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Entries are in reverse chronological order. For current RIPP game information, please see R.I.P.P. For the VSS timeline, go to RIPP Timeline

Note: All the following are a fictitious news reports! These did not happen OOC in Rhode Island.


1/6/2014 What Cheer Sale

Flyers are all over Providence, including a few on the cafe down the street from HQ and the Little Birds Nest.

HUGE SALE! What Cheer is having its post-holiday What Clear(ance) Sale! Sunday January 12th 2014, open extended hours from 11AM to 11PM Come resolve which vintage items can be "New To You" this New Year! All books 30% off All jewelry 40% off All photos and memorabilia 50% off

12/9/2013

Providence Journal Front Page News

Domestic Terrorism in the Ocean State

A gunman opened fire on a group of doctors, nurses, students and severely mentally ill patients during a presentation of Art Therapy research at Butler Hospital last night. There were also reports of some sort of flash bomb going off in the patient common area. The hospital was evacuated, and all staff and patients were accounted for.

"These people have been set back years, maybe even decades, in their therapy," said a staff member who prefers to remain unnamed. "Some of them were about to be discharged home to their families in time for the holidays, but now it looks like they'll be spending more Christmases here at Butler. Most of these patients served our country in Afghanistan and Iraq; it's tragic that their recovery's been destroyed like this." She went on to add "you know, Dr. Bradley Alexander, the Psychiatrist whose treatment had been helping these patients? Well, he suffers from PTSD also, so he's not in a position to restart their treatment at this time. We're not even sure when he'll be fit to resume his practice. We don't have another specialist like him on staff, so this sets the entire Hospital back."

Butler Hospital's main entrance area sustained significant damage, and a fire sprinkler system was damaged, meaning that Butler's outpatient services will be suspended until the damage can be repaired. Visitors will be turned away until repairs are completed as well. It's unclear how long that will take, but staff expects that visitation and outpatient services might be able to continue sometime in mid-January. This means that patients living at Butler won't be able to have visitors for the holidays.

One woman sustained serious injury from a gunshot wound and was taken by Rescue to Miriam Hospital for medical attention. A man was severely injured by glass which fell from one of the windows damaged by gunfire and remains in critical condition. Several other hospital visitors sustained moderate injuries while trying to escape the premises.

State Police and local FBI are looking for information about the identity of the attacker. They believe he or she either had an accomplice inside the Hospital, or was inside at some point before the shooting to set the flash bomb.

"This person or people had access to weapons we don't normally see," said Roger Fallon of the Rhode Island State Police. "That's why we're asking Federal to get involved."

OOC: DISCLAIMER: This is FICTIONAL. None of this should be taken as actual news.


12/02/13 Providence Journal

Mental Health Meet And Greet will be held at Butler Hospital Dining room on December 8th at 8pm. Dr. Bradley Alexander will present his research on group art therapy, along with a display of patient-created artwork.

Dr. Alexander graduated from University of Rhode Island with his PhD in 1999. He has worked for Butler Hospital since he was an Undergraduate student.


12/02/13 Medical and Academic Community Info

(if your PC is a medical or psychiatric doctor, a health researcher, biologist, veterinarian, or professor of any research science)

Dr. Katrina Alexander was committed to Butler Hospital six weeks ago after being caught stalking someone at Miriam Hospital. Investigation at her veterinary hospital found animals boarding at her facility which weren't treated. Her veterinary assistant, URI Biology Student Cindy Ross, called the RI ASPCA to report the state of affairs at the Edgewood-based Alexander Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Alexander's practice has been closed, and all her former patients have been referred to Moon Animal Hospital in North Kingstown.

According to Cindy, Dr. Alexander was trying out some music therapy for animals recovering from traumatic injuries and surgeries. She had consulted with a music teacher on the East Side to obtain some locally-based recordings of Tchaikovsky.

12/01/13 Occult Community Info

(if your PC has appropriate Allies or Contacts, or is a Psychic, Mage, Proximus, or Demon, or PCs who've had dealings with the Mage Concilium in Rhode Island)

Henrietta Henry has been out on bail, but she's been taking clients secretly against legal advice. Word is, she's got some people who she was in the middle of helping, and she refuses to leave them in the lurch.

Rumor has it that she's not getting in trouble for these activities, because somehow the comings and goings of her clients has been occluded in some way. It's also been said she's refusing all payment from them.


12/02/13 Things to do in Providence When You're Dead

(for PCs who have died or are undead in some way, including Sin-Eaters, Vampires, Purified, Mummies and PCs with Ghost familiars or the Medium Merit.)

The ghosts of Providence have been on some kind of high-octane kick for over a month now. Most of them have no idea why, or even that they're more powerful than they were before.

Rumors tell of a Woman Who Waits that might have some answers, unfortunately she doesn't exist on this plane. All anyone seems to know is that she's next to a gate by a river, and has been known to give advice to denizens of the Underworld.

And then, since the highly publicized suicide of Malachi Adair, there's been trouble from the Lady In White. Ghosts are afraid of her, and she used to be hanging around on the East Side, but she's been hanging around in Cranston very recently, causing concern amongst ghosts from Edgewood to Auburn.


