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GOVERNOR CHAFEE NEEDS LEARNER’S PERMIT: Governor Chafee is disturbed that bills are moving forward in both the House and the Senate that would reorganize state oversight of economic development. … more
It’s good of you to come.” The words were said evenly and forcefully, as if he had been expecting me, although my father seemingly hadn’t opened his eyes. He laid ramrod straight, his head … 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
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
My brother-in-law, Edward, was on the phone Sunday taking a break from Super Bowl action and the entertaining ads – thank heaven for them. Earlier in the week, in an email, he inquired whether I … more
These were good vibes. How could there not be; with the morning sun reflecting off the bay, a gentle southerly wind that showed all signs of building by early afternoon and temperatures in the 70s? … more
Steve looked at me with a smile and said, “With the windows out of it, this is really the time to decide whether to do the body work.” I saw his point. The car had pretty much been stripped … more
TAX INCREASE RAISES UGLY HEAD AGAIN:  Facing a projected $31 million budget shortfall for next fiscal year, house and senate legislators are grappling with what to cut.  It looks like a proposal to … more
Some birthdays have more meaning than others and the seventh is one of them, as I realized last weekend. It was the twins’ birthday party, an intimate gathering of the immediate family. That … 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
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