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Religious Freedom Lawyers Say RI, Minn. Officials Don't Have to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

As gay couples made final preparations for marriages to be held on Thursday in Rhode Island and Minnesota when the states become the 12th and 13th in the U.S., along with the District of Columbia, to allow same-sex marriage, a religious liberty law group advised officials that they do not have to personally issue marriage licenses to same-sex applicants. …read more

Source: The Christian Post

Wedding Bells Ring as Minnesota, RI Bring in Gay Marriage

By Rob Quinn

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 e pronounced the first couple married before a cheering crowd of… …read more

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The X Games Are Leaving Los Angeles, But Not Before Bucky Lasek Has A Chance At History

By Chris Smith, Forbes Staff

‘s Summer X Games, the world’s premier action sports series, moved to Los Angeles in 2003 for its ninth iteration. The series had jumped around the country since its 1995 inception, spending a few years each in Rhode Island, San Diego, San Francisco and Philadelphia. But in LA, the X Games found a permanent home, one the series would return to each summer for the next decade. …read more

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Retailers vow not to sell Rolling Stone issue as critics blast decision to put accused Boston bomber on cover

At least five retailers with deep New England ties will not sell the Rolling Stone magazine featuring an unsmiling, scruffy Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.

The picture, which accompanies a story titled “Jahar’s World,” shows the 19-year-old accused murderer with his long, curly hair tousled, reminiscent of the magazine’s iconic shots of rock ‘n’ roll royalty like The Doors’ Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan.

The issue, which hits newsstands Friday, depicts Tsarnaev above a boldface headline, “The Bomber.” The story, which features interviews from childhood friends, teachers and law enforcement agents, promises to reveal how a “popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster.”

Multiple retailers, including CVS and Walgreens, have decided not to carry the issue in their stores.

“CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect,” the Rhode Island-based pharmacy chain said in a statement. “As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones.”

Other retailers who have said they will not carry the issue include Walgreens, Rite Aid, Stop & Shop, the grocery chain the Roche Bros and Tedeschi Food Shops, a Massachusetts-based convenience store chain.

Other critics of the cover, including Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, struck fast, accusing the magazine of offering Tsarnaev “celebrity treatment” and calling the cover “ill-conceived, at best in a letter written by Menino to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner.

“The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them,” the letter concluded.

Rolling Stone, for its part, issued a statement Wednesday saying the story was part of its “long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful” coverage of the most important current political and cultural issues.

“The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens,” the statement said.

Rolling Stone did not address whether the photo was edited or filtered in any way in a brief statement offering condolences to bombing survivors and the loved ones of the dead.

In a blog posting late Tuesday, Rolling Stone detailed “five revelations” in the story by contributing editor Janet Reitman, including Tsarnaev’s increasing devotion to Islam while still in high school, as well as his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s possible mental illness, which the boys’ mother decided would be better treated by Islam than by a psychiatrist.

“Around 2008, Jahar’s older brother Tamerlan confided to his mother that he felt like ‘two people’ were inside him,” the blog posting reads. “She confided this to a close friend who felt he might need a psychiatrist, but Zubeidat believed that religion would be the …read more

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Rhode Island governor vetoes 'Choose Life' license plates

Democratic Gov. Lincoln Chafee, citing a tradition of separating church and state, on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have authorized the issuance of license plates that say “Choose Life” to raise money for a Christian crisis pregnancy center that opposes abortion.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox News – Politics

The Conjuring to Scare Up a Sequel

The Conjuring won’t hit theaters until July 19, but New Line is already lining up a sequel to James Wan’s horror pic.

Set in 1971 Rhode Island, The Conjuring is inspired by the work of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively. Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor portray a father and mother of young daughters who were plagued by a haunted house.

“Horror is very much a part of the DNA of New Line — Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Rite, and the Final Destination films,” said New Line president Toby Emmerich. “This is as good a horror movie as we’ve ever made… We think it will have great playability.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Movies

EV Price War: Ford Slashes Focus Electric Price by $4000, Now Starts at $35,995

By Nick Palermo

Ford is lowering the price of its all-electric version of the Focus, cutting the price by $4000 to $35,995. The reduction is further evidence of a price war in the EV market, following the announcement of lower pricing and/or special lease rates for electrics such as the Nissan Leaf, Honda Fit EV, and Fiat 500E, as well as the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt. Ford says the move is intended to make the electric Focus, which is available nationwide, more appealing to customers considering a plug-in vehicle.

