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nagaer July 16, 2014 at 08:35 pm
The Senate President is too busy awarding Magistrate and other state jobs to her friends and donorsRead More to think about the roads.
Bob July 17, 2014 at 07:31 am
This is not news anymore, but what should be is the cops sitting in their cars on the computers orRead More cell phones at every construction detail in the state making what ???...like $59 an hour....maybe you could put those $$$ towards some road repair....
Don Thela July 20, 2014 at 08:21 am
This is due to the fact that every election we hear about what the candidates will do for ourRead More infrastructure, but our roads are worse than ever. Think before voting!
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Discouraged June 25, 2014 at 01:57 am
What a lot BS. Climate change won't destroy RI. Lack of decent jobs, lowering taxes and bringingRead More industry back to RI will destroy RI. Put your efforts into these areas, people. Set your priorities. Otherwise, climate change means nothing to a dead state.
Peter June 25, 2014 at 06:10 am
This sets the stage for crony capitalism and a panel of democratic political appointees who continueRead More to suck the taxpayers dry that have to fund this moronic bit of legislation. Good for the future? How about now? The unemployment rate in Pawtucket, Providence and Central Falls alone is about 35%.
Jack Baillargeron June 25, 2014 at 09:53 am
Nothing but a scam for the good old boy networks prevalent in this State.
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Abe Lincoln June 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm
I am banking on Jesus Christ above to straighten out this mess! I am headed to the theatre!
Jack Baillargeron June 23, 2014 at 08:14 pm
Not exactly correct George in my opinion. Though they were "moral Bond" which means thereRead More was risk because the State was not liable to pay the investors back. Though once one payment was made that option went out the window obviously. Good article about this here. It was all done through the RIEDC. http://www.bna.com/rhode-island-economic-development/ The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) Nov. 1 filed a complaint against Wells Fargo Securities LLC, Barclays Capital PLC and former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling, among others, in Rhode Island Superior Court (Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation v. Wells Fargo Securities LLC, R.I. Super. Ct., docket number not available, complaint filed 11/1/12). The allegations in the complaint arise from the RIEDC's issuance of $75 million in bonds to Schilling's 38 Studios LLC, a video game development company, which filed for Chapter 7 protection June 7 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware along with three affiliates (24 BBLR 822, 6/21/12). 38 Studios is not named as a defendant in the complaint. Issuance of Bonds The RIEDC is a “quasi-public corporation created … to promote certain economic policies of the State of Rhode Island,” according to court documents. The complaint alleges that defendants Wells Fargo and Barclays acted as “placement agents” in connection with the issuance of the bonds to 38 Studios. In 2012, the RIEDC issued the bonds to “finance a loan to enable 38 Studios LLC to relocate to Rhode Island, complete production of a massive multiplayer online video game called Copernicus, and to capitalize the company's growth and expansion in Rhode Island,” according to court documents. However, 38 Studios subsequently filed for bankruptcy in June 2012. Undisclosed Risks The RIEDC alleges that 38 Studios's failure was due to “risks that had not been disclosed to the [RIEDC] board, but were or should have been known by” 38 Studios and the defendants. The complaint alleges that the defendants knew that “even with the loan from the [RIEDC], 38 Studios was undercapitalized by many millions of dollars and would not have nearly enough money to relocate to Rhode Island and complete Copernicus, and that, as a result of this cash shortfall, 38 Studios was likely to run out of money in 2012.” The complaint also alleges that “Wells Fargo was earning nearly $500,000 in hidden commissions from 38 Studios at the same time that Wells Fargo owed fiduciary duties to the [RIEDC] Board to disclose all negative material information concerning 38 Studios' business plan and financial projections, including the shortfall.” The complaint alleges 17 counts against the defendants, including, among others, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, legal malpractice, and breach of implied covenant of goof faith and fair dealing.
Jack Baillargeron June 23, 2014 at 08:15 pm
Sorry still waiting for the darn patch to put the paragraph feature back lol.
Ralph June 24, 2014 at 10:47 am
Minimum wage is a joke! We had minimum wage put i place to give a head-start to people entering theRead More work force, it wasn't designed to support a family. You enter the workforce and get the experience to grow within your chosen occupation not just wait around for the government to give you a raise!
PMarandola June 25, 2014 at 11:43 am
@Ralph sadly most employers only use Temp labor therefore the only raise the people get is from theRead More government! 99% of the agency's pay themselves nicely & NEVER reward the workers. I see it all day long! PIGS GET FAT HOGS GET SLAUGHTERED!
