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Tonight: Learn about an old stagecoach route
EAST PROVIDENCE -- Before there were cars -- and gas prices -- as we know them today, there was a stagecoach route here. Tonight at 7, you can learn about it.
Jeffrey Howe, a historian, genealogist and resident of the city's Riverside area, will give a talk and share research about the Old Barrington Road -- the former stagecoach route.
The event, at the East Providence Public Library, 41 Grove Ave., is free.
For information, call (401) 434-2453 or check out eastprovidencelibrary.org.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 7:00 PM
Photo: Down goes the water, up go the fish
Journal photo / Andrew Dickerman
At the end of a ceremony today marking the completion of a fish ladder on the Woonasquatucket River, Juliet Lipsky, 3, in the arms of her father, Andy, watches as water gurgles down the concrete "ladder." The structure restores a link between Narragansett Bay and the upper reaches of the river for migratory fish. Read more about the project.
Posted by Andrea Panciera at 6:44 PM
Johnston mayor to Arcade tenants: Try us instead
PROVIDENCE -- Like a hawk in search of prey, Johnston Mayor Joseph M. Polisena swooped in on The Arcade today after he heard that various eateries and other businesses in the mall must leave the premises by the end of this month.
His pitch was simple: Come to Johnston.
“I just want people to realize that Johnston is a great place to do business,” Polisena said afterward.
“It’s our way of enticing them into the community,” he added. “When you get business, you get jobs.”
Polisena canvassed the Westminster Street building -- the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall -- with Councilman Ernest F. Pitochelli. He handed out his business card and told various concessioners that Johnston is going to get a lot busier and has room for many more small businesses.
After losing money for years, The Arcade is clearing out for an $8 million renovation as well as a potential reconfiguration, according to Evan Granoff of Granoff Associates.
Polisena, a tireless business recruiter, learned about the situation last week, thought about it over the weekend, and decided to venture down to The Arcade.
-- Journal staff writer Mark Reynolds
The building is home to 13 small shops and restaurants and some of its storefronts are vacant.
The building’s owners had planned to defer the revamping until later this year. They rescheduled the work after one of their highest-paying tenants, Johansson’s Bakery, opted to relocate to Johnson & Wales University’s hospitality facility in Seekonk, Mass.
Polisena’s trying to find businesses to occupy various vacant storefronts along Johnston’s major thoroughfares, including an opening in the small strip-small adjacent to Town Hall, just off Atwood Avenue. Another vacancy is the old McDonald’s building on Hartford Avenue.
Most of the merchants in The Arcade aren’t interested in leaving Providence. Some have been in town for several decades.
Polisena said he can’t negotiate mortgages for anyone or guarantee that a particular business is going to be successful, but he’s ready to do whatever he can to help people get started.
He emphasized that small businesses are important to the community, too; his administration has rolled out the red carpet for a handful of big businesses, including FedEx Ground, A. Duie Pyle and FM Global.
“It’s nice to have the FM Globals and the A. Duie Pyles and stuff,” Polisena said. “Small business is the backbone of our community.”
Posted by Mike McKinney at 6:43 PM
Man gets 2 life sentences for 2005 Providence murder
PROVIDENCE -- A Cranston man already serving time got more today -- a lot more.
Tracey Barros, 29, was sentenced to two consecutive life terms' imprisonment -- plus 10 more years -- after firing five bullets into an unarmed Providence man three years ago, killing him.
Barros has been serving a seven-year prison sentence after pleading no contest in August 2006 to possessing a pistol without a permit and possessing a firearm after having committed a crime of violence.
Today, Judge Robert Krause added consecutive life terms on two of the four counts on which he was convicted in the Providence slaying -- one count of first-degree murder and one count of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, death resulting.
The Attorney General's Office said that Krause also sentenced Barros to 10 years to serve at the ACI on one count of conspiracy to commit murder, concurrent with his sentence for first-degree murder, and 10 years to serve on one count of carrying a pistol without a permit, to be served consecutive to the two life sentences.
On April 27, 2005, officers had found the victim in the case, Deivy Felipe, 26, also known as David Felipe, dead at the wheel of a parked Ford Explorer on Althea Street just after 1 a.m.
