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Candidates Seeking Democratic Nomination For Senate District 35 Face Off

The two candidates met Monday night at a forum in East Greenwich. And the tension between establishment Democrats and progressive upstarts was on display.

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Scott MacKay Commentary: PawSox Going, Going...Gone

The Pawtucket Red Sox drew fans to McCoy Stadium with the slogan “where the dreams begin.” With the team’s decision to move to Worcester, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it makes Rhode Island seem more like where baseball dreams die .

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Scott Indermaur

"There but for the grace of God go I." Now there's an expression we've all heard, commonly attributed to the 16th century English reformer John Bradford, among others.  The message, of course, pertains to situations where we find ourselves better off than those we encounter.  Indeed, life produces so many circumstances where we witness the profound suffering of others: the victim of a horrific accident, the neighbor whose house was consumed by fire, the person at the stoplight who's homeless.

The Westerly Sun is the latest family-owned local newspaper to be sold to a larger management company.

When the sale goes through at the end of the month, The Westerly Sun’s will be owned by Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers. The company already owns several local weeklies, as well as daily papers the Pawtucket Times, and the Woonsocket Call.

Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers Publisher Jody Boucher said in an emailed statement, that all Westerly Sun employees will be retained.

Traffic gridlocked along Interstate-195 going into Providence early this week due to construction on the Washington Bridge. The gridlock followed a change in the traffic pattern along the span.

To make room for construction equipment and crews, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation shut down the Gano Street exit, and opened a temporary on-ramp in East Providence.

The agency says the crews are repairing the top of the 50 year-old bridge. DOT spokesman Charles St. Martin said there are a few things drivers can do to keep traffic moving.

Pawtucket Red Sox fans are crushed that their team will be leaving town in two years. Rhode Island politicians are straining fingers pointing and blaming each other.  The ball club’s chairman says all he is doing is moving to a city and state that want him.

Okay, now that everybody hereabouts has had the weekend to vent and bemoan the loss of the PawSox, can we all take a deep breath and accept the fact that in the end money lured the organization to Worcester?

Seth Eastman

Researchers at UConn are teaming up with local history groups to create a state “Blue Trail.” The idea is to build an interactive outdoor museum on Connecticut’s coast, that’s accessible through your phone.

As I stood on the banks of the Thames River, a quick scan of the horizon yielded a view encompassing centuries of history.

In the distance was Fort Griswold, which fell to Benedict Arnold in 1781, before his British troops burned New London.

The end of an era is dawning, with plans by the PawSox to move to Worcester -- a story that will continue to reverberate in Rhode Island. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (Program note: I'm taking next week off, so TGIF will return August 31.)

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The City of Worcester and the PawSox have signed a letter of intent for the team to move from Pawtucket to a new stadium in Worcester, slated for completion in 2021.

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Authorities in New Haven, Connecticut say they’re still seeing drug overdoses after more than 70 people were hospitalized on Tuesday night and Wednesday due to what officials believe to be a tainted batch of synthetic marijuana called K2.

Police Chief Anthony Campbell said police have more than tripled their usual presence on the green and would keep emergency workers on hand for the foreseeable future.

Gage Skidmore

Major papers in Providence, Fall River, and New Bedford are among hundreds of outlets that published editorials this week criticizing President Donald Trump's repeated verbal attacks on the media. 

The editorials were part of a coordinated campaign organized by The Boston Globe, which accused President Trump of a  "sustained assault on the free press." Jack Spillane, editorial page editor for The New Bedford Standard-Times, said Trump’s use of the phrase “enemy of the people” to describe the press is what made him want to participate in the campaign.

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New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell joins Political Roundtable to discuss the spread of wind power in southeastern New England, his opposition to expanding charter schools, and the race for governor in Massachusetts.


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