski said. A Capitol Police officer stationed at the security checkpoint “identified himself and told him to stop.”
Gullison, however, kept going, running straight ahead into the courtroom where Moore was presiding. The Capitol Police officer chased after him.
“Once he entered the courtroom, additional sheriffs that were also there attempted to place him in custody,” Olszewski said.
During the struggle, Gullison “fell and hit his head,” Olszewski said. He was placed in handcuffs and taken to Newport Hospital, where he was later arraigned on the charges by a justice of the peace. The injured sheriffs also received treatment at the hospital.
Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald said that the vehicle Gullison parked outside the courthouse reportedly hit the curb hard enough to cause a flat.
Gullison had just appeared in the courthouse on felony charges last Thursday. He was arraigned on one count of receiving stolen goods worth more than $500 following an investigation by Portsmouth Police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Portsmouth Patrolman Mark Mooney said that Gullison is employed as a civilian by the naval station’s public works department and was implicated in the theft of scrap metal belonging to the federal government.
Dias said he has concerns about the adequacy of the security at the historic building on Washington Square. The Capitol Police provide security at the building and he said he has tried to reach the chief, who is out on leave.
“When he comes back, he will take a review of the security at the entryway there, given that the building is so old,” he said. “You are working in a confined area. I’m sure there are things we can do to improve that.”
On the other hand, he said, the Capitol Police officers -- the only armed officers in the building -- might have responded more aggressively had Gullison been armed instead of carrying a crucifix.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 5:50 PM
Update: About 400 R.I. customers still without power
As of early evening, 411 National Grid customers in Rhode Island are still without electrical power, as crews work around the clock with a goal of bringing everyone back on line late tonight.
That is down from the thousands of outages yesterday brought on by the nor’easter that rumbled into the region. Here are the numbers of outages as of about 4:45 p.m.:
North Kingstown, 63
Little Compton, 48
East Greenwich, 20
Otherr communities have outages in the single digits, said David Graves, a spokesman for National Grid. A total of 22 communities have some power outages, including those mentioned above.
“There was a lot of damage – we had had a lot of reports for wires down and a lot of trees that were down,” said Graves. “We had a lot of poles that had to be replaced. There was a lot of work, and continues to be through the night.”
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney
Posted by Mike McKinney at 5:39 PM
R.I. mosquito-magnet maker has new owner
A Pennsylvania company is the new owner of American Biophysics Corp. -- the North Kingstown company that makes the Mosquito Magnet.
Woodstream Corp. of Litiz, Pa., will pay about $6 million for American Biophyics in a purchase overseen by a court-appointed receiver. American Biophysics’ customers -- many of them national retail chains such as Home Depot -- owe the North Kingstown company more than $3 million, according to the receiver, Jonathan N. Savage.
That’s money Savage said he expects to collect, pushing the ultimate value to more than $9 million.
Savage was in Washington County Superior Court today to auction off American Biophysics, which was placed into state receivership last year because it was unable to pay off debts of $7 million.
-- Journal Staff Writer Paul Grimaldi
Receivership is a form of bankruptcy where a court appoints a trustee to either liquidate a company or sell its assets to pay the accumulated debt.
American Biophysics garnered national attention earlier in the decade as sales of Mosquito Magnet -- a mosquito-killing device -- made it the nation’s fastest growing private company.
The company struggled to profit from the sales and fell under court protection.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 3:36 PM
Texas attorney general sues R.I.-based CVS Corp.
HOUSTON -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sued CVS Corp. on Tuesday, alleging pharmacy employees dumped credit card numbers, medical information and other sensitive material into a garbage container.
The suit alleges about 1,000 customers were compromised.
The Woonsocket-based company was accused of failing to protect its customers from identity theft at the store in Liberty, about 45 miles northeast of Houston. The lawsuit alleges employees dumped the records behind a store that apparently was being vacated by CVS.
CVS did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Tuesday.
The records, found March 19, included credit and debit card numbers and prescription forms that had customers' names, addresses, dates of birth and types of medications, Abbott said.
"Our personal information, our medical records are supposed to be protected," said 69-year-old Cora Bechtel, one of the customers whose records were found behind the store. "When it's exposed, it's scary."
-- The Associated Press
CVS is accused of violating provisions of the 2005 Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act, which requires the protection and proper destruction of clients' sensitive personal information. If found guilty, CVS could have to pay up to $50,000 per violation.
Abbott's office also charged the company with violations under Chapter 35 of the Business and Commerce Code, which requires businesses to develop retention and disposal procedures for their clients' personal information. The code provides for civil penalties of up to $500 for each abandoned record.
