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Tonight: Blues at Chan's, rock at AS220, jazz in Newport
Here's a random sample of some of the music you can hear tonight:
Jimmy Nurns plays the blues at Chan's Restaurant, 267 Main St., Woonsocket. 765-1900. 8 p.m. $12.
Forca Macabra/Kuolema and TBC play rock at AS220, 115 Empire St., Providence. 831-9327. 9 p.m. $7. All ages.
Dick Lupino, Kirk Feather and Yvonne Monnett play jazz at Sardella's Restaurant, 30 Memorial Blvd., Newport. 849-6312. 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Check out projo.com's full club and other listings.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 6:45 PM
Pressler, Bryant coach, wins right to sue Duke spokesman
DURHAM, N.C. -- A judge has allowed former Duke lacrosse coach Mike Pressler, who is now lacrosse coach at Bryant University in Smithfield, to pursue a slander and libel lawsuit against an official at Duke.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Durham County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning rejected claims Wednesday by Duke University that Pressler had to first go through the school's arbitration process. Pressler's attorneys said he is no longer bound by the terms of his past contracts.
Pressler has accused Duke spokesman John Burness of making slanderous, libelous and defamatory remarks about him.
Pressler lost his job several weeks after the 2006 party at which a stripper falsely claimed three players raped her.
Pressler has written a book about the case.
-- The Associated Press
Posted by Mike McKinney at 6:20 PM
Duffy, 32, gets 28 years at ACI for Pawtucket murder
PROVIDENCE -- A Norton, Mass., man pleaded no contest this afternoon to one count of second-degree murder in the stabbing of Ronald Leone Jr. in Pawtucket in 2006.
John Duffy, 32, of 3 Sailor Lane, was sentenced by Judge Mark A. Pfeiffer to 50 years -- with 28 of them to be served at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston, and 22 years suspended with probation.
In consideration of his plea in Providence County Superior Court, the state changed the charge from first-degree murder to second-degree murder. Members of the victim’s family were present today, and addressed the court, the Attorney General's office said.
If the case had gone to trial, prosecutors Molly Cote and Jay Sullivan were prepared to offer evidence showing that after a brief encounter in the early morning of Oct. 13, 2006, Duffy stabbed Leone twice, causing his death.
“I thank everyone involved in ensuring that this criminal is prevented from threatening the safety of our communities, and from creating more sorrow and heartbreak, such as that experienced by the Leone family,” said Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch.
Duffy has been held without bail at the ACI since his 2006 arrest.
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney
Posted by Mike McKinney at 5:55 PM
Photo: Relaxing along the Providence River
Journal photo / Andrew Dickerman
A couple enjoys the warm sun as they relax during lunch time along the Providence riverfront today. With clear skies and south winds, the day was a beauty. A similar one is in store for tomorrow.
Posted by Andrea Panciera at 5:01 PM
Bid to get contractor's license leads to ID fraud arrest
State police arrested a man yesterday that they allege is an illegal immigrant who presented a fake Rhode Island driver's license in an attempt to get a contractor's license.
In a news release, the state police stated that Mario Chirinos, 31, of 96 Priscilla Ave., Providence, said he was a Bolivian citizen who entered the United States illegally. He is charged with identity fraud and filing a false document.
"One of the major initiatives Superintendent Doherty committed to when he was sworn in a year ago was [investigating] ID theft,” Maj. Steven O’Donnell said in an interview, referring to Brendan P. Doherty, who heads the state police. “It’s a national problem, and this is another example.”
O’Donnell said that Chirinos told investigators that he’d bought the identification cards off the streets in Providence. The state police are investigating whether the names on the identification cards belong to others.
Chirinos was working for a company that installs carpets but wanted to go out on his own, O’Donnell said. So, Chirinos used false identification to attempt to get a real contractor’s license from the state, so he could form his own business, O’Donnell said.
