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Tuesday, September 16

A recount in the at-large race for Pawtucket City Council Tuesday confirmed that Thomas Hodge was the third-place winner and Al Vitali Jr. was out. Incumbent Hodge gained 38 votes in the recount, and Vitali gained 40, leaving the incumbent Vitali just 28 votes shy of third place.

Newcomer Sandra Cano and incumbent Larry Tetreault came in first and second place in the at-large race.

Vitali said a "very careful examination" of the ballots, done "by multiple observers,"...


Thursday, September 11

Election officials counted about 350 Pawtucket mail ballots at the Rhode Island Board of Elections Thursday afternoon, a process that decided one local race and called another one further into question.

In the at-large race for Pawtucket City Council, Albert Vitali Jr. initially missed a third-place win by just 35 votes to Thomas Hodge. Counting of the mail ballots gained Vitali two votes, meaning he's now down by 33 to Hodge. Vitali had already requested a recount even before the...


Thursday, September 11

Brian Newberry, the Republican minority leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, says he doesn't regret a decision announced a week before the Sept. 9 primary to endorse Ken Block over Allan Fung in the Republican primary. Fung ended up beating Block with 55 percent of the vote.

Newberry, a North Smithfield resident who previously served on Fung's exploratory committee for governor, says he still believes Block was the GOP's best bet in the general election (Fung will go...


Wednesday, September 10

Many of our readers know that we at The Breeze believe in great local election coverage. We inform readers leading up to the vote and we dissect and analyze the results for them afterward. We know that great election coverage can mean a more engaged electorate and a better community overall.

Our award-winning election coverage team is back at it this week. Check out all our stories on the local races that matter to you at

Friday, September 5

One of the most difficult questions to answer about the 2014 primary election in Rhode Island is how independent voters will impact it.

WPRO's Matt Allen hosted a discussion Friday afternoon asking listeners how they'll decide which primary to vote in on Sept. 9. As Allen pointed out, this year's primary is unusual even for Rhode Island as very few local races feature candidates in the general election, meaning many people will likely want to make their voice heard on the city or...


Tuesday, September 2

Brian Newberry, the Republican House minority leader from North Smithfield, has announced that he is switching his support from Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung to Ken Block, Fung's opponent in the Sept. 9 primary. Newberry previously served on Fung's exploratory committee for governor.

Newberry told me Tuesday that he's making the switch because he now believes that Block is the better of the two candidates.

"I am endorsing Block for governor. My primary concern...


Friday, August 29

The students and staff at Pawtucket's Shea High School issued a very special ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday. Check it out.

Tuesday, August 26

Do certain sounds remind you of the past? Would the clack of a typewriter or beeping of dial-up internet make you wax nostalgic about those early years?

It turns out there's a website dedicated to making sure the sounds of the past don't disappear. It's called The Museum of Endangered Sounds. Proving once again that Twitter isn't a waste of time...



Tuesday, August 19

I've seen plenty of great speeches by great coaches, both in the movies and in real life, but none have gotten me choked up quite like the one given by Coach Dave Belisle after his Cumberland Americans bowed out of the Little League World Series. In a world where many coaches want to prove how tough they are, and where some have forgotten that they have a responsibility to lead by example, Coach Belisle reminds us of what it means to be a great coach and mentor.

Watch the coach's...


Friday, August 8

Those of you who know me well know that I love cooking on the grill, in any weather and during any season. In a spirit of generosity for the holiday week, I've decided to share the inspiration for my latest creation.

The western bacon burger with barbecue mayo and crispy onion strings offers up a delightful combination of tastes. Check out the recipe:

I can't tell you my secret additions to the burger meat and barbecue...