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After what seemed like the eternal offseason, spring training is here and everything is "normal." The reports out of Jet Blue Park are good — a slimmed down version of Pablo Sandoval arrived … more
Earlier this month Katherine Gregg of the Providence Journal wrote an excellent analysis about those on state public assistance. The news story focused on immigrants (more about that later) but there … more
There is a movement afoot to eliminate grades for students, particularly in the middle schools. The argument goes as follows:Giving grades cause stress for some students. Students particularly in the … more
Is your family of the “Leave It to Beaver” variety—opposite-gender parents, first marriage for each, one or more kids? If so, your estate plan will probably be straightforward. But … more
Except for her family and friends, perhaps nobody was happier than I to see then-Captain Ann Assumpico appointed head of the Rhode Island State Police (RISP). While there were many qualified … more
Love is in the air (and not in a Harlequin novel kind of way). February may be one of the dreariest months in New England, but we can try and make the best of it. Personally, I like to take on a new … more
Regular readers of this column are aware of my math guru friend, Ted Hahn, who, among other accomplishments, predicted the election of Donald Trump well over a year before the election. Not only was … more
You may recall 2015’s dust-up over the Pawsox owners’ demand for $150 million in taxpayer dollars for a Providence ballpark were they to stay in Rhode Island. Fortunately, cooler heads … more
President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday, Jan. 27, that violates the bedrock principles upon which Roger Williams founded Rhode Island. I’ve always been proud to work at a … more
President Barack Obama left the White House last week. He should hold his head high. History will rank him in the top 15 of America’s 45 presidents to date. Here’s why:Domestic … 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.