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Halak stops 35, Bruins hang on for 3-2 win over Lightning
Source:  WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
Monday, 24 August 2020 03:20

TORONTO (AP) — Brad Marchand says it’s no coincidence the Boston Bruins are starting to look like the team that led the NHL regular season with 100 points and 44 wins.

After floating through the preliminary seeding round a few weeks ago, the President’s Trophy-winning Bruins have flipped the switch now that the real playoffs have begun.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 35 shots to win his fourth straight game since starter Tuukka Rask opted out of the playoffs, and the Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 to open their second-round series on Sunday night.

Marchand and regular-season leading scorer David Pastrnak had a goal and assist each, and Charlie Coyle also scored for a Bruins team that has won five of six since opening the playoffs losing all three round-robin seeding games.

“I think maybe there was a little bit of concern from some people after the first four games, but for the teams that weren’t fighting for a playoff position and playing for standings, those games really didn’t mean a whole lot,â€� Marchand said. “We obviously buckled down once the playoffs started and when the games matter. That’s kind of how this group is when it’s time to play.â€�

The Bruins got off to a fast start, weathered a second period in which they were outshot 18-7, and wound up hanging in a game Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman scored twice in the final 11:10.

The remainder of the credit when to Halak. The 35-year-old became the Bruins fourth goalie 35 or older to win four or more straight postseason games — and first since Tim Thomas won five in a row in 2009.

“They had their chances, and Jaro’s there to shut the door on a number of good chances to keep us ahead,â€� Coyle said. “It could’ve been a totally different game.â€�

Both goals Halak allowed — the last coming with 1:14 let and the Lightning net empty for an extra attacker — came off shots Hedman floated from just inside the blue line and deflected in off Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy.

Hedman blamed the Lightning’s sluggish first period on the loss.

“We were obviously disappointed with the way we came out in the first. It’s been a couple of days since we played, but at the same time, we expect more out of ourselves,� Hedman said. “It’s on us in that room to be better come next game.�

Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots in a game that was supposed to feature a match up of two of the three Vezina Trophy finalists before Rask abruptly opted out to be with his family on Aug. 15. Vasilevskiy set a franchise record in making his 37th career playoff start, one more than Ben Bishop,

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series being played in Toronto is Tuesday.

The roles were reversed in a meeting of Atlantic Division rivals and the NHL’s top offensive and defensive teams. With 243 goals scored, Tampa Bay led the league in scoring for a third straight year, while the Bruins allowed a league-low 167.

Coyle opened the scoring with 68 seconds left in the first period, when he was parked in the right circle and deflected in Brandon Carlo’s shot from the point over Vasilevskiy’s right shoulder. Carlo’s shot otherwise appeared to be sailing wide of the net.

The Bruins went up 2-0 at the 4:34 mark of the second period, and with Hedman off for tripping. David Krejci patiently skated the puck up the right boards before threading a pass through the middle to Pastrnak, who one-timed it in under Vasilevskiy’s blocker.

Marchand then sealed the win, scoring 1:17 into the third period, and set up on a play that began with teammate Patrice Bergeron stripping Ryan McDonagh of the puck from behind in the Lightning zone.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper might not have liked how his team started, but he was impressed by how it battled back.

“We were probably lucky we were only down one going into the second period, but it was really unfortunate that we were down two going into the third just by the chances we had,â€� Cooper said. “But you can’t start games the way we did.â€�

Halak proved to be the difference with his best save coming with about four minutes left in the second period. With the Lightning in on a 3-on-1 break, he managed to get a piece of his glove on the puck to foil Barclay Goodrow, who was set up alone to the right of the net.

NOTES: McDonagh’s status is uncertain after leaving the game midway through the third period. Cooper would only say he was unfit to return. … With the assist, Krejci extended his point streak to seven games in which he has combined for three goals and seven assists. … D Zdeno Chara appeared in his 146th playoff game with Boston, moving ahead of Wayne Cashman for second on franchise list. Ray Bourque is first with 180. … The Bruins announced during the first intermission signing now playoff backup goalie Dan Vladar to a three-year, $2.25 million contract extension.


Game 2 is Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Kellyanne Conway leaving the White House
Source:  WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:53

WASHINGTON (WPRI) — Kellyanne Conway announced she is leaving the White House at the end of the month to focus on her family, according to a statement late Sunday.

Conway has been a close advisor to President Trump dating back to the 2016 campaign. She said, “I am deeply grateful to the President for this honor, and to the First Lady, the Vice President and Mrs. Pence, my colleagues in the White House and the Administration,and the countless people who supported me and my work.”

