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January 23rd, 2014
Editor's note: Jim Baron's column, Politics As Usual, appears on Mondays in The Times. The column below was first published in The Times on Jan. 20, 2014.
Ever since Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced last September that he would not seek another term at the Statehouse, reporters have been nagging him to say what he thinks his legacy should be or what he would like it to be.
I think we got that answer last week, with Chafeeâs final State of the State address.
The second snowstorm of 2014 dumped about 6 inches of light, powdery snow on Pawtucket.
âIt wasnât a horrible storm, but the timing was an issue,â Pawtucket Public Works Director Lance Hill said Wednesday. âIt started just before rush hour and when you have traffic on the road packing down the snow it makes it extremely difficult to remove.â
The total snow accumulation in Pawtucket was 6 inches.
Pawtucketâs Public Works Department plows and sands more than 180 miles of roadway.
CENTRAL FALLS â She was one of the city's own, who had pursued her education and then stayed to help and inspire others, so the news of the sudden passing of Ella Risk Elementary School Principal Maureen Azar cast a pall over the community.
PAWTUCKET â Speaking with Slater Mill Museumâs new executive director Lori Urso, one finds a person who is historically grounded while creatively edgy. That unique blend seems to make her tailor-made to lead the renowned textile industry museum as it looks to expand its reach and mission.
PAWTUCKET â It was a colorful way to spend Martin Luther King Day. While students and most of the staff enjoyed the Monday off, about 170 AmeriCorps volunteers descended upon Goff Middle School to paint the hallways in cheery citrus yellows and greens.
When Rhode Islanders begin helping out the Meeting Street School with its annual telethon on WPRI Channel 12 Jan. 25, they will be funding, in part, programs for the schoolâs students that build relationships with students at other schools and the community at large.
One of those programs, Best Buddies, gained the limelight for last yearâs fundraiser, as it brought in over $809,000 in nonoperational support for Meeting Street, a sum the school hopes to top this year, according to Meeting Street spokeswoman Amanda Mullen.
For full story, see Monday's Times and Monday's Call, page A1.
CENTRAL FALLS â Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, imprisoned in Maryland on a corruption charge, is being brought back to Rhode Island by a federal judge, reportedly so his case can be reviewed anew.
U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell confirmed that he signed a court order on Tuesday calling for prison officials to transport Moreau to a Providence courtroom on Jan. 29 for a status conference. He said he could not provide any additional comment beyond that.
Full story on Page 1 of Saturday's Times.
PAWTUCKETâ Four years ago, a brave young man from Senegal, battling cancer that had taken a leg and was threatening his lungs, walked across the Tolman High School stage during a special graduation ceremony held just for him.
Sadly, that young man, named Mouhamadou Sylla, passed away on Jan. 6 after continuing to display amazing courage and infectious positivity despite his worsening medical condition.
For full story, see Page 1 of Saturday's Times.
LINCOLN â Despite impending competition from both resort-style casinos and slot parlors in Massachusetts, Twin River will remain a âconvenience gamingâ facility for the foreseeable future, John Taylor, chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, told a business audience Thursday.
The newly-installed table games like blackjack and roulette âare showing a lot of strength,â Taylor said at a breakfast meeting of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce at Twin River, but he acknowledged that âthe slots business is softening a bit.â
For full story, see Page 1 of Friday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â Although the official data hasnât been released yet from the state, Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke says the graduation rates at both Shea and Tolman high schools have improved dramatically under the state-imposed âtransformationâ plan.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are investigating the shooting of a young man who was injured while walking on Broadway at around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday.
Detective Capt. John Seebeck said the man had been walking near 300 Broadway when he sustained a gunshot wound to the buttock. He said the injury appeared to be non-life-threatening, and he was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.
Seebeck declined to provide the victim's name or other details in the case, citing the ongoing investigation.
For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Times.
Editor's note: This "Politics as Usual" column was published in the Jan. 13, 2014 edition of The Times.
Anyone who thinks handicapping political races is easy should check last weekâs newspapers.
Two Republicans with aspirations for higher office â New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has his eye on becoming president of the United States, and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, running to become governor of the Biggest Little State in the Union â are getting jammed up by their day jobs in their quest to climb the greasy pole of political ambition.
PROVIDENCE â State Sen. Dawson Hodgson began his bid for the attorney generalâs office Tuesday by taking the offensive, attacking incumbent Peter Kilmartin for his role in the 38 Studios debacle, the Deepwater Wind energy project, pension reform litigation, and the early release from prison of Woonsocket thrill killer Alfred Brissette.
PAWTUCKET â Just after delivering positive news about improved graduation rates, Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke shook up a routine School Committee meeting Tuesday night with a bombshell announcement: that she planned to retire as of June 30.
âIt has been my privilege and pleasure to serve you,â Cylke told the members of the School Committee at the first regular meeting of the new year. She also pledged that they would have â110 percent of my effortâ between now and when she leaves at the end of the school year.
For full story, see Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.
LINCOLN â A Pawtucket man and a Providence man face larceny charges after they allegedly went Dumpster diving for scrap metal at a local scrap metal company, according to police.
Shawn Sawyer, 46, of Knowles Street, Pawtucket, and Tony Curtis Rowland, 49, of Washington Street, Providence, were taken into custody on charges of attempted larceny under $1,500 following an investigation of a Jan. 5 incident, according to police. Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Times.
CRANSTON â Calling it âa painful experience in my life,â a somber and emotional Allan Fung called a press conference on Monday to give reporters his account of the 1989 car accident that killed a Pawtucket man who was changing his tire on Route 95.
Fung, the mayor of Cranston and a Republican candidate for governor, said he was 18 at the time of the crash and coming home from college at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, where he was a freshman.
For full story, see Page 1 of today's Times.
PAWTUCKET â Monday was a big day for the brown and white puppy found abandoned in a dumpster last month.Police announced they had made an arrest in the case, and Animal Control sent word that he had been adopted.
The plight of the now three-month-old Jack Russell terrier mix drew attention and outrage after Animal Control officers found the young canine locked inside a dirty pet carrier that had been thrown into a dumpster at 95 Harrison St. on Dec. 19. A female passer-by called police after hearing a dog crying from inside the trash-filled container.
PAWTUCKET -- It appears that an arrest has been made in the puppy dumping case, according to a police source.
On Dec. 19, a puppy, locked inside a filthy pet carrier, was found inside a Dumpster near the intersection of Harrison Street and West Avenue.
Animal Control Director John Holmes said the puppy was found at around 7:35 a.m. by some passersby who heard the animal crying and called police. Since the discovery and rescue of the puppy, offers to adopt him have poured into the Pawtucket shelter. Read Donna Kenny Kirwan's complete story in Tuesday's newspaper.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs been over 15 years since city officials decided to color outside the lines and create a geographic area known as an âArts District.â
While legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 allowing a sales tax exemption on artwork makes the entire state essentially an arts district, many current city officials, business owners and artists agree that the designated zone was a smart move back in 1999 and continues to frame Pawtucket positively.
For full article, see Page 1 of today's Times.
WOONSOCKET â Since 1996, the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act has made child molesters, rapists and other sexual predators responsible for telling the police where they live so the information can be passed along to the public.
Now, a group of lawmakers from the East Bay section of the state proposes to make those convicted of animal cruelty abide by the same set of community notification rules.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Saturday's Times.