Abbott said his office is investigating whether this is normal practice for CVS at other Texas stores.
"One of the most serious problems plaguing this country and state (is) identity theft," said Abbott, who earlier this month sued Fort Worth-based RadioShack Corp. after customer records were dumped in trash bins near a Corpus Christi store.
Tuesday's lawsuit against CVS was the fourth such action taken against a business since the 2005 law was passed.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 3:32 PM
Update: Lincoln High grad among VTech victims
Daniel Patrick O’Neil, a 2002 graduate of Lincoln High School, was among the 32 students slain yesterday at Virginia Tech, where O’Neil was pursuing a graduate degree in environmental engineering.
Lincoln High School yearbook photo
DANIEL P. O’NEIL
Paul Gallogly, a friend of O’Neil’s parents, issued a brief statement this afternoon:
"At this very difficult time, we are asking members of the media to respect our privacy, to be alone with our family and friends.’’
O’Neil's student listing on the Virginia Tech Web site gave his home address as 26 Fairmount Ave. He was the son of Jean and William O'Neil, who is the director of major giving at Connecticut College.
The younger O'Neil graduated from Lafayette College last year with a degree in civil engineering.
According to one school publication, O’Neil was the vice president of the Arts Society while at Lafayette, was an active participant in intramural sports and a member of the Marquis Players, a student group that produced an annual charity musical.
Friends today described O'Neil as a talented guitar player and song writer, who had his own Web site, residenthippy.com
According to O'Neil's high school yearbook, he was a member of the cross country and outdoor track teams, drama club and on the National Honor Society.
His senior photo includes the following quote:
"Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die. / Life ain't a track meet, it's a marathon."
He also wrote in his yearbook: “Never Stop Watching Disney.”
Indeed, one of the catch phrases in his entry is "Hakuna Matata." Those who’ve seen Disney’s 1994 animated movie “The Lion King” know what that means, translated roughly from Swahili to English:
-- With reports from projo.com staff writer Kate Bramson and Journal staff writer Tom Mooney
Governor Carcieri commented on O'Neil's death early this afternoon as he issued an order to lower state flags to half-staff to honor all victims of the tragedy. They will remain lowered until sunset on Sunday, according to the governor’s office.
“Like millions of people across the country, Rhode Islanders are stunned by the senseless acts of violence that occurred at Virginia Tech yesterday,” Carcieri said in a statement.
“Today, we are doubly saddened to learn that this massacre has claimed the life of a Rhode Islander. The thoughts and prayers of my wife Sue and I are with Daniel O'Neil, his family and friends, and with everyone who was affected by this heartbreaking tragedy.”
U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin said this afternoon that he is “profoundly saddened” to learn of the death of O’Neil.
"I know I join the nation in expressing my deepest sympathy to all those affected by yesterday's senseless tragedy at Virginia Tech. As we wait to hear the findings of the investigation, I am optimistic we can unite as a community to continue the important task of reducing gun violence,” Langevin said in a statement.
Langevin, a Rhode Island Democrat, is confined to a wheelchair after a gun accident.
Lincoln Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond issued the following statement this afternoon:
"The community of Lincoln, Rhode Island, extends our heartfelt condolences and support to the O’Neil family upon learning of the tragic loss of Lincoln native Daniel O’Neil as a result of the horrific shooting of several Virginia Tech students.
"I would ask that you join all of us in keeping Daniel, his family, his friends, classmates, and the numerous other victims of this tragic incident in your thoughts and prayers. "
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney
Posted by Kate Bramson at 3:30 PM
Lincoln student's MySpace site
The MySpace site for the Lincoln resident killed at the Virginia Tech features photos, a bit of a bio, links to his friends’ pages and music Daniel O’Neil recorded with the microphone that came with his computer.
The music begins playing when viewers open up the page.
The site sends viewers to “Resident Hippy,” which is listed as O’Neil’s band’s website.
“To be completely honest, they don't sound that bad, considering,” O’Neil wrote on his site.
In one of the songs, O’Neil sings: “she’ll cry to the end of this bad dream.”
Two comments appear on the site, one of them posted last night at 11:50 p.m. from “Caitlin.” It just says: “If you are ok PLEASE let me know .. I really hope you are safe Dan. I’m thinking of you.”
-- projo.com staff writer Kate Bramson
Posted by Kate Bramson at 2:20 PM
South Kingstown man recalls day of fear
The shootings had finally stopped, and senior Matt Schloesser tried to reach three or four of his Virginia Tech classmates by phone.
First, he couldn’t get through.
Then all he got was voice-mails, the casual voices of a normal day.