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney, with Journal archival reports
Eight months later, on Dec. 29, officers patrolling the South Providence neighborhood arrested Barros after seeing him go into a Taylor Street home with a gun stuffed in his back pocket. He was arrested on an unrelated gun charge and said during questioning that he had received the gun from Tonea “Nut” Simms.
In an unrelated incident, Simms had been shot and killed the night before, according to the Attorney General's Office.
Under questioning, Barros said that shortly after he had been released from the ACI -- on April 15, 2005 -- he had shot a person sitting in a Ford Explorer in Providence. Barros said that although he didn’t know the person, he had seen him twice before with Simms. He also said the person he shot owed Simms money.
Barros -- when shown Felipe’s driver’s license -- identified Felipe as his victim, the Attorney General's Office said. He also identified the Ford Explorer as the car Felipe was in.
When questioned on whether he realized he had killed Felipe, Barros "appeared shocked and stated he didn’t know Felipe was dead because he had left town for Washington, D.C., immediately after the shooting," according to the Attorney General's Office.
Barros refused to have his statement recorded unless he saw a photo confirming the death of Tonea Simms. After seeing an autopsy photo, he gave a recorded statement, including that he killed Felipe because Felipe owed Simms money and because Felipe was with people who had killed Barros’s cousin.
But a police search of murder-victim databases did not find a victim with the name provided by Barros as belonging to his so-called cousin.
A jury convicted Barros of the Felipe murder in January, after Barros’s first trial ended in a hung jury in June 2007. He has been held without bail at the ACI since Dec. 31, 2005.
“Given his lengthy record and obvious lack of remorse, it’s apparent that any attempt to rehabilitate this defendant would prove hopeless," Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch said in the statement. "Judge Krause has imposed a sentence that will prevent this vicious criminal from ever harming another individual in free society again."
Posted by Mike McKinney at 6:25 PM
3 youths at party accused of possessing alcohol
JAMESTOWN -- Police charged three people with underage possession of alcohol early Saturday after breaking up a party that drew close to 100 to Aquidneck Court.
Officers responding to a complaint about a loud party at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, found about 100 people, some of whom were under 21, gathered at 5 Aquidneck Court, said Lt. William Donovan. Some partygoers fled into the woods when police arrived; others dropped their cans and bottles in a house strewn with liquor and beer bottles as the officers’ presence was announced.
A 20-year-old female told officers the party was a fundraiser for AIDS, reports show. The home is owned by Stephen and Linda Mecca, according to tax assessor’s records.
Three people were issued a summons for underage possession of alcohol: Zachary H. Hanners, 19, 10 Coulter St.; Elizabeth J. Gladding, 19, of 242 America Way; and Kevin Pomeroy, 20, of 190 Pheasant Run, North Kingstown, police said.
The police are still investigating who supplied the alcohol, but Donovan said he believed some of the partygoers who were over 21 could have brought it. Officers confiscated all the alcohol and warned about the risks of hosting parties in which underage people were drinking, reports show.
The arrests come less than a month after North Kingstown police broke up two underage drinking parties in that town and charged a 26-year-old local woman with providing alcohol to minors under the state’s social host law.
-- Journal staff writer Katie Mulvaney
Christine Whitely, of Chaucer Drive, was the first person arrested by the “party patrol,” a federally-funded law-enforcement initiative targeting underage drinking, according to police.
Laura Hosley, coordinator of Jamestown’s Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, said she and her North Kingstown counterpart tried unsuccessfully to earmark some of those dollars for similar patrols in Jamestown. Nonetheless, they plan to conduct a media campaign aimed at curbing teen substance abuse in both towns. Jamestown teens attend North Kingstown High School.
“Of course, I don’t want to see people underage drinking and people over age condoning it,” Hosley said. “It’s a culture change we have to do.”
Posted by Mike McKinney at 5:58 PM
Children, victim's kin testify at Gianquitti's bail hearing
Journal photo / Kathy Borchers
Nicholas Gianquitti, center, sits at the defense table with his attorneys, Mark Dana, left, and William Devine, at his bail hearing in Kent County Courthouse today before Judge Elaine T. Bucci.
