Friday, June 19
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society sent out the following email on Friday after services to remember nine victims of a mass killing at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in South Carolina.
Please take a moment to pray, remember, hold up to the light, those we lost in Charleston.
Nine are gone from us.
"Ask not just who did the killing, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murder."
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther...
Wednesday, June 3
A local official accused me this week of "creating drama" by reporting on the ongoing troubles of their family member when it comes to following laws and procedures. This person's main point was that the family name wasn't in the public eye much before I came along.
I suppose one could make a flimsy case that a news report on wrongdoing "creates" drama in the public sphere that wouldn't otherwise have been there, but let me be clear: The only ones who should be held responsible for...more
Tuesday, June 2
If the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox are serious about staying in Rhode Island, they had little choice but to strike the tone CEO Larry Lucchino struck Tuesday.
Gov. Gina Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed are all smart politicians, and they know many Rhode Islanders have no appetite for finalizing a deal to build a new stadium in Providence by the end of the General Assembly session.
A stunning 98 percent of emails to...more
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