Ralph June 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Employers are hiring temps is due to our great government not allowing small business to plan aheadRead More and loading them down with new laws and regulations making it more profitable to hire temps and not pay for medical benefits etc! Minimum wage will not change that but a change in idiots sent to Washington will help!
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woonEeyore June 18, 2014 at 09:26 am
Oh Pooh, there you go again. Just googled and found that the prior administration got $299,250 fromRead More the same grant. That's almost $30,000.00 more than this current grant. I guess they must have known the same people. Kudos to everyone from the top of the totem pole down that made that grant happen then too.
Woony the Pooh June 18, 2014 at 09:46 am
woon, I must have missed that news....I'd love for you to provide the link. Thanks!
Woony the Pooh June 18, 2014 at 09:54 am
Touche'....good thing they had some relationships...almost adds up to the Full Day K grant the cityRead More just received and the potential grants for combined dispatch...knowing a little more people will make the city a little more well-off. I guess time will tell...
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Chris Christensen June 16, 2014 at 11:58 am
How close do you have to be to be in the "vicinity." Somebody better define vicinity inRead More number of feet or yards.
Joe Richer June 17, 2014 at 08:58 am
Thanks for the support Chris. Freedom should always be the first option.
Abe Lincoln June 17, 2014 at 09:31 am
I keep an eye on Lee with my aerial balloons! They are great too if you come across a gals gone wildRead More party!
Derek Duchemin June 17, 2014 at 09:19 am
this state is so desperate for money they raise the fine to $1,000, it is like impossible to payRead More that, do you have $1,000 on hand, cause I certainly don't.
Former Ports resident June 17, 2014 at 11:38 am
Derek, then don't throw garbage out your window. And if you are caught and have no money, make it anRead More installment fine or work it off picking up litter at the minimum wage rate
William Denton June 18, 2014 at 12:53 am
Republicans be like "I'm dumpin' my trash in your back yard Makin' certain you don't noticeRead More really isn't so hard You're so busy with your guns and all of your excuses to use them."
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Lori Larocque June 14, 2014 at 08:10 am
Yo want Turkey sightings yet you sweep under the rug Mountain lion sightings.....hmmmm.....
Carlene Elaine Quaresma June 14, 2014 at 04:05 pm
I see a lot on Old North Rd. in Coventry crossing the street in the morning. They are doingRead More construction in that area. Sad. Still, they seem to hang out in a person's yard that is big, woody and quiet. I just have a feeling I won't be seeing them in years to come.
siena leoni June 17, 2014 at 01:25 pm
There has been 2 Guineafowls or hens hanging out on Route 102 in West Greenwich
Ralph June 13, 2014 at 08:05 am
Otto did you ever think reelecting democrats may be the primary problem with this state? You knowRead More the definition of insanity, it applies to RI elections!
CB11 June 13, 2014 at 10:37 am
True dat, Lt. Bil Drat! Peace, out.
CB11 June 13, 2014 at 10:45 am
It's not so much a Democrat/Republican issue that is destroying the state, it's everyone in theRead More General Assembly that has ties, had ties, has family with ties or just plain owes the PUBLIC UNIONS. The rest of us have no say, no representation and no voice! This state is being run like one big Public Union shop! They have too much power. If we want change, we need to elect people who are not beholding to unions for anything.
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Leave RI June 11, 2014 at 09:23 pm
Who's the guy in the middle?
glenn anderson June 12, 2014 at 05:00 pm
No one living in RI won.
mike westman June 25, 2014 at 04:50 pm
Clay Pell....the best of the rest and not beholding to anyone.
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Johnny July 24, 2014 at 04:54 pm
Taxes are driving everyone out ,don't they see that???? The seniors on fixed income who own homesRead More are really taking a screwing ,its not like they get raises or can go out and get a job ,oh that's right no work in city. Time to start over !!!!
Steve July 24, 2014 at 05:23 pm
This new tax rate is nothing, if you look at the newest budget projections, it's 4% + for the next 5Read More to 7 years and a possible hit to the homestead exemptions. This city has no regard to who lives here, or the tax rate we pay! They are totally clueless and really can't believe that there are actual other places to move to. One solution, move out while you can before the real aybiss hits! Why does anyone think business are fleeing the city in droves? Hmmmmmm, I wonder? And again, they just can't figure this tax thing out..... Incredible isn't it? They're called the DEMOCRATIC PARTY! Remember this in November! But then again this is RI, the state that never learns!