WARWICK -- After 2 1/2 hours of testimony this afternoon, a bail hearing for Nicholas Gianquitti, the man accused of fatally shooting Cranston firefighter Lt. James A. Pagano during the victim’s son’s birthday party, will resume tomorrow afternoon.
Pagano's father, Anthony Pagano; Pagano's sister, Jean M. Verdi; Pagano's 12-year-old nephew, and another neighborhood child were among those who testified this afternoon.
According to children's testimony today, children were playing ball in the street when a tennis ball struck Gianquitti's car and he swore at the children. The children later reported what they said happened to adults in the Pagano house, where the birthday party was happening.
Pagano left the house to confront Gianquitti, and his father, Anthony, came with him, according to testimony.
James Pagano knocked at Gianquitti's door three times, then turned to leave, according to testimony from Anthony Pagano.
A verbal profanity-laced argument ensued and James Pagano, according to the father's testimony, took a swing at Gianquitti. It was unclear today the extent of contact made.
Gianquitti stumbled back, pulled a silver handgun out and fired one shot from inside his house, according to testimony, and chased James Pagano with a gun. Gianquitti allegedly fired two more times, and at some point a shot struck Pagano.
Testimony is expected to continue tomorrow in District Court, Warwick.
Gianquitti, a six-month Providence police officer who was receiving disability, has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston since his arrest May 18.
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney, with reports from Journal staff writer David Scharfenberg and Journal archival reports
Posted by Mike McKinney at 5:06 PM
Photo: Waiting to welcome them home from Iraq
Journal photo/ Mary Murphy
Ruth Leal, an aunt of specialist Erik Burmeister, and his grandmother Florence Leal, both of Smithfield, hold a banner welcoming Burmeister and his wife, Megan, home from Iraq, where they have been serving in the R.I. National Guard for the past year. On the right is Robert Braden Jr. and his father, Robert, who were waiting for Mark Braden. They are from Woonsocket. Burmeister, Braden and six other members of the Rhode Island Army National Guard's 65th Press Camp returned to Quonset National Guard Base today following a one-year deployment, including 10 months in Iraq.
Posted by Jack Perry at 2:20 PM
Kennedy out of ’successful’ brain surgery
DURHAM, N.C. — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is out of surgery at Duke University, and his doctor says a procedure to treat his cancerous brain tumor “was successful and accomplished our goals.”
The 76-year-old senator now faces chemotherapy and radiation to treat the malignant glioma, a lethal type of brain tumor.
Kennedy surgeon Dr. Allan Friedman says Monday his patient was awake during the 31/2-hour procedure, and should experience no permanent neurological effects from the surgery.
A spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Democrat says Kennedy spoke with his wife, Vicki, right after surgery. He told her: “I feel like a million bucks. I think I’ll do that again tomorrow.”
See a neurosurgeon from the Columbia University Medical Center explain the risks associated with surgery for this type of brain tumor.
Click below to read statements issued by Dr. Friedman.
-- The Associated Press
Statement of Dr. Allan Freidman, who performed brain surgery on Kennedy at Duke University:
I am pleased to report that Senator Kennedy’s surgery was successful and accomplished our goals. Senator Kennedy was awake during the resection, and should therefore experience no permanent neurological affects from the surgery.
The surgery lasted roughly three and a half hours and is just the first step in Senator Kennedy’s treatment plan. After a brief recuperation, he will begin targeted radiation at Massachusetts General Hospital and chemotherapy treatment. I hope that everyone will join us in praying for Senator Kennedy to have an uneventful and robust recovery.
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 2:14 PM
Farmers' Market to reopen in Providence
Seven farms and dozens of specialty vendors will sell their goods at the Hope High School Farmers' Market set to reopen for the summer season on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The event, sponsored by Farm Fresh Rhode Island and the Downcity Farmers' Market, will continue at the corner of Olney and Hope Streets in Providence through November.
Among the farms participating are Hill Orchards, Arcadian Fields, Wishing Stone Farm, City farm, Bettencourt Farms, Robin Hollow Farm, Treaty Rock Farm and Cooks Valley Farm.
