Mayor Cicilline’s critics on the City Council are calling for him to resign, end his campaign for Congress, or fire his police chief, Dean Esserman. They also take issue with the mayor’s habit of blaming Buddy Cianci–Cicilline’s predecessor who was convicted on racketeering charges–for the city’s problems. Cicilline, however, contends that his administration has brought $3 billion in investment to Providence and a boost to the city’s reputation since taking office in 2003.
The Rhode Island Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that it was unlikely that the drowning of Gregory Hart, the University of Massachusetts Amherst alum whose body was found in the Woonasquatucket River on Tuesday, involved foul play. The police are still dealing with the death as “suspicious” and Hart’s family maintains that he was murdered.
U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, the only member of the Rhode Island congressional delegation whose vote on health care was unclear going into Sunday’s critical vote, announced Friday that he would support the final bill. Langevin is pro-life, yet he decided that the bill adequately prevents the use of federal money for abortions, saying, “I have concluded that the Senate language does meet the longstanding Hyde standard of prohibiting federal funding of abortion.”