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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Beginning March 4, Algarve Cup will be worldwide center of attention for women’s soccer

Beginning March 4, Algarve Cup will be worldwide center of attention for women’s soccer

Viewed as the most important global tournament for women’s soccer outside of the top three formal events –World Cup, Olympics and European Cup — the Algarve Cup will get underway on Wednesday, March 4, with 11 of the 12 participating … 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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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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3rd housecleaner called to stand in Hernandez murder trial

3rd housecleaner called to stand in Hernandez murder trial

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – A third housecleaner has been called to the stand in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez a day after two others testified they saw multiple guns in his home.

Hernandez … 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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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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White House puts immigration plans on hold after ruling

White House puts immigration plans on hold after ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration put its new deportation-relief program on hold Tuesday on the eve of its launch, complying reluctantly with a federal judge’s order that roiled immigrant communities nationwide and seemed to harden an already-tense stalemate on … 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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Massachusetts money transfer companies under scrutiny

Massachusetts money transfer companies under scrutiny

FRAMINGHAM — One international money transfer company headquartered in Framingham has voluntarily agreed to increase safeguards against money laundering and another will close for at least one year after falling under heightened scrutiny from the state.
Pronto Transfer, Inc. and … Read Full Story

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Mass. judge Rapoza to leave post in June

Mass. judge Rapoza to leave post in June

BOSTON — Phillip Rapoza, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and a Dartmouth native, will be leaving his post at the end of June.

Rapoza, in a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker, said he will retire on June … Read Full Story

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RI rep. resigns leadership after arrest over campaign funds

RI rep. resigns leadership after arrest over campaign funds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The deputy majority whip of the Rhode Island House of Representatives has resigned his leadership position after being arrested and charged with misappropriating more than $6,000 in campaign contributions.

State Police arrested Rep. Joseph Almeida Tuesday.… Read Full Story

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Sen. Pacheco discusses Lajes in Portugal visit

Sen. Pacheco discusses Lajes in Portugal visit

Legislator meets with U.S. ambassador to Portugal and president of the Regional Government of Azores

TAUNTON — Taking advantage of his trip to Portugal to attend a gathering of individuals of Portuguese ancestry who hold public office around the world … Read Full Story

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