- One injured seal’s ordeal on Block Island, and how Mystic Aquarium’s first responders came to the rescue.
- Pawtucket is going the extra mile to help the needy with the state’s only municipally-owned shelter and 24/7 cooling center. What are their plans for expansion?
- Sports coverage of Patriots training camp, the new Rhode Island FC soccer team, and the unveiling of the spring All-State high school teams.
- 5 fun boat tours to beat the heat, from gondola rides to whale-watching cruises.
Here’s a look at some of The Providence Journal’s most-read stories for the week of July 23, supported by your subscriptions.
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Tammy Gallo, executive director of Heart of RI Animal Rescue League, says that never in her 25 years of doing this job has she seen puppies going weeks without being adopted – until this year. She has 16 puppies at the shelter right now, including golden retriever mixes with floppy ears and oversized paws.
And most years, in June and July she’s seen an increase of people looking to add a pet to their family. But this year, she’s seen an increase in pets being surrendered to the shelter. There are all kinds of reasons – moves, changing work schedules, an inability to afford a pet as the cost of inflation rises.
“This is definitely the worst it’s ever been,” Gallo said.
East Greenwich socialite Monique Brady, who swindled millions from friends and family, has made a new buddy behind bars: convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell – at least according to the American news site Daily Mail.
Maxwell, 61, also a disgraced former socialite, is serving 20 years for her part in helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually exploit and abuse minor girls.
In 2020, U.S. District Chief Judge John J. McConnell sentenced Brady, 48, to eight years behind bars for crimes related to her Ponzi-like real estate investment scheme that bilked 23 victims out of $4.8 million.
A former senior vice president at CVS Health who helped oversee the pharmacy chain’s pandemic response is suing his ex-employer, accusing the company of illegally reneging on his severance agreement and scapegoating him as a publicity move amid a sexual harassment scandal.
Emmanuel Kolady sued CVS Pharmacy Inc., CVS Health Corp. and other CVS entities in U.S. District Court, alleging that the company breached its severance agreement with him, violated wage laws and arbitrarily and capriciously denied his benefits claims.
According to Kolady, CVS breached the agreement under false pretenses to scapegoat him for sexual harassment allegations against a manager who did not report directly to him – claims he said he had no involvement in and was not aware of until being told by human resources.
Collecting signatures for candidate nomination papers can be sloppy business, but one campaign worker for Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, who is running for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District, made a particular mess leading to a criminal investigation.
While a Providence Journal review of papers filed in Jamestown, where the Matos campaign’s errors first came to light, showed that other campaigns had signatures rejected, 94.1% of the Matos signatures were rejected, a rate more than four times higher than the other candidates.
Providence is home to three new restaurants that add to the city’s rich dining menu.
Gift Horse, from a James Beard nominated chef, brings a raw bar and seafood specialties to downtown. There, There, in the West End, is a modern diner with comfort food and a comfortable vibe. And Seoul Providence, in Davol Square, is an Asian fusion restaurant by day and a place to dance by night.
Food editor Gail Ciampa tells you which cocktails and dishes you won’t want to miss.