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GIST NEEDS TO STAY:  About 600 teachers gathered on Monday to demand the State Board of Education deny Education Commissioner Deborah Gist a renewed contract.  Teachers are upset because Gist has … more
A CODE OF ETHICS THAT’S NOT: When Rhode Island enacted a Code of Ethics in 1992, one of its key provisions was a “revolving door” prohibition that was intended to keep state elected … more
This is the perfect time of year to be in the water. Why else would the Henriques family and their friends plan to jump into the Bay Saturday at noon? The event is the second annual Rhode Island … more
The Bay was flat, calmer than it had been in weeks. The sky was brightening. It was going to be a beautiful morning. Carol was asleep. Ollie was curled in a ball half on his bed and half on the … more
 JOHNSTON DOUBLE-MURDER: Two news stories this week told two very different stories. One was about how diligent prosecutors are nationwide in the prosecution of low-level, non-violent drug offenders … more
There seems to be no end to them. Christmas catalogs have been arriving for the past couple of months and what started off as a trickle has become a torrent. Our mailbox is stuffed. The pile … more
COVENTRY KEYCHAIN SUSPENSION: How silly can school administrators get? Suspending a 12-year-old for bringing a key chain to school simply because the key chain had a quarter-sized pistol trinket … more
CHAFEE LACKS COURAGE TO VETO:  If Governor Chafee wants to show voters that he has a backbone and is willing to make hard decisions for the good of our state, he failed miserably this week as the … more
I could feel Carol’s tension. “You know, you’re over the white line.” I looked in the rear view mirror. There were a couple of cars behind me, but nothing close enough to be an … more
ABUSE OF POLICE POWER IN CRANSTON:  Police departments are successful only when an environment of trust and confidence exists between the citizens and the police who patrol their streets. When … more
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