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Cops: Dealership owner beaten in bad car deal dies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Police say a Rhode Island dealership owner who was struck with a two-by-four in a fight over a junk-car deal that went wrong has died.

Providence police Maj. David A. Lapatin says I Buy Junk Cars owner Jonathan Stack died Saturday night, a day after the beating.

Customer Daniel Lastarza was charged Friday with two felony assault counts in Providence District Court. Police say the charges will now be upgraded to murder.

The 48-year-old Lastarza had been ordered held without bail in connection with a previous probation violation. It wasn't clear Sunday whether he had a lawyer.

Police say they believed the fight occurred when the 34-year-old Stack tried to get his money back over the $400 junk-car deal.


95-year-old veteran finally gets medals

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - A 95-year-old Army veteran from Burrillville has finally gotten military honors he earned in World War II.

Percy Wilson was presented with numerous medals Friday at a ceremony in U.S. Sen. Jack Reed's Cranston office.

Reed's office says Wilson joined the Army in 1941 when he was 22. He served with the Headquarters Battery Field Artillery Battalion during the battles of Normandy and the Rhineland.

He has now received the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory medal and American Campaign medal, among others. He was honored for his "exemplary conduct, efficiency and fidelity" while on active duty engaged in combat.

The Rhode Island Democrat calls the medals a "small token" of the country's gratitude and respect for Wilson's service.


At 60, Newport Jazz Fest looks to the future

NEW YORK (AP) - Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the first outdoor jazz festival.

That's why the 88-year-old Wein is adding a third day of music at Rhode Island's Fort Adams Park on Friday, dedicated to emerging artists such as Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and singer Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Wein is acknowledging Newport's history with a Friday night concert at the site of the inaugural 1954 festival - now the Tennis Hall of Fame. Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater will celebrate Billie Holiday and Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will play "signature pieces" from past festivals by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and others.


Lost Red Sox title ring returned by Yankees fan

NEW YORK (AP) - A lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent New York Yankees fan.

The 2013 championship ring was misplaced Thursday night in a Manhattan restaurant by Drew Weber, who owns Boston's minor league team in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The diamond, sapphire and ruby ring was found on a restroom sink by Luigi Militello - he owns Luke's Bar and Grill, and is a lifelong Yankees fan.

Weber and Militello spoke that night. They put aside their rooting interests and returned the ring Friday.

Weber and the Red Sox have invited Militello to Fenway Park for Derek Jeter's final regular-season game on Sept. 28. Weber also is making a donation to a charity chosen by Militello.

The Red Sox haven't put a value on these rings. The ones they presented for winning in 2004 were worth about $30,000.


Shave ice vendor defies town's new ban on peddlers

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a fight in Westerly, Rhode Island. The dispute pits street vendors trying to stay in business in the beach town against officials who say the vendors cause traffic congestion and increase the potential for accidents.

George Manko sells Hawaiian shave ice in a private parking lot for beachgoers in Westerly, where celebrities including Taylor Swift and Conan O'Brien have summer homes.

The town recently banned street vendors, except for at festivals and one-time events. Town councilors said they did so because the police chief expressed safety concerns.

Manko defiantly continues to serve the summer treat. He said he believes the councilors don't like the look of street vendors.

He pleaded not guilty in municipal court to violating the ordinance.

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