June 26, 2012 |
Online fibbers, truth exaggerators and takers of literary license, we've got good news for you: You can no longer be prosecuted in Rhode Island for lying about your age, your waistline or your sexual prowess online. State lawmakers have decided to strike a vague and obscure 1989 law that made it a misdemeanor to knowingly provide false information on the Internet for any reason, punishable by fines of up to $500 and as much as a year in prison. "Lies may make you a scoundrel, cost you a relationship or get you fired, but they shouldn't make you a criminal unless you're trying to commit a fraud or some other offense," said state Rep. Chris Blazejewski, who helped repeal the law. If California had a similar law, the state might be able to solve its budget crisis just by fining all the actors who lie about their age on IMDB.
November 10, 1998 |
Lamar Odom, a 6-foot-11 sophomore playing in his first college game, made the game-winning shot with 5.4 seconds left and came within an assist of a triple double Monday night as No. 23 Rhode Island beat No. 25 Texas Christian, 87-85, in the inaugural CoSIDA Classic at Providence, R.I.
March 2, 2005 |
Bars, restaurants and businesses became smoke-free early Tuesday, making Rhode Island the seventh state in the nation to ban puffing in most indoor public places. Rhode Island joins California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts and New York with a law on smoking. The law covers thousands of bars and restaurants, and all indoor workplaces. But it extends the deadline to Oct.
November 20, 1997 |
No. 12-ranked Connecticut got 23 points from freshman guard Khalid El-Amin, 15 points and 14 rebounds from sophomore center Jake Voskuhl and plenty of defense, especially in the second half, to defeat No. 20 Rhode Island, 80-67, Wednesday night in a preseason National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal game at Storrs, Conn. "We made All-Americas out of Voskuhl and Khalid," first-year Rhode Island Coach Jim Harrick said. "It's very difficult to bring a team in here and win."
January 28, 1997 |
Rhode Island, which forfeited a college football game against Connecticut at Storrs, Conn., last Oct. 19 after six members of the team became involved in a fight at a fraternity house, has agreed to play the next four games between the two schools at Storrs. UConn complained that it had lost about $150,000 after Robert Carothers, the president of Rhode Island, canceled the game.
April 24, 2013 |
Rhode Island took a step Wednesday toward becoming the 10th state to recognize gay marriage after the Senate passed a bill that could clear the way for same-sex weddings to begin this summer. The bill passed 26 to 12 after about 90 minutes of debate and is due to take effect Aug. 1, assuming nothing blocks what is seen as a routine vote in the House and the signature of Gov. Lincoln Chafee. Chafee, an independent, supports the legislation, and the House easily passed the bill in January.