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After the attacks and the death of a 32 year old pacifist in Charlottesville during a bilateral rally around the dismantling of a Confederate leader’s statue, the president accused the … more
Say you, riding around in your jalopy. You finally got a car tax break for this year. It was quite a ride, though, getting to the passage of this legislation. After more than a month of dawdling the … more
I don’t get much genealogy research done in the dog days of summer. My computer nook is under the eaves at home and it gets pretty warm up there, especially during the 90-degree, humid days … more
So says an article reporting on 2 decades of research by various professionals in psychology and neuroscience in the current issue of Atlantic (July/August 2017). If power were a prescription drug, … more
"Crimetown," the podcast which aired the dirty laundry of Providence around the world, was brilliantly conceived by its creators, Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling. Although it was an unflattering … more
I think the RI state budget is a bloated blob of bureaucracy. Having now made it perfectly clear that I bemoan the lack of cutting "fat" from this proposed spending I think that Senate President … more
Here they are:According to GoLocal Prov (6/29/17) the combined net worth of the group which is asking you to subsidize their Triple AAA stadium dreams is $8 to $10 billion. Patriot owner, Bob Kraft … more
If you’ve researched in a state far from home, you know how annoying it can be (and expensive if you have to send $24 or more every time you want a vital record mailed to you.And, expenses … more
Legislation to put anyone who applies for assistance from a state agency automatically on the voter’s roll passed along party lines in the RI House of Representatives. Efforts from republicans … more
House Speaker, Nick Mattiello, certainly has taken some knocks during his tenure, including from me. While one can hypothesize ad infinitum about his motives, I prefer to focus on his positive steps … 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.