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October 27, 2013

Slow start to winter 2013/2014 flu season in USA

Slow start to winter 2013/2014 flu season in USA

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With the United States flu season having started this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Weather Channel and Google‘s FluTrends websites report today low flu levels.

All three sources say there are no, or minimal, reports of the flu in Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. All three indicate Alabama has moderate flu levels. Google FluTrends indicates that at the same time last year, the flu level nationally was at moderate.

During the early part of the month, there were some concerns about the quality of flu reporting as the CDC and other government supported flu tracking organizations were impacted by the US government shutdown. Some non-profits and private organizations provided their own data during this period to fill the information void.

The CDC advises people to get a flu vaccine as the best means of avoiding getting the flu. Dr. Harry Leider, Chief Medical Officer for Walgreens, also is encouraging people to get the flu vaccine now before the flu becomes more widespread. For the 2013/2014 flu season in the US, there are two types of vaccines available. One provides immunization for two influenza A viruses and an influenza B virus — specifically, an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus; an A(H3N2) virus, similar for antigenic purposes to cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011; and a virus similar to B/Massachusetts/2/2012. A second type of vaccine provides immunization for two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

Flu prevelance by state
State Google FluTrend CDC The Weather Channel
Alabama Moderate Local Localized
Alaska Low Sporadic
Arizona Low Sporadic Sporadic
Arkansas Low No activity
California Low Sporadic Sporadic
Colorado Low No activity
Connecticut Low Sporadic Sporadic
Delaware Low No activity
Florida Moderate Sporadic Sporadic
Georgia Moderate Sporadic Sporadic
Hawaii Low Sporadic
Idaho Low No activity
Illinois Moderate Sporadic
Indiana Low Sporadic Sporadic
Iowa Low Sporadic Sporadic
Kansas Moderate No activity
Kentucky Moderate No activity
Louisiana Moderate Sporadic Sporadic
Maine Low No activity
Maryland Low No activity Sporadic
Massachusetts Low Sporadic Sporadic
Michigan Moderate Sporadic
Minnesota Moderate Sporadic Sporadic
Mississippi Moderate Local Sporadic
Missouri Moderate No activity
Montana Low No activity
Nebraska Low Sporadic
Nevada Moderate Sporadic
New Hampshire Low No activity
New Jersey Low Sporadic Sporadic
New Mexico Moderate Sporadic Sporadic
New York Low Sporadic Sporadic
North Carolina Low No activity
North Dakota Low Sporadic Sporadic
Ohio Low Sporadic Sporadic
Oklahoma Moderate No activity
Oregon Low Sporadic
Pennsylvania Low Sporadic
Rhode Island Low No activity
South Carolina Low Local Localized
South Dakota Low No activity Sporadic
Tennessee Moderate No activity
Texas Moderate Sporadic Localized
Utah Low Sporadic Sporadic
Vermont Low No activity
Virginia Low No activity
Washington Low Sporadic Sporadic
West Virginia Low No activity
Wisconsin Low Sporadic Sporadic
Wyoming Low Sporadic Sporadic
District of Columbia Low Sporadic



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October 1, 2009

Rhode Island borrows $90 million from US for jobless claims

Rhode Island borrows $90 million from US for jobless claims

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Rhode Island will receive US$90 million in funding from the United States federal government to support unemployment benefits in the state.

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Rhode Island’s Department of Labor and Training stated on Wednesday that it requested the line of credit because the account utilized to provide funding to unemployed individuals in the state had decreased to only $2 million; enough to last only a few days.

Cquote1.svg Unemployment insurance customers will not experience any delays in receiving their weekly payments. Cquote2.svg

—Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island

In a statement released by the Department, the agency said: “Unemployment insurance customers will not experience any delays in receiving their weekly payments.”

Unemployment in Rhode Island was 12.8 percent in August 2009 – the third-highest rate in the United States. During the first eight months of 2009, Rhode Island’s state unemployment insurance trust fund has provided over $300 million in unemployment benefit funding.

In addition to Rhode Island, 20 other states have outstanding balances on money they borrowed from the Federal Unemployment Account of the United States Department of Labor. Rhode Island has an outstanding balance of approximately $90.68 million due to the account. The loans are interest-free until December 2010.