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney, with reports from Journal staff writer Amanda Milkovits
The news release said that a man yesterday went to the counter at the Contractor's Registration and Licensing Board at the state Department of Administration building and presented an affidavit and a driver's license that bore the name and birth date of Effrain Tarquino, 34, of 364 Academy Ave., Providence.
But an employee saw that the license did not bear the state seal, became suspicious and called Capitol Police. At 12:35 p.m., Capitol Police in Providence contacted the state police Lincoln barracks, and a state trooper found the driver's license was fake. Along with not having a state seal, its photo was not consistent with Rhode Island licenses.
The state police said Tarquino stated he was a Bolivian citizen who was trying to get a contractor’s license so he could install carpeting. The trooper also found on him a fake Rhode Island identification card in the name of Chirino Mario. Also found were a Social Security card in the name Efran Tarquino and a permanent resident alien card in the same name but with a different birth date.
State police said he told Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and state troopers that he had come into the United States illegally through Mexico and is a Bolivian citizen.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents put a detainer on Chirinos as "being amenable to deportation (illegal entry)," the state police said.
Chirinos was arraigned at the state police Lincoln barracks before a justice of the peace and posted surety bail of $5,000. He was put in the custody of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement and taken to the federal Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 4:58 PM
Traffic: Two lanes blocked on Route 95, Exit 22C
PROVIDENCE -- Two left lanes are blocked on Route 95 south in the Exit 22C area because of a reported overturned vehicle, the state Transportation Management Center advised at 4:15 p.m.
That is the Providence Place mall exit. State police are on scene.
Check the Transportation Management Center Web site for traffic updates and Webcam views.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 4:26 PM
Art dealer who escaped from prison is going back
PROVIDENCE -- New Jersey is the next destination for Rocco P. DeSimone, the Johnston art dealer charged with escaping from a minimum-security prison in that state after he was convicted of tax evasion.
DeSimone today waived the right to hearings that could have kept him in Rhode Island, at least temporarily. His lawyer, Kevin Bristow, told Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond that DeSimone would request a preliminary hearing once he is returned to the jurisdiction of the federal courts in New Jersey.
DeSimone, who remained silent except to say, “Yes, your honor” when questioned by Almond, could have asked the judge to conduct a hearing in Rhode Island, although it was not certain that such a request would have been granted.
A jury convicted DeSimone of tax evasion in 2005 after a trial that produced testimony about famous works of art worth large sums of money. The jury however acquitted him on charges of cheating a New York art dealer.
He was within nine months of completing a prison sentence when, authorities said, he walked away on March 15 from the Federal Correctional Institution in Fairton, N.J. If he is convicted of escaping, he could get a prison sentence of up to five years, and be fined up to $250,000. He surrendered after five days of freedom.
-- Journal staff writer Thomas J. Morgan
His wife, Gail DeSimone, has been charged with harboring a fugitive for allegedly helping her husband escape. She has been ordered held in home confinement at the couple’s house, at 103 Hopkins Ave., Johnston.
Federal authorities have said that Gail DeSimone flew to Philadelphia, 50 miles from the prison, rented a car, picked her husband up and drove him to Connecticut.
Prosecutors presented evidence in a trial in March 2005 indicating that Rocco DeSimone in 1999 had brokered the sale of three paintings for $8.3 million: Canal at Zaandam, by Claude Monet, for $4.65 million; Les Mouettes, by Henri Matisse, for $650,000; and Jeune Fille Blonde, by Pierre Auguste Renoir, for $3 million.
Prosecutors said that DeSimone told Janet Traeger Salz, the New York owner of Canal at Zaandam, that he had instead sold the painting for $2.7 million, pocketing most of the difference. Yet on his 1999 tax return, DeSimone reported only $1 million of that income.
The government also said DeSimone falsely claimed the $1 million as a long-term capital gain rather than ordinary income, which is taxed at a higher rate.
DeSimone was sentenced to 27 months in prison after that trial.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 3:55 PM
Henderson Bridge needs $50 million in repairs
PROVIDENCE -- Another state bridge needs millions of dollars in repairs. And the state Department of Transportation today said it doesn't have the money.
