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Despite being prepared for the release of the list of clergy members who had been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing children, I still felt sick reading about it. After all, as Attorney General … more
Welcome to Westport Health Notes, a monthly column from the Westport Board of Health (BOH). The goal is to share information with our community about local issues and projects, public health alerts, … more
Key findings by the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Institute for Education Policy are enough to make anyone concerned with education blanche. The report on the Providence School System … more
If you follow the news, you know that for years the Rhode Island General Assembly has collected a $1 surcharge per month per phone on phone bills for the ostensible purpose of providing emergency 911 … more
“I could have gone to a lot of other people if I was (sic) going to buy influence”, John Battista of the Cranston-based OP Pharma LLC joked. “This is Rhode Island”. This was … more
Poli-ticksBy Arlene VioletProtect the First AmendmentLet’s get this out of the way: Bishop Thomas Tobin, as a United States citizen with the same constitutional rights as anyone else, has the … more
Welcome to Westport Health Notes, a new monthly column from the Westport Board of Health (BOH). The goal is to share information with our community about local issues and projects, public health … more
On May 21 the Ethics Commission issued an informal resolution and settlement by imposing a civil fine of $250 on Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee. The fine itself was a slap on the wrist. The Lt. … more
The cavalier attitude wherein Rhode Island politicians work for themselves by insuring their reelection through special interest legislation is much in evidence this session. You already know that … more
Earlier this month a debate ensued around the issue of school lunches. Initially, the City of Warwick school committee decided to provide only sunbutter and jelly sandwiches to children whose parents … 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.