Articles by Michelle R. Smith and Hannah Fingerhut

Poll Shows #MeToo Movement Is Changing Workplace Conversations, Behavior

Barbara Myers started work as an apprentice electrician in 1995, and over the years she learned to shoot back sexual banter on the job site as much as she had to take it from some of her coworkers. Those days, …

Vermont Man Whose Relatives Died Mysteriously Must Give Gun Info

A Vermont man whose mother and grandfather died in mysterious circumstances must turn over information related to a missing gun, as well as phone and other records, in a Rhode Island lawsuit over insurance on his sunken boat. Nathan Carman …

Trial Underway in Brown University Case Over Student Suspension for Alleged Sexual Assault

Trial began Tuesday in a lawsuit brought against Brown University by a student who was suspended after a sexual encounter that he says was consensual but that a fellow student reported as an assault. U.S. District Judge William Smith said …

Circus Returns to Rhode Island Year After Hair-Hanging Fall

The last time Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performed in Rhode Island, eight acrobats suspended by their hair plummeted to the ground before a crowd of thousands. A single metal clip that held them 20 feet aloft had …

Ringling Bros. Disputes OSHA Citation for Hair-Hanging Accident in R.I.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance, severely injuring most of them. Stephen Payne, a …

Circus Cited for Hair-Hanging Stunt in Rhode Island That Injured 9

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus misused a key rigging component in a hair-hanging stunt, causing a fall that seriously injured eight acrobats from the U.S., Brazil, Bulgaria and Ukraine, federal workplace safety regulators said Tuesday. The Occupational Safety …

Acrobats Injured in R.I. Circus Crash Hire Law Firm

Seven of the eight hair-hanging circus acrobats who fell to the floor during a “human chandelier” stunt in the U.S. last month have hired a law firm to represent them, the firm announced Monday. The women were injured during a …

Authorities Say Clamp Snapped in R.I. Aerial Circus Accident

Investigators looking into why eight circus acrobats plummeted to the ground during an aerial hair-hanging stunt in Providence, R.I., have found that a clamp snapped, a public safety official said Monday. “We have identified a clamp that snapped that held …

Four Plead Not Guilty in High Profile Insurance Fraud Case in R.I.

Four people pleaded not guilty last month in U.S. District Court in an alleged scheme to rip off an insurance company of nearly $50,000, including a former North Providence town councilman facing corruption charges in a separate case and a …

Rhode Island Officials Say Grants, Not Loans Needed for Floods

Several of Rhode Island’s elected officials said Monday they are pushing to secure federal grants instead of loans for hundreds of businesses trying to recover from the worst flooding in 200 years, although a week after flood waters first creeped …