PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — From a judge’s ruling that the lawsuit against a former Boston Red Sox pitcher may proceed to a request to begin a medical marijuana delivery service, here are five things to know in Rhode Island:
38 STUDIOS SUIT GOES AHEAD
A lawsuit claiming Curt Schilling and executives at his failed video game company 38 Studios duped the Economic Development Corp. into approving a $75 million loan guarantee is moving ahead. Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein ruled the agency may proceed with most of the suit, which alleges fraud, misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty and claims the EDC board was misled. The defendants had argued all or portions of the suit should be thrown out, and Silverstein for the most part disagreed. EDC attorney Max Wistow said he hopes to begin the discovery process as soon as possible. An attorney for Schilling called the EDC’s claims baseless.
A MONTH OF GAY MARRIAGE
Municipal clerks report that dozens of gay couples have sought marriage licenses in the month after the state began allowing them to wed. Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket and other cities have issued dozens of licenses to same-sex couples since Aug. 1. Providence and East Providence officials say they’re not sure how many licenses they’ve issued because they’re not counting licenses given to homosexual couples separately from those given to heterosexual couples.
The Rhode Island Health Department is accepting public comment on a proposal by one of the state’s marijuana dispensaries to operate a delivery service. Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center of Portsmouth says a delivery service will benefit many medical marijuana patients who are homebound or have difficulties travelling. There is no timeline for state health director Michael Fine to make a decision.
HERNANDEZ TO BE ARRAIGNED, AGAIN
Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Massachusetts Superior Court after being indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Hernandez already pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in Attleboro District Court, but his indictment means the case will shift to the trial court. His attorneys say they look forward to testing the evidence and don’t believe prosecutors can prove the charges.
WELCOME CENTER REJECTED
The owner of The Breakers mansion plans to appeal after the Newport Historic District Commission rejected a plan to build a $4.2 million welcome center over concerns it might not be appropriate for the historic mansion’s grounds. The Preservation Society of Newport County, the nonprofit group that owns The Breakers and several other Newport mansions, will appeal the 4-3 decision to the zoning board.