Ginsburg to skip State of the Union to speak in Rhode Island

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is skipping President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address while she travels to Rhode Island to speak to a group of law students. Ginsburg is scheduled to speak on Tuesday at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol. The talk will only be open to students, faculty and staff, although members of the media are allowed. During her trip to Rhode Island, Ginsburg also is set to make stops at a synagogue and at U.S. District Court, both in Providence. Both stops are closed to the media. The trailblazing, 84-year-old justice is the subject of a new documentary called "RBG," which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Continue Reading

US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to speak in Rhode Island

Updated 8:36 am, Saturday, January 27, 2018 BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is set to speak to a group of law students in Rhode Island. Ginsburg's talk Tuesday at Roger Williams University's law school is billed as a "fireside chat" with 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Senior Judge Bruce M. Selya. Selya has said he hopes to give Ginsburg the opportunity to discuss how she goes about her job, reflect on her life experience and "expound on matters that will be of interest to law students and law faculty." The talk will only be open to students, faculty and staff due to space limitations, although media are allowed. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Man+killed+by+police+after+stealing+bike%2C+riding+onto+Loop+410 Jacob Beltran Police: Drive-by gunman fires 30+ rounds into home, strikes man San Antonio Express-News Woman killed as firefighters battle flames for hours San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Man catches 2 suspect breaking into car on West Side, opens fire Caleb Downs Kawhi Leonard's Relationship with Spurs Is Just Fine, According to His Uncle Sports Illustrated Shots fired call near Alamo Heights prompts large police presence Fares Sabawi UTEP athlete, SA native snubbed @lamTre_/ Twitter Cold Case Unit, San Antonio Police Department San Antonio Police Department Sinkhole discovered on the West Side 21 Pro Video Timelapse shows icy cold front moving into San Antonio Courtesy AJ Pena The trailblazing, 84-year-old justice is the subject of a new documentary, entitled RBG, just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Continue Reading

Massachusetts officials defend plan to colonize island with venomous snakes

A plan by the state to establish a colony of venomous timber rattlesnakes on an off-limits island in Massachusetts' largest body of water has some rattled by visions of dangerous serpents slithering through the surrounding woods, attacking hikers, fishermen and hunters. Those are completely irrational fears based on the public's aversion to snakes, said Tom French of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, who's directing the project at the 39-square mile Quabbin Reservoir and representing the state at a public meeting Tuesday to address the concerns. French said he's received several emails and phone calls from worried residents who fear the snakes will escape the island. "People are afraid that we're going to put snakes in a place of public use and that they are going to breed like rabbits and spread over the countryside and kill everybody," he said. There are only about 200 of the endangered snakes indigenous to Massachusetts left in five scattered pockets from greater Boston to the Berkshires, French said. Loss of habitat and human-caused deaths means they could disappear altogether, which is why the Quabbin project is so critical. The plan to establish the snakes on Mount Zion — at more than 1,400 acres, the largest island in the reservoir — has been in the works for several years. A handful of snakes will be raised at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, and placed on the island in a couple more years when they are mature enough to survive in the wild. The project has received the endorsement of Gov. Charlie Baker. The public's concerns stem from the fact that rattlesnakes can swim and the island is connected to the mainland by a pair of narrow causeways, French said. Bob Curley, an avid hiker, isn't opposed to the rattlesnake preservation effort; he just doesn't think the Quabbin is the place to do it. Even though Mount Zion is off limits to the public, he's Continue Reading

Hurricane sweeps through Long Island and New England, killing more than 100 in 1938

(Originally published by the Daily News on Sept. 22, 1938.) Along a fifty-mile stretch of Long Island’s South Shore, Coast Guardsmen and volunteer searchers hunted this morning for bodies of victims of a tropical hurricane that had swept that North Atlantic coast and taken a known toll of 116 lives. Nineteen were dead in New York, most of them on Long Island, and the death list was growing hourly. In New England, ninety-seven perished. Scores were missing. The fashionable Watch Hill section of Westerly, R.I., was reported wiped out. New London, Conn., was fighting a destructive series of fires raging along its waterfront. Hartford, Conn., was flooded in its downtown areas. The Coast Guard estimated 700 vessels were lost. In swank West Hampton Beach, where 160 Summer homes were destroyed by the wind and sea, the bodies of seven persons - six women and one man - had been washed ashore at midnight, and thirty residents of the Summer colony were still unaccounted for. Fire Island, dotted with Summer bungalow colonies, was completely inundated. Whole communities were wiped out, their Summer bungalows swept into the angry sea. Kismet was reported swept bare of all buildings and its yachts basin destroyed. At Saltaire, one of the island’s most populous communities, 100 late vacationists were marooned, with more than 500 of its 1,000 cottages washed into Great South Bay. Its 400-foot pier was swept away. Fair Harbor and Ocean Beach shared the same fate. The bodies of two women, recovered by Coast Guardsmen after being washed on the beach, were identified as those of Mrs. Hass and a Mme. Bazinet. Mrs. Glads Van, sister of William Manning, caretaker of Camp Cheerful, a Summer camp for crippled boys, was among the injured. The camp, which closed two weeks ago, was completely razed. Three new inlets to Great South Bay had been cut across the island from the Atlantic; and the Coast Guard Station, twenty feet above the normal level of the Continue Reading

Fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island heats up

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Supporters of same-sex marriage rights plan to assemble at the Rhode Island Statehouse to urge lawmakers to make the smallest state the 10th to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed — and the last to do so in New England. House Speaker Gordon Fox has called a vote on gay marriage legislation in his chamber by month’s end, making Rhode Island the latest state to address an issue whose supporters see things swinging their way after last November’s election. MARYLAND LEGALIZES GAY MARRIAGE OBAMA WOULD SUPPORT LEGALIZING GAY MARRIAGE IN ILLINOIS The House Judiciary Committee is set to hear testimony from supporters and opponents on Tuesday. If earlier hearings are any indication, it’s likely to be a long, contentious day filled with protest signs, tears and sometimes bitter arguments over one of our culture’s most basic institutions. Sylvia DeLuca, of North Kingstown, tears up when she talks about how her daughter Louisa had to travel to Massachusetts to get married when her two brothers were allowed to do so wherever they wanted. “They’re being regarded as inferior human beings,” said DeLuca, 71, who plans to travel to the Statehouse for Tuesday’s public hearing with her husband of 52 years, Anthony DeLuca. “She is as perfect a human being as her brothers are.” PHOTOS: GAY MARRIAGE LEGAL IN NEW YORK Christopher Plante, director of the state chapter of the National Organization for Marriage, said he believes most Rhode Islanders remain opposed to gay marriage. But he acknowledged that the debate has taken on “a higher pitch” this year. He said he expects as many as 500 opponents will show up at the hearing. “I don’t think we’re fighting a losing battle,” he said after Gov. Lincoln Chafee and top labor unions announced a new coalition in favor of gay marriage. “What you see is the elites and people who are Continue Reading

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s ‘holiday’ tree remark angers thousands — and the Roman Catholic Church

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Carolers singing "O Christmas Tree" crashed Rhode Island's Statehouse tree lighting on Tuesday after Gov. Lincoln Chafee unwrapped a holiday hubbub by calling the 17-foot spruce a "holiday" tree. Chafee insisted his word choice was inclusive and in keeping with Rhode Island's founding as a sanctuary for religious diversity. But his seasonal semantics incensed some lawmakers, the Roman Catholic Church and thousands of people who called his office to complain that the independent governor was trying to secularize Christmas. "He's trying to put our religion down," said Ken Schiano of Cranston, who came to the tree lighting after hearing about the controversy. "It's a Christmas tree. It always has been and it always will be, no matter what that buffoon says it is." Chafee did not address the several hundred people who filled the Statehouse to watch the tree lighting. Afterward, he said he was surprised by the heated reaction to his word choice. Chafee argues that he is simply honoring Rhode Island's origins as a sanctuary for religious diversity. Religious dissident Roger Williams founded Rhode Island in 1636 as a haven for tolerance, where government and religion would forever be kept separate. Chafee's immediate predecessor also referred to Statehouse trees as "holiday" trees. "If it's in my house it's a Christmas tree, but when I'm representing all of Rhode Island I have to be respectful of everyone," Chafee said after the tree lighting. "Now we can get back to next year's budget ... with pleasure." After Chafee lit the "holiday" tree, a few dozen carolers interrupted a performance by a children's chorus to sing "O Christmas Tree." The dispute also prompted the Providence diocese to schedule a competing Christmas tree lighting a block from the Statehouse. A Republican state lawmaker erected a tree in a Statehouse hallway to give Rhode Island residents an alternative to the official state "holiday" tree. After the flap made Continue Reading

Children’s museum, Roger Williams Park Zoo make Providence, R.I., ideal for a family escape

Virginia may be for lovers, but Providence is for mothers . . . and fathers . . . and kids, too. Rhode Island’s capital city provides all the ingredients for a fun family getaway: great food, affordable lodging and plenty of child-friendly activities. And at a mere 180 miles from the Big Apple, it was close enough for my wife and I to make the drive with our 3- and 4-year-old without one bathroom stop this December. We checked into the Providence Marriott Downtown, which is well-accustomed to dealing with young kids sprung from their seat belts. The hotel welcomes guests with freshly baked cookies, hot mulled apple cider and crisp apples. After settling in, it was time for window shopping along Westminster St., where the Craftland Shop was hosting its 10 annual “Super Celebration Bash.” The famed store is the perfect place to find unique holiday gifts, and it entices shoppers not only with its eclectic collection of handmade items, but also with wine, sparkling water, cheese, fruit and other snacks. We worked up an appetite — and drained our wallet — before heading over to Gracie’s for a meal that easily rivals the atmosphere, service and fine food you come to expect from your favorite local eatery. Quite possibly the only differences were the free valet parking and the hospitality shown to the aforementioned children, who had to adjust to sitting in a chair instead of a booth. The tasting menu featured beet salad, homemade cavatelli with rabbit confit and foraged mushrooms, fresh fluke with cabbage, filet with broccoli rabe, and finally a nice cheese plate that led to a most delicious root cake with cranberries. While Providence may be better known as the home to Brown University and Providence College, the city’s restaurants have surely benefited from the presence of the culinary school at Johnson & Wales University. The next morning began with a trip to the Providence Children’s Museum Continue Reading