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September 21, 2009

Students in Rhode Island school attacked by wasps

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Students in Rhode Island school attacked by wasps

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Dozens of students and teachers were stung by yellow jacket wasps Monday at a middle school in Cranston. The attack occurred around 10:45 a.m., according to Ray Votto, the chief operating officer for Cranston Public Schools.

It is suspected that during a routine fire drill, students exiting the building disturbed the wasps’ nest in a field behind the school. Votto said, “When kids exited towards the back of the school building near our portable classrooms, they walked into a field and may have disrupted a nest”.

The Cranston Fire Department and school nurses responded to the scene to provide medical assistance. A total of 25 students, one of whom was hospitalized, and four teachers were stung, some multiple times. All of the students and one teacher were sent home.



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February 10, 2009

‘Tim Hortons’ coffee shops to go ‘Cold Stone’

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tim Hortons a popular Canadian express coffee and doughnut chain has announced that they will be co-branding with another popular chain, Cold Stone Creamery, an American ice cream parlor chain.

The deal includes a total of 100 new stores, at CA$121,690 (US$100,000) each. Both companies will have 50 in which they will build or convert into duel-operation franchises. Each of the 50 stores will offer menus from each company and be located in 7 states, mostly in the Northeastern U.S..

Executives at Tim Hortons believe that mixing the two together is perfect because Tim Hortons makes most of their profit in the morning, while the Creameries are more popular in the evening. The idea proved successful when tested for three months in Rhode Island, in two different stores.

“We’re very excited about the complementary daypart piece. It’s something unique in what we see from a co-branding perspective,” said Tim Hortons chief of operations, David Clanachan. Construction has already started and stores are expected to open in May.

Tim Hortons was founded by Canadian ice hockey player Tim Horton. The first store opened in Hamilton, Ontario in 1964. In July of 2007, there were over 2,700 locations in Canada and 500 in the U.S.. Cold Stone Creamery was founded in 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona. There are over 1,400 operation, in locations such as Japan, South Korea and the U.S..


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July 23, 2008

Rhode Island man arrested with record blood-alcohol reading

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On Monday, July 21, Rhode Island State Police arrested a man in Providence, Rhode Island who they claim had the highest blood-alcohol level ever recorded in Rhode Island in a person who is still alive.

Stanley Kobierowski, 34, of North Providence was arrested when he drove his automobile into an electronic traffic message board on Interstate 95. According to Maj. Steven O’Donnell of the state police, “The person’s lucky they survived.”

Kobierowski was found to be apparently intoxicated when police arrived on the scene of the accident where he had trouble exiting his vehicle. On being taken to the state police barracks, he was administered a breathalyzer test which first registered 0.489, then a second test registered 0.491 percent.

The legal limit for driving under the influence in Rhode Island is 0.08, 0.400 is usually enough for the person to be comatose, and 0.500 percent is enough to be fatal, according to the state health department.



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On Monday, July 21, Rhode Island State Police arrested a man in Providence, Rhode Island who they claim had the highest blood-alcohol level ever recorded in a person who is still alive.

Stanley Kobierowski, 34, of North Providence was arrested when he drove his automobile into an electronic traffic message board on Interstate 95. According to Maj. Steven O’Donnell of the state police, “The person’s lucky they survived.”

Kobierowski was found to be apparently intoxicated when police arrived on the scene of the accident where he had trouble exiting his vehicle. On being taken to the state police barracks, he was administered a breathalyzer test which first registered 0.489, then a second test registered 0.491 percent.

The legal limit for driving under the influence in Rhode Island is 0.08, 0.400 is usually enough for the person to be comatose, and 0.500 percent is enough to be fatal, according to the state health department.


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  • Rhode Island Man blows .491 on breathalyzer, Early Today television broadcast, July 23, 2008
  • Vinaya Saksensa “Blood alcohol breaks record”. Pawtuckett Times, July 23, 2008
  • Associated Press “Rhode Island man arrested with blood alcohol level of 0.491 percent”. Rocky Mountain News, July 22, 2008
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June 14, 2008

Foam manufacturer settles for US$25 million over Station nightclub fire

Foam manufacturer settles for US$25 million over Station nightclub fire

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Sealed Air Corporation, a packaging company based in Elmwood Park, New Jersey has agreed to settle legal action over the Station nightclub fire on Rhode Island in February 2003. The disaster killed 100 people with more than twice as many injured and this settlement is one of a series over the blaze.

