Jared Zampini of West Warwick was never really into G.I. Joes as a kid. He liked monsters instead and Joe hardly ever tangled with one of those.
When Zampini, 31, was growing up in the 1980s, the popular G.I. Joe action figure had morphed into characters like â€śDuke,â€ť â€śRoadblock,â€ť â€śGung-Ho,â€ť and other fictional anti-terror fighters from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic books and cartoon series.
This year, G.I. Joe turns 50 and even though heâ€™s half-a century old and a bit long in the tooth, he can still kick butt.
PAWTUCKET â€” The news about a rise in heroin overdoses in Rhode Island, coupled with the national coverage of the apparent heroin-related death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, has thrust the centuries-old opioid in the spotlight. Yet, while itâ€™s acknowledged by police and medical professionals that a â€śbad batchâ€ť of heroin is making the rounds â€” one that is laced with the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl â€” the problem of a seeming resurgence of the hippie-era drug is complex and delves into areas of accessibility and affordability.