Providence, R.I. – In Johnston today veterans will gather to dedicate a refurbished farmhouse as transitional housing for homeless female veterans. Homelessness among women vets is now a faster growing problem than among male veterans.
Dianne DeLomba shows off her new apartment with the pride of a homebody who hasn't had a place of her own in over a month.
Providence, R.I. – Supporters and opponents of same sex marriage held clashing rallies at the State House yesterday. Although they got to within a few feet of each other there was no violence.
The rally was initially called by the National Organization for Marriage, which is on a 19 state tour to drum up opposition to gay marriage. Queer Action Rhode Island heard about it, and decided to crash it.
So on the south steps of the State House the two groups -- each numbering about 150 -- shouted each other down.
Providence, R.I. – Moderate Party candidate Ken Block is emerging as a potential spoiler in the Rhode Island governor's race.
Political observers say he could siphon votes from any of the other candidates, but the one he may most need to differentiate himself from is Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican senator who is running as an independent.
Block, an entrepreneur, founded the Moderate Party in 2008 on a platform of four "e's" _ economy, ethics, education and environment.
Providence, R.I. – More than 60 women have joined a class-action suit after it was discovered that 10 Rhode Island practices implanted un-approved IUDs in them. The doctors allegedly obtained the cut-rate birth control devices on line from Canada.
Coventry, R.I. – Federal environmental officials say 26 parties have agreed to help clean up the Great Lakes Container Corp. site in Coventry.
Under the settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, the parties will investigate and remove soil contaminated with hazardous substances at a cost of about $2 million.
The 27-acre site on Arnold Road was used from 1961 to 1980 as a drum reconditioning business, in which drums containing waste chemical and oil residues were cleaned and the waste disposed of at the site.
Providence, R.I. – State Attorney General Patrick Lynch is giving up his candidacy for governor, and is instead backing General Treasurer Frank Caprio. He says that by competing with Caprio - now the lone Democrat in the race - he would waste valuable resources and leave the state vulnerable to electing the wrong man for the job.