This was a different day.
So Schloesser, 23, of South Kingstown, got in his car and drove. He drove to one apartment, then a second, then another, just to know if his friends were alive.
“To make sure,” he said.
Three hours earlier yesterday, Schloesser, an engineering major, woke up in his apartment about a quarter-mile from the Norris building, where most of the killings occured.
-Eventually, Schloesser said he heard that the shooter had been apprehended. Then he called his parents in South Kingstown, leaving messages saying he was all right.
“I got calls from people I had not talked to in 10 years making sure I was fine,” Schloesser said. “Some people I had not seen since middle school, some people I had not seen since high school.”
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney
Posted by Mike McKinney at 1:45 PM
Thursday deadline for filing Rhode Island returns
The Rhode Island tax-filing deadline has officially been extended to midnight on Thursday. That decision, issued today by the Rhode Island Division of Taxation, means that taxpayers will have an extra two days to file their state income-tax returns and make quarterly estimated state tax payments. (The filing deadline had been midnight tonight.)
The Internal Revenue Service got the ball rolling on Monday. Because of power outages and other problems caused by the big wind-and-rain storm, the IRS extended -- until midnight Thursday -- the deadline for filing federal returns. Rhode Island and Massachusetts followed suit today, officially extending the deadline for filing state returns; Connecticut has already done so.
Posted by Neil Downing at 1:21 PM
Hess president confident LNG will come to Fall River
WASHINGTON -- A top officer of the company proposing to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River expressed confidence today that the firm will clear the remaining regulatory and judicial hurdles and finish the controversial facility by about 2011, despite strenuous opposition from officials of the city, surrounding communities and the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
``We are cautiously optimistic,'' that the terminal for incoming LNG tankers will be built, said Gordon Shearer, president and chief executive officer of Hess LNG LLC, a corporate affiliate of Weaver's Cove Energy, the sponsor of the project.
Shearer spoke at a Washington forum for reporters and editors sponsored by McGraw-Hill and Platt's, publishers of Inside Energy and other journals that cover the energy industry.
Shearer said he based his optimism on several factors. By his interpretation, for example, the rulings thus far on court challenges to the project are good signs that the energy company will win a crucial appeal of a favorable 2005 decision on the proposed terminal by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commisssion.
Shearer said his side expects by the end of this year to win the appeal of the FERC decision, filed by opponents of the LNG plant, that is pending in the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.
-- John Mulligan of the Journal Washington Bureau
The company also foresees a favorable nod from the Coast Guard on plans that the company has made to ship LNG to the planned terminal aboard comparatively small tankers that, according to Shearer, would be able safely to pass both the old Brightman Street Bridge and the new span over the Taunton River, from Fall River to Somerset.
Shearer said the company undertook the plan for smaller tankers in order to counter federal legislation that forbade the demolition of the old bridge.
Another good sign for the project, Shearer said, is that the company recently completed its purchase of the 73-acre site in Fall River where it plans to build the LNG terminal.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 1:14 PM
Photo: Distress call for the Russian sub
The Russian sub at Collier Park in Providence
--Journal Photo by Bill Murphy
PROVIDENCE – The Russian submarine moored in the Providence River is in danger.
The Coast Guard is on the scene and museum officials are “just right now coming up with a battle plan,” engineer Damon Ise said.
The stern is underwater at high tide, the bow is sticking up at a 30 degree angle and the ship is listing.
The submarine's bow became grounded during yesterday’s nor’easter, and as the tide comes in, the rising water is pulling the stern of the vessel underwater, according to engineer Ise, who works for the Russian Sub Museum.
Oil is also leaking into the river. But Ise said there’s no more than 35 gallons of oil on board.
The president of the Russian Sub Museum, Frank Lennon, said the situation won't get any worse.
"We're confident that we'll be able to fix this, and it will come back," Lennon said. "We have an expert coming in from New York. He'll be in around noontime and will give us the advice we need to fix this."
-- projo.com staff writer Kate Bramson
The first task today will be to contain the oil. “And then they’ll really have to engineer how the salvage operation will take place,” Ise said.
The vessel is “designed to sink,” Ise said. However, it has been retrofitted as a museum, is no longer operational as a sub and is not water-tight.
The other problem is that the front of the boat is grounded and the other part is under water, he said.
“Had the submarine been able to float freely in the storm, this would have never happened,” Ise said. “But this submarine doesn’t go under water. It’s purely a display. It’s not a ship anymore.”
Posted by Kate Bramson at 12:19 PM
Update: High wind advisory off
A high wind advisory in the wake of yesterday's storm has been canceled by the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass.
