Cianci: ‘No interest’ in collecting city pension

September 11th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Independent mayoral candidate Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. said Thursday he will not seek to collect the taxpayer-funded pension he is eligible for from his previous two stints running Rhode Island’s capital city.

Cianci, 73, also said he isn’t planning to attempt to recoup the $209,000 he contributed to the pension system throughout nearly 22 years as Providence mayor during a taping of Dan Yorke State of Mind on myRITV. The interview will air Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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Raimondo’s primary victory cost $2.3M more than Coakley’s

September 11th, 2014 at 12:20 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Massachusetts’ population is six times bigger than Rhode Island’s, but it was actually less expensive for Martha Coakley to win a nomination for governor this year in the Bay State than for Gina Raimondo to do so in its small southern neighbor.

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East Side secured Elorza win in Providence mayor primary

September 11th, 2014 at 11:55 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

While opponent Jorge Elorza was racking up votes on the East Side and the two Democrats were running close to even on the South Side, Michael Solomon’s base in the Mount Pleasant, Elmhurst and the Charles neighborhoods didn’t turn out to vote in numbers that would offset Elorza’s dominating performance across the city, according to a WPRI.com review of pre-mail-ballot voting tallies. In the end, Solomon won the rest of the city, but Elorza’s big East Side haul was enough to secure the victory citywide.

Around 9:45 p.m., Solomon called Elorza to concede the race. Fifteen minutes later, Elorza was ushered in a backdoor at Fete nightclub in Olneyville, the site of his victory party. While more than 150 supporters celebrated in the ballroom area, Elorza shared a moment with his closest supporters backstage. He hugged his campaign manager Marisa O’Gara, who left her position in the Taveras administration earlier this year to work for Elorza.

By 10:15, Brett Smiley, the East Side Democrat whose decision to exit the race and endorse Elorza likely helped Elorza win so heavily in Wards 1, 2, and 3, was introducing the Democratic nominee for mayor of Providence.

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Clay Pell campaign spent $111 for every vote he got

September 10th, 2014 at 1:19 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Clay Pell finished the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary right where he started, in third place – but not before dishing out more than $3.4 million of his own money in a failed attempt to win.

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Raimondo, Fung set to face off for RI governor

September 10th, 2014 at 1:05 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island is set to elect its first female governor or its first Asian-American governor this November after General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung won their party’s nominations on Tuesday.

More than 153,000 registered Rhode Island voters cast a ballot in the primary election, with roughly 123,000 votes cast in the Democratic gubernatorial primary and about 31,000 votes cast in the Republican race, according to preliminary results. That would put voter turnout in the primary at roughly 20%.

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More winners in Tuesday’s primary elections:


Elorza wins Democratic primary for Providence mayor

September 10th, 2014 at 1:04 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza used a massive turnout on Providence’s East Side Tuesday to squeak by City Council President Michael Solomon in the Democratic primary for mayor.

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WPRI.com Live Blog: Primary Night 2014 Coverage

September 9th, 2014 at 4:06 pm by under Nesi's Notes

Click here to read our Primary Night 2014 live blog on the new WPRI.com website »


Minor Earthquake in RI Monday Evening

September 9th, 2014 at 3:30 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

At 9:58pm Monday evening, there was a minor earthquake just off the west coast of Portsmouth…between Portsmouth and Prudence Island.  The epicenter was right near Portsmouth Abbey.

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It was a magnitude 1.5 earthquake.  Typically, humans don’t feel earthquakes below magnitude 2.0, but a minor earthquake near New Bedford earlier this year was felt by many people.  That one was very shallow.  The earthquake Monday evening was about 7miles deep, and it’s doubtful anyone felt this tremor.   There were no reports of damage.

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Don’t miss Dan McGowan’s new Cianci story for Politico

September 8th, 2014 at 10:10 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

I know blogging has been rather – ahem – light here on Nesi’s Notes in recent months, with primaries and polls and debates keeping me cranking out main-site stories and TV coverage. But I never forget you, loyal NN readers, and I hope to get back to more regular blogging post-primary and particularly post-election.

For now, though, I have to take a moment and direct your attention to an exciting career milestone by my ace WPRI.com colleague Dan McGowan, who has been a huge asset to WPRI 12 and Nesi’s Notes since joining the team last year.

Politico Magazine – the political news site’s newish long-form-focused offshoot – just posted McGowan’s first-ever national story, a 3,000-plus-word look at the latest comeback attempt by Buddy Cianci. Click here to read it – a great tale, well told by Dan for locals and out-of-towners alike.


Gov. Chafee endorses Clay Pell for RI governor

September 8th, 2014 at 7:02 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Incumbent Gov. Lincoln Chafee has made a last-minute endorsement in the Democratic primary for Rhode Island governor, throwing his support behind political newcomer Clay Pell less than 24 hours before voters go to the polls.

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Dry Skies for Primary Day Voters

September 8th, 2014 at 11:32 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Candidates will have Mother Nature in their corner this Primary Day, with pleasant weather conditions for getting voters to the polls.