-- Journal business editor John Kostrzewa
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 1:50 PM
W. Warwick picks new town manager from Maine
James H. Thomas, the former town manager of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, has been selected to fill the manager's seat in West Warwick.
Thomas will fill the position left vacant in December when former town manager Wolfgang Bauer was fired after he was accused of mismanaging funds related to the Riverwalk Project.
Thomas is spending today meeting town staff and working on getting up to speed as acting Town Manager David Clayton helps him transition. The Town Council will officially appoint Thomas during their meeting Tuesday night, and Clayton is set to formally pass the baton to Thomas at noon on Wednesday.
His base salary in West Warwick will be $98,000.
Thomas, of Biddeford, Maine, most recently served as the town manager of Old Orchard Beach, Maine -- a position he held for a little more than four years. Old Orchard Beach is in southern Maine -- 10 minutes from Portland -- and has a population of 10,000 in winter and more than 100,000 in the summer.
"I was looking for a new challenge," Thomas said of his decision to leave Maine. He knew some people who'd previously worked in Rhode Island and after he put his resume in, "things just fell into place after that."
-- Journal staff writer Talia Buford
He previously served as the village manager in Whitefish Bay, Wis., for two years; village administrator and village clerk in Forest Park, Ill., for three years; and city manager and recorder in Roy, Utah, for two years.
He received a bachelor's degree in political science and communication from Weber State College, Utah, in 1982, and a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University in 1990.
Posted by Mike McKinney at 1:02 PM
Roberts bringing health-care meeting to Aquidneck
Residents of Aquidneck Island will get their chance Wednesday to ask questions and learn about a health-care reform package touted by Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts.
Roberts is also asking attendees to share stories about health-care coverage, costs and problems. Residents from Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth and Jamestown are invited to attend.
The meeting is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Newport Hospital, 11 Friendship St. in Newport. This is the 12th meeting Roberts has scheduled across the state to promote her health-care initiative.
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 12:25 PM
Sen. Kennedy's surgeon: A 'thought leader' in his field
Dr. Allan Friedman
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The 59-year-old Chicago native picked to operate Monday on Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy's cancerous brain tumor is a respected leader in the giant field of neuro-oncology, experts said.
When the top doctor at the American Cancer Society, Dr. Otis Brawley, was asked by his daughter's high school math teacher for advice when diagnosed with a brain tumor, he recommended Duke University's Dr. Allan Friedman.
He "is one of the thought leaders" in the field, Brawley said.
Friedman is Duke's neurosurgeon-in-chief and the program director of the university Division of Neurosurgery at Duke. He also serves as the deputy director of the university's Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.
More from the Associated Press ...
Posted by Andrea Panciera at 12:04 PM
Suspect in murders of 2 women returned to R.I. / Photo
Journal photo / Mary Murphy
Anthony J. Carter, center, listens as Assistant Attorney General Craig Montecalvo, right, reads from a document as Carter is arraigned today in the slayings of Heather Jesus and Amanda Sousa. On the left is Carter's public defender, Roy Fowler.
PROVIDENCE -- Anthony J. Carter, accused of killing two young women in Providence a year ago and then setting fire to an apartment where his victims were living in an attempt to destroy evidence, has been returned to Rhode Island from Florida.
Carter, 23, was arraigned this morning in Providence County Superior Court on 22 charges in the slayings of Heather Jesus, 20, and her cousin, Amanda Sousa, 17, at Jesus' Silver Lake apartment on June 14, 2007, and in a slew of robberies over the previous 12 days.
An impassive Carter, shackled, with tattoos visible on the backs of his hands and neck, listened as the clerk recited charges in three indictments against Carter.
Wearing a blue prison jumpsuit over a white T-shirt, blue tennis shoes and white socks, he spoke only to confirm his name, give his date of birth and recite his home address, 13 Busby St. in Pawtucket.
Carter was extradited to Rhode Island from Florida, where he had been jailed after having been convicted of 10 armed robberies in that state. He allegedly fled there after the murders.
