Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: March 14, 2011

St. Patrick’s day isn’t until the 17th, but Rhode Islanders apparently like to start their celebrations early. Newport City police arrested 95 people on charges of underage drinking and drinking and urinating in public during the city’s annual St. Patrick’s day festival. Though the parade only lasted for two hours, arrests began at 8 a.m. Saturday and didn’t stop until 7 a.m. Sunday. 15 of the arrestees put a little too much faith in the luck o’ the Irish. They will be prosecuted in the district court for simple assault, larceny and disorderly conduct.

250 people gathered on Saturday in a peaceful protest against the release of the infamous child killer Michael Woodmansee. The demonstration, held at a Wakefield athletic complex, was meant to be a show of support for the families of the young victims — Woodmansee killed 5-year-old Jason Foreman in 1975 and attacked a local paperboy in 1982. The crowd marched towards the town center, waving signs saying, “keep the animal in his cage,” and “keep evil where it belongs.” Woodmansee received 40 years after pleading guilty in 1983, but is set to be released later this year for accumulated “good time.”

Red Sox fans rejoice! The Rhode Island House passed a bill on Thursday that would allow drivers to adorn their vehicles with official Red Sox license plates. Half of the fee for the plates, at $40 each, will be required to go towards the Red Sox Foundation, specifically “for the benefit of Rhode Island -based charitable organizations.” The fate of the bill now rests with the Senate.

Mayor Angel Taveras, due to “unprecedented fiscal circumstances,” is set to announce a recommended closing list of 4 to 6 Providence schools today. Check out tomorrow’s Herald for full coverage.

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