CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island school district has done away with the controversial practice of serving cold cheese sandwiches to children whose parents fall behind on hot lunch payments. The Providence Journal reports the Cumberland School Committee has ended the district's controversial practice this month. Committee member Mark Fiorillo told the paper Friday it isn't fair to penalize children for their parents' decisions and will now notify parents by phone and email when their balance is overdue.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Massachusetts police officer who asked people to send him nude pictures of their daughters has pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge. Former Attleboro police Sgt. Richard Woodhead admitted Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence that he attempted to receive pornographic images of a child under 12. He'll be sentenced in November and faces five to 20 years in prison.
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) - Police in Rhode Island say a shooting has sent a 17-year-old boy to the hospital. Central Falls police say the teenager was found suffering from an apparent gunshot wound on Friday afternoon. He was hospitalized in unknown condition. No suspects have been taken into custody.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A U.S. Navy captain and Rhode Island native is now in command of Naval Station Newport. Capt. Ian Johnson, a native of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, assumed command from Capt. Dennis Boyer in a ceremony Friday. Longtime staff at the station could not recall ever having a commanding officer from Rhode Island.
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