The Nissan Leaf is still the most affordable of the aforementioned models, with a starting price of $29,650. It’s also among the most efficient, rated at 115 MPGe in combined city/highway driving. Range for the all-electric Nissan, though, is the lowest in this group at 75 miles. The Focus Electric, by comparison, ekes out one more mile of range despite a lower combined efficiency rating of 105 MPGe.

The $32,600 Fiat 500E is available only in California. The 500E can travel 87 miles on electricity alone and is rated at 116 MPGe combined. The Honda Fit EV, meanwhile, is rated at 118 MPGe combined and has a driving range of 82 miles. It’s priced at $37,415, although it is offered as a lease only. Currently, the Fit EV is available in California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

The Focus Electric now matches the price of the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, which is available at $35,995 for cash buyers and $36,995 if it’s leased or financed through Ally Financial or Wells Fargo. And although the Volt relieves so-called range anxiety by backing up its battery power with a gas engine, it has a limited electric-only range of 38 miles. On battery power alone, the Volt is rated at 98 MPGe combined; once the gas engine takes over, combined fuel economy is 37 mpg. Chevy recently added the all-electric Spark EV to its lineup, but smaller and priced at $27,495, The Spark EV is not a direct competitor to the Focus Electric. The Spark EV’s availability remains limited to Oregon and California.



With EVs commanding less than 1 percent of U.S. market share, automakers are anxious to incentivize sales. Ford addresses some of the driving public’s reluctance to go electric with this price drop, and, as with all EVs, the Focus Electric’s price can potentially be even lower when eligible buyers take advantage of any federal, state, and local tax credits and incentives that are available to them. Concerns about range and long-term reliability, however, still remain considerable obstacles for many would-be EV drivers.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

New Cry Analyzer Could Detect Babies' Health Problems

Parents may sometimes wish they could interpret their babies’ cries, and now researchers may have found a way to do this. A team from Brown University and the Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island developed a device that analyzes a baby’s cry as a means to interpret possible health or developmental problems… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Medical News Today

NBC 10’s Julie Tremmel Gives Tips For Reacting To Bears (VIDEO)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Viewers in Providence, Rhode Island may have been baffled by, or simply shaken their heads at, a recent segment on the 11 p.m. news.

Local NBC affiliate WJAR reported on a man who faced down a bear. Reporter Julie Tremmel followed up with a story about how people should react to bears.

She demonstrated all her tips, lying face down in the grass, and charging at and throwing her shoes at the camera. The video has been making the rounds online and appeared on “News You Can’t Use” on Friday’s “Morning Joe.”

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'Misha': I Didn't Turn Tamerlan Into a Terrorist

By Rob Quinn The New York Review of Books . has scooped a lot of less literary publications by tracking down “Misha,” the man family members blame for radicalizing Tamerlan Tsarnaev . “Misha”—real name Mikhail Allakhverdov—now lives in Rhode Island and says that while he knew Tsarnaev in Boston, he has had no…

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Home

New “conservative” Lobbying Push For Gay Marriage

By Breaking News

Gay Marriage SC New conservative lobbying push for gay marriage

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A national group of prominent GOP donors that supports gay marriage is pouring new money into lobbying efforts to get Republican lawmakers to vote to make it legal.

American Unity PAC was formed last year to lend financial support to Republicans who bucked the party’s longstanding opposition to gay marriage. Its founders are launching a new lobbying organization, American Unity Fund, and already have spent more than $250,000 in Minnesota, where the Legislature could vote on the issue as early as next week.

The group has spent $500,000 on lobbying since last month, including efforts in Rhode Island, Delaware, Indiana, West Virginia and Utah.

Billionaire hedge fund manager and Republican donor Paul Singer launched American Unity PAC. The lobbying effort is the next phase as the push for gay marriage spreads to more states, spokesman Jeff Cook-McCormac told The Associated Press.

“What you have is this network of influential Republicans who really want to see the party embrace the freedom to marry, and believe it’s not only the right thing for the country but also good politics,” Cook-McCormac said.

Read more at Official Wire. By Patrick Condon.

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These 7 States Tax Homeowners the Hardest

By Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool

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Paying income tax is hard enough for those struggling to make ends meet. But with property taxes, even those who have no income end up having to bear their share of the overall tax burden.

Property taxes are typically imposed and collected by local tax authorities rather than state revenue departments, but property tax revenues have a big impact on the decisions that state governments make on where to apply their financial resources. Still, you can get a sense of how much of a property tax burden state residents bear by looking at the average tax paid per person. Using figures from the most recently available data from the Tax Foundation and land and home values from the Lincoln Institute, let’s look at seven states that impose the highest average property taxes on their residents.