Conway said she plans to focus on her four children and added that her husband, a conservative who has often been at odds with President Trump, is also making changes.

George Conway tweeted to followers Sunday that he is withdrawing from Project Lincoln, as well taking a hiatus from Twitter.

Kellyanne Conway said her decision is “completely my choice and my voice,” and that she will announce future plans.

State troopers make arrest following rollover on Block Island
Source:  WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:59

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police arrested a 20-year-old driver following a rollover crash on Block Island this weekend.

State Police and New Shoreham Police are both investigating the crash on Old Mill Road. Police said a passenger in the vehicle was treated for possible broken bones.

The driver, who police said is from out of state, was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while impaired and reckless driving.

This latest crash occurred as State Police troopers provide enhanced traffic enforcement on the island following two deadly crashes and an uptick in moped crashes overall.

Troopers with the Traffic Safety Unit were deployed on Friday morning to assist existing New Shoreham police patrols.

Super PACs flex muscle in race to replace Kennedy, shelling out $1.6M
Source:  WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:51

SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Democrat Alan Khazei is criticizing super PAC spending in the race to succeed Congressman Joe Kennedy — even as one of the groups starts spending big money to prop up Khazei’s own candidacy.

So far none of the eight Democrats competing in the 4th Congressional District primary have run negative TV ads, other than a fairly mild spot from Wellesley tech entrepreneur Chris Zannetos that notes multiple candidates support eliminating private health insurance in favor of a federal single-payer system.

Yet while the candidates themselves have focused on positive advertising, one of the outside super PACs active in the race — MassWomenVote!, affiliated with the powerful Democratic group Emily’s List — has disclosed spending $623,000 so far attacking Khazei and one of his well-funded rivals, Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss.

MassWomenVote! accuses Khazei and Auchincloss, who both support abortion rights, of being unreliable allies on the issue. Its ads point to comments Khazei made in 2009, when he was running for U.S. Senate, suggesting Democrats might have to accept concessions on abortion to pass the Affordable Care Act; in Auchincloss’s case, it has focused on his time working to elect GOP Gov. Charlie Baker, who also supports abortion rights but whose party’s 2014 platform did not.

Khazei’s frustration with MassWomenVote! boiled over in recent days, leading him to call on his fellow candidates to take an “Our Fight for Democracy” pledge requiring them to “denounce the false dark money attacks plaguing the MA-04 race.”

In a follow-up email, Khazei emphasized that his position in 2009 was aligned with the approach of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a host of pro-choice lawmakers who agreed to include an amendment in the Obama health bill sponsored by Democrat Bart Stupak to prohibit federal funding of abortions in order to pass the measure out of the House, expecting the Senate to remove the amendment.

“The strategy worked, and the Stupak amendment was removed in the final bill, because of a compromise President Obama negotiated with Representative Stupak to issue an executive order,” Khazei noted.

Emily’s List did not respond to a request for comment. And with Auchincloss emerging as a frontrunner in the race, it appears the group’s focus is shifting: MassWomenVote! launched a new 30-second attack ad on Facebook over the weekend that targets Auchincloss, while its website no longer mentions Khazei at all, focusing solely on Auchincloss.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Auchincloss quickly endorsed Khazei’s suggestion, saying he thinks all political action committees intervening in the race should stick to positive messages.

“Trump has given us enough negative politics for a lifetime,” Auchincloss told WPRI 12. “I’m committed to running a positive campaign – to focus on rebuilding this country, not on tearing others down.”

Emily’s List has not endorsed in the 4th District primary, which features four women candidates: Jesse Mermell, a former Brookline Select Board member and Deval Patrick adviser; Becky Grossman, a Newton city councilor; Ihssane Leckey, a former financial regulator running on a left-wing platform; and Dr. Natalia Linos, an epidemiologist. But political analysts say the attacks on Auchincloss and Khazei are a clear effort to ensure a woman wins, in keeping with the mission of Emily’s List.

Responding to Khazei, Mermell spokesperson Karissa Hand told WPRI 12, “Jesse has run a positive, issues-focused campaign and encourages everyone supporting her, including any outside groups, to do the same in all their communications. She has also led the field in transparency, including releasing tax returns that too many of her opponents, including Alan Khazei, have not.”