Assistant public defender Roy Fowler entered a plea of not guilty on all charges on Carter's behalf. Judge Edward C. Clifton ordered that Carter be held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston pending a hearing on bail and a determination of legal representation scheduled for June 12.
His alleged co-conspirator in the slayings, Raymond Clements, 24, of 28 Verndale Ave. in Providence is serving time at the ACI for robbery.
-- Journal staff writer Gregory Smith
Posted by Mike McKinney at 11:57 AM
Investigators probe cause of weekend W. Warwick fire
WEST WARWICK -- Investigators are trying to find the cause of a three-alarm fire in West Warwick over the weekend that destroyed a downtown building.
Officials say the building at 72 Washington Street had some retail and residential space but was vacant at the time of the fire.
One firefighter suffered a minor back injury battling the flames on Saturday night and was taken to the hospital. There were no other reports of injuries.
Neighbors say they heard some sort of an explosion, then saw flames and smoke.
West Warwick Fire Prevention and the state Fire Marshal are investigating.
Firefighters from Warwick, East Greenwich, Cranston and Providence helped fight the blaze.
-- The Associated Press
Posted by Mike McKinney at 11:56 AM
East Providence brush fire still hot
East Providence fire crews are on the scene of a brush fire that began yesterday and is still showing hot spots.
The fire, near an old railroad bridge off Valley Street, was called in at about 8:00 p.m. yesterday. The low humidity and low dewpoint coupled with heavy timbers and oil and creosote soaked wood fueled the blaze.
“It got going pretty good,” Battalion Chief Glenn J. Quick said this morning.
Crews were on the scene from about 8:00 p.m. yesterday until 2:00 this morning, Quick said. And East Providence crews had help from Cranston’s fire boat. East Providence’s fire boat is out of commission. The city is expecting a new one next month.
Accessibility to the site, near an abandoned railroad line near the banks of the Seekonk River, proved to be one of the biggest difficulties, Quick said.
Crews are expected to spend a few more hours on the scene today, putting out the hot spots. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it’s under investigation.
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 11:23 AM
Weight restriction lowered for Burrillville bridge
The weight restriction has been reduced on another bridge in Rhode Island.
The posting on Harrisville Mill Bridge in Burrillville has been reduced from 15 to 10 tons, according to the state Department of Transportation. Vehicles heavier than 10 tons will need to find alternate routes.
The Cove Bridge in Portsmouth and the Pawtucket River Bridge in Pawtucket both had weight restrictions lowered in May.
According to RIDOT, the last of the inspections done on the Harrisville Mill Bridge showed deterioration in the stone arch part of the 106-year-old bridge. Because of the finding, the inspections will become more frequent. Another is scheduled to be done in six months.
The bridge, part of Route 107/East Avenue, carries about 10,000 vehicles a day across the Pascoag River.
The new limit does not affect passenger vehicles –– cars, pickup trucks, SUVs –– but drivers with any questions should call RIDOT’s customer service office: 401-222-2450 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
See RIDOT's overview of the state of Rhode Island bridges online.
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 11:08 AM
Jury selection begins in Entwistle murder trial
WOBURN, Mass. — Jury selection has begun in the trial of a British man accused of killing his wife and infant daughter in the family’s Hopkinton home.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers for Neil Entwistle started early this morning to weed through 170 potential jurors in Middlesex Superior Court. Entwistle nodded to them when introduced.
Twelve jurors and four alternates eventually will be chosen.
Prosecutors allege Entwistle shot his 27-year-old wife, Rachel, and 9-month-old daughter, Lillian Rose, in January 2006, then left the country for his parents’ home in England.
Prosecutors say Entwistle was despondent about his family’s deteriorating financial situation and dissatisfied with his sex life.
Entwistle has pleaded not guilty. He says he loved his family and returned to England to be with his parents after the horror of finding the bodies.
-- The Associated Press
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 11:02 AM
A nice day for a walk on the Hill
It’s a nice day for a walk, and our two Senators seem to agree.
U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will join local merchants and politicians on a walking tour of Federal Hill to meet with local businesses and residents and talk about economic development and other local issues.