The Henderson Bridge, which crosses the Seekonk River from Providence's East Side to East Providence, is the latest in a series of bridges that need major repairs because of significant deterioration.
Kazem Farhoumand, the agency's acting chief engineer, said the Henderson Bridge needs a $50 million rehabilitation, but that the DOT can only afford $3.3 million in repairs to the bridge's rusting steel beams. The bridge's center lanes have already been closed for more than a decade because of cracks in its concrete supports.
Together, the flaws contributed to the bridge's substructure's "serious" rating under the Federal Highway Administration's classification system.
Farhoumand said that, with the repairs planned now, the Henderson Bridge "should be good for at least another for 5 or 10 years. Built in 1969, the Henderson Bridge -- also known as the Red Bridge -- connects with Waterman and Angel streets in Providence and with Massasoit Avenue and Broadway in East Providence.
The DOT, meanwhile, has also awarded another bridge repair contract for this construction season, for $2.1 million to add to the temporary shoring holding up nine bridges on Route 195 in the city. They won't be needed after the DOT finishes shifting traffic from that highway to a new section it is building.
-- Journal staff writer Bruce Landis
Posted by Mike McKinney at 3:30 PM
Coventry man, 18, charged in stabbing of 15-year-old
COVENTRY -- The police have arrested an 18-year-old man they allege stabbed a 15-year-old boy in the 500 block of Washington Street last night.
Bryan Bainter of Coventry is charged with felony assault and was slated for arraignment some time after 2 p.m. today, a Coventry police news release said.
At 8:17 last night, officers went to the Coventry Greenway for a reported stabbing, finding the 15-year-old bleeding. The boy told police he was hanging out with some friends when another group of people approached. Someone from the victim's group began fighting with someone from the other group, and the 15-year-old was stabbed during the disturbance.
The victim was taken to Kent County Hospital.
Police issued a broadcast including Bainter's name and description, and an officer spotted him walking west of the Washington Street stabbing scene, the police said.
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney
Posted by Mike McKinney at 3:19 PM
Pope visit: Rep. Kennedy stirred by call for service
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, said he was inspired by Pope Benedict XVI's call to serve the less fortunate and to be politically engaged.
"It was really interesting to hear him speak so powerfully for politics," Kennedy said. "He spoke so eloquently for the need for people to be politically involved as the means to be a good, moral being."
Kennedy said that listening to the pope reminded him of the call to service that his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, sounded in his 1961 inaugural speech. "He said, 'Here on earth, God's work must truly be our own,' " said Kennedy.
Kennedy said it was a good reminder "that we have an obligation to fight for social justice" and to help the less fortunate.
Rep. James Langevin, D-Rhode Island, who attended the White House welcome for Benedict with his mother, June, said, "We were both very moved."
Langevin said it is always "an awesome experience" to visit the White House but that to attend this ceremony has "special significance for me as a Catholic and as someone who is very proud" that the pontiff is visiting the Untied States.
Langevin said he took special note of the pope's references to the principle upon which this nation was founded, particularly the "inalienable rights" of individuals. And Langevin said he also appreciated Benedict's emphasis on the idea that freedom "is not only a gift but also a summons to personal responsibility."
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney, with reports from John Mulligan of the Journal Washington Bureau
Posted by Mike McKinney at 3:10 PM
Sotheby's sells Attleboro museum painting for $713,000
ATTLEBORO, Mass. -- A painting by Russian artist Alexandre Iacovleff donated to the Attleboro Art Museum a half century ago has been sold at auction for $713,000.
The 4-foot by 7-foot painting entitled “Under a Kirghiz Tent” was sold Tuesday by auctioneer Sotheby’s. Sotheby’s did not disclose the name of the buyer.
The painting was donated to the city in 1957 by W. Charles Thompson, who worked at a Boston art gallery and knew the artist personally.
The Attleboro Art Museum decided to sell the painting after examining the cost of insurance and security.
