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In the Muslim culture, they greet one another in this way. “As-salaam Alaykum," meaning “Peace be upon you” and answered by “wa ʿalaykumu s-salām” meaning “and peace be upon you … more
Our high school students excitedly cheered on the elementary kids as they ran through the "High Five Friday" morning gauntlet. The little ones grinned and laughed as our high school students clapped … more
It is a rare occasion when I praise the RI Speaker of the House and Senate President. Praise is due, however, for their recent actions. Here are the reasons why:House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello-The … more
Kudos to Attorney General Peter Neronha for 2 thoughtful pieces of legislation. His first bill would reduce simple possession of 1 ounce or less of a controlled substance (other than marijuana where … more
Pretend that you are researching whether you should bring your business to Rhode Island. You obviously are assessing your chances of making a profit, whether your children can get a great education, … more
George Mendonsa fought in World War II’s Pacific Theater, fished a lifetime on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, remained married to the love of his life for … more
Poli-ticksBy Arlene VioletIt's time for a new sheriff's policy in town WPRI-TV’s investigative reporter extraordinaire, Tim White, exposed a scandal at the state’s sheriff department. It … more
In an effort to find money for the burgeoning state budget, Governor Gina Raimondo is proposing to legalize recreational marijuana. She projects that the state would receive $14.3 million in gross … more
If you want to see a lot of belly-aching about the recent government shutdown, read the copious statements of the Rhode Island congressional delegation. These democrats bemoaned the hardship suffered … more
Prospects are very favorable for achieving major progress in the coming year to solve the most serious water quality problems in the Town of Westport because of two major developments. First, … 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.