The tour is set to begin at 11 a.m. today, and make stops at restaurants and shops, including Venda Ravioli, Federal Hill House and Nancy’s Fancies.
The senators will be joined by Providence City Councilman John J. Lombardi; State Sen. Paul Jabour, D-Providence, and Michelle Alhborg, the president of the Federal Hill Commerce Association.
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 10:49 AM
Gas up in R.I. for 10 straight weeks, hits $4.019 high
Gasoline prices in Rhode Island have risen for the 10th straight week, surpassing the $4 mark by nearly 2 cents, to yet another ecord high, according to AAA Southern New England.
The average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline is $4.019 at the self-service pump, up five cents from last week, according to AAA's weekly survey.
Rhode Island hit an average of $4 per gallon Thursday, and the Ocean State is now among 13 states averaging at least $4 per gallon, AAA says.
The price has climbed 88 cents the beginning of the year.
Read a Journal report last week on the impact of $4 per gallon gas in Rhode Island.
Posted by Jack Perry at 10:45 AM
Hearing this afternoon in fatal shooting of firefighter
A bail hearing has been rescheduled for this afternoon for the man accused of fatally shooting a Cranston firefighter during the victim’s son’s birthday party.
The hearing for Nicholas Gianquitti was originally scheduled for this morning but has been moved back to 2 p.m. because of a busy court calendar.
Gianquitti, a six-month Providence police officer who was receiving disability, has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions since his arrest May 18.
The police say Gianquitti got into an argument with his neighbor, 44-year-old James Pagano, during a birthday party for Pagano’s son. Witnesses said they heard Gianquitti, 40, yelling and swearing that a ball had hit his car.
Pagano, a Cranston firefighter for 15 years who had been promoted to lieutenant the previous week, confronted Gianquitti, according to the police.
Witnesses say the two fought and then, they told the police, they heard gunshots. Pagano was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital. According to the state Medical Examiner’s report, Pagano died of a single gunshot wound.
Gianquitti's bail hearing is scheduled for District Court, Warwick, today.
-- With reports from Journal staff writer David Scharfenberg
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 10:14 AM
Rep. Kennedy at father’s side during brain surgery
PROVIDENCE — Rep. Patrick Kennedy is at his father’s side as the senator undergoes brain surgery at Duke University Medical Center.
Robin Costello, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island congressman, says the younger Kennedy flew to North Carolina Sunday night to be with Sen. Edward Kennedy during his surgery today.
The 76-year-old Massachusetts senator was diagnosed last month with a malignant glioma, an especially lethal type of brain tumor. He is being operated on by one of the nation’s top neurosurgeons.
Then, he’ll be treated by chemotherapy and radiation.
Costello says the younger Kennedy continues to be optimistic and hopeful that his father will beat the cancer.
-- The Associated Press
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 9:59 AM
Sen. Kennedy undergoing surgery
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is undergoing surgery today at Duke University Medical Center for his cancerous brain tumor, his office said.
The 76-year-old senator was diagnosed last month with a malignant glioma, an especially lethal type of brain tumor. A statement from the Massachusetts Democrat's office said he would be operated on this morning in Durham, N.C., by Dr. Allan Friedman, followed by chemotherapy and radiation.
"I am deeply grateful to the people of Massachusetts and to my friends, colleagues and so many others across the country and around the world who have expressed their support and good wishes as I tackle this new and unexpected health challenge," Kennedy said in the statement. "I am humbled by the outpouring and am strengthened by your prayers and kindness."
He expects to remain at the North Carolina facility for one week to recuperate and then will begin further treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital and start chemotherapy.
Kennedy was hospitalized May 17 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a seizure. Doctors later announced that he had a malignant glioma in his left parietal lobe, a brain region that governs sensation but also plays some role in movement and language.
Click below to read the full statement issued by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
-- The Associated Press
I am deeply grateful to the people of Massachusetts and to my friends, colleagues and so many others across the country and around the world who have expressed their support and good wishes as I tackle this new and unexpected health challenge.
I am humbled by the outpouring and am strengthened by your prayers and kindness.
