Tuesday, May 26
Mayor Don Grebien wasted little time reaching out to Pawtucket Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino following the death of team President Jim Skeffington.
In a letter to Lucchino last Friday, he made it clear that Pawtucket very much wants to keep the team and he still wants the chance to make the city’s case.
Members of his administration have made “several requests” to meet and discuss the situation with team executives, said Grebien, but to no avail. Of particular interest to the...more
Tuesday, May 19
The early results of our informal Facebook/Twitter poll for best pizza in Rhode Island are in. This is clearly not very scientific, but here's what I have so far. Feel free to vote for your favorite in the comments below (leave more than one if you like) or tweet me @TheStoryShorey and I'll add it. You can also tell me on our Facebook page ...more
Thursday, April 30
To no one's surprise, the Rhode Island branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has weighed in on the controversy over whether a man should be asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at Pawtucket City Council meetings.
Read my original story on the issue.
Steven Brown, executive director of the ACLU, said in a letter that...more
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....
Friday, February 27
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