The 1932 painting shows a family gathering inside a tent. It was inspired by Iacovleff’s trip to Central Asia.
The museum had originally put the painting up for auction in London last June, where it failed to sell. It had been expected to bring from $800,000 to $1 million.
Attleboro Arts Museum, a small city-owned museum, was seeking to use the money from the sale to beef up its endowment and expand its community outreach programs.
-- The Associated Press
Posted by Mike McKinney at 2:58 PM
Exeter accident sends at least two to the hospital
EXETER -- An accident in Exeter this afternoon has sent at least two people to local hospitals.
Officers from the Hope Valley Barracks have said that one person was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and another to Rhode Island Hospital.
Witnesses to the accident, which was at Woody Hill Road and Ten Rod Road, said that sometime between 12 and 12:30 p.m. today they heard a squealing noise, and then a crash, and then another crash.
The crash is under investigation.
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson, with reports from Journal staff writer Donita Naylor
Posted by Brandie Jefferson at 2:35 PM
Car rolls over, catches fire; no occupants found
CRANSTON -- Fire and rescue crews are on the scene of an accident on Route 295 this afternoon where a car rolled over and caught on fire.
When they arrived, on between Exits 3 and 4, there was no one in the vehicle.
State police, local fire and emergency crews are still there, and the roads are still open, according to Cranston officials. It's not clear yet if there were any injuries.
Posted by Brandie Jefferson at 2:12 PM
Pope visit: Tommy Lasorda's impressions at White House
WASHINGTON -- Among those attending Pope Benedict XVI's White House visit today was Tommy Lasorda, the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager, who said: "This is a day that I'll remember for the rest of my life. I'll remember the pope coming coming here and sharing his love for this country."
Comparing the ceremonial layout of the South Lawn to that of a baseball diamond, Lasorda said: "I was about as far away from the pope as Jeff Kent is when he's playing second base." (Translation for Red Sox Nation: Kent plays for the Dodgers).
Lasorda said the message he heard from Benedict was "we're all brothers and we're all sisters and we have to live like that and we have to appreciate life."
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney, with reports from John E. Mulligan of the Journal Washington Bureau
Posted by Mike McKinney at 1:44 PM
Pope visit: Hopes that church, U.S. can do good together
Pope Benedict XVI opens his arms to the crowd from a White House balcony this morning, with President Bush at his side.
WASHINGTON -- A prominent politician and local Catholic religious leader sounded optimistic notes today after attending the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI as the White House this morning.
Monsignor Paul Theroux, vicar general of Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, has had much experience working on the travels of the late Pope John Paul II.
He said he believed that Benedict in his remarks at the White House was laying a foundation of themes that he will sound out during his visit to the United States this week.
Theroux took note of the pope's remarks applauding the generous American response to disasters around the world and speculated that –– perhaps at the United Nations later this week –– the pope will urge “we ought to be doing this all the time on a global level, every day, rather than just when catastrophe strikes.”
Former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, who was a U.S. ambassador to the Vatican during the Clinton administration, said he was reminded while watching President Bush and the pope today of the first meetings in the 1980s between President Ronald Reagan and John Paul II.
“When I was a kid we used to pray for the end of communism, never thinking that it would come about,” Flynn recalled of his school days in Boston.
“It took Ronald Reagan and it took John Paul II working together” to help trigger the fall of the Iron Curtain, Flynn said.
“That is the power of working together for a joint cause. Let us hope that these two leaders, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church and the leader of the United States can get together” to achieve another such unlikely achievement for the world.
-- John E. Mulligan, Journal Washington bureau
Posted by Andrea Panciera at 12:34 PM
Lt. Gov. Roberts to air health plan in W. Warwick
In the third of several planned meetings, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and a handful of local officials will answer questions in West Warwick tonight about Roberts' proposed Healthy Rhode Island Reform Act, eight bills aimed at increasing the availability of health care.
Roberts is also soliciting anecdotes from residents illustrating how poor or no access to health care has affected their lives.