Hand went on to say that Mermell “shares Alan’s distaste for negative campaigning,” and therefore was “deeply disappointed” to recently see a prominent Khazei supporter, the Harvard professor and one-time presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig, accuse Mermell without evidence of illegal coordination with Emily’s List. He suggested her campaign should face “a corruption prosecution.”

“If Alan truly wants to run a positive campaign,” Hand said, “he will roundly denounce Larry Lessig’s reckless attacks.” (Lessig has since walked back his comments about Mermell, writing that he is “happy to accept her at her word” while reiterating his frustration about the “baselessness” of the attacks on Khazei tied to Emily’s List.)

The Grossman and Linos campaigns declined to comment on Khazei’s proposed pledge, while Leckey’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Notably, Khazei is not calling on the candidates to sign a so-called “People’s Pledge” that would seek to bar outside spending altogether, as Kennedy unsuccessful pressed his U.S. Senate rival Ed Markey to do in their race, and as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown famously did in their 2012 U.S. Senate battle.

That may be because a pro-Khazei super PAC has begun spending big money to help him across the finish line. The group, Unite to Win, on Sunday disclosed spending $216,000 on media production and advertising time, and its website features two 30-second ads that tout Khazei.

Unite to Win’s newly revealed expenditures brings total outside spending on the 4th District primary so far to $1.66 million, according to a ProPublica analysis of Federal Election Commission filings. And that figure is likely to keep rising in the final nine days of the primary.

The biggest spender so far is Experienced Leadership Matters PAC, a group formed to support Auchincloss that’s funded in part by his wealthy family. Experienced Leadership Matters has spent $681,000 so far, according to ProPublica, bankrolling a heavy investment in positive TV ads touting the 32-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran to primary voters.

Three other outfits — Commonwealth Values PAC, Toughest Fights PAC, and a committee led by the painters union — say in FEC reports they’ve spent a combined $140,000 so far supporting Mermell. A previous iteration of Commonwealth Values PAC spent money attacking Scott Brown in the 2012 Senate race, while Toughest Fights PAC has a bare-bones website that doesn’t mention Mermell.

Of course, even the outside groups’ $1.6 million in spending is a relatively small share of the over $6 million spent on the 4th District primary so far, with the eight Democrats themselves now having spent a combined $4.7 million on their own campaigns, according to the ProPublica analysis.

That includes major investments by individual candidates of their personal wealth: Leckey tops the field, having now poured $1 million of her own money into her campaign, followed by Grossman at $430,000; Zannetos at $300,000; Auchincloss at $150,000; and Linos at $35,000.

It was all enough to lead one of the underdog candidates, Brookline attorney Ben Sigel, to take to Twitter on Sunday and try to make a positive out of his lack of self-funding or super-PAC backing:

Ted Nesi ( is WPRI 12’s politics and business editor and a Target 12 investigative reporter. He is a weekly panelist on Newsmakers and hosts Executive Suite. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook

Sato wins 2nd Indy 500 as race ends under yellow
Source:  WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 17:13

(AP) — The Latest from the Indianapolis 500, which was delayed from Memorial Day weekend because of COVID-19:


5:45 p.m.

Takuma Sato has won his second Indianapolis 500 after Spencer Pigot crashed heavily exiting Turn 4, bringing out the caution with five laps remaining and forcing what had been a thrilling race to end under caution.

After dominating most of the race, Scott Dixon had been chasing Sato for about 15 laps and was starting to bite into a gap that had emerged in lapped traffic. But the race ended when Pigot spun into the outside wall, then crossed back across the track and slammed into the safety tires that guard the entrance to pit lane.

Pigot exited the car but was helped onto a stretcher. His car was left in pieces across the front stretch.

Dixon pulled up alongside Sato with Graham Rahal, his teammate, on the other side to finish third.


5 p.m.

Alexander Rossi will want to forget all about this year’s Indianapolis 500.

The winner of the 100th edition of the race spent the early stages dueling with Scott Dixon for the lead. But he was forced to play catch-up when he was told to pit late and missed pit lane, then was penalized and sent to the back of the field later when he bumped another car on the release from his stall following another stop.

Rossi was trying to aggressively work back to the front when he got loose and hit the outside wall. That brought out a caution with 53 laps remaining, putting pit strategy front and center for the rest of the field.


4:30 p.m.

It’s been the Scott Dixon-Alexander Rossi show at the Indianapolis 500, though plenty of crashes behind them have provided an exciting subplot to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.�

The latest involved Spanish youngster Alex Palou, who got out of the groove and slapped the wall in the short chute between Turns 1 and 2. Palou was running in the top 10 when he crashed.

