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Why Can’t We Fire This Guy?

Robert Kando, the $143,131 executive director of the Board of Elections, must have compromising photographs of everybody — how else to explain this man’s continued survival. Due to be terminated today, the executive director was instead given a reprieve and ordered to take . .

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Rental Car Companies Gouging Users Of Sakonnet Bridge

Of all the unthinking, boneheaded moves made by the 2013 General Assembly the worst has got to be the 10¢ toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Commercial interests on Aquidneck Island have complained loudly about the effect of any toll on tourism and business, and

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Joe Danella — Outsider Artist

Just about everyone who stops by Joe’s business asks the big question. . . how did it all happen?  Joe’s mom will tell you it all started with a childhood passion, and a couple of old fruit boxes. For years Joe owned and ran a small antique shop, Joe’s Quality

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The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has determined that State Senator John J. Tassoni Jr. may participate as a mediator in the state’s master-price agreement which lists fees as $125 per hour, or $1000 per day. This despite the fact that Tassoni lacks one of the

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Homer Would Be Jealous

Saturdays are great for farmers’ markets right now, so there’s no excuse not to eat some healthy greeens.  But Sundays were always doughnut day when I was a kid, and I still crave that deep-fried goodness from time to time.  Enter Allie’s Donuts. Sure, Allie

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Just Freaking Jail Them, Already

Way worse than blocking intersections: drunk driving. And it sickened me to read this in the ProJo of David Hazard, who killed a mother of six: [Scituate Deputy Police Chief Stephen Lang] said Hazard had eight previous arrests and had had his license suspended six

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Such a Pretty Little Package I Never Did See

I’m guessing little of Rhode Island’s FY 2010 budget is soothing. But a watercolor on the budget’s cover called “Leave Your Troubles Behind” is offsetting the despair (or at least has to be better for morale than, say, plywood-boarded homes). Kudos to artist Donna Kenney

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Variation On A Theme

The RI Progressive Dems of America are putting on an event tomorrow (Thurs) night at the Rochambeau Library, called Ten Things You Don’t Know About Rhode Island, featuring the goofy yet graceful wonkiness of Tom Sgouros.  In summation, it’ll probably go something like this:  “Things

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A Nickel of Wisdom

Forget about soda bottles and beer cans on the side of the road: ProJo, Boston Herald, WRNI, and, I assume, other leading news outlets, breathlessly report that desperate people are coming down your street once a week to steal stuff you’re trying to get rid

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Is a new ‘Providence Sound’ in the works?

As Deer Tick and the Low Anthem keep writing great songs and march towards national recognition — with plaudits from critics all around — Providence is going to start to signify something a bit different to music fans: A little less new-wave and noisy, a

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“Jurisprudential Stuff”

Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank Williams surprised everyone when he announced Thursday that he will be stepping down from this coveted and prestigious post at the end of the month.  And while the legal community may be stunned, I doubt they are terribly sad.  And

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Providence Roller Derby New Site Design

We’re proud to present the newly redesigned with more of what you love. Below you’ll find a brief introduction to our new design and what it has to offer. Simple, Clear and Consistent – Providence Roller Derby has made every effort to create a

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Networks 2008 – Art Opening!

Straight up! Watch some movies about some local peoples you know. You can also rent them at the library, i think. For serious. Here’s the press release: Networks 2008 Reception: Friday, November 21st 5pm-7pm Reception free for Newport Art Museum Members, $10 for Non-Members Griswold

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Thanks, Lieutenant Governor.

I like Elizabeth Roberts. Some people think the only solution to our state’s current economic crisis is to rile up anti-immigrant sentiments and chat on talk radio about how much he would love to eliminate the state income tax. It’s nice to see someone up

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I agree with Nick…

I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs of the race he just lost — but Gorham is dead-on about the need for consolidation of services. (Though not the towns themselves.) And Nick probably would’ve been wise to have held some focus groups before