10/30/2013 Providence Journal Obituaries

Malachi Adair, a member of congregation Temple , passed away early this morning. He is survived by his daughter Julia Adair and his mother Sadie Adair.


10/31/2013 Providence Journal

Local Card Reader on Trial for Fraud

Henrietta Henry, a fixture in the Cranston community of Rolfe Square, has been accused of fraud in connection with the suicide of one of her clients, Malachi Adair. Most recently appearing at the annual Providence Psychic Fair in the Convention Center, Ms. Henry was arraigned on Tuesday morning, and released on minimal bail.

"People like Henrietta Henry, who prey on people in doubt about their lives, should not be allowed to misrepresent themselves or their services as legitimate counseling," says S. Kazinsky, the ADA assigned to prosecute the case. "When people need treatment for depression, they need a State-licensed Mental Health Counselor. The state of Rhode Island licenses many professions in this manner, including Social Workers, Psychologists, and even Clergy. Ms. Henry is none of these and has no license, yet she bills herself as a "spiritual counselor" on her website, her business cards, and all of her stationary. Such fraudulence is reprehensible, and this issue is only one of the problems with Ms. Henry's so-called practice."

Morgan D. Olivera, who is handling Ms. Henry's case, made the following statement, "Henrietta is not guilty of these charges, a fact that will be made completely obvious at the trial. Mr. Kazinsky is sadly wasting his time and the state's money."

The trial date is set to begin November 25th.

10/15/2013 Providence Journal

Missing Casino COO Found Alive by Hiker

Vincent Vale, COO of Twin River Casino, was found early Monday morning. He was discovered by a man hiking in Lincoln Woods State Park who preferred to remain anonymous.

Vale's condition was not critical, though he is currently at Roger Williams Hospital being treated for exposure and dehydration. Fiancee Heather Kelley made the following statement:

"Vincent is grateful to everyone who made efforts to locate and rescue him. He wanted me to extend his thanks and I'd like to extend mine as well. While we still mourn the loss of our three friends and co-workers, we also feel a sense of humbling awe at the help and support we received."

10/20/2013 Providence Phoenix

RIC YouTube Show on Hiatus

Ghost Tracers, a podcast by the Paranormal Club at Rhode Island College, will be on indefinite hiatus following announcement of its Faculty Adviser Professor David Dumas' sabbatical. Fans of the show can watch past episodes on the Ghost Tracers YouTube page.


10/25/2013 Newport Daily News

Boat Fire

A 3 alarm fire was reported on a boat docked in Newport Marina. The sailboat "Salty Dog" was declared a total loss. No one was on board at the time, but the dock was also damaged. Police believe this to be an act of arson. Please contact Detective John Brown or the anonymous police tip line if you have information about this crime.


10/25/2013 Providence Phoenix

Psychic Fair

The annual Psychic Fair will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center this Sunday, October 27, starting at 5pm. The event will run until 12am. Ticket price of $25 includes a free soft drink and a computerized astrology chart.


10/3/13 Providence Journal Front Page News

Bodies Discovered in Lincoln Woods

((The front page has one large photo of the edge of a clearing in the woods that has been cordoned off with crime scene tape. There are two other photos, one of a man in his mid 50s with salt and pepper hair grinning wryly at the camera (caption reads: Matthew Taylor), and the other is of a handsome man in his late 30s with red hair and an intense gaze (caption reads: Vincent Vale).

The remains of three individuals were found in Lincoln Woods State Park yesterday, thanks to an anonymous tip. The office of the Medical Examiner has positively identified one of the bodies as being Matthew Taylor, one of three operations managers at Twin River Casino. The other two deceased do not have confirmed identities but are suspected to be two other Casino employees.

Vincent Vale, the COO at Twin River, could not be reached for comment. Anyone with information on where Mr. Vale can be found should contact the State Police Tips Line, 555-8765.


10/5/13 Providence Journal Page 3

Lincoln Woods Deaths Investigation Continues

The Medical Examiner's office has identified the other two bodies found at Lincoln Woods State Park on October 2nd as being Victoria Green and Michelle Gold, two operations managers at Twin River Casino. They were found with fellow operations manager Matthew Taylor at a campsite in the park. Cause of death for all three individuals has been ruled accidental death due to consumption of poisonous mushrooms.

State Police are still looking for Vincent Vale, the COO of Twin River, who has been reported missing by his fiance Heather Kelley. Information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Vale should be called in to the State Police Tips Line, 555-8765.


10/7/13 Providence Journal Obituaries

Memorial Service for Twin River Employees

A memorial service for Matthew Taylor, Michelle Gold and Victoria Green will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 9:30PM at the Olneyville Gnostic Church. This event is for friends and family of the deceased. Donations may be made on their behalf to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


10/11/13 Providence Journal Page 4

Protesters Leave Olneyville Gallery

Religious groups that were picketing the latest art show by Pasquale DiAgoniste have left the area. The show had attracted the attention of several religious groups due to its subject matter, which depicts a number of Saints being mutilated and killed by wild animals.