The timing of the crash creates some fuel intrigue. Teams can make it about 30 laps on each green-flag run before needing to pit. There were just under 80 laps to go when Palou brought out the caution flag.


4 p.m.

Scott Dixon has dominated the first half of the Indianapolis 500, much as the five-time IndyCar champion and 2008 race winner has dominated the rest of the season for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Dalton Kellett brought out a caution before the midway point when he hit the wall hard. That erased about a lead of about 10 seconds that Dixon had built over the course of a long green-flag run. But after the field cycled through pit stops, Dixon found himself at the sharp end of the field once again.

When the race went to green, Conor Daly and Oliver Askew were involved in a heavy wreck deep in the field. Askew was visibly shaken as he climbed out of the car, sitting on the tub for several minutes to catch his breath.


3:30 p.m.

The story of the second quarter of the Indianapolis 500 has been miscues on pit road.

Alexander Rossi was challenging race leader Scott Dixon when he came out of Turn 4 too hot and missed the entry to pit lane. Sage Karam lost a lot of time when he locked up his tires and missed his stall on pit road. Rookie driver Rinus VeeKay also lost several seconds when he stalled leaving his pit, then he was penalized for hitting a team member.

The most intriguing part of the race so far has been pit strategy. Several of the Team Penske drivers are on a completely different strategy from the leaders, including the defending winner Simon Pagenaud. They are hoping that strategy may help overcome what appears to be a gap between Honda and their own Chevrolet engines.


3 p.m.

Marcus Ericsson got into some turbulent air while running near the front of the Indy 500 and slapped the outer wall in Turn 2, bringing out the second caution flag on the hot, sunny day in Indianapolis.

Scott Dixon had led the first 28 laps before taking the field down pit road for the first set of stops. He was still in first after the stop with Takuma Sato, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti close behind.

The weather could play a factor in the race. It is much warmer than it typically is during the race in May.


1:40 p.m.

James Davison has brought out the first caution flag of the Indianapolis 500 when he made contact with the wall in the opening laps and his right front tire turned into a ball of fire.

Davison was able to exit the car without any problem. His car was still smoking as it was lifted onto a flatbed truck.

Scott Dixon went immediately to the front when the green flag dropped, passing pole sitter Marco Andretti heading into Turn 1. Ryan Hunter-Reay also was on the move in the opening laps as Honda flexed the muscle it has shown all month.


1:30 p.m.

Marco Andretti has led the field to the green flag for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, the familiar field of 33 roaring down the canyon-like front stretch of empty seats at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The warm-ups found Andretti following the IndyCar two-seater driven by his grandfather and 1969 winner Mario Andretti with his father and team owner Michael Andretti in the second seat. It was the first time that the three generations of the family were on the track at the Brickyard at the same time.

The call to start the engines was delivered by Roger Penske, whose family purchased the speedway along with the IndyCar Series. He promised that fans would be “back home again in Indiana� in 2021.


1 p.m.

The countdown is on to the start of the Indy 500, which was delayed from its traditional date in May because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be run without fans for the first time in its 104 editions.

New track owner Roger Penske, whose team has four cars in the field, and IndyCar executives have tried to create an entertaining prerace show for broadcaster NBC. But the build up to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing� is still somewhat eerie without the 250,000-plus fans who typically show up inside the Brickyard.

Driver introductions took place with the voice of the public address announcer echoing off the empty stands. There also will be no military parade or balloon release, two staples of race day. But there will be Jim Cornelison singing “Back Home Again in Indiana� and the Air Force’s famed Thunderbirds performing a flyover.

Pro Trump boat rally, parade held in Narragansett Bay
Source:  WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:44

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — A flotilla of boats gathered under the Newport Pell Bridge on Sunday morning for a pro-Trump rally and parade.

Outfitted with Trump-Pence 2020 signs and flags, dozens of motor boats assembled in the water before making their way north past Bristol’s Colt State Park. That’s where a crowd had gathered on the shoreline to cheer on the parade.

In a news release, organizers of the event said they planned the water rally because previous attempts to rally on the street were met with “hostility.”

President Trump announces plasma treatment authorized for COVID-19
Source:  WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on announced emergency authorization to treat COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma — a move he called “a breakthrough,â€� one of his top health officials called “promisingâ€� and other health experts said needs more study before it’s celebrated.

