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May 4, 2014
They just dropped. It happened so fast you didn’t really believe it happened.
Providence, RI resident Othello Smith • Offering an eyewitness take on the acrobatic disaster that critically injured nine circus performers on Sunday. The injuries, occurring during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus event, weren’t life-threatening according to early reports, but the performers fell from heights ranging from 25 to 40 feet after a circus prop collapsed.
16:15 // 4 months ago
February 13, 2014
Marijuana prohibition has been a long-term failure. Forcing marijuana into the underground market ensures authorities have no control of the product. Regulating marijuana would allow the product to be sold safely and responsibly by legitimate businesses in appropriate locations.
Rhode Island State Sen. Joshua Miller • In a statement, released via the official Rhode Island State Senate website, after introducing a bill that would legalize the use of recreational marijuana for all adults aged 21 or older. The Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act was also introduced to the Rhode Island House of Representatives on Wednesday, by Rep. Edith Ajello, and would make Rhode Island the third state to legalize use of the plant. Medical marijuana was approved by voters back in 2006, and a recent Public Policy Polling study shows a slight majority of voters in the state support regulating cannabis like alcohol. source
16:34 // 7 months ago
November 28, 2013

Need a break from Thanksgiving commercialism? Live in New England

  • three the number of states that, due to so-called “blue laws,” can’t start their Christmas shopping a day early, a phenomenon known as “Black Thursday” or “Gray Thursday.” Those states? All in New England—Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts. For what it’s worth, retailers want to change the laws, some of which have been in place since colonial time. source
12:49 // 10 months ago
May 29, 2013
Drifting to the Democrats: Chaffee was Republican from 1999-2007, when he served in the US Senate from Rhode Island. He then became an Independent and ran successfully for Governor in 2010. Now—facing a tough reelection fight and terrible approval ratings—he’s planning on switching fully to the Democratic Party before next year’s vote, sources say. Chafee endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012; White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says that the president “welcomes Gov. Chafee to the party.” Even though Chafee technically left the GOP in 2007, you can bet national Democrats will point to his most recent switcharoo as evidence that the GOP is becoming too extreme for its more moderate members. (Photo credit: AP) source

Drifting to the Democrats: Chaffee was Republican from 1999-2007, when he served in the US Senate from Rhode Island. He then became an Independent and ran successfully for Governor in 2010. Now—facing a tough reelection fight and terrible approval ratings—he’s planning on switching fully to the Democratic Party before next year’s vote, sources say. Chafee endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012; White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says that the president “welcomes Gov. Chafee to the party.” Even though Chafee technically left the GOP in 2007, you can bet national Democrats will point to his most recent switcharoo as evidence that the GOP is becoming too extreme for its more moderate members. (Photo credit: AP) source

15:33 // 1 year ago
June 29, 2012
The rise and fall of 38 Studios: A tale of video games and bad investments
How a gaming company backed by a modern baseball legend screwed over a state: Federal and Rhode Island state authorities have launched investigations looking into the financial history of now-defunct video game developer 38 Studios, founded by former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling. Despite predominantly positive reviews of its first title, the February-released RPG Kingdoms of Amalur, the company laid off its entire staff on May 24th and later filed for bankruptcy protection. Now hundreds of millions of dollars in debt to the state of Rhode Island, the company has taken an abrupt and as-of-yet unexplained financial nosedive in the past two months. Click on to read a roundup.
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$272 million the amount of money 38 Studios owes to its creditors, the biggest of which being the state of Rhode Island
$22 million the amount in assets the company’s two branches — one in Rhode Island, one in Baltimore — have
In the beginning … Schilling, a huge fan of MMORPGs, founded 38 Studios, originally called Green Monster Games, back in 2006. Schilling retired from baseball in 2009 due to a shoulder injury, and 38 Studios acquired the talented developers at Big Huge Games from THQ that May. EA agreed to publish the studio’s first game, an RPG titled “Project Mercury,” in March of 2010. The company also had a larger MMORPG project, “Project Copernicus,” in the works.
Kingdom come Rhode Island offered 38 Studios a $75 million loan to move their studios from Boston to Providence. ”Project Mercury,” now known as Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, had its first demo at PAC East in March, and 38 Studios’ main offices were moved to Rhode Island by April 2011, promising to bring 450 jobs to the state.  Kingdoms was released in February of 2012 to mostly positive reviews. “Project Copernicus,” meanwhile, was still in development.
Revelations 38 Studios failed to make a $1.125 million payment to the state in early May. By May 14th the company was considering filing for bankruptcy protection. By May 18th 38 Studios paid RI back by wiring money and a  $100,000 check from an unknown source. The entire staff was abruptly laid off May 24th, after the company failed to make payroll; they filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection June 7th. “Copernicus,” which was rumored for a 2013 release, may never come out. source
» To make matters worse,  Schilling lambasted Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee for comments he made publicly on May 14th, worried about 38 Studios finances and trying to keep the game studio “solvent.” Accusing Chafee of having an “agenda,” Schilling claimed his comments scared away private investors that could’ve saved the company. It was later found out his company had OK’d filing for bankruptcy protection by the time Chafee made his “solvent” remarks. Investigators are looking in to the actual reason behind 38 Studio’s financial collapse.
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How a gaming company backed by a modern baseball legend screwed over a state: Federal and Rhode Island state authorities have launched investigations looking into the financial history of now-defunct video game developer 38 Studios, founded by former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling. Despite predominantly positive reviews of its first title, the February-released RPG Kingdoms of Amalur, the company laid off its entire staff on May 24th and later filed for bankruptcy protection. Now hundreds of millions of dollars in debt to the state of Rhode Island, the company has taken an abrupt and as-of-yet unexplained financial nosedive in the past two months. Click on to read a roundup.

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February 12, 2012
10:25 // 2 years ago
June 7, 2011
producermatthew:

Now live: Streaming video from WFXT’s helicopter over the eight-alarm Woonsocket, Rhode Island fire. [Watch live]

Holy crap. It looks like the structure’s about to turn into rubble in this. Reports note that one firefighter has been injured and a few nearby buildings were abandoned, but the mill was vacant.

producermatthew:

Now live: Streaming video from WFXT’s helicopter over the eight-alarm Woonsocket, Rhode Island fire. [Watch live]

Holy crap. It looks like the structure’s about to turn into rubble in this. Reports note that one firefighter has been injured and a few nearby buildings were abandoned, but the mill was vacant.

21:50 // 3 years ago
producermatthew:

A six-alarm fire has erupted at a mill in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. “It looks like stuff is falling from the sky,” an eyewitness told ABC affiliate WLNE-TV. [Photo via Twitpic]

producermatthew:

A six-alarm fire has erupted at a mill in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. “It looks like stuff is falling from the sky,” an eyewitness told ABC affiliate WLNE-TV. [Photo via Twitpic]

21:07 // 3 years ago
February 24, 2011

Every teacher in New England town at risk of being fired

  • ALL teachers in Providence, RI handed pink slips source
23:56 // 3 years ago
October 25, 2010

Obama can take his endorsement and shove it in Rhode Island

  • 2008 In a move that proved extremely helpful for the president’s electoral chances back then, Rhode Island moderate political figure Lincoln Chafee supported Obama. Chafee,  formerly Republican, is running for governor as an independent.
  • 2010 Rather than go against Chafee, Obama chose not to endorse anyone in the gubernatorial race. Democrat Frank Caprio took the news well: “He can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I’m concerned.” source
10:47 // 3 years ago