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  • FL Turnpike breaks ground on test track for smart highway tech

    10/15/2017 12:14:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | July 19, 2017 | Mary Tyler March
    Dive Brief: The Florida Turnpike broke ground earlier this month on a new test track where it will experiment with high-speed toll technology as well as systems for vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications, according to FleetOwner. The 400-acre SunTrax site, in Auburndale, FL, will test toll equipment and interoperable tolling systems, as well as smartphone-based payment methods. Other technologies to be tested include high-speed connected platooning trucks, moveable barrier systems and machine vision and materials testing for new pavement types, lane markings and signage. Construction on the site's oval track is expected to be complete in spring 2019 with the first...
  • Jacobs Engineering wins 10-year PA traffic management contract

    09/20/2017 11:09:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | June 27, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded Jacobs Engineering Group a 10-year, multimillion dollar contract to design an active traffic management (ATM) system for Interstate 76 through Philadelphia, according to Traffic Technology Today. Jacobs' services for the Schuylkill Expressway will include preliminary and system engineering, design, analysis of alternatives, right-of-way acquisition and construction consultancy.The final ATM system could include occasional use of the shoulder, connected vehicle technology, variable speed limit signage and traffic jam detection and alerts. PennDOT could also implement features like ramp metering, junction control, dynamic lane assignments, and multimodal strategies in tandem with shoulder use....
  • Brown University will offer segregated student dinners for black, Muslim students

    09/18/2017 5:53:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    College Fix ^ | September 18, 2017 | Coy Westbrook
    To promote “racial reconciliation” after the deadly clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville last month, Brown University plans to offer segregated events to its black students and female Muslim students.
  • Mystery Metal Object Pulled From Rhode Island Beach

    09/01/2017 12:03:16 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    boston.cbslocal.com ^ | September 1, 2017 10:39 AM | Staff
    WESTERLY, R.I. (CBS) – Workers finally dug up a beach mystery on the coast of Rhode Island on Thursday. For weeks, swimmers have been wondering about a strange object buried at East Beach. The beach association shared underwater pictures last month of the eight-pronged metallic object with a circular base. So what is it? For now, no one knows. “Not a clue. We haven’t solved anything here today,” East Beach Association President Peter Brockmann tells WPRI. “Hopefully, the experts in this field will take a look at it, now that we have it out, and be able to identify it.”...
  • RHODE ISLAND HAD 150,000 FAKE VOTERS – AND HILLARY WON THE STATE BY 70,000

    07/01/2017 9:35:47 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 103 replies
    Oops! Apparently, the state of Rhode Island had 150,000 people incorrectly placed on their voter rolls and nobody noticed. During the November election, the state had a total of 781,770 registered voters. That’s even after Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea purged the rolls of almost 65,000 names. Then she declared another 30,000 voters as “inactive.” Still, there were 150,000 more names of “fake” voters.
  • 'I am not a pervert': Rhode Island lawmaker (tr)

    06/14/2017 8:17:30 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/14/2017 | Jessica Chia
    Full title: 'I am not a pervert': Rhode Island lawmaker who shared a screen shot with 'teen' and 'MILF' porn open in his web browser apologizes and claims it was a FRIEND who sent him the image Democratic Rep. Ramon Perez, of Providence, Rhode Island shared a screen grab of a Wikipedia page to the House Finance Committee last Wednesday But the screen shot, time stamped at 2:07am, showed multiple browser tabs with 'teen' 'young,' and 'MILF' in the titles. No pornographic images could be seen Perez claimed someone else who was helping him with research took screenshot He apologized...
  • Samantha Power: ‘I am Sorry that .. Obama Administration did not Recognize the Armenian Genocide’

    04/24/2017 1:33:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Armenian Weekly ^ | April 24, 2017
    Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) publicly apologized for not properly acknowledging the Armenian Genocide during her tenure under the administration of U.S. resident Barack Obama. Almost every Armenian-American family was touched in some way by the genocide. Ongoing Turkish denial makes the genocide an open wound… I am very sorry that, during our time in office, we in the Obama administration did not recognize the Armenian Genocide,” Power said in a series of tweets. .... Power has faced much criticism for her silence on Obama’s failure to recognize the Armenian Genocide, and had refused to publicly...
  • What Congress Can Learn From the Rhode Island Miracle