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To report corrections & clarifications, contact:Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper.The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: February 2018Life:An earlier version of this report incorrectly credited the 1996 Summer Olympics performance of The Power of the Dream. Celine Dion sang the theme at the opening ceremony; the song was performed again at the closing ceremony by Rachel McMullin and a choir of other children.​ Sports: A previous version of this graphic incorrectly located hockey player Megan Keller's hometown on the map. Sports: An earlier version of this story misidentified the U.S. hockey player who is quoted in the third paragraph. Opinion: An earlier version of this column mischaracterized who could receive a tax credit for campaign donations. It would be refundable and available to all Americans who file taxes. Sports: A photo in some editions Feb. 8 incorrectly identified the person next to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The person was special teams coach Joe Judge. Sports: A headline in some Feb. 12 editions had an incorrect result of Serena and Venus Williams’ doubles match in the Fed Cup. The sisters lost. Twitter: On Feb. 11, a previous tweet misidentified Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson. Continue Reading

I AM SON KIND OF WONDERFUL. Brooke’s kin: Took ‘good care’ of mom

THE SON ACCUSED of betraying a New York icon yesterday defended himself publicly for the first time, denying allegations that he has been abusing and neglecting his mother. "I am shocked and deeply hurt by the allegations against me, which are completely untrue," Anthony Marshall said in a statement that he and his wife, Charlene, handed out to reporters camped out in front of his E. 79th St. apartment building. "I love my mother and no one cares more about her than I do," Marshall said. "Her well-being, her comfort and her dignity mean everything to me." Marshall, 82, is accused of committing "elder abuse" against his 104-year-old mother, Brooke Astor - allegations first revealed by the Daily News. After visiting his mother at Lenox Hill Hospital last night, Marshall told reporters he was "touched and encouraged that my mother's present state of age has brought attention to news for care of elderly people." "This was a gift my mother was giving without knowing it, to bring attention to the question of elderly people. My mother always spearheaded a problem within the New York community or throughout the nation. I'm happy that she can still do what she did for the foundation for years, even if she doesn't know it." A lawsuit filed by Marshall's own son, Philip Marshall, and supported by Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller and Annette de la Renta, seeks to remove him from controlling the assets of Astor, who is among New York's greatest philanthropists. A judge this week appointed de la Renta as Astor's temporary personal guardian, and JPMorgan Chase bank to temporarily look after her $45 million fortune. "While I appreciate the many expressions of concern for my mother's well-being, I regret that a number of well-intentioned people have been misled and misinformed about this situation," Anthony Marshall said in his statement. "I have always taken good care of my mother, including overseeing annual expenditures of over $2.5 million for her care and Continue Reading


LAST NIGHT'S statewide primaries may have unfolded according to script, but there were plenty of dramatic characters - and races - further down the ballot. The coffee-tossing state Sen. Ada Smith (D-Queens) - dubbed the "Wild Woman of Albany" - was having to fend off a rare challenge from Shirley Huntley. But with the Queens Democratic machine in her corner, Smith was favored to maintain her wild but winning ways. Former Borough Park Councilman Noach Dear - or "Noah" in literature he targeted at black voters - was making a spirited run at Sen. Kevin Parker of Flatbush (D- Brooklyn). And over in Brooklyn's 10th Congressional District, Rep. Edolphus Towns was beating back challenges from two fellow Dems - including City Councilman Charles Barron, who once called Thomas Jefferson a "slave-owning pedophile," and Assemblyman Roger Green, whose record includes a guilty plea to misdemeanor corruption. In Brooklyn's 20th Senate District, Eric Adams, Anthony Alexis and Guillermo Phlebitis were duking it out for the honors to replace outgoing state Sen. Carl Andrews, who was seeking to succeed Rep. Major Owens. Also being tested with primaries were incumbents Sens. John Sabini (D-Queens), who was opposed by City Councilman Hiram Monserrate, and Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn). Montgomery was locked in a pitched battle with Tracy Boyland, daughter of former Assemblyman William Boyland and the favorite of the Rev. Al Sharpton. Three Democrats - Hakeem Jeffries, a CBS lawyer; former legislative aide William Batson, and party activist Freddie Hamilton - were battling for the Brooklyn Assembly seat being vacated by Green. And veteran Brooklyn state Sen. Martin Connor was being challenged by real estate developer Ken Diamondstone, who wrote $110,000 checks to himself in the last 24 hours of the race, records showed. In other states, observers were keeping a close eye on moderate Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, whose opposition to the Iraq war Continue Reading