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Man charged in stabbing in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A 38-year-old man has been charged with felony assault in connection with a stabbing outside a well-known Providence coffee shop not far from Brown University.

Police say Osama Said of North Providence was arrested by Johnston police after the stabbing outside the Coffee Exchange on Wickenden Street on Wednesday morning.

Thirty-nine-year-old Daniel Nichols of Cranston was stabbed in the chest at about 11 a.m. He's being treated at Rhode Island Hospital. Police say the wound wasn't life-threatening.

Police haven't released details about what may have led to the stabbing.

It's not clear if Said has a lawyer.

Woody Allen used the Coffee Exchange as a set to film his latest movie earlier this month.


Newport mansions cited for unsafe work conditions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A group that owns several well-known Newport mansions has been cited by federal workplace safety inspectors for allegedly exposing workers to lead-based paint and potentially fatal falls.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Thursday that it cited the Preservation Society of Newport County for 10 serious violations and proposed $51,840 in fines.

Spokesman Ted Fitzgerald says OSHA inspectors opened an investigation when they were driving by Chateau Sur Mer on Bellevue Avenue in May and saw employees working on a ladder that was not properly placed. In the course of the investigation, he says they also found a series of lead paint violations.

A spokeswoman for the Preservation Society says it is working with OSHA to resolve the problems.


Providence crowd protests Missouri police shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Nearly 200 people marched to the Providence police department to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

The marchers copied protesters in Ferguson and chanted "Hands up, don't shoot" during the rally on Wednesday. They also shouted, "No justice, no peace, no racist police."

The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 has sparked protests and violence in the St. Louis suburb.

The protesters in Providence say they were calling into question police actions not only in Ferguson, but nationwide.

The crowd marched from the Providence Place mall to the city's public safety headquarters, where they entered the lobby and accused police of being racist. Police took no action, saying the protesters were exercising their free speech rights.


Funeral set for former Congressman St Germain

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The funeral for former U.S. Rep. Fernand St Germain has been set for next week.

WJAR-TV reports the congressman will be remembered at a service Aug. 28 at St. Mary's Church in Newport.

St Germain represented Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District for 28 years in the House. The Democrat rose to become chairman of the House Banking Committee before losing his seat in 1988 to Republican Ron Machtley.

St Germain was first elected in 1960 and was close with President John F. Kennedy. He died Saturday at his home in Newport at age 86.


Manning lawyer joins faculty at Roger Williams

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) - The lawyer who represented national security leaker Chelsea Manning at trial is joining the Roger Williams University School of Law as a visiting professor.

The Rhode Island university announced Thursday that David Coombs will join the faculty this fall. Coombs' wife, Tanya Monestier, is already on the faculty.

The announcement comes a year after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Coombs still represents Manning, and says he's concentrating on getting her treatment for her gender identity condition. He and the ACLU this month told the Defense Department they'd sue if the military does not confirm by Sept. 4 that she'll get treatment.

Manning changed her name from Bradley after her conviction. She's being held at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.


Navy rejects attempt to get surplus land for tribe

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. Navy has turned down an attempt by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to get surplus land on Aquidneck Island for the Narragansett Indian tribe.

The Newport Daily News reports that Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Joseph Ludovici sent a letter Tuesday explaining the Navy made the decision because the bureau was unwilling to accept the land in "as is" condition, and wouldn't take on the environmental and legal risks of owning it.

A representative of tribe did not return calls for comment.

The bureau asked for the land when it first became available several years ago, but the request failed.

Ludovici wrote that the Navy would move forward with plans to dispose of the land to the three communities where it is located: Newport, Portsmouth and Middletown.


USS Saratoga carrier heads off to be scrapped

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has left its port in Rhode Island for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped.

The ship departed Naval Station Newport on Thursday morning and made its way down Narragansett Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. It is heading to the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville, Texas. The Saratoga was supposed to leave Wednesday, but the voyage was postponed because of bad weather along the route.

Esco Marine is being paid a penny by the Navy to dispose of the Saratoga. It plans to make money by selling what it recovers from the ship.

The Saratoga was launched in 1955 and decommissioned in 1994. The vessel fell into disrepair, and an effort to preserve the ship as a museum failed.

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