The public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the West Warwick Senior Center, at 20 Factory St.
Posted by Brandie Jefferson at 12:14 PM
R.I. single-family home sales, prices plunge in February
PROVIDENCE -- The number of single-family homes sold in Rhode Island in February dropped 18.6 percent, and median prices fell 4.7 percent in the biggest February declines since the 1990s.
Real estate tracking firm The Warren Group says the last time sales fell so precipitously in February was in 1991. The last time median prices fell so far in the month was 1995.
The median price of a single family home dropped to $245,000, down from $257,000 in 2007.
Timothy Warren Jr., the group's chief executive, says prices have declined for 11 of the last 12 months.
The Warren Group says condo sales also plunged 30 percent in February. The one bright spot is that the median price of condos sold in February rose 3.1 percent to $219,500, up from $213,000 in February 2007.
-- The Associated Press
Posted by Mike McKinney at 12:12 PM
Pope visit: Planned pomp and a bit of improv
AP photo / Ron Edmonds
Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd as President Bush applauds this morning during a South Lawn ceremony for the pope's arrival at the White House.
WASHINGTON -- The trumpeters sounded "Hail to the Chief" at 10:25 as President Bush arrived in a dark suit with First Lady Laura Bush clad in white.
The vice president and his wife, Lynn Cheney, entered with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the honor guard presented its flags and black automobiles pulled in front of the Truman Balcony.
Snare drums were beating.
The Bushes approached a black limousine and greeted Pope Benedict XVI, as he stepped out, onto the South Lawn of the White House.
The pontiff stood with the president, put his arms out peacefully to the crowd and stood for the playing of the National Anthem of the Holy See and the National Anthem of the United States.
An unscripted moment:
After the fife and drum cops marched in review, someone in the bleachers yelled, “Happy Birthday!”
The crowd then treated the pontiff to a bit of American improv for his 81st birthday -- a round of "Happy Birthday," off the cuff and a capella.
Then soprano Kathleen Battle sang.
After the pope said, “God bless America,” a chorus sang “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The president, first lady and pope left the stage and mounted the steps to the Truman Balcony.
The pontiff stood between two gleaming white columns, and stretched out his arms above a box of yellow daffodils that matched the yellow in the papal flag, toward the crowd.
Kathleen Battle led the congregation in a second round of "Happy Birthday."
Start to finish, 10:25 to 10:59 a.m.
-- John E. Mulligan, Journal Washington bureau
Posted by Andrea Panciera at 11:17 AM
Art and healing; RISD program wins international award
A Rhode Island School of Design course that pairs fine arts students with young psychiatric patients has won an international award.
The Rhode Island School of Design’s Art as a Source of Healing class has been awarded top honor in the Blair L. Sadler International Arts and Healing Competition for representing “one of the most innovative arts projects, demonstrating a unique partnership between a hospital, a medical school and an art school.”
The program runs in collaboration with Bradley Hospital, Brown University and RISD. It brings undergraduate students together with patients at the East Providence Hospital, the country’s first that exclusively helps children, adolescents and teenagers with mental and emotional problems.
“This course helps our students develop awareness and interest in serving their community through their artistic talents, an important lesson and one that can’t be easily taught in a classroom,” said program coordinator Melinda M. Bridgman.
“In many ways, my students are actually learning more from the children at Bradley, not the other way around.”
The program brings art students, pre-med students, and psychiatric patients together to work on art projects and develop mentor-type relationships that benefit all parties.
“Art as a Source of Healing is more than just a college course,” Margaret Paccione-Dyszlewski, director of the department of behavioral education at Bradley said in a statement. “It is truly a life-changing experience for both the students as well as the patients here at Bradley Hospital,” says Margaret.
Margaret Paccione-Dyszlewski and Bridgman will be presented with awards on April 18 at the Society for the Arts in Healthcare’s 19th annual conference in Philadelphia.