    04/04/2017 5:19:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    You'd be hard-pressed to find a more poorly designed program in the federal budget than Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income Americans. The costs are shared between the states and the feds, which means that the more money a state wastes under Medicaid, the bigger the check Washington writes to the state. No wonder the program costs keep spiraling out of control. Obamacare added nearly 20 million people to the Medicaid rolls, and the left considers that a policy victory. Federal and state budgets are swelling. Oh, to return to the days when taking people off of welfare --...
  • Rep Walsh – “Insane amount of drinking” at the State House (Rhode Island)

    03/08/2017 6:32:25 AM PST · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    630wpro.com ^ | 3-7-2017 | WPRO
    Freshman Representative Moira Walsh (D- Providence) joined Matt Allen on WPRO to talk about a wide range of issues - including minimum wage and women's issues. It was a comment at the end of the hour long interview, however, that has garnered attention. When asked by Allen what she found most surprising at the State House, Walsh said, "The drinking. It is the drinking that blows my mind. You can not operate a motor vehicle when you've had two beers but you can make laws that effect people's lives forever when you're half in the bag? That's outrageous!" [Audio player]
  • New England electricity prices 47% higher last month than national average

    03/06/2017 12:36:45 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Mass Live ^ | January 18, 2017 | Jim Kinney
    Households in New England paid electricity prices last month that were 47 percent higher than the national average.. Consumer energy information released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for its Boston region showed the area's households paid an average of 19.5 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, compared to the national average of 13.3 cents. The region includes Hampden and Worcester counties as well as Greater Boston and parts of New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine. The figures came out one day after energy utility Eversource proposed a 10 percent increase in its electricity distribution rates beginning early next year. The...
  • Failed 2016 Democratic candidate thinks the press is garbage

    02/22/2017 5:18:12 AM PST · by kevcol · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 22, 2017 | T. Becket Adams
    Lincoln Chafee is deeply unimpressed with the press. The former Rhode Island governor and U.S. senator said Tuesday that his experience running in the Democratic primary last year reinforced his belief that reporters are bad at their jobs . . . Chafee is not just unimpressed with how reporters covered the 2016 primaries and general election. He is also annoyed with how they're covering the current administration. "It's just a full onslaught against [Trump], and I think it's just kind of tiresome," he said in reference to the press' ongoing negative coverage of the Trump administration. "He won. I didn't...
  • There's No Such Thing As 'Free College' But Two Blue States Will Try Anyway

    02/08/2017 7:29:17 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 48 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 8, 2017 | George Leef
    One of the good aspects of federalism is that it allows states to go their own way. As Justice Louis Brandeis put it, they can be “laboratories of democracy.” Unfortunately, that often means that interest groups will capture state legislatures and have their political allies push through foolish legislation that will harm most of the state’s residents while benefiting just a few – mainly their members. (That, incidentally, was true in the case that inspired Brandeis’ observation, New State Ice v. Liebmann. Fortunately, the majority ruled against Oklahoma’s scheme for cartelizing the ice business.) Two states, New York and Rhode...
  • ‘Resist Hate’ Protesters Swarm Sen. Whitehouse for Supporting Trump’s CIA Director

    01/30/2017 5:16:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/30/17 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse received an earful from protesters on Sunday night following a community dinner at a Providence school, where they voiced their opposition to all of President Trump's Cabinet nominees and Whitehouse's support for Trump's CIA director, former Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.).Through social media mobilization, hundreds of protesters showed up on Sunday to voice their opposition to the Trump administration and hold Whitehouse accountable for supporting Pompeo's nomination. One of the protesters spoke out over a megaphone prior to the event and said that Whitehouse and other Democratic lawmakers had to vote the way any of the protesters would...
  • Gallison to admit stealing from a friend, the poor and a disabled client (R.I. Democrat}