The announcement came after White House officials complained there were politically motivated delays by the Food and Drug Administration in approving a vaccine and therapeutics for the disease that has upended Trump’s reelection chances.

On the eve of the Republican National Convention, Trump put himself at the center of the FDA’s announcement of the authorization at a news conference Sunday evening. The authorization makes it easier for some patients to obtain the treatment but is not the same as full FDA approval.

The blood plasma, taken from patients who have recovered from the coronavirus and rich in antibodies, may provide benefits to those battling the disease. But the evidence so far has not been conclusive about whether it works, when to administer it and what dose is needed.

In a letter describing the emergency authorization, the chief scientist for the FDA, Denise Hinton, said: “COVID-19 convalescent plasma should not be considered a new standard of care for the treatment of patients with COVID-19. Additional data will be forthcoming from other analyses and ongoing, well-controlled clinical trials in the coming months.�

But Trump had made clear to aides that he was eager to showcase good news in the battle against the virus, and the timing allowed him to head into his convention with momentum. He and aides billed it as a “major” development and used the White House briefing room to make the announcement.

Trump also displayed some rare discipline in the evening news conference, sticking to his talking points, deferring to the head of the FDA, Stephen Hahn, and only taking three questions from reporters.

The White House had grown agitated with the pace of the plasma approval. The accusations of an FDA slowdown, which were presented without evidence, were just the latest assault from Trump’s team on what he refers to as the “deep state� bureaucracy. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows did not deal in specifics, but said that “we’ve looked at a number of people that are not being as diligent as they should be in terms of getting to the bottom of it.�

“This president is about cutting red tape,â€� Meadows said in an interview Sunday on “This Week” on ABC. “He had to make sure that they felt the heat. If they don’t see the light, they need to feel the heat because the American people are suffering.â€�

During Sunday’s 18-minute press conference, Trump said he thought there had been a “logjamâ€� at the FDA over granting the emergency authorization. He alleged there are people at the FDA “that can see things being held up … and that’s for political reasons.â€�

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said the statement, and Hahn’s silence while Trump said it, “was disgraceful.�

“The FDA commissioner allowed basically allowed the president to mischaracterize the decision and attack the integrity of FDA employees. I was horrified,� said Sharfstein, a vice dean at John Hopkins University’s school of public health who was a top FDA official during the Obama administration.

“This is a promising therapy that has not been established,� he said

The push on Sunday came a day after Trump tweeted sharp criticism on the process to treat the virus, which has killed more than 175,000 Americans and imperiled his reelection chances. The White House has sunk vast resources into an expedited process to develop a vaccine, and Trump aides have been banking on it being an “October surprise� that could help the president make up ground in the polls.

“The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics,� Trump tweeted. “Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!�

Earlier this month, Mayo Clinic researchers reported a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other infected patients recover. But it wasn’t considered proof.

More than 70,000 patients in the U.S. have been given convalescent plasma, a century-old approach to fend off flu and measles before vaccines. It’s a go-to tactic when new diseases come along, and history suggests it works against some, but not all, infections.

The Mayo Clinic reported preliminary data from 35,000 coronavirus patients treated with plasma, and said there were fewer deaths among people given plasma within three days of diagnosis, and also among those given plasma containing the highest levels of virus-fighting antibodies.

But it wasn’t a formal study. The patients were treated in different ways in hospitals around the country as part of an FDA program designed to speed access to the experimental therapy. That “expanded access� program tracks what happens to the recipients, but it cannot prove the plasma — and not other care they received — was the real reason for improvement.

Administration officials, in a call with reporters Sunday, discussed a benefit for patients who were within three days of admission to a hospital and were not on a respirator, and were given ‘high-titer’ convalescent plasma containing higher concentrations of antibodies. They were then compared to similar patients who were given lower-titer plasma. The findings suggest deaths were 35% lower in the high-titer group.

There’s been little data on how effective it is or whether it must be administered fairly early in an illness to make a significant difference, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases expert at Vanderbilt University.

Aiming to ward off a possible a run on convalescent plasma after the announcement, government officials have been working to obtain plasma and to team with corporate partners and nonprofit organizations to generate interest among previously infected patients to donate.

Hahn, who called the development “promising,” said Trump did not speak to him about the timing of the announcement. He said “this has been in the works for several weeks.â€�

But some health experts were skeptical. Benjamin Corb, of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, called it “conspicuous timing.�

“President Trump is once again putting his political goals ahead of the health and well-being of the American public,” Corb said.