Winds will increase to 20 to 30 mph with a few gusts around 40 mph this afternoon but are expected to remain below advisory thresholds, the service said.
Get more on the weather forecast for our area today.
Posted by Andrea Panciera at 11:13 AM
Saugus, Mass., man among Virginia Tech victims
BOSTON -- A 20-year-old man from Saugus was among the more than 30 victims killed in yesterday's shooting rampage on the campus of Virginia Tech.
Ross Alameddine was killed in the classroom building where a Virginia Tech senior from South Korea opened fire, according to Robert Palumbo, a family friend who answered the phone at the Alameddine residence this morning.
He said Alameddine's mother, Lynnette, was not available for comment.
Alameddine was a graduate of Austin Preparatory School in Reading. The school said it would comment later today.
The Boston Herald reported that Alameddine was shot while attending a morning French class at the Blacksburg, Va., school. Alameddine was a sophomore who just declared English as his major, the paper reported.
Friends created a memorial page on Facebook.com that described Alameddine as "an intelligent, funny, easy going guy."
"You're such an amazing kid, Ross," wrote Zach Allen, who also attended Austin, according to his profile. "You always made me smile, and you always knew the right thing to do or say to cheer anyone up."
Full story ...
-- Associated Press
Posted by Andrea Panciera at 11:08 AM
Julia Pell leaves bequest with gay rights group
NEWPORT -- The late daughter of former Senator Claiborne Pell left behind financial help for a gay rights organization she helped found.
Julia Pell, who died of lung cancer last year at the age of 52, left a bequest with Equity Action.
Pell and her longtime partner, Julie Smith, formed the group -- which is a part of the Rhode Island Foundation and promotes equal rights for gays and lesbians.
Rhode Island Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald V. Gallo says the bequest is the first of its kind, but he won't provide a dollar amount.
-- The Associated Press
Posted by Kate Bramson at 10:50 AM
Photo: A river runs around it
The road to Tom Oszajca’s Cranston business, Providence Architectural Woodwork Group, has flooded.
Water from the Pawtuxet River has risen right up to the edge of the business on Wellington Avenue, which is just to the right of the business shown in this photo, Craft Display.
Oszajca, the president of the architectural company, said he doesn’t have a lot of damage -- just wet carpeting.
-- with reports and photo by Journal photographer Bill Murphy
Posted by Peter Phipps at 10:46 AM
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Posted by Peter Phipps at 10:39 AM
N. Providence resident? Don't forget to vote today
NORTH PROVIDENCE -- Voters go to the polls today to elect a mayor, and though Charles Lombardi appears on the ballot without opposition, there is a contest in the works anyway.
Councilman Mansuet Giusti, who had been a big supporter of acting Mayor John Sisto Jr., yesterday confirmed that he is mounting a write-in campaign.
Giusti said that after the Feb. 27 primary in which Lombardi defeated his friend Sisto for the Democratic nomination, he thought that Sisto would mount a write-in campaign.
Sisto said he was not mounting a write-in campaign, but “some people have told me that they would like to write my name in. I’ve told them that’s fine. I don’t have a problem with that.”
Lombardi said he had heard people were planning to run as write-ins, and said he had spent the last several weeks campaigning as if he had an opponent.
Unlike the mayoral race, there is no stealth campaign in the District 2 Town Council race, where John Fleming, who won the primary, has no announced opponents.
Lisbeth Marwell-Bussick, the town’s director of elections and registrations, says she cannot remember anyone conducting a write-in campaign since the town moved to a mayoral form of government. She said machines at all 15 polling places are equipped to receive write-in ballots. If Lombardi receives less than 51 percent of the votes cast from today’s balloting, the write-in ballots would have to be turned over to the state Board of Elections for a count.
There are 25,962 eligible voters in North Providence. As of yesterday, there were 182 requests for absentee ballots and for 16 emergency ballots. The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
-- With reports from Richard C. Dujardin, Journal staff writer
Posted by Pam Cotter at 9:56 AM
West Greenwich police and town phones are out
WEST GREENWICH – The town’s phone lines are out, including the police department’s communications system.
The most important calls – 911 emergency calls – are being redirected to the Exeter fire alarm and Coventry police, West Greenwich dispatcher Dennis Etchells said this morning.
Neighboring communities will contact West Greenwich dispatchers to get emergency responders on scene, and dispatchers will remain on the phone lines with 911 callers as typical 911 dispatchers do, Etchells said this morning.
Verizon has said they are not available to check the phone lines in town until 4 p.m. today, Etchells said.
