Ex-Rhode Island speaker to plead guilty to federal charges

Ex-Rhode Island speaker to plead guilty to federal charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Former House Speaker Gordon Fox was charged and agreed to plead guilty to bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return following an investigation that included a dramatic federal raid on the Statehouse, according to … Read Full Story

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2015 IPMA Nominees:

2015 IPMA Nominees:

FALL RIVER — The Nominees for the 2015 International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA) were announced today.

Here they are:

 

Song of the Year:

“Wake Me Up” by Feelgood, written by Chase Johnson, Maxwell Hobbs, Chris Crain and Dylan Kelly, … Read Full Story

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Suit alleges new pyramid scheme targeting immigrants

Suit alleges new pyramid scheme targeting immigrants

FRAMINGHAM — Calling it yet another example of Framingham’s growing reputation as “the world headquarters” for pyramid schemes, a local law office has filed a class-action lawsuit against a company it accuses of perpetrating a multi-million-dollar fraud.
According to a … Read Full Story

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New documentary series captures more than a century of history of the Portuguese people in California

New documentary series captures more than a century of history of the Portuguese people in California

SAN DIEGO — Forty-seven tuna fishing vessels with connections to the Azorean community in San Diego, Calif., as well as their 600 crew members were recruited by the US Navy in 1942, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The … Read Full Story

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UMass Lowell to present free lectures on the Portuguese Age of Discovery

UMass Lowell to present free lectures on the Portuguese Age of Discovery

LOWELL — Prof. Ana Valdez, the inaugural Luso-American Foundation Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies in the UMass Lowell History Department, will offer four free lectures on the history of the Portuguese “Age of Discovery” in March and April.
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IAC to hold fundraiser to benefit immigrant families

IAC to hold fundraiser to benefit immigrant families

NEW BEDFORD — An institution dedicated to helping immigrants is raising funds to offset budget cuts.
The Immigrants’ Assistance Center will be holding its annual spring fundraiser on Saturday, March 21, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., at the United … Read Full Story

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Events in your community

Events in your community

FLAD president to give talk at UMD
DARTMOUTH — Vasco Rato, president of the Luso American Foundation (FLAD), will speak at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 27.
A widely published scholar and media commentator in the areas of foreign policy, Transatlantic … Read Full Story

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Police officers required to take new mental illness training

Police officers required to take new mental illness training

Police officers throughout Massachusetts are heading back to the classroom to brush up on mental illness.
“In a crisis, some of the symptoms can be scary to anyone,” said June Binney, director of the criminal justice project for the Massachusetts … Read Full Story

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Fall River man dies in apartment fire

Fall River man dies in apartment fire

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – Officials in Fall River say a 63-year-old man has died after fire engulfed his apartment despite efforts by neighbors to help him.

The Herald-News reports fire officials say Jesse Silvia Jr. was found dead in … Read Full Story

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U.S-Portugal relations on the table

U.S-Portugal relations on the table

LISBON — The Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD)  is hosting in Lisbon a delegation of 12 U.S. policy makers of Portuguese descent to address bilateral relations between the two countries.
The talks on Feb. 19 and 20 feature prominent Portuguese officials, … Read Full Story

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Immigrants disappointed with immigration court ruling

Immigrants disappointed with immigration court ruling

BOSTON — Vanessa Santos, who was brought by her family to the U.S. from Brazil at age 14 in 1991, had been preparing and anxiously waiting for Feb. 18 to apply for President Obama’s deportation relief program.
She qualified for … Read Full Story

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Fall River program helps ESL students get up to speed

Fall River program helps ESL students get up to speed

FALL RIVER — Teaching and learning doesn’t end when the dismissal bell rings at Alfred Letourneau Elementary School on Anthony Street.
As an example, last week, dozens of students and teachers remained in the building, in their classrooms and the … Read Full Story

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MAPS to recognize 5 individuals at annual gala

MAPS to recognize 5 individuals at annual gala

CAMBRIDGE — Five individuals with diverse backgrounds who have made a difference in the lives of Portuguese speakers in the Bay State will be honored by the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) at its annual Awards Gala.

“We had … Read Full Story

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Eighth-grader takes on service, plans to host clothing drive

Eighth-grader takes on service, plans to host clothing drive

MILFORD – Emilly Costa said she felt just a little out of place in the Massachusetts Statehouse’s Hall of Flags, especially when greeted by state senators, Gov. Charlie Baker, and even Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots.
Though … Read Full Story

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Carnaval is upon us

Carnaval is upon us

Fourteen Carnaval troupes will travel throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island on Feb. 14 and 15  to perform at 15 different organizations.

The following organizations will welcome the Carnaval troupes on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. and Sunday starting at 1 … Read Full Story

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RI lawmaker says he’s innocent in campaign funds case

RI lawmaker says he’s innocent in campaign funds case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Democratic Rep. Joseph Almeida is maintaining his innocence in his first public comments since being charged with misappropriating more than $6,000 in campaign contributions.
State Police arrested Almeida Tuesday. He then resigned as deputy majority whip of … Read Full Story

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The rise of Portuguese

The rise of Portuguese

Report: Portuguese-language enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities doubled from 1990 to 2013

Enrollments in foreign-language courses at American colleges have declined after nearly 20 years of growth, but the demand for Portuguese is growing.
While foreign-language enrollments fell 6.7 … Read Full Story

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Study: Portuguese is one of the happiest languages

Study: Portuguese is one of the happiest languages

Portuguese is one of the happiest languages.
A study published Tuesday revealed that Spanish and Portuguese speakers are more likely to use positive words than other languages.
Researchers at the Computational Story Lab at the University of Vermont created an … Read Full Story

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