7. Rhode Island
Property taxes in Rhode Island average $2,083 per person. With average home values of $241,000 just barely putting Rhode Island in the top third of the nation, high tax rates and a high density of urban land help push the state’s overall property tax burden higher. Moreover, with just over 1 million people, Rhode Island doesn’t have many people over which split the fixed costs of state government.

6. Vermont
In Vermont, the average property tax bill is $2,166. Vermont’s land values come in just below Rhode Island‘s at $239,000, and the state has a much more rural character than Rhode Island‘s small size and coastal proximity. As with Rhode Island, Vermont’s small population of around 625,000 provides only a limited base on which to tax.

5. New York
New York imposes an average of $2,280 in property taxes per person. Average home values come in at $316,000, putting the state in the top 10. Yet given the huge disparities in real-estate prices throughout the state, that burden is very unevenly spread. Rural tax rates in upstate New York can be relatively reasonable, but in New York City, you’ll see tax burdens that are more in line with those of neighboring states that are dominated more by the city’s metropolitan area.

4. New Hampshire
New Hampshire charges an average of $2,463 per person in property taxes. At $178,000, its average home values are very low, but the lack of a general state tax on wage and salary income contributes to the need to raise revenue elsewhere. Although New Hampshire has a 5% income tax that applies to dividends and interest income, it’s not enough to keep the state from having to charge much higher rates than you’ll find in many areas. A relatively small population of just 1.32 million also adds to the burden.

3. Connecticut
Connecticut residents pay an average of $2,522 per person in property taxes. High property values of $347,000 put the state in the top five of the nation, and the large proportion of real estate that’s located either along the waterfront

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Boston to mark week since bombings as authorities wait to interrogate suspect

As the city of Boston plans to mark a week since the Boston Marathon bombings, investigators waiting to interrogate the injured suspect continue the long process of searching for the motivation and methods behind the attack.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has asked residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. Monday, the time the first of two bombs exploded near the finish line. Bells will ring across the city and state afterward.

Meanwhile, the surviving suspect in the bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, remains in serious condition at a Boston hospital under heavy guard.

Tsarnaev, 19, who was taken into custody on Friday and whose older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with police, will be questioned by a special team sent in by the FBI, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told “Fox News Sunday.”

“He’s [Dzhokhar] in no condition to be interrogated at this point in time. He’s progressing, though, and we’re monitoring the situation carefully,” Davis said.

There was no immediate word on when Tsarnaev might be charged and what those charges would be. A source told Fox News charges wouldn’t come Sunday and charges had not been filed as of early Monday.

The most serious charge available to federal prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, which carries a possible death sentence. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty.

Also Sunday, a lawyer for the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev said federal authorities have asked to speak with his client as part of their investigation.

Authorities went to the suburban Rhode Island home of Tsarnaev’s in-laws Sunday evening, where Katherine Russell Tsarnaev has been staying. Lawyer Amato DeLuca tells The Associated Press that she did not speak with them, and they are discussing how to proceed.

The twin bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180.

Patrick told NBC on Sunday that surveillance video clearly puts Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the scene of the attack.

“It does seem to be pretty clear that this suspect took the backpack off, put it down, did not react when the first explosion went off and then moved away from the backpack in time for the second explosion,” Patrick said. “It’s pretty clear about his involvement and pretty chilling, frankly.”

Investigators believe the suspects also were likely planning other attacks based on the cache of weapons uncovered during the Thursday night shootout, according to Davis.

“We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at that scene — the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded and the firepower that they had — that they were going to attack other individuals,” Davis said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation”. “That’s my belief at this point.”

Davis added on “Fox News Sunday” that authorities cannot be positive there aren’t more explosives that haven’t been found, but the people of Boston are safe.

According to media accounts, Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, were Muslims who recently gravitated to a radical strain of Islam, going so far as to post Anti-American, jihadist videos on social-media sites. Both are thought

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Taylor Swift Looks At Rhode Island Mansion, Has Us Wondering Who She’s Crushing On Now (PHOTOS)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Taylor Swift is known for buying properties near her boyfriends’ homes. She even went so far as to tell Vanity Fair, “Every time the press thinks I like a guy they say I am buying a house next to them,” she said. Recently, Swift was snapped looking at a very fancy new place in Rhode Island which has us wondering who Taylor is eyeing these days.