Steve July 24, 2014 at 05:28 pm
This new tax rate is nothing, if you look at the newest budget projections, it's 4% + for the next 5Read More to 7 years and a possible hit to the homestead exemptions. This city has no regard to who lives here, or the tax rate we pay! They are totally clueless and really can't believe that there are actual other places to move to. One solution, move out while you can before the real abyss hits! Why does anyone think businesses are fleeing the city in droves? Hmmmmmm, I wonder? And again, they just can't figure this tax hike thing out..... Incredible isn't it? They're called the DEMOCRATIC PARTY! Remember this in November! But then again this is RI, the state that never learns! I for one am proud to live in the state that’s DEAD LAST in every financial metric known to man!
First Lady Michelle Obama was in North Kingstown on Monday during a keel laying ceremony in Quonset. (Photo: The White House)
solomon June 3, 2014 at 09:17 pm
bet there was a buffet
lee bourke June 4, 2014 at 08:46 am
When having a choice of being right or kind always choose being kind.....a pollyanna/
nagaer June 4, 2014 at 10:33 am
Even though the Obama administration has been a disaster for the United States, at least be civilRead More and respectful.
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Steve June 3, 2014 at 05:55 pm
Melissa, I'm sure who ever reads the Patch know that you folks on the present City Council make 8K aRead More year, which as far as I'm concerned, is 8K too much to do nothing more than pass individual tax reductions and chicken ordinances! I believe you pseudo city councilors should meet now every two months, earn 2K, and call it a day! And now your heading up a small business sub committee in the city? Give me a break! You’re playing softball in a hard ball league, especially once you look at the new LBH commercial tax rate in the city and the migration of businesses to Dowling Village! This city is toast, and you “Rookies” can only come up with “Legal Chickens” and pass a City Budget that raises taxes once again? Unreal!
Keep Smiling June 4, 2014 at 07:45 am
Steve, businesses started migrating to N.S. Under Fontaine's administration. If Our previous MayorsRead More raised taxes instead of worrying about re-elections we wouldn't be in this situation. Get real
jack June 4, 2014 at 08:18 am
Smiley,the reason people are leaving our great City is because of high taxes.Get real. A ReceiverRead More was needed to protect the taxpayers not a Budget Commission to protect the unions.
A winter moth, which officials say can devastate tree populations. Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture
JD May 29, 2014 at 11:12 am
it'd be great to get a little more information. does keeping the lights out at night, in winter,Read More help to keep them away from your house? i noticed hundreds of moths outside last winter, attracted to our deck light, and now our beech is barely breathing. would putting one of those blue light "bzzzt" bug zappers help, or just attract even more? does putting a sticky ring around the trunk of your tree work? i'd read that some people have had success with that as the caterpillars hatch in the ground and climb up the tree before they start attacking the leaves. introducing another non-native species to an area just sounds like a recipe for disaster. see cane toads in australia. shouldn't we have identified and prepared for this trend years ago? classic american approach...wait until after the disaster and then react, because preparation is "too expensive."
David May 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm
send the GA members to your house. They can suck the life blood out of anything
Bricker June 3, 2014 at 03:47 pm
The moths lay their eggs on the tree in the winter. Larvae start out by eating the bud and thenRead More become caterpillars that resemble inch worms. The caterpillar then eats the leaf. There are tree services that can spray your plants. I used Schwartz tree the past two years and they saved my maple trees.
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knee jerk July 3, 2014 at 08:27 pm
No, Igor: If it comes out of their mouths it is the truth. You on the other hand have to proveRead More everything you say. At least that's the way it seemed when I last did jury duty. Hypocrisy.
Igor July 4, 2014 at 06:27 pm
Last time I had jury duty, the judge giving the instructions told us that when listening toRead More testimony, the police testimony holds no more credence than the average citizen. If you fight a ticket, guess who the judge is going to believe?
knee jerk July 4, 2014 at 08:58 pm
My point exactly.
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Tom Badger May 5, 2014 at 02:37 pm
now now Leave RI let us not forget how wonderful it is when a good bit of "spent uranium makesRead More their day" when they hide behind women , children and brick , rock and mortar .
Leave RI May 5, 2014 at 02:44 pm
Well correct and yet the M1 Abrams didn't need the depleted uranium rounds to turn those turds intoRead More balls of smelly garbage..well that was also a misspeak since they smelled like that anyway. But to grant their wish to have some virgins, a river of honey and some bacon burgers was a pleasure.
Tom Badger May 5, 2014 at 03:02 pm
what better duty can one have than to give them their wish of the supposed 72 virgins when they haveRead More to kill their own just to steal away one when on mother earth . Oh you are quite up to snuff Leave RI now carry on lol .
