WSAR NEWS Archives for 2017-10

Keating on Iran Nuke Deal

Below is a statement from Congressman Bill Keating, Ranking Member of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee, on President Trump’s threat to undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) addressing Iran’s nuclear capabilities.  The President is expected to speak on the issue this afternoon.


“The President’s expected actions are opening the door to probably the greatest threat to U.S. and global nuclear safety in my time in Congress.


“The JCPOA has halted the Iranian effort to obtain nuclear weapons, a capability they were a mere two months away from at the time of the deal.  President Trump may plan on only sending a political message to supporters.  But his decision not to certify will have both immediate and lasting consequences and directly pose a danger to our security.


“Failure to certify creates a roadblock to China’s intervention to halt North Korea’s nuclearization and it splits the coalition we created with our strongest allies in the West.  It also creates a dangerous 60-day period where a single malign incident in the Middle East – whether by happenstance or orchestration – can provoke some in Congress to totally unravel the entire deal.


“Perhaps the most long-term consequence will be to call into question any other negotiation we have around the world. Turning our back on the JCPOA signals to other countries that they cannot place their confidence in current and future American deals. 


“In the 1996 Iran Sanctions Act, America tried to address the threats posed by Iran unilaterally and it didn’t work. The success of the JCPOA negotiations was the result of collaborating with our international partners to apply the necessary pressure on Iran to bring them to the negotiating table.  Now, we may find ourselves isolated with a nuclear Iran. This action will take us not back to the place where we were before the deal, but somewhere far worse.”



Gronk Ready for Jets Sunday

Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski told reporters in Foxbourough that he will play Sunday after sitting out with a thigh injury last Thursday versus Tampa Bay 




The New England Patriots (3-2) and the New York Jets (3-2) announce the following player injuries and practice participation.



CB Eric Rowe - Groin (DNP)

No Players Listed


RB Rex Burkhead - Ribs (LP)Read


No Players Listed

No Players Listed

DL Muhammad Wilkerson - Shoulder/Toe (DNP)
RB Bilal Powell - Calf (DNP)

Governor Baker in Las Vegas

Governor Baker Pays Respect to Victims of Las Vegas Tragedy


LAS VEGAS – Governor Charlie Baker today visited the Las Vegas Tragedy Memorial site with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to pay his respects to the 58 victims who tragically lost their lives in last week’s mass shooting, including Tewksbury resident Rhonda LeRocque.


“The horrific and utterly senseless tragedy that occurred here two weeks ago shocked Massachusetts and our country,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “It is an honor to be here with Governor Sandoval to pay our respects on behalf of the Commonwealth for the innocent lives lost, including our own Rhonda LeRocque of Tewksbury. We appreciate the incredible work of first responders and medical professionals who saved many lives that night, and our state stands ready to support Las Vegas by any means possible during this difficult time.”



Governor Baker is in Nevada today for a speaking engagement on the Gubernatorial Panel at the National Clean Energy Summit called “States Leading the Charge.”

King Phillip Mill Will Still Stand

According to the Digital Edition of The Fall River Herald News, the feuding financers and a Boston based developer that had hoped to transform Building 2 of the King Phillip Mill Complex into 90 two and three bedroom apartments, after acquiring the property in an auction this summer, will not be getting additional time to cut a deal. 


The King Phillip Mill Complex has been standing empty for several years. 

Fall River City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros indicated to the City Council duing a Finance Committee Session this week that the City was prepared for whatever transpired on final day of October, while Council President Shawn Cadime was left wondering who in fact the city was dealing with. 


Video of the discussion is available on WSAR's Facebook page. 



R-I A-G on LGBTQ Issues

Attorney General Kilmartin Files Brief to Protect LGBTQ Workers from Discrimination


Kilmartin Argues That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII


Amicus Brief Filed in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital Seeks Uniform Application of Title VII


Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin joined an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by 18 Attorneys General, arguing that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.


The Attorneys General argue that their States have strong interests in protecting their citizens against employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The lack of nationwide recognition that Title VII bars such discrimination blocks the full protection of LGBTQ workers – particularly given divisions between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (which takes the position that Title VII protects workers from sexual orientation) and the federal Department of Justice (which has taken the opposite position).


The brief was filed late yesterday, on National Coming Out Day.


“While Rhode Island is a leading state in offering protections to the LGBTQ community, there are still other states that have laws that discriminate against these individuals.  It is important that we stand up for what is right and stand with those who are discriminated against based on their sexual orientation,” said Attorney General Kilmartin.


Click here to read the amicus brief, which was filed by the Attorneys General of NY, CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, MA, MD, MN, NM, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA, and DC.


“Employment discrimination against gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers not only deprives them of important economic opportunities—it also stigmatizes their most intimate relationships and thus ‘diminish[es] their person-hood,’” the Attorneys General write.