Posted by Brandie Jefferson at 11:11 AM
Pope visit: Thousands await outside White House
WASHINGTON -- Shortly after 9 a.m., scores of American cardinals and bishops entered the White House, wearing their red-trimmed black vestments and red skull caps.
Seated in the VIP section were Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, D-R.I., seated with his father, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rep. James R. Langevin, D-R.I.
The younger Kennedy remarked, “It’s a beautiful morning for this.”
Rhode Island's Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse were not in the VIP section today. But tonight Reed will be among those at a birthday party for the pope at the Italian embassy.
The sun was shining on the Truman Balcony of the White House and the South Lawn below, and volunteers handed out ornate programs and tiny flags –– both American flags and the yellow and white flags bearing the papal seal.
The pope is expected to enter along a red carpet and sit on a small stage with just two seats behind a microphone. He’ll address a crowd which is already thousands strong –– the largest ever for such a White House event.
Among the procession is Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, the Capuchin friar who first came to public attention as bishop of the Fall River Diocese who settled lawsuits by sexual abuse victims of Father James Porter.
O’Malley took over in Boston for Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in disgrace after revelations of sexual abuse cases in 2002.
As the crowd ringed the stage behind ropes stuffed with red, white and blue bunting, “The President’s Own” Marine band played sacred airs.
A military color guard holding papal and American flags is lined up on the steps leading to the Truman Balcony, where flower boxes hold bright yellow tulips.
Boy and Girl Scouts, wearing sashes of merit badges, Knights of Columbus in purple and crimson capes, and a fife and drum corps in colonial-style "Minute Men" uniforms add to the array.
Live Associated Press video of the pope at the White House is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.
To keep up with The Journal's coverage of the pope's visit, see our special section.
-- John E. Mulligan, Journal Washington Bureau
Posted by Brandie Jefferson at 10:20 AM
Virginia Tech massacre: The impact one year later
AP photo / Don Petersen
A mourner sits in front of the entrance to Norris Hall, where gunman Seung-Hui Cho went on a shooting spree a year ago today, before a memorial ceremony for the victims of the massacre on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
One year ago today, the early-morning calm of Virginia Tech's bucolic campus was shattered by a gunman who killed 32 people.
Among his victims: Rhode Islander Daniel O'Neil, 22, of Lincoln.
Yesterday, his father spoke to The Journal for the first time. William F. O'Neil says he takes some solace that the tragedy led colleges and universities across the country to enact safety rules and programs for their campuses.
“Every college in the country is safer today than it was a year ago,” O'Neil said
Since then, many campuses have taken steps, including those in Rhode Island. They include text alerts on cell phones, emergency sirens and "blue-light" emergency phones.
Today, Virginia Tech will mark the tragedy's anniversary when parents, faculty and students will participate in a memorial service. Live video coverage will start at 10:30 a.m.
Posted by Andrea Panciera at 9:50 AM
From Marines to Al Jazeera: Correspondent speaks
A former U.S. Marine captain turned Al Jazeera International correspondent is coming to Roger Williams University today to talk about intellectual freedom in the Middle East.
John Rushing spent 15 years in the Marines and worked in Qatar as a spokesman during the war in Iraq. His work as an American spokesman on Al Jazeera was presented in the 2004 independent film “Control Room,” which was released at the Sundance Film Festival.
Rushing resigned his commission and now works for Al Jazeera where, he says, he works to bridge a cultural divide that he believes is partially responsible for wars the United States is involved in.
Rushing’s lecture is free and open to the public; it’s set to be held at 5:30 this evening at the university’s Recreation Center Gymnasium, One Old Ferry Road in Bristol. To reserve tickets, call 401-254-3067.
The lecture is part of a two-day colloquium at Roger Williams University, “Intellectual Freedom in the Middle East: Perspectives and Opportunities.” The colloquium is by invitation only.
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson
Posted by Brandie Jefferson at 9:07 AM
Art dealer who escaped from prison due in court today
PROVIDENCE -- Rocco P. DeSimone, a former Johnston art dealer accused of escaping from a federal prison camp where he'd been serving time for tax evasion, is set to appear in court this afternoon.
