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This past week, an unstable 26-year-old man named Chris Harper Mercer murdered nine people and injured seven others in a shooting rampage at Umqua Community College in Rosenburg, Ore. Following … more
Editor’s note: The following remarks from attorney Vincent Ragosta in response to a Sept. 29 letter from Democratic mayoral candidate Richard Corrente were forwarded for publication by Jennifer … more
To the Editor: In response to Stephanie Shelton’s revisionist letter, “Disappointed in actions of School Committee” (Beacon, Sept. 24, 2015), it would have been a lot fairer if she had also … more
How could you not love yesterday? Even if it was only an office break and a chance to stand in the sun and breathe in the clear October air, the day had that special quality that only is sweetened … more
The “zone of proximal development” is the difference between a student’s  developmental level and his or her potential growth after a period of instruction. Every teacher should understand … more
I remember winding clocks was a Sunday ritual for my grandfather. As a boy, I’d follow him from clock to clock, marveling at how they varied. Some were wound with flat keys that looked like … more
To the Editor: I find the recent article “Councilman eyes doing away with elective school committee” in the September 17 edition of the Beacon to be very concerning. I also find the recent … more
Whenever you read something about how “our infrastructure is falling apart,” you probably picture potholes in the road, rundown sidewalks or rusted out bridges that are in need of repair. But, … more
The Ocean State’s roads – and the agency tasked with overseeing them – are frequently a source of consternation for Rhode Islanders. The emergency closure of the Park Avenue railroad bridge … more
To the Editor: Let me introduce you to my cousin and good friend, one that’ll stand by you to the end, through the good and bad, through thick and thin. I’m proud to have her as one of my … more
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