State officials have identified the body of a retired Naval commander who was found in the water at a Portsmouth beach. The state Department of Environmental Management says the body of 77-year-old Ronald Atkins was found on Wednesday morning at Teddy's Beach. Officials say they believe Atkins, who was wearing a wetsuit, had been kayaking. A kayak was found a short distance away. The state medical examiner's office has taken custody of the body.
Salve Regina University Assistant Professor Jon Marcoux brought students from his introductory course class to Empire Tea & Coffee Saturday to dig in the dirt-floor area underneath the coffee shop. The Newport Daily News reports building owner Paul Tobak found remnants of a former dwelling in the basement area in 2016 -- sparking Marcoux's interest in the site.
NEWPORT, R.I. – A letter from George Washington will be read at the nation's oldest synagogue to celebrate freedom of religion. The annual reading is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the 255-year-old Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. Touro Synagogue holds an important place in the history of the nation's commitment to religious liberty. In 1790, Washington visited Touro, then sent its congregants a letter saying the government of the United States "gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance." The synagogue, dedicated in 1763, is a national historic site that draws tens of thousands of visitors annually.