"This wasn't just a question of poor taste," says Deacon Joshua Brown of Trinity Episcopal in Newport, "these paintings are outright blasphemous. But it's time now to take our protests back to our congregations. Protest from the pulpit can be just as effective."

This protest was unique due to the number and diversity of groups involved in it. Groups included Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, Baptists, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Unitarians, and even a group from the Jewish community. Notably absent due to their geographic proximity were representatives from the Olneyville Gnostic congregation and the newly-established Church of Ultimate Truth. Representatives from both congregations made statements that their lack of involvement in the protest was due to focusing on maintaining services for homeless and hungry individuals.


9/9/2013 Providence Journal, page 4

Theft at Charity Auction

A sculpture of a hand was stolen from the auction table at the First Annual Charity Ball and Silent Auction benefiting the Providence Animal Rescue League and Potter League for Animals.

The event ended early due to a malfunction of the power system in RIC's Murray Center. RIC Ops released a statement that there was a malfunction along the internal PA power cables, which run through the walls.

The sculpture was one of over 15 items on silent auction to benefit the animal shelters. No other items were stolen. The event, though cut short by two hours, still managed to raise $11,000.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the sculpture is urged to contact the Providence Police Tip Line at 555-1234, or submit an online tip at the Providence City Police website.


9/9/2013 Providence Journal, Society Pages

Some very generous individuals were out and about in Providence last night.

Lynnette Kennedy was seen spending money to help abused animals at a charity ball with an unknown but enigmatically charming individual Sunday night. Also present was prominent Neurosurgeon Dr. Markus Meister who, rumor has it, paid a nice sum of money for an item even though it went missing.

Local camp/cult show YouTube sensations Ned Edwards and Barry Taylor were seen volunteering at the event, proving that even strapped-for-cash college students can be generous with their time.

Rumor has it that an unidentified member of the Newport Blacks was in attendance and bidding large amounts on a few items. Perhaps we will see more of him or her at other benefits throughout the season.

Finally, it is confirmed that one item, an autographed CD single of Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together," had actually been stolen. It's on record that Miss Swift's personal assistant, Maggie Drew, purchased the item (not for a song either) rather than demand it back at detriment to the proceeds. Bravo, Miss Swift!


9/9/2013 Providence Journal Classified Advertisements, Help Wanted

RIC Ops department seeks temporary electrical help, temporary carpenters and temporary masonry workers. Apprentice-level and up are eligible to apply. This is a 1099 temporary freelance assignment starting 9/25. Contact RICOps@ric.edu with a list of certifications, relevant experience, and references.


9/4/2013, Providence Phoenix Event Page

First Annual Animal Benefit Ball and Silent Auction

The Providence Animal Rescue League, the RIC Veterinary Student Society, and the Gnostic Church join forces to help animals in need this Sunday night at 9PM, September 8th at Rhode Island College in the Murray Center.

Activities include a dance party with live music, a bar serving alcoholic beverages and mocktails, and a silent auction. All door fees, beverage sales and auction proceeds benefit the Providence Animal Rescue League and the Alexander Trust for Veterinary Medical Students. All attendees will receive a coupon for discounted spay or neuter of a dog or cat, courtesy of Alexander Veterinary Associates.

Cocktail attire requested. Door fee: $25. For a listing of items in the silent auction, visit www.aveterinarya.com/auctionlist (OOC Note: this is not a real website. If your PC investigates, e mail ri.vst.accord@gmail.com)

9/1/13 Newport Daily News Article, front page

Second Vandalism at Mastiff Rescue

Grendel Redeemed, the Portsmouth located Mastiff rescue has been vandalized again over the holiday weekend.

Most of the vandalism was identical to the last time, with rock salt poured around the perimeter of the property and broken glass. However, this time, dogs were let out of their kennels.

Owner Zinnia Black found one of the dogs injured in what appears to be a coyote attack. "I can't believe someone would do this here again," says Ms. Black. "This sort of thing puts already traumatized dogs in danger."

Grendel Redeemed has been in operation by the Black family for over 40 years, though its relocation to Portsmouth from Jamestown happened 5 years ago. There was a dispute last month regarding the property the kennels are located on. Local police believe this dispute might be connected to the vandalism incidents.

Aquidneck police encourage anyone with information about these incidents to contact Detective John Brown, or call the anonymous tips hotline for Aquidneck Island.


9/1/13 Providence Journal News Article, front page

Man Found Mauled in Apparent Coyote Attack

For the last 9 years, Rhode Island has had a coyote problem, which has mainly threatened small pets and livestock such as chickens.

That all changed last night when Frankie Calise, a maintenance worker at RISD was attacked by a pack of the wild animals just down the street from RISD at Memorial Park.

Mr. Calise was apparently walking home from work alone when he was attacked by the animals. There were no eyewitnesses, but a transient woman claims to have heard sounds of growling, snarling and ripping fabric.

Providence Animal Control cautions all pedestrians in the Memorial Park area to avoid carrying food or walking alone. Children and pets should not be unsupervised in the park.


