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In the 17th century “Italian Commedia” a clown character well known for alternating acts of boastfulness and cowardice is called “Scaramuccia” or “little skirmisher.” more
The name jumped off the rooster of the 48 World War II and Korean veterans for the June 3 Rhode Island Honor Flight: Giovanni Migliaccio. Could he be related to the Migliaccios who once owned my house in Conimicut? I planned to find out by the end of the more
By HERB WEISS After seven years of vowing to repeal and replace President Obama's Affordable Care Act, nicknamed Obamacare, Congressional GOP efforts went down in flames on Friday when Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa more
In the famous Frank Sinatra song from the late 1960s, Old Blue Eyes describes a posh woman of questionable motives who is ubiquitously apparent. In the description of the woman being portrayed in the tune, some of the lyrics state: If the lady's chicer" more
The advances of today can soon become the antiques of tomorrow. I wasn't thinking of that this weekend when one of Ted's friends from college and his family visited. Their kids are a couple of years younger than Ted and Erica's twins, but that didn't more
In the Old Dutch poem, Wynken, Blynken and Nod sailed off in a wooden shoe and, through their meandering, made all who heard their tale bored and tired. A similar tiresome tale is being told in the Ocean State currently. It is the tiring story of our more
“How about breakfast?” From Claude Bergeron’s tone, I knew exactly what he was asking. This wasn’t a casual invite to join him at one of many breakfast nooks to catch up on life’s … more
Lately and strangely in electronic reader responses to my editorial column, I have had hurled against me an accusation of being a purveyor of fake news" anytime I have critiqued the current resident of the Oval Office. What is interesting about this" more
You won't find the Lake Monster Special playing locally or, for that matter, the trailer on the Internet. So I felt privileged to see a segment of the show last weekend featuring actors I immediately recognized as my grandchildren. What I saw had the more
Greetings, Rhode Island! Allow me to officially introduce myself. I am the new associate editor at the Beacon, Ethan Hartley. more
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