Anyone needing to reach the West Greenwich police for a non-emergency situation can call the Coventry department at (401) 826-1100.
For emergencies call 911.
The town is working with the other departments because Exeter and West Greenwich fire departments operate on the same radio channel and Coventry and West Greenwich work collaboratively on a regular basis, Etchells said.
-- projo.com staff writer Kate Bramson
Posted by Kate Bramson at 9:39 AM
Update: 981 Rhode Islanders still without power
National Grid reports that 981 customers in Rhode Island remain without power early this morning after a peak of 22,000 businesses and residents across the state were without power during yesterday’s zenith because of the nor’easter that slammed the region.
According to a spokeswoman, the areas hardest hit are those along the company's "coastal district," including Coventry, 314 customers; North Kingstown, 254; and Narragansett, 154. Warwick is no longer considered a high outage area.
In Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, 7,000 customers of the 1.7 million served by National Grid were without power early this morning, according to a recorded announcement on the power company’s phone line. Tha’ts down from a peak of 61,000 customers yesterday at noon.
Crews continue to work today, after working through the night, and expect power for all customers to be restored by some point today or this evening.
-- projo.com staff writer Kate Bramson
Posted by Kate Bramson at 9:36 AM
Hasbro's Verrecchia gets $8.41 million in 2006
Hasbro, the world’s second-largest toymaker, gave CEO Alfred Verrecchia, 64, an $8.41 million compensation package, which included a $1 million salary and a $3 million bonus, according to a U.S. regulatory filing.
Compensation for the CEO of Mattel, the world’s largest toymaker, totaled $5.99 million. Robert Eckert, 52, became chief in May 2000.
Hasbro’s net income climbed 8.5 percent last year on a 2.1 percent sales increase to $3.15 billion. Fourth-quarter profits advanced more than analysts anticipated on higher sales of board games such as Monopoly and Playskool preschool toys.
“Relative to targets, Hasbro may have had a better year,” said Sean McGowan, an analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities in New York, who has “buy” ratings on both Hasbro and Mattel. “Hasbro was widely expected to have a challenging 2006, and it had a good year.”
Verrecchia, who became CEO in May 2003, also received stock options last year of $2.49 million and a stock award worth $366,693. His pay package also included $1.39 million from a change in pension value and $162,036 in other compensation such as life insurance.
In 2006, Hasbro’s shares climbed 35 percent. Mattel’s stock surged 43 percent, the most in 11 years.
Posted by Kate Bramson at 8:22 AM
Nor'easter remains, but the worst is over
PROVIDENCE – Rain, rain and more rain is expected through Thursday – and we could get snow as well from tomorrow through Thursday night.
The worst appears to be over, but the National Weather Service predicts a second round of strong winds for Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island today.
The strong nor’easter that ripped through Rhode Island and even tore down a temporary wall at T.F. Green Airport early yesterday will continue to meander off the New England coast through tonight before it weakens its grip. A wind advisory is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
We’ve got local flood warnings still in effect through tomorrow afternoon.
The warnings for the Blackstone River in Woonsocket and the Pawtuxet River in Cranston are extended until tomorrow afternoon. Both rivers have swelled past their flood stages of 9 feet.
Get the latest conditions and forecasts from projo.com.
-- projo.com staff writer Kate Bramson
The Blackstone is expected to continue rising to near 11.1 feet by this morning. At 11 feet, flooding spreads across most of the lower parking area of the Albion Mill Apartments and is expected to overspread the lowest-lying sections of Lonsdale in Cumberland, according to the National Weather Service.
The Pawtuxet reached 12.1 feet last night, just beyond the 12-foot level that can prompt evacuations. The National Weather Service reports that businesses and homes will be impacted on at least the following streets: In Warwick, Pioneer Avenue, Bellows Street, Venturi Avenue and River Street; in Cranston, Wellington Avenue and Avery Road; in West Warwick, Daisy Street, Lower Ends of Canna, Begonia and Aster Street, and portions of Providence Street to Route 2.
Posted by Kate Bramson at 7:18 AM
New deadline for filing taxes
The Internal Revenue Service has given taxpayers two more days to file their federal income-tax returns.
Because of the big wind-and-rain storm that knocked out power and caused flooding and other problems, taxpayers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and other states affected by the storm will have until midnight on Thursday to file their federal income-tax returns and make quarterly estimated payments, the IRS said. (The old deadline was midnight Tuesday.)
The Rhode Island Division of Taxation is expected to follow suit for state income-tax returns and quarterly estimated payments. Connecticut has already extended its deadline.
Posted by Neil Downing at 6:50 AM