9/1/13 Providence Phoenix

Local artist, Pasquale DiAgoniste, has new art on display at Gallery Z in Providence.

This work is a departure from his last exhibit at the ill-fated WaterFire show. instead of sculpture, the artist has chosen a mixed-media oil paint and collage approach. The theme is slightly different as well.

Pasquale DiAgoniste gave his interview at an uncustomary evening hour. The man looked paler than usual and with a slight limp. He claimed that these are remnants of the injuries he suffered during the WaterFire bridge collapse in July. We asked him if that experience was related to the changes in the focus of his work.

"Instead of focusing on the 7 Sins, which is very much a 'how' theme," says DiAgoniste, "I decided to focus on themes of 'why.' Faith implies a belief in truth, but it's not easy to explain. I have taken a Gnostic approach with this work, because I want to show the part of faith that feels true in the heart."

Much of the work depicts visceral and graphic violence, including the Passion of Christ as well as controversial images of St. Blaise and St. Francis being attacked by wild animals.

When asked about these depictions, DiAgoniste says "there is truth in violence, and tragedy often leads people to turn to faith. God is Truth, and He is in all things...especially the dangerous things."


8/12/13 Providence Phoenix

Stewarts Impress With Unexpected Final Irony

I was at The Martha Stewarts charity show at the Met last night, and let me tell you, it was the performance of a career.

The band has been called innovative before, mold-breaking, and undefinable. They proved this last night in the ultimate fashion.

After the opening act, the Stewarts took the stage. They shouldered their instruments like Confederate Rebels shouldered muskets at Appomattox. Songwriter and bassist Kyle Kremlin pulled a dropcloth off a ruined statue, a replica of one decimated in the Water Place Park Bridge accident last month. They began to play. And then something magical happened.

The fire alarm went off, in counterpoint with the music, but harmonious in tone. The sprinklers poured water down on the crowd, and the Stewarts took themselves offstage.

As the water poured down, I realized that this was the most brilliant thing a band which rallies against the mainstream could possibly do on the cusp of impending popularity.

And I wasn't the only one. Every person who left The Met that night, every one of us who walked out that door soaked with water that smelled like old pennies was smiling and cheerful, inspired and elated. We experienced a sort of rapture because we witnessed a brilliantly creative group of performers making a brilliantly unexpected move.

They did one last gig to benefit a socially relevant and often overlooked cause, and then they split up.

Yes, the Martha Stewarts are no longer creating and playing music. On their website, they left only a brief statement; "The greatest change is the one you don't expect. We quit. Now it's your turn to make something awesome."

None of the band members can be reached for further comment.


8/12/2013 Page 4, Providence Journal

Reports came in of a well-dressed individual handing out drugs in outside The Met Pawtucket last night. A patron of the venue submitted some of the substance for testing, which revealed that the small white capsule-shaped items were actually breath mints. Some 400 individuals were believed to have accepted the "drugs."

The patron later made an official statement that the whole thing was a staged event made on the night of the last performance of local band The Martha Stewarts. It is believed that the event's intention was to draw attention to drug abuse problems amid the hipster subculture in Providence over the last year and a half.


8/12/2013 Newport Daily News

Vandalism at Dog Rescue

Grendel Redeemed, a dog rescue organization exclusively for Mastiffs, suffered vandalism on its premises early Monday morning.

Pig's blood was splashed on doors around the premises, and the fences around the perimeter were vandalized with rock salt.

None of the dogs were harmed, although the owner of the rescue, Zinnia Black, claims she found evidence of an attempt to break into the kennel.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is urged to contact the Jamestown Police Department non-emergency line.



7/8/2013 Providence Phoenix

UPDATE: The Martha Stewarts have just agreed to play a charity show to benefit the Church of Universal Truth's soup kitchen on August 11th at the Met in Pawtucket.

The sound is shoegaze, the scene is hip (put a bird on it), and the lyrics cry out for change from tradition based on facing the truth. The Martha Stewarts have been around, but their show the night before the WaterFire accident proves that they're more than a cog in the scene machine. They're a force poised to start driving it.

Hipsters are notoriously fickle. It defines them; that rejection of anything that stays static enough to garner what the mainstream defines as popularity. The Martha Stewarts, despite their name, are the opposite of static.

"Truth changes," says lyricist and bass player Kyle (he gives his current last name as Kremlin, but that's subject to change on a weekly or more frequent basis). "If you want to write about, play about, portray truth, you can't stay in one place artistically, or even physically. You have to keep moving, because truth keeps moving. The truth is the only thing that never stays the same."

Having minored in Chemistry at URI, I asked him how that could be so. What about all those gas laws, chromatography, what about physics and genetics?

"Theories. Those scientists, even the greats like Newton, like Avogadro, like Watson and Crick, those guys and whoever the next ones are, all they ever have are theories. All they accomplish is just good enough until the next great mind comes along with the next best theory. The truth is, they never know the exact truth, because the truth is always a little beyond what we can grok and then once any one of us thinks we have it it changes into something else again."

Heavy, and I told him so.

