Rhode Island

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City Tells Man to Get Rid of His Seriously Smelly Driveway

Man used unwashed shells to pave driveway, then came flies and maggots

(Newser) - A Rhode Island town's long, smelly nightmare is finally over. Two weeks ago, a Tiverton resident used unwashed clam shells to pave an access road on his property, the AP reports. The shells still had bits of clam meat stuck to them, eventually drawing flies and maggots while creating... More »

Neighbor's Choice of Road Material Brings Stink, Maggots

And Rhode Island residents aren't happy about it

(Newser) - Crushed seashells are one of the best surfaces for making paths and driveways on your property, according to this helpful landscaping website . But some Rhode Islanders are learning the hard way it's ideal if the shells are cleaned first. Residents in Tiverton say a neighbor recently dumped thousands of... More »

10 States With the Biggest Drug Problems

DC leads pack, followed by Vermont, Colorado

(Newser) - The United States as a whole is battling an opioid epidemic, but certain states are harder hit by drugs than others. Colorado, for example, has the highest percentage of teenagers and adults who use illicit drugs, while West Virginia has the most overdose deaths per capita, reports WalletHub . The site... More »

New England Wants to Dump the Clock Change

Lawmakers contemplating ditching daylight saving switch, joining Atlantic Standard Time

(Newser) - New England really wants to get ahead—by one hour. The New York Times reports on the movement that's afoot in that region for some states to transition permanently to the Atlantic Standard Time zone, ignoring the changing of the clocks that takes place at the start and end... More »

Steps From Home, Tragedy for 97-Year-Old Twins

Rhode Island sisters apparently froze to death after both falling outside

(Newser) - A double tragedy took the lives of 97-year-old twin sisters over the weekend in Rhode Island. Jean Haley and Martha Williams were found Saturday morning after both fell outside the door of Haley's home in Barrington on Friday night, reports the Providence Journal . Police don't suspect foul play.... More »

Boarding School Settles Over Decades of Sexual Abuse

At least 30 former students say they were abused at St. George's in Rhode Island

(Newser) - A 120-year-old boarding school in Rhode Island has settled with up to 30 former students who claim they were sexually abused by staff there, the AP reports. According to the Boston Globe , the details of the financial settlement weren't revealed, but a lawyer for the victims calls it "... More »

'Surreal': Mob Victim's Body Found—23 Years Later

Former mob boss eyed in Steven DiSarro's 1993 murder

(Newser) - Nick DiSarro's father disappeared in 1993 when he was only 7. "We've waited 23 years for somebody from the FBI to call us and say we found him," he says. That call came Thursday when the FBI said it had identified a body unearthed in March... More »

'One of the Most Important Shipwrecks' May Be Found

James Cook's Endeavour may have been located in RI's Newport Harbor

(Newser) - The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project calls it "one of the most important shipwrecks in world history," an 18th-century ship so distinct that it and its captain are said to have served as an inspiration for Star Trek—and the Endeavour may finally have been found. Explorer Capt.... More »

Cops Pull Over Minivan, Find 317 Pounds of Weed

Philadelphia man could face life in prison if convicted

(Newser) - " National weed day " may not have been so blissful for those relying on a shipment of pot traveling through Rhode Island on Monday. State police say they pulled over a white minivan in Warwick around noon and smelled marijuana, reports NJ.com . They soon discovered why: Authorities say... More »

Dying 8-Year-Old's Unusual Wish Captivates China

'It's just really nice to know that so many people have my back'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old terminal cancer patient from Rhode Island has become a massive celebrity in China—in a little less than a week. After a four-year battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of muscle cancer, 8-year-old Dorian Murray told his dad he had one final request: "I would like to... More »

Massive Sex Abuse Scandal Swirls Around Prep School

40 alumni say they were abused

(Newser) - A sex abuse scandal is swirling around a Rhode Island prep school. At least 40 former students of St. George's School in Middletown have said they were abused—raped, in some cases—by seven former staffers and four students between 1974 and 2004, lawyers say. The scandal came to... More »

New England Church Faces Huge Role in Slave Trade

Episcopalian diocese does some soul-searching

(Newser) - Rhode Island was so enmeshed in slavery that it's been dubbed "the Deep North." Now the state's Episcopal diocese is owning up to its involvement with public forums, repentant services, and a new museum—in an old Cathedral that was shuttered due to lack of funds,... More »

Mystery Beach Blast Turned Woman Into 'Human Cannon'

Kathleen Danise recovering with concussion, broken ribs

(Newser) - The last thing Kathleen Danise remembers from Saturday's trip to Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett, RI, is reading her book as a man nearby suited up in scuba gear. Then suddenly, an explosion launched the 60-year-old woman onto a rock jetty 10 feet away, breaking two of her... More »

3.3 Quake Reported in Connecticut, Rhode Island

Region experienced two other tiny temblors last week before today's quake

(Newser) - It's been a shaky week for some Connecticut and Rhode Island residents who've experienced a series of small earthquakes, the latest one early this morning, the AP reports. The US Geological Survey has confirmed a 3.3-magnitude temblor took place around 6:30am near the Connecticut-Rhode Island border.... More »

RI Bishop: Vote Mother Teresa for Governor

Anti-abortion vote won't be wasted, Tobin says

(Newser) - As a deceased Albanian citizen who was never a regular resident of Rhode Island, Mother Teresa may not be the most obvious candidate for governor—but the state's top Catholic says she's a better choice than anybody on the ballot. Democratic nominee Gina Raimondo and Republican challenger Allan... More »

Oops: Oceanfront Mansion Must Be Removed

It got built, accidentally, inside a Rhode Island park

(Newser) - Oceanfront view? Check. Jacuzzi? Check. A proper survey spelling out where this $2 million mansion was supposed to be built in Rhode Island? Not so much. The state's Supreme Court has ruled that a three-story home built in Point Judith in 2010 must be removed because it went up... More »

Black Thursday Banned in 3 States

No Thanksgiving Day shopping in Mass., RI, Maine

(Newser) - The spread of Thanksgiving Day shopping has created a lot of fuss this year, but it's not a big issue in Rhode Island, Maine, or Massachusetts—because it's illegal. The three New England states have "blue laws" dating back to colonial times that ban shopping on Thanksgiving... More »

Missing RI Child Found; 2 Suspects Nabbed in Murders

Suspect fled scene of a double homicide: police

(Newser) - Two men have been arrested following a double homicide and reported abduction, and now, police have found the 2-year-old child believed to have been kidnapped. Police issued an Amber Alert yesterday when Malcolm Crowell, 22, allegedly fled a house in Johnston, Rhode Island, after two women were killed; he was... More »

Minn., RI Ring in Gay Marriage

Dozens tie the knot just after midnight

(Newser) - At midnight, Minnesota and Rhode Island became the 12th and 13th states to legalize gay marriage and there were dozens of couples waiting at Minneapolis City Hall and courthouses across the state, the AP reports. Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak pronounced the first couple married before a cheering crowd of nearly... More »

After Rulings, Gay Marriage Access to Double

Within a year, it's available to 59M more people: Nate Silver

(Newser) - Nate Silver is illuminating the Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings with his usual statistical wizardry. Some 59 million Americans who lacked access to legal gay marriage last August will have it by the time this August comes around. Early last year, just 35 million Americans lived in regions where... More »

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