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The sudden passing of Buddy Cianci last week elicited a wide range of reactions from Rhode Island’s political leaders. Mayor Jorge Elorza immediately ordered city flags to half-staff and announced plans to have Cianci lie in state in City Hall. … more
Nobody is more aggravating than the educational mafia who wants to put the hit on charter schools. Led by legislators like Patricia Serpa, D-West Warwick, a retired schoolteacher; Gregg Amore, D-East Providence, a union teacher and former union … more
AAA of New England reported this month that a survey of more than 2200 of its members said that the state does not spend enough money on its roads and bridges. How can this be? Are they living under a rock? Rhode Island spends plenty of … more
Whether it’s sports or civic life, sometimes the best result can come from a loss. While the Patriots AFC championship loss is still too fresh to process, the Red Sox went from worst to first in 2013 and gave fans an unexpected thrill in a year … more
It has been said that you learn everything you need to know in Kindergarten. What the hippies who say that mean is we learn the basics of humanity at age 5. My daughter is the exception. Kindergarten taught her how to work with others and be part of … more
I hadn’t looked at the French-Canadian branch on my family tree since 2008. This is an updated version of a column I wrote at that time — some new websites and some no longer with us. A discovery on my paternal grandmother’s side took … more
Much has been made lately on talk radio as to whether any toll protocol which exempts automobiles and smaller commercial trucks would be constitutional if the toll only applies to multiple axle trucks. One reason for the query is that virtually all … more
In 2011 a democratic uprising spread across the Arab world. Ordinary people used social media and pure will in what became known as the Arab Spring. The movement started in Tunisia and quickly took hold in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.