MAN GETS PRISON AFTER 4 DRUNKEN DRIVING ARRESTS IN 48 HOURS: PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who racked up four drunken driving arrests in less than 48 hours is heading to prison.
Fifty-three-year-old John Lourenco was sentenced Monday to two years in the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institute. He must pay a $3,400 fine and attend alcohol counseling. His license will be suspended for eight years once he is released from prison.
Lourenco was arrested Sept. 14 in Providence for drunken driving. He was arrested three times the next day in Cumberland for the same charge.
Police say he crashed into three cars and a tree.
After the first three arrests, Lourenco was released with summonses to the custody of his parents. After the fourth crash, he was held for arraignment.
KENTUCKY JUDGE RULES FOR PRINTER THAT REFUSED GAY PRIDE JOB: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge in Lexington has ruled in favor of a shop that refused to print gay pride festival T-shirts.
The ruling Monday by Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturns a decision by the city’s Human Rights Commission. The commission had ruled in 2014 that the print shop, Hands On Originals, violated a city law that bans discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation. The shop says it has refused several jobs because of its Christian beliefs.
Ishmael said the Human Rights Commission went beyond its statutory authority in siding with the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization. The judge said that the print shop’s refusal in 2012 was based on the message of the gay group and pride festival and “not on the sexual orientation of its representatives or members.”