Polling places will open at 7am under a mix of clouds and milky sun with temperatures climbing from the 50s into the 60s.  The day in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will remain mostly dry, with fairly low humidity and temperatures in the 70s in the afternoon.  It will be slightly cooler than normal for the 2nd week of September.

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High pressure will stay to our north as an area of low pressure moves from the North Carolina coast into the waters well south of New England…. while some of the clouds from this disturbance will make their way into southern New England, the wet weather will not.  Rain stays suppressed to the south, leading to a dry walk/drive to polling places.  The exception to that may be an isolated sprinkle/light shower that could fall on Cape Cod or the Islands

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Tuesday Morning Surface Map Valid at 8am

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Tuesday Evening Surface Map Valid at 8pm

For more details on the Primary Elections check out our Campaign 2014 coverage here.


Watch Executive Suite: Tim Hebert; Newport Grand critics

September 8th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Cooler Temperatures Ahead

September 8th, 2014 at 12:19 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After a very warm and humid couple of days here in Southern New England late last week, we are going into a relatively cool stretch of weather.  The average high temperature for the second week of September is between 74 and 76°F with average lows between 55 and 57°.   We’ll have a couple days when we could see temperatures get above normal, but in general, this will be a cooler than normal period.

The jet stream, a fast-moving river of air high above in the atmosphere will be dipping down across the United States this week.  The jet stream guides storm systems and batches of air around the world.

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Watch Newsmakers: Kara Young; Fleming’s primary preview

September 7th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Cold Front Almost in RI, Still Showers Through Midnight

September 6th, 2014 at 8:37 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 8:30pm, a strong cold front was almost into Rhode Island.  It’ll be passing through Southern New England by midnight.  With the front comes a continued chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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Some downpours and possibly some thunder have developed just north of Providence…from North Providence into Pawtucket and Central Falls out to Mansfield.  These storms were moving east-northeast.  While the storms are bringing heavy rain to the communities in their path, they only have a slight chance of becoming severe.

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Once this front passes, there will still be the chance for additional showers, but they will likely not be severe.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


5pm Radar Update

September 6th, 2014 at 5:03 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 5pm Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar was detecting a couple of decent-sized thunderstorms moving through eastern Connecticut.  These storms have been producing frequent lightning and torrential rain.  As of 5pm, I have not seen or (believe to be) any wind damage from these two cells.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 9pm

September 6th, 2014 at 3:16 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of Southern New England, except for the Cape and Islands.  A Watch means that there is the potential for severe storms in our area — the atmospheric conditions are favorable and becoming more favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms.

 

Weather_Alert_650x366The timing of storms in our area will be between 4 and 9pm.  These storms have the potential to bring:

  • torrential, flooding rains
  • damaging wind gusts
  • frequent lightning
  • hail
  • isolated tornado

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Storms Arrive Late Today, Some Could be Strong

September 6th, 2014 at 8:23 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Although most of today (Saturday) will be free of rain and storms, some potentially severe weather arrives by late afternoon and evening.  Here is a timeline of what to expect:

Saturday Morning: Some thick fog will give way to partly sunny skies, the fog may take a little while longer to clear from the coast.  Humidity will be VERY high…so if you go out for your morning run or walk, don’t be surprised if you sweat immediately!

Saturday Noon to 4PM: Heat and humidity will continue to build with periods of hazy sun.  A few showers or thunderstorms are possible north and west of I-95, but most areas will stay dry. 

Saturday 4PM to 10PM: This is the most likely period for strong to severe thunderstorms.  While it won’t be raining this entire time, you will want to be in a place where you can get inside quickly.  Keep in mind, there is no guarantee that will get severe weather, but the risk is high enough where we need to point out some POTENTIAL threats.  The threats include hail, flash flooding, and even a slight chance of a tornado.   Here is a break down from the high resolution RPM model.

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Note that northwest RI (especially north and west of 295) has the best chance of severe weather during the late afternoon, while the severe threat shifts to Little Compton and points east by late tonight.  Stay with us both on air and online, we will keep you updated throughout the day. -Pete Mangione


The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

September 6th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Guillaume de Ramel’s business record scrutinized

September 5th, 2014 at 11:50 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Guillaume de Ramel’s campaign is sharing new details about the two businesses he incorporated in Rhode Island, following aggressive criticism from Nellie Gorbea, his rival in next week’s primary for secretary of state.

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City Council members pick sides in Providence mayor’s race

September 5th, 2014 at 10:48 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – All but one member of the Providence City Council has picked a horse in the race for mayor, with the majority of the 15-person body backing City Council President Michael Solomon over his Democratic opponent Jorge Elorza and independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr.

Only Ward 6 Councilman Michael Correia, who previously endorsed Democrat Brett Smiley before he dropped out of the race last month, has said he’ll wait until after next week’s primary to make a final decision about whom he’ll support to replace one-term Mayor Angel Taveras as he seeks the governor’s office.