    01/23/2017 2:30:33 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | January 23, 2017 | By Tom Mooney
    PROVIDENCE -- Federal authorities filed criminal charges against Raymond E. Gallison Jr., Monday alleging the former House Finance Committee chairman robbed a dead man's estate, a disabled person's trust fund and from disadvantaged youth seeking help from the educational non-profit he worked for. His take, prosecutors say, more than $660,000. . . . . .That while working for the taxpayer-supported educational nonprofit called Alternative Education Programming (AEP), Gallison stole more than $64,575 earmarked to help disadvantaged youth attend the Community College of Rhode Island. . .
  • 3rd ex-Rhode Island lawmaker in 11 days charged criminally

    01/23/2017 2:01:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2017 4:33 PM EST | Michelle R. Smith
    A former Rhode Island state lawmaker has agreed to plead guilty to fraud charges, becoming the third former House member in 11 days to be charged with criminal conduct and prompting the U.S. attorney to decry the state’s political culture. The charges filed against Democrat Ray Gallison in federal court Monday include mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing false tax returns. Gallison, an attorney, acknowledged taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a dead man’s estate and other misconduct. “This says something about our political culture here, which I think should get our attention,” U.S. Attorney Peter...
  • Student Sues College Over 'Social Justice' Activism Mandate

    01/23/2017 6:14:07 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 22, 2017 | George Leef
    American college campuses are becoming the main battleground for the First Amendment, usually because faculty or administrators don’t respect the free speech rights of students. In November I wrote about such a case at Iowa State. Another case showing the authoritarianism that increasingly characterizes the professoriate involves the master’s program in social work at Rhode Island College (RIC). A student who did not believe that lobbying the state legislature for “progressive” causes was properly a part of his education and suffered for it filed suit against the school in state court. This remarkable case started way back in 2004, when...
  • New Census Projections Show RI To Lose U.S. House Seat

    12/29/2016 5:01:30 PM PST · by SMGFan · 62 replies
    RIPR ^ | December 21, 2016
    Rhode Island is likely to lose one of its two U.S. House seats after the 2020 U.S. Census, according to projections by reapportionment guru Kimball W. Brace, who has for many years helped Rhode Island lawmakers draw both state legislative and congressional districts
  • Senate Dems Pen Letter Indicating Fight Against Jeff Sessions’ AG Nomination

    11/30/2016 7:57:13 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 30, 2016 | Adelle Nazarian
    Senate Democrats are making it clear that Sen. Jeff Sessions will not have an easy time being confirmed as President-elect Donald J. Trump’s first attorney general. In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Democrats on the committee pushed for extensive confirmation hearings, indicating that they plan resistance, despite the fact that they referred to him as “a colleague” with whom they “have a personal and cordial relationship.” The senators also requested that Grassley allow for outside witnesses to testify on Sessions’ track record on immigration, civil and voting rights, women’s rights, and government oversight due...
  • Hillary Clinton spotted browsing books post-election

    11/22/2016 12:52:56 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 119 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 22, 2016 | Jackie Salo
    Whether it’s walking in the woods or catching up on reading, Hillary Clinton appears to be enjoying more leisurely activities than running a contentious presidential campaign. On Sunday, Clinton was spotted browsing books at The Savoy Bookstore in Waverly, Rhode Island, according to the Westerly Sun. She was joined by Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and son-in-law Marc Mezvinky, as well as her grandchildren, Charlotte and Aidan. The visit was a surprise to bookstore employees and shoppers, who sensed something was about to happen when black SUVs and men wearing earpieces rolled up to the store. Employee Jessica Wick took to...
  • Long lines frustrate R.I. voters

    11/08/2016 2:10:38 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 30 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | 11/8/2016; 1:04 P.M. EST | Paul Edward Parker
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Reports are coming in from several locations around the state of long lines at the polls, driven by high turnout that has overwhelmed the ballot-counting machines. "The volume is so high it's causing the backlog," said Tony Pires, the director of administration in Pawtucket. "The turnout is so large that one machine can't keep up with the volume." Pires added, "It doesn't seem to be a local issue. It seems to be state-wide." Lines of two hours have been reported at Summit Commons on Hillside Avenue in Providence. Pires also said voting machines were overwhelmed at the...