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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
Snow. The very word sent tremors though the community on Saturday. First reports were for a mixture of snow and rain that would turn all to rain. Then there was a change in the report and we were really going to get snow, maybe as much as five inches. By more
The most amazing thing happened today,” Carol said as soon as I opened the door. She had been waiting to tell me the news and she knows how to heighten the suspense. “He did it to me,” she … more
Boomers are on the way out. Millennials are stepping in. And in the wake of the last three weeks, I wonder what we’re in for. For those who follow these pages, you know that Ethan Hartley, who … more
How does one say farewell to a job that has meant so much, and to the people who have made that job so meaningful? I don’t really know, to be honest, so my hope is that this column will serve some … more
I had a blind date Saturday. In fact, about 70 of us gathered at the Chelo’s Banquet Hall were on blind dates. We would be eating our dinner blindfolded. For an evening where guests would be … more
By STEVEN FRIAS Over the last three months, International Game Technology (IGT) and its affiliate have spent approximately $1.8 million lobbying Rhode Islanders to support a no-bid deal which will give IGT a billion dollars over the next 20 years. more
It was a blaring sound, vibrating at an annoyingly high decibel. I looked around the lounge. Strobe lights above the exit signs were flashing. Around me people carried on as if nothing was happening. They stood five deep at the bar hopeful of attracting more
I've learned to expect the unexpected when you're on the water. Sunday offered its share of surprises. The tide was rising but hadn't reached the seawall, meaning I would need to walk into the water to launch the single for a morning row. I slipped on more
Stares can say so much more than words, or in the case of dogs, barks, whimpers and even whines. Ollie was giving me the eye Sunday morning. It was 6 and the first light was filtering through the … more
Summer has been slow in leaving us, so it seemed out of place that Claude and I towed our two Rhodes 19 day sailors over to Pleasure Marina to be hauled for the season two weeks ago. We set out on Saturday from Warwick Cove, a blustery day with a heavy more
I've been an independent voter since before I could even legally vote. In fact, I remember the exact moment that I realized I was an independent - well, now that I live in Rhode Island, I guess I remember the moment I became unaffiliated." I was in a" more
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