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John Hill

Providence Journal

Providence, RI, United States

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Past articles by John:

Station fire, 15 years later: Survivors tell their stories

The Station nightclub fire, where 100 people died and hundreds more were hurt, will never be forgotten by those who were there or lost loved ones that February night. → Read More

Book review: A portrait of the nation at a historic crossroads

"Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln," by Edward Achorn. Atlantic Monthly Press, 336 pages. $28. → Read More

9 killed in Ohio in second U.S. mass shooting within 24 hours

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A gunman wearing body armor and carrying extra magazines opened fire in a popular nightlife area of Dayton, Ohio, killing nine and injuring dozens, authorities say, in the second U.S. mass shooting in less than 24 hours.Dayton police patrolling the area responded in less than a minute to the shooting, which unfolded around 1 a.m. Sunday on the streets of the Oregon District,… → Read More

Tornadoes leave trail of destruction across Ohio, Indiana

BROOKVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another.The storms strew debris so thick that at one point, highway crews had to use snowplows to clear an interstate.At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the… → Read More

Driver crashes into 9 parked cars at Cranston apartment complex

CRANSTON, R.I. — A city woman was charged with drunk driving Monday after she careened through a New London Avenue parking lot around noon, → Read More

Warwick's first quarter tax deadline extended to July 31

WARWICK, R.I. — The deadline for taxpayers to pay their first quarter taxes has been extended two weeks, until July 31, the city announced this week.Usually first quarter bills for real estate, personal property and motor vehicle taxes are due July 15. But this year’s bills — with an insert about the extended deadline — won’t be arriving in taxpayers’ mailboxes until next week, mayoral… → Read More

Throughout R.I., July 4 parade organizers, marchers prep for heat

It’s days like Wednesday, when temperatures could top 90 degrees, that you find out whether you’ve got the stuff to be a parade marcher, Erminio Pinque of Big Nazo Lab said Monday. Pinque, artistic director at Big Nazo, said though 2018 will be the first Fourth of July in years that Big Nazo performers won’t be marching, they’ll be out there in spirit, knowing what those who are marching are… → Read More

For 3 days, they're R.I. infantrymen at Gettysburg

To sustain the memories of the fallen in our nation's most heartbreaking battle, they spend the first three days of July living, breathing, wearing a slice of time with discipline and reverence. → Read More

4 Democrats, 1 Republican to run for mayor of Warwick

On the Democratic side, Mayor Joseph J. Solomon, who ascended into office from the City Council presidency in May when then-Mayor Scott Avedisian resigned, filed, as did Gerald Carbone, Richard Corrente and Vincent M. Ferla. Susan Stenhouse was the only Republican to file. → Read More

Speed cameras, criminal records, chicken coops on agenda as GA session drags on

After staying late Friday to approve a deal to finance a proposed stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, lawmakers return for a rare Saturday session with hopes of wrapping up business for the legislative year. → Read More

R.I. General Assembly grinds to conclusion of 2018 legislative session

Passed: Limits on fines for speed-camera tickets, expungement of minor marijuana convictions.Perished: Renaming T.F. Green, longer statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. → Read More

Not done yet: General Assembly to reconvene after marathon Friday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — State lawmakers will return to the State House for a rare Saturday session after trying — and failing — to close up shop for the year on Friday night. The House is coming back at noon and the Senate at 2 p.m. to pick up where they left off. The House stopped just before 10 p.m., after approving close to 70 bills including a potential financing deal for a new Pawtucket Red Sox… → Read More

Senate OKs bill limiting speed cameras

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would limit speeding fines prosecuted by the use of traffic cameras to $50 per violation and set other restrictions on their use.The bill, which passed 33-1, would also require any municipality installing traffic cameras to place at least four warning signs at least 100 feet from the cameras and limit the cameras'… → Read More

Opposition to family-separation policy unites R.I. candidates for Congress

The state’s announced Republican candidates for U.S. House and Senate are united in their opinion of the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents detained for trying to cross the U.S. border illegally. → Read More

Off the coast of East Providence, an underwater graveyard

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — You won’t see any headstones in the shallow water of Green Jacket Shoal, but it’s a graveyard just the same. → Read More

R.I. lawmakers agree on tougher penalties for animal cruelty

There is no consensus to be had these days on border walls or independent counsels, but on both sides of the Capitol Tuesday evening, nearly everybody could agree on puppies and kittens. → Read More

Car hits police cruiser, smashes into tree in Glocester

GLOCESTER, R.I. — A Connecticut man was expected to face multiple motor vehicle charges, including drunken driving, after police said he side-swiped a police cruiser Saturday night, fled the scene and wound up hitting a tree near the police station.No one was seriously hurt in the incident, Chief Joseph DelPrete said, though the man’s car was extensively damaged. His identity and the specific… → Read More

Providence is hoping the Scituate Reservoir can save its economy

In 1918, workmen were busy at the headwaters of the north fork of the Pawtuxet River in Scituate, building the dams that would create a drinking-water → Read More

Bill to sell Providence water system criticized at Senate hearing

PROVIDENCE — A bill that would let state drinking water suppliers like the Providence Water Supply Board merge with other agencies or companies was criticized at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday for the way it would prevent the state Public Utilities Commission from being able to review such deals’ effects on water rates.The bill is supported by the City of Providence. The city wants… → Read More

North Kingstown woman charged with embezzling from disabled person's trust fund

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — A 71-year-old North Kingstown woman was arrested on charges she embezzled $36,300 from a trust she was overseeing, police said Wednesday.Carole Boudreau, 71, of 415 School St., North Kingstown, was charged with felony embezzlement/fraudulent conversion in connection with the misappropriation of $36,300 from trust set up for a disabled individual. Boudreau was a trustee of… → Read More