Over the past several days, Vicki and I, along with my outstanding team of doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, have consulted with experts from around the country and have decided that the best course of action for my brain tumor is targeted surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation.
This morning, I will be undergoing surgery with Dr. Allan Friedman at Duke University Medical Center and expect to remain there to recuperate for approximately one week.
Shortly thereafter, I will start radiation treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital and begin chemotherapy.
After completing treatment, I look forward to returning to the United States Senate and to doing everything I can to help elect Barack Obama as our next president.
Posted by Jack Perry at 9:50 AM
R.I. Guard unit returns today
A local National Guard unit is returning home today after a one-year deployment, which included 10 months in Iraq.
The eight members of the 65th Press Camp went to Fort Dix, New Jersey, for demobilization. They are set to arrive at Quonset National Guard Base at noon today. The 143rd Airlift Wing, R.I. National Guard is giving them a lift.
The unit was activated in June of last year and trained at Fort Dix for two months. In August, they were deployed to Iraq, where members of the unit worked in public affairs positions at the Combined Press Information Center in Baghdad.
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 9:29 AM
New ladder should boost herring in Woonasquatucket
Ever seen a fish climb a ladder? If not, today’s your lucky day.
OK, so it’s not that kind of ladder, but today there is a fish ladder opening in the Woonasquatucket River.
The ladder restores a path for migratory river fish to move freely between the Narragansett Bay and the Woonasquatucket. Damming of the river, for the use of textile mills, had kept the fish from their traditional spawning paths for more than 140 years.
“Seven generations ago our ancestors started a path that prevented the fish from going up the river,” said Roylene Rides at the Door, a state conservationist for the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The project to restore the fish ladder was sponsored by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council and by the developers and owners of the Rising Sun Mills complex: Struever Brothers Eccles and Rouse, Inc. and the Armory Revival Company.
The $465,000 project is expected to increase the number of river herring supported in the river to 40,000. It was funded by public and private sources, including NRCS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Coastal Resource Management Council and the RI Saltwater Anglers Association.
U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will join USDA Deputy Undersecretary Conservation Gary Mast and local residents to officially open the ladder behind the Rising Sun Mills at 10:00 a.m. today.
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 9:20 AM
Traffic Alert: Stay clear of Route 195
If you can, avoid Route 195 this morning.
An accident on the northbound side of the roadway at Exit 20/Route 195 has the right shoulder closed, and now a two-car accident has the left lane closed on Route 195 westbound at the Massachusetts state line.
Earlier today, an accident at Route 195 westbound at Exit 2 had the left lane blocked. The roadway has been described as a parking lot; see for yourself on the Transportation Management Center's Web cameras.
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 9:19 AM
Reporter's query: Did you get caught in house price drop?
Did you get caught in the house price downturn? If your plans to sell your house and retire, travel, downsize, or pursue some other venture have been scuttled by this real estate bust, we want to hear your story.
Please contact Providence Journal staff writer Lynn Arditi at email@example.com or call (401) 277-7335. Please include a daytime phone number where you can be reached. Thank you.
Posted by Jack Perry at 8:45 AM
Today in history
On this day in 1924, Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
For more of today in history.
Watch a video report on today in history.
Posted by Jack Perry at 7:02 AM
Summer's on its way
That wasn't so bad!
The National Weather Service had forecast rain and thunderstorms all day Saturday, but we escaped with a few scattered showers across the state and wound up with a pleasant weekend.
And today's not looking too shabby either. Temperatures should surpass 80, reaching 81 in places. Skies should stay mostly sunny and we'll have mild, west winds between 7 and 13 mph.
Tonight the temperature should dip to about 56 degrees. Skies should stay clear and we'll have even milder west winds.
And tomorrow looks like summer with high temperatures expected to reach the mid 80s, mostly sunny skies and mild, west winds.
For updates to the forecast, see projo.com's weather page.
Posted by Brandie M. Jefferson at 7:01 AM
Today's front page
Today's front page features a story about the ramp changes on Routes 95 and 195 as part of the Iway project.
Download a copy of the front page in .pdf format.
Posted by Jack Perry at 7:00 AM