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By JACOB MARROCCO Johnston High School students brought several pieces of hardware back home this weekend after winning medals in various individual and team events at this year's Academic Decathlon state competition. The school's six-member Team 2 took

Majority of Johnston legislators oppose abortion bill

By JACOB MARROCCO Legislation that would codify abortion rights into Rhode Island law recently passed the House of Representatives, 44-30, despite a majority of the Johnston delegation voting against the measure. Stephen R. Ucci (D-Dist. 42, Johnston,

Music lives on at Strings after council OKs license

By JACOB MARROCCO The Johnston Town Council on Monday unanimously approved a zone change and entertainment license for Strings Bar and Grill after more than an hour of occasionally contentious testimony from both sides. The council held a show cause

UPDATE: Son of late Mafia figure charged with murder of estranged girlfriend

Michael T. Marrapese, 40, is accused of killing 29-year-old Lauren Ise. He was arraigned in Third Division District Court on Thursday morning, where he entered no plea and was ordered held without bail.

Speaker targets opioid epidemic with pair of legislative proposals

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) has introduced a pair of legislative proposals aimed at addressing the state’s ongoing opioid crisis. “Over the course of several years, …

URI's Ernst charged in admissions investigation

By DANIEL KITTREDGE A Cranston native and accomplished tennis coach is among dozens of people facing charges in connection with what one federal official has described as an international college admissions bribery and money laundering scandal." Gordon"

Ferri kicks off anti-bullying month

Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School Assistant Principal Fred Skipworth is looking to make every student a H.E.R.O. during anti-bullying month. It’s a fitting acronym that stands for “help, …

Superintendent: Talks continue on elementary school consolidation

By JACOB MARROCCO Johnston Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernard DiLullo said conversations are continuing regarding potential elementary school consolidation, with a focus toward submitting a proposal to the Rhode Island Department of Education in

Abortion bill goes to House for vote today

With a large group of protesters filling the State House rotunda on Tuesday afternoon, one holding a sign comparing abortions to the mass killings of Adolf Hitler and others chanting religious hymns …

Detour in store for portion of Park Avenue eastbound

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Local commuters will soon face a months-long detour along one of the city's main west-to-east routes. Starting March 11, motorists traveling east on Route 12 will be rerouted from a portion of the roadway between Dyer and Gansett
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Speakman sworn in to House of Representatives Rep. June S. Speakman (D-Dist. 68, Warren, Bristol) was formally sworn in to the House of Representatives. She was elected March 5 in a special election to replace Laufton Ascen ao, who was elected in
By JACOB MARROCCO Graniteville School Principal Maria Petronio-McAfee proposed a 25-percent hike in tuition fees for the half-day preschool program during the Johnston School Committee's meeting at Ferri Middle School on Tuesday. Petronio-McAfee told the
By JACOB MARROCCO Johnston High School students and faculty are looking to make a difference, one jar of peanut butter at a time. Class of 2020 advisers Nadia Cricco and Vinny Verardo, along with Principal Dennis Morrell, met with the Sun Rise Monday
By JACOB MARROCCO One of the first things patrons will see upon entering Life Style Enhancement, a new clean-living establishment in Johnston, is a noticeably open space in the middle. That is by design, according to owner Eileen Vieira. She hopes that
Further strengthening resources that together answered nearly a quarter-million calls for help from Rhode Islanders last year, United Way of Rhode Island has promoted staff at its 2-1-1 call center, and at The POINT, the state's aging and disability
“We’re number one,” said the kids who represented the Pepin Lumber Company were shouting the other day after wrapping up the Johnston Parks and Recreation Department’s third and fourth drade …
By PETE FONTAINE When the Rhode Island State High School Science Fair begins tomorrow at the Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus in Warwick, David Iannuccilli may have the two-day event's most talked about project. For starters, its baseball
Ten members of the close-knit Johnston Memorial Cancer Events family had just settled into their seats when Vin LaFazia – a founding father of the unique non-profit – announced, “We’re off …
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By DANIEL KITTREDGE The death of a woman in Cranston is being investigated as a homicide, according to police, while media reports suggest the son of a late Mafia figure is considered the primary suspect. Local and state investigators were seen at 245
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. EXPIRED LICENSE On March 5, Officer Vanessa Wilcox was on patrol on Dyerville Avenue when she saw a vehicle run a stop sign while
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. DISORDERLY CONDUCT On Feb. 25, Johnston Detective Thomas M. Dwyer responded to a report of a disorderly man at Next Level Fitness,
In this space last week, we addressed the scourges of sexual assault and harassment, lauding U.S. Sen. Martha McSally - who represents Arizona but has roots in Rhode Island - for sharing her experience as a survivor of rape. The days since have put a new
In recent years, the scourges of sexual assault and harassment have finally been brought to the forefront of public discourse. A culture that has long been permissive of such misdeeds and misbehavior - and provided far too little in terms of recourse and
It's a sight we've all witnessed in the wake of winter storms - vehicles, still covered in ice or snow, making their way along the roadway. The windshield, in most cases, is at least partially clear - after all, some degree of visibility, no matter how

Lego Movie 2

Movie Review By JOHN PANNOZZI The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part *** out of five stars After half a decade, Emmet the Master Builder and his fellow toy brick friends are back for another cinematic odyssey. Will everything still be awesome? Five years

Captain Marvel

Movie Review By JOHN PANNOZZI CAPTAIN MARVEL *** out of five stars The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the first with a female lead and takes us back to the 1990s. So, will this movie change up the formula we've come to expect from the

CCRI Players bring 'Bedtime Stories' to campus

6The Community College of Rhode Island Players and Seed & Ivy Theatre Co. will bring a play to the college this week about a young woman plagued by depression who learns how to find her true self. Bedtime Stories" follows the life of Marina and her"

Chamber Orchestra presents final season concert

The Chamber Orchestra of Barrington will present its final concert of the season on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 191 County Road, Barrington. The concert will feature pianist Haig Yaghoobian in a performance of J.S. Bach's,

Next step in Venezuela could be critical

To the Editor:If continuing attempts at a coup d’etat are unsuccessful, the Trump Administration is threatening an imminent military invasion of Venezuela.On CNN’s Sunday edition of Jake …

Cementing protections of Roe v. Wade into state law

To the Editor: We'd like to set the record straight. In his guest column (Budget, education in spotlight at State House, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019), speaker of the house Nicholas Mattiello misrepresented the legislation being considered that would protect

Why we need a Green New Deal

To the Editor: Climate change is happening here and now - and as a young person, I'm terrified. I'm 20 years old and am afraid for the kind of world I will grow into and the world that my children will have to face in 2100 and beyond. I'm concerned about

Pre-K investments will pay off

To the Editor: Rhode Island has made huge strides in recent years to expand investments in the state pre-K program and the results speak for themselves. During her first term, Governor Raimondo doubled the state's financial investment in public pre-K,