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With COVID-19 booster shots now widely available to most adult Rhode Islanders and the holidays approaching, officials are encouraging people to get the additional shot in order to reinforce protection from severe illness.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control last week expanded recommendations for booster shots to now include all adults ages 18 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine as part of their primary series.

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Government officials and other sources said this week that a special writ of replevin  had been filed for the computer and possibly other documents of the high school coach whom some former athletes accuse of inappropriate behavior by him asking if they wanted to be naked for “fat tests.”

The writ, sources said, was ordered by Timothy Conlan, attorney for some of the athletes to search computers in Thomas’s possession for photographs of the athletes and any emails between him and them.

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The North Kingstown School Committee responded for the first time publicly to allegations about former coach Aaron Thomas at its Tuesday meeting.

Among the most notable concerns was that information about these allegations had been brought to the superintendent in 2018. Residents at the meeting questioned the motivations of those involved and demanded answers.

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Former North Kingstown High School boys basketball coach Aaron Thomas is facing accusations of misconduct, with former players alleging that he asked them to strip naked behind closed doors, for body fat checks.

The Skippers head coach for more than 20 years and a teacher at the high school, Thomas abruptly resigned in June amidst a school department investigation. North Kingstown police reportedly investigated the claims, but no charges were filed. The Attorney General’s office says it has an open investigation into the case.

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The kindness of strangers and the work of the nonprofit volunteer organization Amenity Aid are helping those facing hygiene poverty in South County and throughout the state.

The Warwick-based agency founded by Liz Duggan is ramping up its collection drive of personal hygiene products for those struggling to buy the basic items. Often in such situations, food and shelter come before shampoo, soap, body wash and deodorant.