The fire was triggered by pyrotechnics in use by hard rock band Great White who were performing at the West Warwick venue at the time. They ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the walls.

The latest settlement brings the total amount of settlements to $148.815 million, although all of these settlements are still tentative and subject to approval by families and a judge. Other companies that have already settled include Clear Channel Broadcasting, whose rock radio station was the show’s promoter, Anheuser-Busch Inc., The Home Depot Inc., a pyrotechnics manufacturer and several other foam companies.

Others still defending in the case, which names dozens of groups and individuals, include Rhode Island state, the fire inspector that did not enforce regulations at the club, and American Foam Corporation, who sold more foam to the Derderian brothers.

The Derderians bought the club in 2000, whereas the foam allegedly manufactured by Sealed Air was installed in 1996. Sealed Air deny any wrongdoing, saying it was never proven that they indeed manufactured the foam and that the foam was being misused as soundproofing in any event.

Regardless of the origin of the foam, it was argued that it burned too easily and produced toxic fumes when it did.

The criminal case around the fire was resolved in 2006, with the Derderians and Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele – who ignited the pyrotechnics – charged with involuntary manslaughter. The Derderians pleaded no contest and Biechele pleaded guilty.

Biechele was released on parole and Michael Derderian is due for parole next year. His brother was sentenced only to probation and community service.

Sealed Air’s insurance will pay the settlement.



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September 5, 2007

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Rhode Island

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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Rhode Island

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Pesky little mosquitoes are the cause of the West Nile virus.

Mosquitoes in East Providence and Barrington have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to Rhode Island state environmental officials.

…tests are an important reminder that people should protect themselves against mosquito bites by using bug repellant and window screens and getting rid of standing water, where mosquitoes breed, says Alan Gettman of the Department of Environmental Management.

These are the first cases of West Nile virus reported in Rhode Island this year. There have, however, been two cases reported in neighboring Massachusetts.

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July 26, 2007

Cat in Rhode Island, USA nursing home \’senses death\’

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

At a nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island a cat is reported to be able to sense when elderly individuals are about to die.

The cat, known as ‘Oscar’ is reported to have sensed the deaths of at least 25 elderly people. According to nursing home employees, Oscar has been living at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for two years and seems to sense the deaths at least two to four hours before they happen, and he is rarely wrong.

“It’s not that the cat is consistently there first. But the cat always does manage to make an appearance, and it always seems to be in the last two hours,” said professor of community health at the home, Dr. Joan Teno.

Oscar would go from room to room on a daily basis to watch and smell the patients, eventually curling up next to one that dies within a few hours, but since most of the patients he visits are too ill they do not notice his presence.

One veterinarian and expert on cats says that cats and dogs sense things that humans are not able to sense.

“It’s such a cat thing to do. Those things are hard to study. I think probably dogs and cats can sense things we can’t,” said University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, chief of veterinarian medicine at the college, Thomas Graves who also added that he does not believe it has anything to do with being a ‘psychic cat’ saying “there’s probably a biochemical explanation.”

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June 13, 2006

Rhode Island representative Patrick Kennedy pleads guilty to DUI

Rhode Island representative Patrick Kennedy pleads guilty to DUI

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, representative of the first district of Rhode Island.

Representative of Rhode Island, Patrick Kennedy has pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of prescription drugs after he was involved in an early morning car accident in May close to the United States capitol. According to police, Kennedy said he was “headed to the Capitol to make a vote.”

“I am pleading guilty to driving under the influence,” Kennedy said to Magistrate Judge Aida Melendez, who presided over the case in the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Kennedy had charges of failure to exhibit a driving permit and reckless driving against him dropped in exchange for pleading guilty. Kennedy was also ordered to pay a $250 donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and a $100 donation to the Victims of Crime fund. Judge Melendez also ordered Kennedy to serve a 10-day jail sentence, but said if he followed the terms of his plea, then he won’t have to serve the time. Kennedy is also on a one-year probation and must seek drug treatment.

“I’ve always said that I wanted to take full responsibility for my actions. Today in court, I suffered the consequences of my actions,” said Kennedy during a press conference just outside the courthouse. “I look forward today to moving on to the next chapter in my life,” he added.

Kennedy admitted to taking a sleeping pill called Ambien and also Phenergan, an anti-nausea prescription medication the morning of the accident, but said that he was not drunk.


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