Thursday, April 30
As a Massachusetts native who lived all over before settling down in Rhode Island, I've long been surprised about how frequently I hear racist language in the Ocean State. I guess that's why I wasn't overly surprised to read this week that this state is the only one in New England that accounts for "much more than the average" number of searches of the N-word on Google, according to a ...more
Thursday, April 23
Don't count Attorney Gen. Peter Kilmartin among those state leaders who will support moving the Pawtucket Red Sox to Providence.
While many others have offered vague responses to questions about whether the state should help the new owners of the PawSox build a shiny new stadium, the lifelong city resident and former state representative in Pawtucket says there's no reason at all to move the team.
Speaking on 1380 WNRI Thursday morning, Kilmartin said he doesn't think the deal...more
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