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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 »

Frat Pledge Says He Needed Skin Grafts After Hazing

Johnson & Wales student sues, saying flesh necrotized after 'torturous' TKE ritual

(Newser) - He was branded, hit with wooden paddles, burned with cigarettes, made to eat raw onions and butter until he vomited, and then forced to shower in that vomit—and his resulting injuries were so bad he needed skin grafts afterward. Those are the claims of a Rhode Island student who... More »

Providence Board Votes to Terminate All Teachers

More than 700 gathered to protest

(Newser) - Those 1,926 pink slips will definitely be going out in Providence: After two hours of debate, the school board voted last night to send out termination notices to every public school teacher in the city. More than 700 teachers gathered to express their feelings: "disrespected," "bullied,... More »

Tight Economy Strains Town-Gown Relations

(Newser) - The poor economy has put a crimp in some universities' expansion plans and soured the relationship between others and the surrounding communities, the New York Times reports. For instance, Harvard’s planned $1 billion expansion into a Boston neighborhood is in limbo, leaving a 5-acre construction pit and vacant buildings.... More »

The Hardest-Drinking US Cities

CDC figures dub Austin nation's drinking capital

(Newser) - Famous for its arts festivals and home to a large college population, Austin, Texas, takes top honors as America’s hardest-drinking city, reports Forbes in its distillation of behavioral data from the CDC. Here are the top 5:
  1. Austin—1 in 5 admit to binge drinking, and 9% of men
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Winter Is Here to Stay

Both regions face continued winter storms

(Newser) - In the wake of an ice storm that cut power to millions, the Midwest is bracing for a second, with a 2 to 6 inches of snow headed for Kansas and Oklahoma, reports the AP. For the half-million still without power and those in emergency shelters, the next hit could... More »

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