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Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Coffee and Coloring
10:30 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

Toddler Story Hour
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Carolina

Basic Computer Class
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Yoga for Beginners
4 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Charlestown

ACGOW Visiting Artists Show
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Westerly

Chowder & Fritter Dinner
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Westerly

Chinese New Year
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Westerly

Stargazing Nights
6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Charlestown

Valentine's Day Concert
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Charlestown

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R.I. town sued over anonymous political literature ban


PROVIDENCE (AP) — The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the town of Smithfield to keep it from enforcing a ban on anonymous political literature.

The lawsuit filed today says the town has said it will enforce the law, despite a 1995 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down a similar law in Ohio and upheld the right to anonymous free speech.

The police department did not return a message seeking comment, and the attorney general’s office, also named in the lawsuit, did not comment.

Smithfield police last year charged a political consultant with distributing anonymous campaign materials. The attorney general’s office dismissed the charges because of constitutional concerns, but the ACLU says the police chief and town solicitor said they would still enforce the ban.



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