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By the time you read this, you will probably know who made it through their respective primary challenge. Chances are strong that the leading candidates, i.e. Democrat incumbent Gina Raimondo and … more
During the summer of 1961, I was required to read four novels from an approved list and to write a book report on each of them, to be handed in on the first day of my senior year advance placement … more
Earlier this summer I wrote a column about the North Providence school superintendent who repeatedly abused a town credit card by charging personal item after item, courtesy of the taxpayers. Despite … more
Good luck to the taxpayers of Worcester who most certainly will be on the hook for the construction of a new stadium for Larry Lucchino et al. The city fathers capitulated to the real deal sought by … more
Were you a referee in a boxing ring, in this corner would be the U.S. Department of Justice informing local municipalities that they must help Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) round up … more
“I do believe that the public has a fundamental right to understand what a candidate believes and what their opinions are. Those opinions form the basis of how they will govern in the … more
Imagine this. You have your credit card purloined by a low-income young woman who lives in South Providence. She charges hundreds of dollars in airfare for her and her spouse. A $165 service at a … more
First came the news that the statewide Democratic Party endorsement went to a Trump-loving former Republican male over a female incumbent (later reversed). Searching through the local endorsements … more
State politicians sometimes stand as sharp contrasts. On the one hand you have an example of someone who can see beyond his own self-interest and actually propose something that benefits the common … more
The Catholic Church needs a campaign fast and it’s not the $50 million drive it is undertaking at this moment to raise funds, inter alia, for repairs to the cathedral and to burnish the … 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.