"Heavy? No way. Knowing that change happens like that in the universe, it's freeing. Lightening. It helps you not sweat the small stuff as long as you can accept that you have to change to follow the truth. It's not easy around here, with all the tradition, but the kinds of people who get our music, they're on the right path."

The Martha Stewarts are taking a break from the rest of their summer performance dates in order to prepare for their statewide College gigs coming up in August. They have agreements with every college in Rhode Island, as well as Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. Those shows are all open to the public.



8/5/2013 GHOST TRACERS webisode:

The Tracers start in the studio today, not on location. They have three chairs set up, meaning they have a guest... The man in the third chair is in his late 40s, with horn-rimmed glasses and light brown hair which is just starting to recede. He's dressed incongruously in jeans and a t-shirt which says "Save Southeast Lighthouse" on it.

Ned: Today we have a guest, Professor Dumas of Rhode Island College. He's been teaching History for the past 25 years, including a course on Haunted Rhode Island. Barry: Welcome, Professor Dumas! Dumas: Thank you, Ned and Barry. Ned: Last week, we talked about this new accident and how a witness saw some eeerie things. Professor, you told us that there were similar reports at the other three accidents we've been Tracing? Dumas: Yes, Ned. At all three, some witnesses claimed to have seen rescuers with abilities beyond the scope of your average EMT. Barry: Were they all like what Tracy told us last week, about an angelically beautiful woman and a superman-strong fellow? Dumas: No, Barry.

The Tracers look slightly surprised. The camera stays on them, which frequent viewers would find slightly unusual.

Ned: No? Dumas: No, Ned. Reports have included a mothman, a rescuer using vines, and a bat winged person. And there's more you two don't know.

There's a too-long pause as Ned appears completely (and rather comically) shocked. Barry gets his wits back about him after a couple of seconds. Again, this is not something viewers are typically allowed to see Ned and Barry doing.

Barry: "So, Professor Dumas, would you like to enlighten us? Dumas: Certainly, although even my knowledge is limited. I can't tell you what or why, or even the true scope, but accidents like this have been happening in Rhode Island for a very long time, since at least the Great Depression. As you noticed a few weeks ago, they follow a time pattern of every fifteen years. Up until this year, they even followed a seasonal pattern of occurring shortly before or after the first thaw of spring.

Barry spouts off his trademark line a few times to hide the fact that his jaw should be on the floor. While this is going on, Ned finally regains his composure.

Barry: Iiiiiinteresting. Veeeeery iiiiinteresting. Veeeeery veeeery iiiinteresting. Ned: Yes, it is interesting. And eeeeeerie, too. This gives us a good deal to think about for the next few weeks.

Barry appears to be missing his cue (we really shouldn't be seeing this. Is the camera guy new or something?). There's a brief pause, and then Ned picks up the slack.

Ned: That's all for this episode of Ghost Tracers. Next week, we hit the state records office to investigate an anonymous tip about what might possibly be a real-life version of the Bride of Frankenstein.

The credits roll across the Ghost Tracers logo. (Like last week, there's a glitch when the logo comes onscreen. If you have Computers 3 or higher, e mail me for a wits+computers roll).



7/28/2013 INDIA POINT PARK

The India Point Park pedestrian bridge was usually quiet around sundown. One child was running late coming home from his attempt to catch fish in the bay. At the top of the bridge stairs, he hopped on his skateboard in order to cross faster, and then about halfway across, he falls...

"Dammit, cheap-ass board." He picked up his board, noticing that a wheel was missing. He shrugged and ran; there was no time to go looking for it when he planned to buy a newer (and sturdier) model this weekend.

The wheel spun in a circle on the bridge, continuing when air and surface friction would normally have been expected to stop it. It just kept spinning. And then a voice came softly from above it...

"It won't work, you know. They won't really change, they only shift."

The second voice came from below, as if the bridge itself was speaking. "Shift enough, that's change." "But they take so long. The kind of change you represent needs to happen quickly to have any meaning." "True. But objects in motion tend to stay in motion. And that motion can increase." "True. But everything old is new again, and everything new has been done before." "Untrue. Merge two things, you get a new thing. Bridge a gap, and growth will happen." "Untrue. Oil and water do not merge. Blight also spreads." "Blight, however undesirable, is a form of change." "Point to me, you failed to address oil and water." "Point to me also, blight is change. So which one of us wins?" "It's still a tie. like it always is. Should be a point in my favor." "But it isn't. That's not part of the agreement they keep us under." "Shouldn't you be getting tired of that same old agreement by now?" "Novel, that is, coming from you. You're getting weak, considering my point of view like that." "Not as much as you, wanting to stick to the agreement. Probably because you're hiding behind it." "Untrue. The agreement simply is. For now, anyway." "For always in some form or another." "This too shall pass." "And return again the next time the wheel goes round."

The lone skateboard wheel stopped circling, rolled the rest of the way across the bridge, bounced down the stairs. No one was there to witness whether or not it ever came to rest...



8/5/2013 Ghost Tracers Webisode

GHOST TRACERS Monday August 5th webisode:

The Tracers start in the studio today, not on location. They have three chairs set up, meaning they have a guest... The man in the third chair is in his late 40s, with horn-rimmed glasses and light brown hair which is just starting to recede. He's dressed incongruously in jeans and a t-shirt which says "Save Southeast Lighthouse" on it.