Rigorous studies are under way around the country, comparing similar patients randomly assigned to get plasma or a dummy infusion in addition to regular care. But those studies have been difficult to finish as the virus waxes and wanes in different cities. Also, some patients have requested plasma rather than agreeing to a study that might give them a placebo instead.

Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb dismissed the suggestion of a slowdown.

“I firmly reject the idea they would slow-walk anything or accelerate anything based on any political consideration or any consideration other than what is best for the public health and a real sense of mission to patients,â€� Gottlieb told CBS’s “Face the Nation.â€�

Trump, in news conferences, “has made all kinds of therapeutic suggestions� that have not proven to be supported by science — and are even dangerous, Schaffner said. That includes statements about the possible value of treating COVID-19 patients with ultraviolet light and disinfectant. Trump reportedly also recently became enthusiastic about oleandrin, a plant extract derived from a toxic shrub that scientists immediately warned against.

But the president is perhaps best known for his early and ardent embrace of the malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine.

Earlier this month, Hahn emphasized that routine evaluation procedures will remain in place to evaluate COVID vaccine candidates.

“I think this administration has put more pressure on the Food and Drug Administration than I can remember� ever happening in the past, Schaffner said.

“Everybody is just a little bit nervous,� he said.

Local Red Cross members to help in Texas, California
Source:  WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 13:44

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The local Red Cross is deploying members, both virtually and physically, to help in advance of Tropical Storms Marco and Laura in Texas, and for the California wildfires.

American Red Cross volunteer Henry Lesieur is virtually deploying to Texas ahead of the tropical storms, while volunteer Christine Whipple is physically deploying to California response to devastating wildfires.

The Red Cross is preparing to shelter and support families from Texas to Florida as two different tropical storms threaten the Gulf Coast over the coming days.

People in the path of these storms are urged to check their emergency kits and get prepared now.

Red Cross volunteers are also in California providing help where dozens of dangerous wildfires have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes.

Workers are helping to make sure evacuees have a safe place to stay, supporting cooling centers as well as temporary evacuation points,

If you would like to help or donate to the Red Cross, you can visit their website, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Police charge boyfriend with murder after fatal hit and run
Source:  The Valley Breeze
Sunday, 23 August 2020 11:58

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Police Department has charged 37-year-old James Grilli of Pawtucket with murder after he allegedly ran over his girlfriend and killed her following an argument in her apartment Saturday evening.

According to a statement by police, 40-year-old Erika Belcourt was found lying in the parking lot of the Walnut Hill Apartments on Diamond Hill Road around 5:35 p.m. Saturday evening. She was conscious when police arrived and was able to speak with them but had suffered serious injuries. She was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where she later died of her injuries.

Police said on Sunday their investigation revealed that Belcourt and Grilli, who had dated for several years, were in a heated argument in her apartment when the argument moved outside and Grilli got in his car to leave. Police said Belcourt tried to block Grilli from leaving by standing in front of his vehicle. Grilli allegedly accelerated intentionally, knocking her down and running her over. He fled the scene and was taken into custody several hours later in Pawtucket by the Pawtucket Police Department.

Grilli has been charged with the following:
• Domestic first-degree murder
• Domestic assault with a deadly weapon
• Domestic breaking and entering

As of Sunday, the investigation was still ongoing.

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Tammy M. Landry – Uxbridge, Mass.
Source:  The Valley Breeze
Sunday, 23 August 2020 11:55

Tammy M. Landry, 59, of Uxbridge, Mass., and formerly of Cumberland, R.I., died August 21, 2020, in St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield.

She was the wife of Ronald Landry whom she married August 28, 1982. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Rose (Doura) Kamer.

Mrs. Landry was the assistant director of nursing for Mt. St. Rita, Cumberland, and had previously worked for Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. She loved animals and consistently adopted animals in need, enjoyed her many collections and antique cars, and traveling. Tammy was a great wife and mother, and an all-around amazing caregiver, especially with her compassionate care for the elderly.

Along with her husband, Ronald, she is survived by two sons, Dr. Kyle Landry and his wife, Andrea, of Ware, Mass., and Travis Landry and his companion, Ashle Tortolani, of Uxbridge, Mass.; a granddaughter, Alice Landry; and her mother-in-law, Mary Vezina.

Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, but may be viewed live Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 11 a.m., at . Memorial contributions in Tammy's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, RI Chapter, 245 Waterman St. #306, Providence, RI 02906.

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