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Say you, riding around in your jalopy. You finally got a car tax break for this year. It was quite a ride, though, getting to the passage of this legislation. After more than a month of dawdling the … more
So says an article reporting on 2 decades of research by various professionals in psychology and neuroscience in the current issue of Atlantic (July/August 2017). If power were a prescription drug, … more
Paul Pence, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, has never been a bench warmer. “I’m not the kind of person who can just sit back and complain about problems. I need to jump in … more
The State’s Child Advocate has released a series of reports over the last two years documenting 11 child fatalities and 6 near fatalities due to abuse and neglect. Apparently, there are 14 … more
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
Governor Gina Raimondo and Treasurer Seth Magaziner have made the case for a statewide investment in public school buildings. As both correctly note, the longer the wait the more expensive it will be … more
Happy 18th birthday T.J.!My sweet boy, you have been counting down the days to your 18th birthday since January 1 and it’s finally here! In honor of your big day, I wanted to make sure that you … 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
Kudos to Senator Dominick Ruggerio for pledging to seek the opinion of the Rhode Island Supreme Court about whether internet wagering on athletics requires voters’ approval. Yet, he should go a … 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.