- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Some gubernatorial campaigns are going on the attack on television, veterans say a final goodbye to their warship and ancient Greek coins head back to their homeland. Here are five things to know in Rhode Island:

POLITICAL AD WAR HEATS UP

The ad war in the governor’s race continued to heat up this week as Providence Mayor Angel Taveras released a spot that went after the credentials of his Democratic rival Clay Pell. The ad criticized Pell, a Coast Guard officer and former official in the White House, as having too many jobs, and it suggested he had not lived in Rhode Island long enough to be governor. Pell said he was disappointed in the ad and released his own spot decrying the attacks. Taveras has been criticized in ads released by the third Democrat in the race, Gina Raimondo, who went after his record in the city. The primary is Sept. 9.

A FINAL GOODBYE TO WARSHIP

The USS Saratoga is expected to be towed this month from Newport to Texas, where it will be dismantled. Veterans who served on the decommissioned aircraft carrier said goodbye Friday with a ceremony at Naval Station Newport. Many had hoped the ship would be turned into a museum, but that plan changed when the USS John F. Kennedy became available for a museum. The Saratoga was off the coast of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, off Vietnam during the Vietnam War and in the Persian Gulf during the first Iraq War. It arrived in Newport in 1998.

LAWMAKER’S SUBPOENA WITHDRAWN

An unnamed lawmaker was subpoenaed to be deposed in the lawsuit over the state’s $75 million loan guarantee to ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios. But a few days later, the subpoena was withdrawn. A lawyer for one of the law firms sued in the matter declined to say why they wanted the lawmaker to testify and why they changed their minds. Several government officials have been or will be deposed, including former Gov. Don Carcieri and Former House Speaker Gordon Fox.

BROWN PROF’S COINS HEAD BACK TO GREECE

Five ancient coins that had been owned by a noted orthopedics professor at Brown University’s medical school are headed back to Greece. Dr. Arnold-Peter Weiss forfeited the coins as part of a plea agreement in New York. Weiss pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of stolen property after prosecutors said he tried to buy what he thought were three stolen Greek coins. The silver coins dated as far back as 515 B.C. and will be displayed at a coin museum in Athens.

WOODY ALLEN CAUSES A STIR

Woody Allen has spent much of the summer in Rhode Island filming a new movie that stars Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix. The project got some extra attention this week when a man was accused of assaulting two security guards on the set near Brown University. Allen then made a permanent impression in Pawtucket, where his handprints will be displayed in the city’s so-called Hollywood Walk of Fame. The walk consists of the handprints of four people involved in the 1995 filming of “American Buffalo,” including Dustin Hoffman.


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