Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: April 30, 2010

Rhode Island’s own Deborah Gist — the state’s education commissioner — was named as one of Time’s top 100 most influential people of the year. Listed as one of the “Thinkers,” Gist was named because of how she has been handling the fallout of the Central Falls High School firings.

The state’s Republican party welcomed the Log Cabin Republicans, a group consisting of gay and lesbian conservatives, as a new caucus on Wednesday. Though Republican candidate for governor John Robitaille, who spoke at the event, has opposed same-sex marriage laws in the past, he said he welcomed the group to the GOP and expressed an interest in making civil unions available.

A Providence businessman is hoping that the city and state will, in the midst of its highway relocation project that is shaking up the Jewelry District, consider establishing a museum that would pay tribute to the neighborhood’s history as an industrial center. But neither the city nor the state are considering something of the sort at the moment, officials say.

Cup o’ (Pro)Jo; April 28, 2010

Immigrant activists in Rhode Island are calling for a boycott of Arizona in the wake of the state’s new law that would allow police to detain anyone they suspected of being an illegal immigrant. These Rhode Island activists are planning protests on May 1, International Workers’ Day, against the law “so that it doesn’t become law in Rhode Island,” Committee of Immigrants in Action Head Juan Garcia said.

The Warwick City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that would require all pit bulls and related breeds in the city to be spayed or neutered unless they are owned by licensed breeders. The proposal still needs to go through second passage, but although the American Kennel Club has spoken out against any measure that targets specific breeds, the director of the Warwick Animal Shelter supports the proposal because she hopes it will lead to fewer abandoned pit bulls. Other cities in the state, like Pawtucket and Central Falls, have banned pit bulls altogether.

A poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports shows Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates Lincoln Chafee and Frank Caprio as “dead even” in the race. Each has the support of 33 percent of likely voters. Chafee’s numbers have dropped; a month ago, he led Caprio by 11 points.

Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: April 26, 2010

Four people from Rhode Island and three from Massachusetts have been charged with robbing seven banks in Rhode Island and attempted robbery of an eighth one. All the incidents involved presenting notes to bank tellers that demanded money or simply asking for it; no weapons were involved.

The ProJo also has an article about Brown’s investigation of the school’s historical involvement in the slave trade, mentioning possible projects being considered like a memorial and a center for the study of the slave trade.

According to a Brown-led study, some hospitals in Rhode Island and the surrounding area commonly use feeding tubes for Alzheimer and dementia patients despite research indicating that they provide few benefits to the patients.

Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: April 23, 2010

As if the flooding we had several weeks ago wasn’t bad enough, downtown Providence turned into a swimming pool during yesterday’s thunderstorm that led to the cancellation of the SPEC Carnival’s rides and games. Quite frankly, the pictures don’t do it justice — this video gives you a better idea.

A state-licensed marijuana grower, who uses the pot to soothe his hypertension, is facing charges after he shot and killed an intruder in his department. But Matthew Salvato is not in trouble because of the shooting — the police say he acted in self-defense — but because the attorney general’s office thinks the legality of his marijuana-growing is questionable. Though nobody is releasing how many plants Salvato had, Salvato’s lawyer says the man had more marijuana plants than normal because he is also a licensed caregiver on top of being a licensed patient.

Apparently the North Atlantic right whales know it’s Spring Weekend; over 100 of them were spotted in Block Island Sound on Wednesday and Thursday, which is about one third of the North Atlantic right whale’s population. Guess they’re MGMT fans, too!

Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: April 21, 2010

A Providence chef was killed in a car accident Sunday morning. David Clinton, who was supposed to become the executive director of a new restaurant in East Providence, was a passenger in a car driven by Kevin Killoran, the owner of Z Bar & Grille on Wickenden and a collaborator of Clinton’s in the new restaurant plan. Killoran has been arrested on charges of driving to endanger, leaving the scene of an accident, and operating with a suspended license.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court voted Tuesday to allow a lawsuit against the City of Newport to proceed. The lawsuit alleges that the city fails to maintain any sort of safety structure around Cliff Walk, a popular tourist attraction. The lawsuit, filed by a Brooklyn native who became a quadriplegic after falling from the cliffs in 2000, also alleges that there are not sufficient warnings issued about Cliff Walk’s possible dangers. The Supreme Court of Rhode Island’s decision to allow the case to proceed reverses a Superior Court decision to throw the case out.

For those of you who missed the epic Battle of Qadesh yesterday on our very own Quiet Green: the Projo is on it! It’s not much, but hopefully it’s still entertaining. (And for those of you who were able to not only watch, but participate: go see if you can spot yourselves in action!)

Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: April 19, 2010

Providence Mayor David Cicilline ’83 is set to announce this morning an initiative that will bring three million dollars to creating new green jobs.

While discussing pension cuts last week, the legislators in the Rhode Island General Assembly opted to protect their health care benefits from rising premiums that state employees are expected to see come July.

The Providence Roller Derby league is getting ready to host their season opener, a team from England called “London Brawling.” Check it.