Ned: Today we have a guest, Professor Dumas of Rhode Island College. He's been teaching History for the past 25 years, including a course on Haunted Rhode Island. Barry: Welcome, Professor Dumas! Dumas: Thank you, Ned and Barry. Ned: Last week, we talked about this new accident and how a witness saw some eeerie things. Professor, you told us that there were similar reports at the other three accidents we've been Tracing? Dumas: Yes, Ned. At all three, some witnesses claimed to have seen rescuers with abilities beyond the scope of your average EMT. Barry: Were they all like what Tracy told us last week, about an angelically beautiful woman and a superman-strong fellow? Dumas: No, Barry.

The Tracers look slightly surprised. The camera stays on them, which frequent viewers would find slightly unusual.

Ned: No? Dumas: No, Ned. Reports have included a mothman, a rescuer using vines, and a bat winged person. And there's more you two don't know.

There's a too-long pause as Ned appears completely (and rather comically) shocked. Barry gets his wits back about him after a couple of seconds. Again, this is not something viewers are typically allowed to see Ned and Barry doing.

Barry: "So, Professor Dumas, would you like to enlighten us? Dumas: Certainly, although even my knowledge is limited. I can't tell you what or why, or even the true scope, but accidents like this have been happening in Rhode Island for a very long time, since at least the Great Depression. As you noticed a few weeks ago, they follow a time pattern of every fifteen years. Up until this year, they even followed a seasonal pattern of occurring shortly before or after the first thaw of spring.

Barry spouts off his trademark line a few times to hide the fact that his jaw should be on the floor. While this is going on, Ned finally regains his composure.

Barry: Iiiiiinteresting. Veeeeery iiiiinteresting. Veeeeery veeeery iiiinteresting. Ned: Yes, it is interesting. And eeeeeerie, too. This gives us a good deal to think about for the next few weeks.

Barry appears to be missing his cue (we really shouldn't be seeing this. Is the camera guy new or something?). There's a brief pause, and then Ned picks up the slack.

Ned: That's all for this episode of Ghost Tracers. Next week, we hit the state records office to investigate an anonymous tip about what might possibly be a real-life version of the Bride of Frankenstein.

The credits roll across the Ghost Tracers logo. (Like last week, there's a glitch when the logo comes onscreen. If you have Computers 3 or higher, e mail me for a wits+computers roll).



7/29/2013 Ghost Tracers webisode

After the opening credits and (cheesy) theme song, the camera is showing Ned and Barry in their jumpsuits with all their hokey gadgetry. They are on the south side of Water Place Park, with their backs toward the collapsed bridge.

Ned: We were supposed to cover the TWA accident today, but after the accident at WaterFire, we decided to investigate that instead. Barry: That's right. There were some reports of strange occurrences here. Ned: Our source at Public Works says that there's really no concrete (Barry snickers) explanation for the bridge collapse. It's still a mystery, especially since some of the stone from the main bridge support is just missing. Barry: And our source over at Miriam Hospital tells us that a number of the accident victims were much less injured than they should have been. Ned: Finally, we have a witness who we'll talk to later that says she witnessed an angel and a superman helping people right after the bridge collapsed.

The camera pans off to the side so the viewers can see the site of the accident. There is a weird hitch in the recording at this point, some sort of static or interference. (OOC: contact me if you have Computers over 4 for a roll)

Barry: So, Ned, can we see anything from over here of what your source was talking about? Ned: Actually, Barry, we can. The other half of the bridge that's still standing shouldn't be. The support that fell down was integral to the entire structure, not just the half that fell. Barry: Does your source have a theory about why? Ned: Yes. He thinks that there's an extra support that shouldn't be there. There's another support piece that got added to that other part of the bridge at some point. Thing is, this bridge was renovated about 12 years ago, and the plans don't have that part anywhere on them. Also, he says, it seems to be made of one piece of stone. The City doesn't have equipment to move a block that big. Barry: Iiiinteresting. And kind of eerie in a good way. Ned: Yes, Barry. There would have been nearly twice the casualties of the other side of the bridge had collapsed. Which brings us to the victims with the minimized injuries. What did your source have to say? Barry: Well, there were a lot of cuts and scrapes, but not nearly as many broken bones or internal hemorrhage as would be expected in this type of accident, where stone is falling on people. There was also a rumor that a few people who had broken bones years ago suddenly showed no evidence of those breaks on their x-rays. No one knows how that happened. Ned: Eeeerie. And kind of interesting in a good way. Barry: Yes, Ned. Which brings us to the witness. We'll have to head back to the studio to talk to the very helpful lady who came to talk to us.

The cut screen with the Ghost Tracers logo appears. (looks like this: http://www.annarbor.com/assets_c/2010/02/Ghost%20Army%20Logo-thumb-300x348-27460.jpg )

When the cut screen is gone, we see the Tracers in the studio with an interview chair set up across from their usual seats. A brunette woman in her mid 30s sits in the chair, wearing jeans and a t-shirt.