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Strong/Severe Thunderstorms Possible Saturday

September 5th, 2014 at 8:34 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The air will be  stickier today as southwesterly winds transport higher humidity into the region.  The dew point temperatures (measure of amount of moisture in the air) will spike on Saturday in the low 70s.

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In addition, we will have a cold front moving through New England Saturday afternoon.  This front will serve as a ‘spark’ for the development of showers and thunderstorms.  The atmospheric ingredients are coming together for some of those storms to be strong to severe.

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RI governor hopefuls’ campaign spending tops $10M

September 3rd, 2014 at 12:23 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The top five candidates seeking to become Rhode Island’s next governor have spent more than $10 million over the last five months jockeying for advantage in the Democratic and Republican primaries, according to a review of campaign-finance filings by WPRI.com.

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Solomon outspending Elorza 2-to-1 in Providence mayor’s race

September 3rd, 2014 at 12:01 am by under General Talk

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – City Council President Michael Solomon has spent twice as much on his campaign for Providence mayor as opponent Jorge Elorza since the start of the year, as the two Democrats race toward the finish line of the Sept. 9 primary.

Solomon has reported spending $657,169 since the beginning of 2014, while Elorza has spent $293,249, according to a WPRI.com review of campaign filings with the Rhode Island Board of Elections. A third Democrat, Brett Smiley, spent $403,832 before bowing out of the race to endorse Elorza last month.

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Analysis: 5 takeaways from the Republican gov debate

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:22 pm by under Nesi's Notes

Click here to read my five takeaways from the debate on the new WPRI.com website »


Fung, Block attack each other in TV debate

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:21 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The two Republican candidates for Rhode Island governor on Tuesday jousted over endorsements and taxes while criticizing each other’s conservative credentials during a televised debate.

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• Related: Watch the full debate on WPRI.com | Analysis: 5 takeaways from the debate


Tropical Storm Dolly Headed For Mexico.

September 2nd, 2014 at 6:53 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good evening from chief meteorologist Tony R Petrarca…

The 4th storm of the hurricane is a weak tropical storm…no threat to US mainland.

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DOLLY EXPECTED TO MOVE ONSHORE TONIGHT

 LOCATION…22.0N 97.0W ABOUT 60 MI…95 KM ESE OF TAMPICO MEXICO ABOUT 135 MI…215 KM SSE OF LA PESCA MEXICO.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT…West  AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1004 MB

  A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR… * CABO ROJO TO BARRA EL MEZQUITAL MEXICO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA…

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK….AT 400 PM CDT…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM DOLLY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.0 NORTH…LONGITUDE 97.0 WEST. DOLLY IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 12 MPH…19 KM/H…AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT DAY OR SO.

ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER WILL CROSS THE COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA THIS EVENING OR OVERNIGHT…AND CONTINUE MOVING INLAND OVER NORTHEASTERN MEXICO ON WEDNESDAY. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH…75 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST BEFORE LANDFALL. WEAKENING WILL OCCUR AFTER DOLLY MOVES INLAND…AND THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO DISSIPATE BY THURSDAY. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES…220 KM FROM THE CENTER.


2014 Summer in Review

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:52 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

With the start of September, meteorological summer in North America has come to an end and autumn has begun.  Looking back on the summer of 2014, it will likely be remembered as one without extreme heat and humidity and without a lot of rainy days…. and for the most part, that’s what our data shows.  At TF Green Airport, where our records for Rhode Island are kept temperatures from June 1 through August 31 were 0.5° cooler than normal with 1.88″ less rainfall than normal.  Here’s a breakdown of the data:

PROVIDENCE …PERIOD OF RECORD: 1905 TO PRESENT…

AVG HIGH                      AVG LOW                AVG MEAN                PCPN

  ——–                              ——-                            ——–                      —- —- ——-

JUN:                   78.2                               57.3                              67.8                        2.36

 +0.7                                -1.1                                -0.2                          -1.28

 

JUL:                   82.9                              65.4                               74.2                           3.59

 +0.1                             +1.2                                 +0.7                         +0.30

 

AUG:                   80.4                           60.6                               70.5                              2.70

 -1.0                             -2.6                                  -1.8                               -0.90

 

SEASONAL SUMMARY —————-

SUMMER:           80.5                       61.1                                      70.8                            8.65

  -0.1                        -0.9                                     -0.5                                -1.88

RECORDS ——-

7/04…RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION…2.68…PREVIOUSLY 1.65 IN 1978

08/13…RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION…2.26…PREVIOUSLY 1.28 IN 1958

 

As for meteorological autumn…. it’s certainly starting off warm–with the first week of September looking and feeling more like July, temperatures will be will above average.  And the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting both the month of September and Autumn as a whole to be warmer than average in the east.  So keep those pools open…. at least for now :)

September Temperature Probability

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Sept, Oct, Nov Temperature Probability

3-month Temp Outlook for Sept, Oct, Nov


Tonight at 7 live on WPRI 12 – Ken Block debates Allan Fung

September 2nd, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Executive Suite: UMass Law; OpportunitySpace

September 1st, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes