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It is an odd take on private property law that allows armed intruders to enter at will and fire away whether the landowners like it or not. But such is the situation in some states — Massachusetts among them as Westport residents have … more
Students at the Roger Williams University Intercultural Center organized a BlackOut Monday, Nov. 16, at 12:20 p.m.  Those who attended wore black to show solidarity with the students at Mizzou (University of Missouri). About 100 people attended, … more
The next move in the Twin River Casino saga rests with the Tiverton Town Council and it ought to be a simple one — send it to the voters. It’s the right move for several reasons. First, it places the decision squarely with the … more
Every kindergartner for the past 20 years has known the difference between a blue bin and a trash can. Unfortunately, too many of their parents and grandparents do not. Unconscionable as it might seem, far too many people hurl recyclable … more
Hats off to Rhode Island state Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-Narragansett and South Kingstown) for having the gumption to do what every town, every state, should have done decades ago. Rep. Tanzi is pushing a bill that would raise the legal age for … more
If they can find the funds, the idea of a bike and pedestrian path from Warren to Bristol makes sense (see page 1). At about $2.35 million, it won’t be cheap. But if grant money can be found, a path running though under-utilized and (mostly) … more
When it comes to its vote last week to allow for the mayoral form of government to be placed before the voters on the November 2016 ballot, the East Providence City Council needs to take a time out, call the booth for a review, ask for a do-over or … more
Some in Tiverton may have reason to be frustrated with their Town Council, but this ‘fire the lot of them’ reaction scarcely fits the crime. Petitions are making the rounds calling for the ouster of no fewer than three councilors. … more
Carpionato Corp.’s failed attempt to build an immense commercial and residential complex in Tiverton may best be remembered as an exercise in how not to win friends and influence people. Any shot the developer may have had early on to … more
Warren finally has weekend and holiday coverage in the animal control office, after town officials this week filled a new part time position approved by voters at the Financial Town Meeting in May. The part time coverage had long been sought by … 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.