Ned: We're here with Tracy Chao, witness to supernatural events after the WaterFire accident. Thanks for coming, Tracy. Tracy: Don't mention it. After what I saw, and the way the people at the hospital wouldn't believe me, I'm just glad you're willing to listen. Barry: Of course. Stories like yours are why we're here, Tracy. We won't judge you based on what you saw, because Ned and I both know that there are things in the world that aren't easily explained. Ned: Which brings us to what you can't explain. Tracy, tell us about this Superman figure. Tracy: Well, a piece of the bridge fell on a woman, on her legs. She was screaming and I was just standing there staring because there was nothing I could do. A bunch of other people were doing what I was doing. And then, this huge guy dressed in blue just lifted the piece of bridge off her. And then she rolled out of the way. The poor woman though, she was still screaming. Her legs were...crushed. It was (Tracy starts to look a little green around the gills) it was just the most horrible thing I had ever seen. Barry: Is this where the angel came in? Tracy: Yes. She didn't look exactly like someone would expect an angel to look, she had no wings or anything like that. But she was the most beautiful looking person I had ever seen, ethereal. I thought to myself , how could something that heavenly looking be in such a hellish place as that accident. And then, she leaned over and kissed this woman with the crushed legs on the forehead. Ned: And there was no light or anything? No noise? Tracy: Well, I didn't hear anything but stone falling and people screaming, or see a light. But then when I looked at the woman's legs again, they just looked scraped up a bit. And then I got knocked over so I didn't see anything else. Barry: So, you were injured too? Tracy: Yeah, I hit my head. And that's why that old doctor who checked me for a concussion said I must have imagined the whole thing. Because I had hit my head. Ned: But you hit your head after you saw all that stuff. Tracy: Yeah. Barry: Sounds like the old doc's a huge skeptic. Luckily, the Ghost Tracers are here to look into reports like yours. Thank you again, Tracy.

Barry looks at the camera, and it zooms in on him.

Barry: Tune in next week for a discussion of the other three accidents and how they had similarly disbelieved reports of angelic and heroic figures saving people!


7/14/2013 Providence Journal Front Page Headline


13 Killed in bridge collapse at WaterFire on Sunday

13 people were killed at the scene of a horrible accident at Water Place Park. 2 more are in critical condition, with 68 more severely to moderately injured.

Jake Barnes says, "if it hadn't been for the regular people who stuck around doing CPR and stuff, it would have been worse. One big guy lifted some bricks off me, if he hadn't I would have got hurt way worse." One police officer on the scene tell a similar story, "there were some anonymous Good Samaritans who made this tragedy much smaller than it could have been. Whoever they were, they should know that they saved a lot of lives with their quick thinking." However, our reporters managed to put names to a couple of the faces of these selfless people.

One of the rescuers was identified as Dr. Markus Meister, a prominent neurosurgeon at Rhode Island Hospital. He was seen administering first-response medical care, unflappably working to stabilize injured people.

Another was Dr. Aaron Walker, who we found out is a circulatory specialist at the V.A. hospital. While he was initially witnessed praying as the bridge began its collapse, he eventually came to his senses and helped in a similar fashion to Dr. Meister.

Half of the bridge on the north side of Water Place Park collapsed due to what engineers are calling "secondary structural weathering" of supports under the bridge. The supports that caused the collapse on the landmark bridge were made of bricks re-used from the original Union Station. A source at the Department of Public Works states that any remaining re-used bricks will be replaced before the bridge is open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. WaterFire is also cancelled until the bridge undergoes repair.


7/14/2013 Providence Journal, page 6

Artist Severely Injured At Debut Show

Pasquale DiAgoniste, recent RISD graduate, was severely injured at the showing of his sculptures at WaterFire on Sunday night. The artist was standing near the north side bridge when it collapsed, but he was, ironically, hit by a piece of one of his own sculptures "Gold Dust Woman."

Mr. DiAgoniste states, "I'm lucky, actually. I could have been killed or hurt worse than I am." When asked how he felt about the severe damage to his artwork, he states, "at least they were insured, but those were sculptures I put sweat and tears into creating. The money's nice, but much less important to me than the pieces."

Mr. DiAgoniste also told us that he plans to contribute funds toward the medical care of other victims of the accident, especially those without insurance.



7/8/2013 Ghost Tracers Webisode: Barry Taylor and Ned Edwards

Ned: Here we have the recording of an interesting discussion about a ghost story told by scouts around campfires for the last 30 years. The question we address today; is this story part of a potential pattern of hauntings?

The audio plays while the two hosts of "Ghost Tracers" nod in what they hope is a sage manner at the camera. Barry and Ned are wearing their t-shirts with the campy logo on the front: http://www.annarbor.com/assets_c/2010/02/Ghost%20Army%20Logo-thumb-300x348-27460.jpg

"And that's why you can't play hockey on the lake anymore. Johnny Jones comes back every 15 years in March to drag one more boy under the ice."

"That story's stupid. It's not even scary anymore. No one died in the lake anyway. Someone just made Johnny Jones up."

