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General Assembly districts must be about equal in population.  Instead of using U.S. Census population data to draw new district lines, some activists want to deviate from it.  Rather than … more
The lawn was frosted early Sunday morning and mist rose mystically from the bay, like a steaming pot. Only it was chilly. The sky was brightening and the southern horizon glowed orange. I had remembered to set the clocks back an hour the night before, more
Surely you've heard the motto that Scouts are prepared. I thought the Beacon was prepared for last week's storm that in terms of winds ranked it close to a hurricane. No sweat - a few downed branches, lots of puddles, and within a couple of hours it more
I knew from the steps on the stairs it was Ollie. He bounded into the room. Surely he had something important to say. He nudged my arm. I looked down from the computer screen into his brown … more
How district lines are drawn can decide an election. Currently, a commission composed of legislators and legislative appointees are developing a redistricting plan for the General Assembly. In redistricting, gerrymandering sometimes occurs. more
STORY OF THE WEEK: With the benefit of hindsight, it became clear that Sam Zurier was the odds-on favorite to win last week's Democratic primary for a vacant state Senate seat in District 3. Zurier, 62, is well-known around the East Side and he's had a more
"I need a doctor, immediately . immediately," came the woman's commanding voice. She didn't wait for a reply from the emergency room nurse. "Did you hear me, immediately. My son has appendicitis." The boy started crying hysterically. "Mommy, mommy, I more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The Passion of the Progressives. Matt Brown and state Sen. Cynthia Mendes unveiled plans last week to gain control of state government in the 2022 elections with a slate of 50 mostly legislative candidates. With virtually no detail on more
I knew something was on his mind when I heard my name uttered from the front counter. He could see me, so he knew I was there, but Gene Nadeau never just walked into the newsroom without being invited. I'd wave him to come over from my chair and Gene more
"It's really calmed down. I'm going to take Ollie out for a walk," Carol announced. She was right. The sun was trying to come out, the day was brightening. "It could be the eye of the storm," I cautioned. "I knew you would say that," she answered. She more
For weeks, a supposed drama has been playing out over whether Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza would sign off on allowing State Police to help with patrols in Rhode Island's capital city. Thing is, the State Police have traditionally boosted the police more
Thank God for chatter. I'm not referring to the faulty brakes of a car or the mother-in-law who won't get off the phone. This chatter, as I can attest, is a lifesaver. It's the grooved strips that are now common on the sides of interstate highway lanes. more
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