All jokes aside, Taylor has great taste when it comes to her real estate investments. This home, located in Westerly, RI, is the stuff fantasies are made of. With five bedrooms, more than 11,000 square feet of living space and over 700 feet of waterfront (drool!), we can only imagine the kind of 4th of July party the pop star would host.

The home was last sold in May of 1996 for $3.5 million. Zillow reports that the home was last on the market in 2010 for $24 million — how’s that for appreciation? Currently, the house is not on the market, which apparently doesn’t matter when you’re a fancy-schmancy superstar. Take a look at the photos and tell us, do you think TayTay should buy it?

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From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/19/taylor-swift-rhode-island-house-photos_n_3116654.html

Divisions Within Democratic Party Could Prove Harmful

By The Huffington Post News Editors

So what do a governor’s race in Rhode Island, President Obama’s proposed Social Security and Medicare cuts, a bankruptcy in Stockton, Calif., the fiscal cliff, and the funding mechanism for the Affordable Care Act have in common? This isn’t some quirky setup for a joke only a wonk could love. The common thread here is that they all involve cross-currents in the Democratic Party that pose existential threats to their coalition.

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State-appointed receiver leaving Central Falls, RI

The state-appointed receiver who has run the troubled Rhode Island city of Central Falls for years is set to depart and hand control to local officials.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Lincoln Chafee said the receivership is set to end Monday.

The receiver took over in 2010 to address Central Falls‘ shaky finances. Rhode Island‘s smallest city went through a bankruptcy that officially ended last fall when a federal judge signed off on the receiver’s five-year recovery plan.

A newly hired finance officer will oversee the city’s budget and make sure it sticks to the plan.

City Council President William Benson Jr. says he’s glad the receivership is ending but criticized its price tag of an estimated $4 million. The city will have to reimburse to the state for the cost.

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Tyler Technologies Signs $6 Million Contract With the State of Rhode Island Judiciary

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Tyler Technologies Signs $6 Million Contract With the State of Rhode Island Judiciary

Rhode Island Judiciary to use Tyler’s comprehensive Odyssey ® court case management and e-filing solution

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Rhode Island Judiciary has signed an agreement with Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYS: TYL) for its Odyssey®integrated courts and justice solution. The agreement is valued at approximately $6 million and includes software licenses, related professional services, maintenance and support. Rhode Island represents Tyler’s ninth statewide client for Odyssey.

The Rhode Island Judiciary has invested in a wide range of integrated Odyssey applications, including case management, financial management, public access, supervision and SessionWorks® Judge Edition and Clerk Edition to aid in courtroom efficiency. Additionally, the Judiciary will use Odyssey File & Serve, replacing their current manual filing processes, for simplified e-filing (electronic filing) that will benefit the courts and legal community.

“We were looking for a vendor that had proven experience with statewide court case management implementations and e-filing; after a thorough competitive evaluation it was clear Tyler was our best choice,” said Peter Panciocco, Rhode Island Supreme Court’s executive director and member of the state’s courts executive committee and vendor evaluation team. “Odyssey’s large network of successful users will provide Rhode Island a valuable resource, and we plan to leverage their best practices and apply those lessons to our new business processes. In addition, e-filing will provide tremendous benefit to the state by eliminating our current paper process, saving time and money.”

The comprehensive Odyssey solution selected by Rhode Island will create an end-to-end electronic process — starting at the initiation of the case, via e-filing, and ending with an electronic case file used by judges on the bench. The Rhode Island Judiciary serves a population of approximately 1,050,000 with seven physical court locations throughout five counties. Odyssey will support approximately 750 internal court users at Rhode Island‘s Supreme Court, Superior Court, Family Court, District Court, Worker’s Compensation Court and the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

In addition to innovative products, Tyler has mature systems and expert processes that help courts generate efficiencies and cost savings from their technology investments. This has led to a track record of success for Odyssey clients in more than 450 counties across 18 states serving more than 75 million citizens.

“We are proud that Rhode Island has selected Odyssey to create an electronic process from initiation to disposition,” said Bruce Graham, president of Tyler’s Courts …read more

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Rhode Island's Scary State Treasurer

By Edward "Ted" Siedle, Contributor

News open seen weeknights at 6. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Getting “fired at” 6 p.m. on a Friday night is no way to start the weekend. So I was a little unnerved when I received an email from Ted Nesi, a reporter at WPRI TV’s website in Rhode Island yesterday evening with an article he had written attached entitled, “Raimondo Fires Back After Attack by Forbes Contributor.” …read more

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