"Nuh-uh. My G-pa went to high school with Johnny Jones. He was the best hockey player from Coventry, like, ever. The Bruins watched him play once, and then he died. My G-pa was there when he fell through the ice. My G-pa even says that something happens every 15 years where someone dies in the water."

"Your G-pa's a dumb-ass. It was 30 years ago in March, and no one died. It's July now. What's your G-pa have to say about that, Dylan?"

"He says it's gonna be worse this year, because it's late. And my G-pa's not a dumb-ass, Caleb, he's a Dumas, and a professor."

"Waaah, my G-pa Dumb-ass is a local history professor at 'Really It's College' so I know everything, waah!"

"Cut it out Caleb, or else!"

"Or else wha- OW!"

Barry: So, Ned, do you think Dylan's grandpa is on to something? Ned: I think so, Barry! He's right about the pattern of events, at least for the last 45 years. There's been three accidents right here in Rhode Island in that time, all involving ice, where at least one person died. Barry: And experts like us folks here at Ghost Tracers know that accidental deaths are a major cause of ghost activity! Ned: What were the accidents, Barry? Barry: Well, Ned, there was the accident on Lake Tiogue that Dylan mentioned where Johnny Jones died at age 16, which happened in 1983. Before that, there was the TWA accident, where 19 people in the front of a plane drowned when it had a minor crash in Warwick Pond. And after that, as most of our viewers know, was the Eddy Street Bridge accident, where a sheet of ice caused the I-95 overpass to collapse on top of three buses. Ned: The Eddy Street Bridge accident was covered in our episode about mothman sightings. All three of these accidents had witnesses report seeing some kind of human-shaped entity with wings. Barry: Coincidence? I. Think. Not. Ned: Sounds like little Caleb was wrong. Professor Dumas is no "dumb-ass." Isn't it true though, Barry, that Rhode Island is about 3 months overdue for one of these accidents? Barry: Yup. And I have to wonder how another accident involving ice could happen at all this year, considering the almanacs are predicting a warm fall and early winter. Then again, stranger things have happened. Ned: That's right, Barry. And where there's strange, where there's supernatural, there's also...Ghost Tracers! Tune in next Monday for an in-depth Trace of the TWA accident. If that disaster left behind any ghosts, we'll be Tracing them!

The closing credits and theme song begin playing.



7/8/2013 Providence Phoenix Event Announcement Page

WaterFire!

WaterFire has something extra this weekend. It's a three night spectacular event with live musical performances on the stage in Water Place Park!

Friday night is The Barbers, an A Capella group performing classic hits from the 1950s.

Saturday night is The Martha Stewarts, the local indie rock sensation.

Sunday night is The Green Monster, a local blues act.

On Sunday also features an art show by recent RISD graduate Pasquale DiAgoniste. The display will be at the north side of Water Place Park.



6/23/2013 Providence Phoenix "Blue Man" Sightings

Providence Phoenix, June 23, 2013 B. Jones

"Blue Man" Sightings in Downtown Providence

A series of incidents have been reported to police and neighborhood watch groups. Such a thing by itself is hardly out of the ordinary, but these don't seem like any ordinary set of incidents.

May 12, 2013 "It was dark, so I thought maybe I was seeing things," says Kristy, an 18 year old who works at the CVS in Kennedy Plaza. "I've seen other things back there by the dumpster, but this guy was definitely the weirdest. He was blue." Kristy goes on to say that she saw the man again coming around the front of the store. She also says that he walked with a crutch.

June 4, 2013 "The man smelled like a bucket of chum," says Sal, who would know since he works on a fishing boat. "I was coming out of Bar Louie, and the smell just kind of hit me in the face. So, I look over and see this fella in pajamas. He was sitting on one of the benches next to...I dunno, maybe a bike. He looked like a cancer patient, except he was blue. Like one of them smurfs, but like chemo Smurf."

June 13, 2013 "The lady came in and bought the book, "Haunted Rhode Island"," says Henry from the Brown Bookstore. "She was a drop-dead gorgeous blonde, like a model. Maybe I shouldn't have asked for her phone number, I don't know, but the guy in the wheelchair started banging on the window after that. He was blue, not dark blue, but pale blue. Like the drowned people you see on CSI Miami, except this was a real live guy. He was making a lot of noise too, but I couldn't tell what he was saying through the window. The lady finished paying and then ran out there to him. She must have been his nurse or something, because he quieted down after she got out there."

June 21, 2013 "She bought two tickets," says Erica at Providence Place Theater. "One for her and one for the blue man. I was really hoping she wouldn't buy tickets, because of the smell...it could have offended the other patrons while they were trying to enjoy the movie. A lot of these people get really into these Sci-fi movies. We have people coming back week after week in costume. Well, turned out there was nothing to worry about anyway, she turned around and practically ran out of there with him. Looked like she was scared of something."

Will denizens of Providence see this mysterious blue man again? Is this something that should be a public health concern? Is there maybe something in the water downtown? Could this be some kind of avaunt garde performance art or viral marketing stunt? Has Providence been Punked?