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Rhode Island’s top 2016 stories include Cianci, wind, ethics

December 25, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s year began with the death of one of the most infamous mayors in American history: Buddy Cianci (see-AN’-see).

It ended with the opening of the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

Those are among the top stories in the state for 2016.

Other stories on the list included continuing concerns about corruption at the statehouse, culminating in voter approval of a constitutional amendment giving the ethics commission oversight of the General Assembly.

Dozens of victims came forward to report widespread sexual abuse over decades at the elite St. George’s boarding school in Middletown.

And a $5 million tourism campaign was unveiled with a double-whammy of embarrassing stumbles: a video that featured Iceland, and a tag line that people couldn’t get their heads around: Cooler & Warmer.

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