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Saturday, June 20

Count me as one who loves this piece from Mother Jones. I've long felt this way when watching national coverage of major events, but the story from James West puts it so well in evaluating the reporting on the horrific Charleston shooting.

"This heroic local newsroom is dominating breaking national coverage."

The local reporters know the church and its...


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 and I'll add it. You can also tell me on our Facebook page ...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


Wednesday, March 4

I asked local residents for some of their favorite memories of McCoy Stadium. Here are some of their answers.

Ann Maddix
"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."

John Baxter
"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."


Thomas Hodge

"Just a note...


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...


Sunday, February 22

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...