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New Rhode Island National Guard Colonel Breaks Barriers
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New Rhode Island National Guard Colonel Breaks Barriers

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard has its first Black colonel.Sharon Harmon attained the rank of colonel at a promotion ceremony Saturday at the Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Fogarty, in East Greenwich, the National Guard said in a statement.“I pray that my promotion is only the starting point for other African Americans after me,” Col. Harmon said in front of family, friends, colleagues and elected officials, including Gov. Dan McKee.Harmon, a Woonsocket resident, enlisted as an administrative clerk for 455th General Hospital Army Reserve Unit in Providence in 1985 and in 1993, transferred to the National Guard to attend Officer Candidate School.She has served in various capacities with the National Guard and is currently state Family Program Director, overse...
David Ortiz highlights Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony
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David Ortiz highlights Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony

David Ortiz promised to speak from the heart. As usual, Big Papi delivered. His megawatt smile tinged with a tad of emotion, the former Boston Red Sox slugger was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday — after his daughter Alexandra sang the national anthiem — and was humbled by his surroundings. "I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to be here today and for giving me the joy of being able to travel this path, this path that has allowed me to be here today and hopefully inspire everyone to believe in yourself," Ortiz said. Ortiz was greeted by a raucous crowd chanting "Papi! Papi!" as many fans made the four-hour drive from the vicinity of Fenway Park to attend the festivities.When he took the stage, Ortiz pointed skywa...