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By STEVE FRIAS As first reported by WPRI, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello ordered a performance audit of the R.I. Convention Center Authority. The timing of the audit coincided with personnel troubles for James Demers, a longtime friend of Mattiello, more
By STEVEN FRIAS When government awards lucrative licenses to only a limited number of businesses, the possibilities for controversy, favoritism, and even corruption are limitless. Currently, there are three medical marijuana dispensaries operating in more
With that's making the headlines these days, this seemed like appropriate relief from coronavirus. I fell in love in college. She was a red 356 with leather seats and a sound like no other car I'd owned. But love can be costly, and I was a college more
In with the new and out with the old - such, it seems, is what happens at this time of year. You don't have to drive neighborhood streets to see that more than Christmas is over. Indeed, the trees that held a revered spot in living rooms and dens, now more
It was my second visit to the Hoxsie branch of Citizens Bank since the governor tightened restrictions on gatherings reducing the number to five and closing state parks. With the exception of the vehicles belonging to employees, which were parked at the more
Remember that first time you lost control of a car on an icy road?It’s surreal. You turn the wheel and what you’re used to happening doesn’t happen. The car doesn’t turn. Now … more
For being basically in a lockdown, it seemed ironic that I couldn't connect with Barbara Fleischer. I called her at her Maryland home Sunday morning, but nobody answered. She called me back on my cell, however, I was in the midst of moving furniture. She more
Remember that first time you lost control of a car on an icy road? It's surreal. You turn the wheel and what you're used to happening doesn't happen. The car doesn't turn. Now what? It doesn't seem to matter where you turn, the car is going to do its more
Food can be like music. There are foods -take popcorn - that are not considered a meal yet are great when you need a little something to tide you over between lunch and dinner, or you have that compunction to chew while watching the game and anxiously more
This looked like the perfect moment. The Citizens Bank parking lot at the Hoxsie branch was nearly empty, just two cars and one looked ready to pull out. I was about to do my first masked entry of a bank. I would have gone Thursday but the place was more
Carol was apologetic. "e;I hope my laughing didn't wake you up last night."e; It hadn't, but of course I was intrigued. We both have woken ourselves up laughing to funny dreams that melt from memory as quickly as they happen. Was it a dream that had her more
By STEVE FRIAS Our world has been brought to a standstill by something so tiny, it's invisible - a virus. COVID-19 began in Wuhan, China, possibly at an unsanitary market which sold wild animals like bats. This virus is between 10 and 35 times more more
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