Cup o'(Pro)Jo: November 7, 2011

At about 2:30am Saturday morning, a drunken Johnson & Wales student charged through the Occupy Providence campsite in Burnside Park, damaging two tents and attempting to steal food. The protesters detained the student until police officers arrived at the scene, but no charges were filed. The student was invited to a meeting on Sunday afternoon to discuss his actions and learn more about the Occupy movement but he did not show up. And although he agreed to pay for the damage he inflicted on the tents, no money has been forthcoming.

State lawmakers were scheduled to meet at the State House on Monday to discuss Rhode Island’s policies on coverage of medical treatments for autism. Though the General Assembly enacted a law mandating insurance providers to cover the cost of procedures associated with the diagnosis and treatment of autism, Representative Peter Palumbo thinks this coverage should be expanded to include more therapists. Treatment for the disorder can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

In other local news, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will be providing significantly expanded service to T.F. Green Airport starting November 14, which should make going home for Thanksgiving a bit easier for those who have to fly. And, in sports, the New England Patriots, who hadn’t lost a regular season home game since November 2008, fell to the New York Giants in Foxborough on Sunday afternoon. (Just in case anyone forgot, the Giants famously ended another Pats streak just a few years back.)

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