He's expected to ask that the escape case be moved to Rhode Island from New Jersey.
DeSimone, 55, was charged in a federal warrant with fleeing the Federal Correctional Institution, in Fairton, N.J., a minimum-security facility for men. Federal authorities have said he was found to be missing at a 7 p.m. check on Saturday, March 15.
He surrendered to U.S. marshals in Providence and first appeared in U.S. District Court March 19, two days after his wife, Gail DeSimone, was accused of helping him to escape.
DeSimone had only nine months left to serve. That will be lengthened by any term he gets if convicted of escaping. He could receive up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the new offense, a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman has said.
Gail DeSimone surrendered to authorities and has been ordered held in home confinement at the couple’s house, at 103 Hopkins Ave., Johnston.
Authorities have alleged that after DeSimone walked away from the New Jersey incarceration facility, his wife picked him up in a rental car after flying from Rhode Island to Philadelphia on Saturday.
DeSimone made his bid for freedom just two days after FBI agents searched his home as part of an investigation into suspected fraud and money laundering, federal authorities said. The agents seized numerous items, including a $180,000 Ford GT sports car, Japanese swords and artifacts.
-- With reports from Journal staff writer Thomas J. Morgan and Journal archival reports
Posted by Brandie Jefferson at 9:02 AM
Traffic: One seriously hurt in 3-car Cumberland crash
One person was seriously injured this morning after a crash in Cumberland.
Police say there were three vehicles involved in the crash, near 266 High St.
One car rolled over, Police said, and one person is being transported to the Rhode Island Hospital Trauma Center.
The street is partially closed, and the accident is under investigation.
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson
Posted by Brandie Jefferson at 8:29 AM
Didn't make the tax filing deadline? It's not too late
Was it 12:01 a.m. by the time you made it to the post office to mail your tax forms? Or did you already file taxes only to realize you forgot something?
There may be hope.
Taxpayers can still file late returns. But here's the catch: If you owe money, you had to have paid your estimated tax by April 15 to avoid penalty fees.
If you remembered an additional deduction, or forgot to include an income source, you can add an amendment -- but again, if you owe money, and to avoid a penalty, you needed to file the amendment by April 15.
And, according to the IRS Web site, amended returns should not be filed until after the original return has been processed, about six to eight weeks.
Online filers can get six-month extensions, but to do so, you must have filed the automatic extension of time to file form -- by April 15.
In essence, you needed to anticipate a problem, let the IRS know, and then go about solving it.
For more information on taxes, visit Tax Time on projo.com, or see the IRS Web site, where taxpayers can check the status of refunds, find help from taxpayer advocates.
If you've ever wondered "Why do I have to pay taxes?"... the IRS has a few answers.
And, the IRS has one last reminder: It is never too late to file.
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson
Posted by Brandie Jefferson at 8:25 AM
The pope's visit to the U.S., with a Rhode Island angle
Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States will go into high gear today with his first full day in the nation's capital.
Projo.com will stay on top of events with constantly updated coverage from the Associated Press, live video, and on-the-scene reports from John E. Mulligan, The Providence Journal's Washington bureau chief.
Mulligan will be filing news of special interest to Rhode Islanders for projo.com. As a veteran of a visit by former Pope John Paul II, Mulligan has a special vantage point in terms of comparisons and impressions.
Here's the pope's itinerary for his entire visit.
Coming up today will be live video from Pope Benedict XVI's meeting with President Bush at the White House at 10:30 a.m. While the meeting itself is closed, the Associated Press will have live coverage of the arrival and departure ceremonies. The pope will also take part in a small parade on leaving the White House to return to the Vatican residence in Washington.
For more about the pope's visit, and our coverage, see projo.com's special section.
Projo.com also wants to know: What does the pope's visit mean to you? Please respond to our survey with your answer and see what others have to say.
