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‘Erin’s Law’ bill to battle sex abuse of kids

January 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Two Pawtucket lawmakers want to require schools to give age-appropriate education in the prevention of child abduction, child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse.

The bill, with other laws and proposals like it in other states, is called “Erin’s Law,” after Erin Merryn, a young girl in Schaumburg, Ill., who, starting at the age of 6, was repeatedly raped for two-and-a-half years by a neighbor and then, when she was 11, she was molested by a teenaged cousin.

Full story can be found on page A1 of Friday's Times and Call.

Moreau’s status conference kept private

January 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE — There was no word on any decision regarding the case of former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau following a status conference held on Thursday in U.S. District Court.

A status conference concerning Moreau’s corruption case, for which he was convicted on a federal fraud charge, was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. before Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. Reporters were not allowed into the chambers where the conference was held.

POLITICS AS USUAL: Being liberal is cool again

January 30, 2014

Editor's note: This column was published in The Times on Jan. 27, 2014:

It looks like Democrats in the 2014 gubernatorial primary are about to be vexed by the same Catch-22 that confounds Republican candidates for president: What they have to do and say to win their party’s nomination in the primary could spell doom in the general election.
If the nascent Democratic primary race for governor next year has showed us anything so far, it is that being liberal is becoming cool again.

 

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