PROVIDENCE â€” With the state embroiled in a modern-day struggle with the federal government over the death penalty, Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a pardon Wednesday for the last man executed in Rhode Island, John Gordon, who was hanged in 1845 after a trial marked by witness mis-identifications and anti-Irish Catholic bigotry among the Yankee ruling class of the time.
Chafee signed the pardon at the historic Old State House on Benefit Street, in the room where Gordon's trial was conducted.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Amidst the gloomy financial market and recent cutbacks in library and social services in Central Falls, the city's mayor has put his house on the market.
The house at 141 Jenks Ave., owned by Mayor Charles Moreau and his wife, Kristen, is up for sale. According to the on-line statewide Multiple Listing Service, the three-bedroom ranch-style house is currently being offered at a â€śshort saleâ€ť for $119,900â€”a scenario where a lending institution agrees to consider offers less than the balance owned on the property's loan for a limited period.