Rhode Island

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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 »

Body Found in Trunk After Ex-Cop Kills Himself

Former Providence officer Franklin Osgood shot himself after police chase

(Newser) - A former police officer killed himself Saturday night after a highway chase with state police, who later discovered the body of the officer's wife in the vehicle's trunk, the AP reports. Franklin Osgood, 61, was a former police officer in Providence, RI, where police say they received a... More »

Rhode Island Uses Convention Spotlight to Bash Rhode Island

Republican delegate blamed Democrats for state's troubles

(Newser) - Rhode Island's delegation to the Republican National Convention is taking some heat back home for using its spotlight to trash the state's reputation on national TV, the AP reports. State GOP Chairman Brandon Bell delivered Rhode Island's votes in the state-by-state roll call that led to Donald... More »

Best Friends With Down Syndrome Make Epic Zombie Movie

'We're naturally amazing'

(Newser) - Two best friends with Down syndrome from Rhode Island are living their dream of making an epic zombie movie and becoming celebrities, the AP reports. "Down syndrome causes us to think slower than others, but we don't let that get in the way," Sam Suchmann says. "... 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 »

Cops Investigate Man With 13 Dead Chickens Hanging in Trees

A neighbor isn't too happy about it

(Newser) - A Rhode Island man who has 13 dead chickens hanging from trees outside his home is drawing complaints from a neighbor and a police inquiry, the AP reports. According to the Newport Daily News , the Tiverton man told police Wednesday that he is simply drying the chickens out before properly... More »

Rhode Island Tourism Video Shows Wrong Country

'Rhode Iceland' officials admit blunder

(Newser) - Maybe the state should be called Rhode Iceland. Rhode Island officials yanked a new tourism video, designed to draw visitors to the state, off YouTube in embarrassment on Tuesday after eagle-eyed viewers complained it showed a scene shot in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, the AP reports. The state's economic... More »

Inexplicable Stunt: City Pol Dresses Guy Up as Old Lady

'Cranston Senior Home Resident' was really a middle-aged van driver

(Newser) - There are apparently a dearth of elderly women in Cranston, RI, where a city official who wanted to include an elderly woman in a photo op about a snow shoveling program persuaded a middle-aged man to dress up in a wig, earrings, lipstick, and a dress. The man stood next... 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 »

Owners of The Conjuring Home Sue for Real-Life Horror

RI couple files against Warner Bros. for depicting their farmhouse in 'The Conjuring'

(Newser) - The owners of a Rhode Island farmhouse depicted in the 2013 horror film The Conjuring are suing Warner Bros., saying it's created a real-life nightmare for them. Norma Sutcliffe and her husband are suing the filmmaker and others—including people who've put up videos of her home on... 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 »

Scientists Solve Mystery of Rhode Island Beach Blast

Hydrogen gas built up from abandoned underground cable

(Newser) - A mysterious blast on a Rhode Island beach likely was caused by the combustion of hydrogen gas that had built up because of a corroded copper cable under the sand, investigators said today. Officials have spent nearly two weeks trying to figure out what happened on July 11 at Salty... 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 »

3rd Man Arrested in Boston Beheading Plot

Rhode Island man linked to slain radical

(Newser) - A Rhode Island man was arrested yesterday in connection with the probe into a Massachusetts man who was fatally shot by terrorism investigators as they sought to question him about a possible plot to kill police officers . Nicholas Rovinski is expected to appear in federal court today, when the charges... More »

Every Public University in America Is Now Armed

University of Rhode Island police to start carrying guns

(Newser) - University of Rhode Island campus police will start carrying guns tomorrow, making it the final public university in the nation to arm its officers. The move to arm police came after a false alarm in 2013, when some students in a lecture hall thought they heard someone say they had... 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 »

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