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Happy Thursday and welcome to Rhode Map, your daily guide to everything that happens in Ocean State.I am Dan McGowan and if the elf on the shelf had been a thing when I was a kid, I would definitely have known him Wasn’t Santa’s Snitch Follow me on Twitter @DanMcGowan or send tips to DanMcGowan @ Globuscom

ICYMI: In Rhode Island up to 82066 coronavirus cases confirmed after 879 new cases were added Daily positive test rate totaled 51 percent and initial positive rate was 207 percent The state announced 26 more deaths, bringing the total to 1704 corresponds There were 442 people in the hospital and 7072 people had received the first dose of the vaccine

Program note: There won’t be a Rhode Map tomorrow, but I’ll be back in your inbox first thing on Monday morning. Merry Christmas!

â ???? My colleague Amanda Milkovits has the heartbreaking story of the Providence house fire that killed a 7-year-old girl on TuesdayRead more

â ???? Incoming Rhode Island House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi and Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey said this week that they are closely monitoring the possible mega-merger of Lifespan and Care New England, the state’s two largest hospital groups >

â ???? If you’re wondering about the revised paycheck protection program in the new federal stimulus package, you should read this story Read More

â ???? Rhode Map readers have a round of Happy Birthday wishes to Marion McCabe, Cara Cromwell, Lindsay Weisberg (Welcome to Providence!), Betsy Shimberg (52), Donna Salvadore, Betsy Shea-Taylor (timeless, I hear) and Victor Capellan sent Coleman Maglio (25), Jenica Conley, Anthony DeRose, Francis DeRose, Kas DeCarvalho, Tim Kerns (67), Teny Gross, Nicole Harrington (32), Nick Freeman, Robert Hackey (55), Mark Dondero, Gordon Fox, Steve Nielsen, Lacie Milton, and State Representative Karen Alzate

â ???? Politics: Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh is considered a finalist as a labor secretary in the Biden administrationRead more

â ???? Opinion: There’s an interesting debate about whether Massachusetts should lift its ban on flavored tobaccoRead more

â ???? Sports: The Celtics got off to a great start last night, here’s what the Globe sports journalists predict for the NBA season Read More

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â ???? After a heavy loss last night (take a shot, guys) Providence College basketball is back in action against DePaul on Sunday

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It was the night before Christmas

World News – USA – It was the night before Christmas Rhode Island style – The Boston Globe

Source: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/12/24/metro/twas-night-before-christmas-rhode-island-style/