Tuesday, April 7
As officers continue an internal investigation into allegations of racism in the Pawtucket Police Department, the ACLU of Rhode Island is calling for a much deeper look at the department's practices pertaining to minorities over the past decade.
Executive Director Steven Brown, in a letter dated April 2, said a Breeze story on accusations that officers regularly the N-word was "disturbing," and said ACLU officials are pleased to know that an internal investigation is...more
Friday, March 20
Phil Eil is my Sunshine Week star of the week after finally being rewarded for his persistence in trying to keep government accountable.
If you follow the former editor of the Providence Phoenix on Twitter, you know that he frequently expresses his frustration with the Drug Enforcement Administration for not giving him the documents he's requested about the famous Volkman drug trafficking trial.
Eil finally got his due...more
Wednesday, March 4
I asked local residents for some of their favorite memories of McCoy Stadium. Here are some of their answers.
"Sleeping over at McCoy Stadium for the Cub Scout Sleepover, seeing all the camping tents on the green, watching a baseball movie. My husband has taken my boys every year."
"I took my dad and two boys to a game on a random Saturday afternoon in August of 2003. Bronson Arroyo was the starting pitcher....
Saturday, February 28
While news of the likely loss of the Pawtucket Red Sox has been painful for Pawtucket residents, not everyone is taking a doom and gloom perspective on it. I'm going to be adding reactions here as I find them on social media.
"I respect @DonGrebien for still fighting for the @PawSox. It may be the bottom of the 9th, but that last out hadn't been recorded yet."
"Just a note...more
Wednesday, February 25
Angus Davis, CEO of Swipely and a big baseball fan, suggested back in 2006 that Rhode Island might benefit from the Pawtucket Red Sox moving to the Providence waterfront.
Davis, in his 42-page “Providence PawSox Idea,” said at the time that McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket was in an “obscure location with no surrounding retail or supporting development, and no access to public transit.”
As Davis put it, “the team’s ownership may change in the near future if the team’s present owner...more
Monday, February 23
PAWTUCKET – The sale of the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox franchise is complete, according to a report in The Boston Globe Sunday. Details of the sale are expected to be made public on Monday, according to sources cited by the paper.
Also Monday, city residents should find out whether the new owners plan to keep the PawSox in Pawtucket or whether they’ll look to move it somewhere else in Rhode Island or out of state. NBC 10 reported Sunday that the owners want to move the team to...more
Sunday, February 22
Even though I love all things Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, it was still a little much to see the latest installment, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” twice in one week. So the second time through, I decided to keep myself entertained by writing down some random thoughts. Here goes:
• Hobbits have superior feet. Dwarves have the best eyebrows. Elves win easily for the nicest hair.
• Orcs win both the most ugly and least likely to win a hand-to-hand battle awards.... more
Thursday, February 12
I was surprised to learn this week that the total spent in Rhode Island on snow removal for the big January storm was around $9 million, an amount officials are hoping to have reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. With $3 million of that being spent at the state level, that left roughly $6 million spent by all Rhode Island municipalities.
So why are Pawtucket officials saying their total cost for that storm was $1 million? Could the city really account for one-sixth...more
Wednesday, February 4
The National Sleep Foundation has released its latest recommendations for how many hours of sleep people should be getting at each stage of life, and it appears I'm falling far short of my seven to nine hours many nights.
The recommendations are based on an in-depth review of scientific literature and input from professionals in medicine, physiology, and science.
The following are the recommended daily sleep times by age range:
• Zero to three months old: 14 to 17 hours...more
Tuesday, February 3
My cousin Adam might be the biggest New England sports fan I've ever known, so I have very little trouble picturing his reaction every time his team comes out on the right side of a heart-stopping play.
On Tuesday I learned through Twitter that a video of Adam and his family celebrating Sunday's improbable win by the New England Patriots had made it onto the ESPN broadcast. Now the rest of the world can see why Adam is among the greatest fans on earth.... more