Posted by Andrea Panciera at 7:57 AM
You can hear Scorsese talk at Brown film fest
PROVIDENCE -- Legendary director Martin Scorsese, the force behind such films as "Taxi Driver," which forever made the question "You talkin' to me?" ominously iconic, "Raging Bull" and the more recent "The Departed," is slated to speak at Brown University on Saturday.
Scorsese, who emerged on the gritty 1970s film scene, will appear as part of the Ivy Film Festival, the university said today. He'll give what film fest organizers call a "master class" in Salomon 101 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are required and can be picked up at the Faunce Box Office starting at 11 a.m. today.
His documentary on the Rolling Stones, "Shine a Light," is in IMAX and other theaters now.
The university said it is scheduled to be shown at the Avon Theater, on Providence's East Side, at noon and 5 p.m. on Saturday. Passes, which admit two people, are required and can be picked up at the Faunce Box Office today and Friday or at the festival's table on the green on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Saturday, 30 student films will be screened at the seventh annual Ivy Film Festival, along with several professional films presented by their directors. All are free and open to the public -- no advance tickets required.
The festival's awards ceremony will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, with keynote speaker Tom Rothman, co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Winning films will be screened on Sunday.
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-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney
"Shine a Light" is not Scorsese's first foray into rock and roll on camera. During the 1970s, he also filmed an acclaimed documentary on the farewell concert of The Band -- many of whose members previously played behind Bob Dylan -- called "The Last Waltz." Dylan, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and others performed with The Band at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, a venue that hosted legends-in -the-making in the 1960s but would close by the end of the '70s.
"Taxi Driver" centered on Travis Bickle, a portrait of a driver who eventually carries out violence. In the film were Robert DeNiro, the driver who uttered the now famous question before killing a pimp, and Jodie Foster, who played a young prostitute.
"Raging Bull" portrayed boxer Jake LaMotta. "The Departed," which came out in 2006, starred Jack Nicholson as a gangster who had an informant in the Boston Police Department, which, in turn, had an informant among Nicholson's cadre of tough guys.
Posted by Andrea Panciera at 7:20 AM
3 supporters of crime victims to be honored by state
Three local women will be honored today for their work helping victims of crimes at a ceremony commemorating the 28th anniversary of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
Attorney General Patrick Lynch will join the the Crime Victim Service Providers Steering Committee at the Victims Grove Memorial at Memorial Park in Providence, on South Main Street, to present the citations.
"Whether in working to end violence or in helping victims overcome its awful and damaging effects," Lynch said in a statement, "all three of this year's honorees are making extraordinary contributions in increasing protections for individuals, and creating safer communities as well."
Recognized will be Ann Burke of Saunderstown who has worked with her husband, Christopher, and the state to create the Lindsay Anne Burke Act. The law, which aims to end dating violence by thought the schools and other means, was named after the Burkes' daughter, who was killed by her former boyfriend in 2005.
Lisa Davis of Jamestown, will be recognized for her work with the advocacy group Day One, assisting survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and hate crimes.
And Carol Peloquin, a full-time Rhode Island College student, will be honored for her work as an intern with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence's victims' support center. There the Woonsocket resident also works with the Victims Compensation Program.
For information about victims' support services in Rhode Island, visit the Department of Corrections' Office of Victims' Services, which offers information about the state's offender notification system as well as connections to support services throughout the state.
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson
Posted by Brandie Jefferson at 7:15 AM
Weather: Don't worry, it will warm up
We're in store for another nice day, despite its chilly start.
Temperatures are only in the mid-30s now, but the National Weather Service says thanks to a very dry airmass, temperatures will quickly rise, hitting about 65 degrees this afternoon. We'll have sunny skies all day long and calm, south winds. It should be cooler near the coast, with sea breezes keeping temperatures in the high 50s.
Tonight the temperature should drop to around 37 degrees with calm, south winds.
More of the same, only a little better, tomorrow with sunny skies, high temperatures reaching toward 70, and calm east winds.
For weather updates, check projo.com's weather page.
Posted by Brandie Jefferson at 7:01 AM