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Protesters at RISD vacate campus building after threat of expulsion

Their occupation of the academic space and refusal to allow students and faculty to retrieve their work oppose our college’s mission and code of conduct,” the art school’s president wrote in an email


R.I. House passes police reform, but without ‘George Floyd’ provision

“It’s a hell of a start,” said Representative Ray Hull, a Black police sergeant who sponsored the reform bill.


Former RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian pleads no contest to charge in drive-thru hit-and-run case

Avedisian, who is also the former mayor of Warwick, was sentenced to six months probation following a hit-and-run crash in a McDonald’s drive-thru in March


R.I. leaders reach compromise on changes to police misconduct law

The proposed changes to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights meet some, but not all, of the demands by the caucus representing legislators of color. A committee vote is slated for Tuesday.

Cold Case Files

Breakthrough announced in 1989 Warwick, Mass., unsolved murder case involving severed body parts

On June 24, 1989, the severed arms and legs of a murder victim were found along Route 78 in Warwick, Mass., near the New Hampshire border.


Seven years later, a former Providence gym teacher is headed to trial

Nearly seven years ago, an elementary school physical education teacher in Providence named James Duffy was charged with six felony counts of second-degree child molestation and one misdemeanor count of simple assault. Now Duffy is about to have his day in court.

Boston man caught in Providence after allegedly kidnapping infant daughter in Peabody

Jamaine B. Johnson, 41, was arraigned in Sixth District Court in Providence Tuesday on charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, and being a fugitive from justice on a warrant filed in Peabody, Rhode Island State Police said in a statement.

Judge: Criminal case against coach Aaron Thomas in ‘naked fat tests’ of boys can proceed

Former North Kingstown High boys' basketball coach Aaron Thomas is facing charges of child molestation and sexual assault for his behavior during self-designed "fat tests" of naked teen boys.