Rhode Islanders who drive at night and fail to wear seat belts stand more of a chance of being ticketed this Memorial Day weekend. Col. Richard Sullivan, a former Providence police chief now with the Office of Highway Safety, said Rhode Island has an abysmally low record of getting its drivers to use seat belts. [...]
Gliding into retirement after 32 missions covering 120 million miles, the shuttle Atlantis dropped out of orbit and returned to Earth, wrapping up a 25-year career with a near-flawless space station assembly mission. Atlantis also flew 11 missions to the International Space Station and visited the Hubble Space Telescope last year for a final overhaul.
Marijuana-growers are headed to the State House this afternoon to protest the potential loss of their state-licensed cottage industry as committees in the House and Senate take up separate bills to deal with Rhode Island’s four-year-old medical-marijuana program. The 3-5 p.m. protest is aimed at a bill to close the loopholes in the state’s medical [...]
Bangkok turned into a war zone today as Thai military forces cracked down on anti-government protesters, ending a tense standoff that has troubled the capital for weeks. The government imposed a strict curfew that barred people from going outside between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. The chaotic day left at least five people dead but [...]
America’s dairy farmers could soon find themselves in the computer business, with the manure from their cows possibly powering the vast data centers of companies like Google and Microsoft. According to Hewlett-Packard, in research paper made public today, a dairy farmer could rent out land and power to technology companies and recoup an investment in [...]
Officials in Central Falls say the city is broke and have asked a judge to place it in receivership. This morning, lawyers for the city filed a receivership petition in Superior Court. It claims that for 2009-10, the state’s smallest, and poorest, city was looking at a $3 million shortfall in its nearly $18 million [...]
Almost all of the teachers at Central Falls High School have reapplied for their jobs for the coming school year after their mass firings earlier this year, part of an effort to turn around the struggling school. But the veteran teachers face stiff competition: Supt. Frances Gallo said today that more than 700 people have [...]
American drone aircraft fired 18 missiles at militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region today, killing at least 14 fighters and wounding 4. The missiles struck a region on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border where Taliban and Qaeda fighters prepare for operations against United States and NATO troops in Afghanistan. The unusually intense drone attack was the [...]
The six candidates vying to become Rhode Island’s next governor promise to help the poor by preserving key programs like RIte Care, the state’s health insurance program for low-income children and families. The candidates, along with Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, spoke at a “Fighting Poverty with Faith” conference at Roger Williams Park Casino earlier this [...]
Conservative Party leader David Cameron is now Great Britain’s prime minister. Cameron’s elevation to the post comes after Gordon Brown announced his resignation from the post earlier today. Gordon’s Labour Party placed second in last week’s parliamentary election.
Information taken from MetroSource.