Even in States like Rhode Island that have laws barring sexual-orientation discrimination in the workplace, “Title VII plays a crucial complementary role by covering individuals not subject to the State’s laws—for instance, federal employees or residents who work in another State—and by making available both the federal courts and a federal enforcer, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), to police invidious discrimination based on sexual orientation.”


The case, Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, involves Jameka Evans, a security guard at a Savannah hospital who was harassed at work and forced out of her job because she is a lesbian. Evans’ petition seeks a nationwide ruling that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates Title VII.





The CEA Group That Brought You The South Coast Market Place

As part of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo this week at White's of Westport, one of the principals of the Cambridge Based Developers that have helped to create the South Coast Market Place says that as he researched Fall River and its surrounding suburbs, he was surprised at what he found. 
Steve Choen is one of the Managing General Partners at the CEA Group; he told a gathering at the Business Expo that Fall River residents wanted to go somewhere and feel a sense of pride in what they were seeing. 
Choen says the opening of Market Basket this month became something of a celebration as a result. 

Senator Warren Statement on the Opioid Situation

Warren, Murkowski Urge Trump to Officially Declare Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency and Take Action to Help States Combat Crisis

In Bipartisan Letter, Senators Highlight Actions in Massachusetts, Alaska, Echo Trump Commission Recommendations

Text of the letter (PDF)

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump to express concern that he has not declared the nation's opioid epidemic a national emergency or taken meaningful actions, like those of Massachusetts and Alaska after declaring their own state-level emergencies, to address the crisis. The senators encouraged the President to heed the recommendation of the President's own Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis that the President "declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act."

The senators praised the President's stated commitment to addressing opioid addiction, but expressed, "we are extremely concerned that 63 days after your statement, you have yet to take the necessary steps to declare a national emergency on opioids, nor have you made any proposals to significantly increase funding to combat the epidemic. Emergency declarations can help combat epidemics by freeing up funds, promoting innovative programs, and making treatments more accessible to vulnerable populations."

The senators also highlighted steps that Massachusetts and Alaskan officials took after declaring their own states of emergency, including, "Alaska's swift steps to expand access to naloxone and Massachusetts' efforts to enhance our prescription drug monitoring program." They called on the President to use the states' actions as a model to combat the crisis nationwide, and follow through on implementing recommendations from his opioid commission.

"Massachusetts and Alaska have been on the forefront of the opioid crisis that is sweeping our nation, and we are proud to represent states that have tackled the epidemic head on," the senators continued. "We hope that you will back up your verbal commitment to fighting the 'serious problem' of opioid addiction with action."

John We Hardly Knew Ye

The Boston Red Sox are in the market for a new manager, according to ESPN, and various Boston media sources, as John Farrell was released from his duties earlier this morning. 

Director of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the call and the ballclub issued a release just after 9:30am EDT this morning. 

Its thought in many baseabll circles that former Red Sox Captain Jason Variteck and former Red Sox and current Houston Astros Bench Coach Alex Cora will each recieve an interview. 

Farrell is the first Red Sox Manager to win back to back AL East titles since divisional play was introduced in 1969; in his five years, the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013, and had last place finishes in 2014 and 2015. 



New Durfee Forum

A School Building Committee that is working on the design of a proposed new BMC Durfee High School will host its 3rd Public Forum this coming Thursday; the 90 minute event starts at 6:30pm in the school's auditorium. 
Administrators for the Fall River Public School Department, the Architectural Firm A-1 Three and Project Manager Left Field will discuss costs and update the schedule for the proposed new High School. 
Proposed schematics and designs for the building, which were part of a report for the Fall River School Committee earlier this fall, will be discussed and displayed. 
The presentation will include drawings of the interior and exterior and explain how the design will incorporate school culture and the current curriculum. 


New Bedford Double Homicide

Homicide detectives in New Bedford are investigating a double homicide after a shooting incident that happened in the overnight hours of Tuesday. 
New Bedford Police were alerted through a 911 call around 1:30am Tuesday Morning that shots had been fired at a car in the 200 block of Central Avenue in New Bedford; the caller told a dispatcher that popping sounds were heard prior to an auto accident that resulted in the vehicle that was fired on to wind up next to a parked vehicle. 
27-year-old Stephen Bodden, with addresses in Taunton and New Bedford, was pronounced dead at the scene, while a 28 year old New Bedford man died Tuesday Morning at Saint Luke's Hospital. 

A motive and suspects are still being sought. 

Gasoline This Week

Gasoline prices in the Commonwealth are down nearly five cents this week according to the latest survey from Triple A Northeast. 
The latest Triple A Northeast Survey finds a gallon of regular gasoline at an average of 2-55 a gallon, at six cents above the national average of $2.49. 
The range in prices in the latest Triple A survey is 55 cents, from a low of $2.39 to a high of $2.79.