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WompBomp June 13, 2014 at 04:18 pm
>Democrats<
T as in Truth June 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm
Speaking of no bs....time to think about stopping at white castle® to try theirnew siratchaRead More chicken sliders. Available for a kimited time only.
T as in Truth June 13, 2014 at 10:37 pm
Speaking of no bs....time to think about stopping at white castle® to try their new siratchaRead More chicken sliders. Available for a limited time only.
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Tass Kandle June 20, 2014 at 10:56 am
They can put fruity/marshmallow flavors in vodka ( product that is KNOWN to kill people) but not inRead More e-cigarettes, a product that I believe saved my life? Sorry but you can pull my cappuccino flavor loaded vape pen from my cold dead lips.
Becky June 20, 2014 at 01:44 pm
Extremely good point, Tass Kandle. Makes me wonder about their real motivation.
Jerry Schmidt June 20, 2014 at 02:58 pm
motivation...."Total control"
Gordon Fox. Credit: Rhode Island General Assembly
CB11 April 22, 2014 at 01:06 pm
Gordon put his house up for sale this week-end - this is sounding more serious by the minute ... :)
CB11 April 22, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Underwhelmed, I believe the going price for a vote is a good chicken dinner strategically handed outRead More to the elderly or $10 cash per vote if you're an illegal.
Tom Badger April 22, 2014 at 05:25 pm
and a van ride to as many different polling places as possible CB11 .
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Former Ports resident April 16, 2014 at 05:02 pm
Pat Benatar wants to protect zebras - go ahead folks, hit me with your best shot
Leave RI April 16, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Fire away
Russell Archambault April 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm
What Rhode Islanders Can Do to protect ourselves about zebras. WE MUST INTRODUCE LEGISLATION NOWRead More As of early 1993 (4), no zebra mussels have been found in Rhode Island waters. However, zebra mussels have rapidly expanded their range and are predicted to invade New England waters. Ultimately, zebra mussels will infest most regions of North America. They could threaten local water supplies and become a costly nuisance to boaters, anglers, and industries. It is possible to slow the spread of zebra mussels into New England waters by becoming aware of how these mussels disperse themselves through human activities. Boaters or anglers may inadvertently transport zebra mussels from infested freshwater bodies to noninfested lakes and rivers. In an effort to control zebra mussels from spreading to Rhode Island waters, take the following precautions after boating or fishing in infested waters: 1. INSPECT and CLEAN any zebra mussels and aquatic vegetation from the boat hull, trailer, anchor, anchor rope or chain, and motor. If you see any "hitchhiking" zebra mussels, scrape them off and discard in a trash can. 2. DRAIN all water from the boat and its components. Before leaving the infested area, drain bilge water, live wells, bait buckets, and engine cooling water. 3. DRY the boat, trailer, and equipment. Allow the boat and trailer to dry thoroughly in the sun before transporting to noninfested waters. If it is hot and dry, leaving the boat out of the water for two to four days will effectively kill the mussels. 4. LEAVE any live bait behind. Bait used in infested waters should not be transported to noninfested waters. Give the bait to someone headed out on the body of water you are leaving, or discard at the boat launch.
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steven rouleau April 17, 2014 at 11:31 am
Thank you for giving my résumé. That is in fact what I do for work. I help hundredsRead More of people each year in RI with wildlife issues. To answer your question "he" will not be contracted by the state to do anything with otters. P.S. have some guts and put your real name on a post
M Jernstedt April 17, 2014 at 11:55 am
Steve, On point 4 (River otters are over abundant in this state) could you please post for everyone,Read More the RI Otter population study you have in hand. A few tracks in the mud, and some dead ducks, should not be used for wildlife control issues.
steven rouleau April 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm
I believe the biologists with RIDEM use otter latrine surveys which have shown a significantRead More increase in numbers over the years. My experience is the same. I spend more time than most in RI's watersheds and also the numbers of complaints that i get are increasing every year.
Mew April 12, 2014 at 05:40 pm
where was Picard & Cote???
Chris12 April 13, 2014 at 09:13 am
.."positive things that are happening here.” It is very positive for the STATE of RI toRead More keep increasing the public housing in Woonsocket. Do you see any affluent communities with a 17% low-income housing population. Yet STATE of RI law says all communities must have at least 10% low-income public housing. Residents of Woonsocket we are paying dearly for all this GRANT money.
jack April 13, 2014 at 10:29 am
The State may drop a few crumbs in Woonsocket, at least enough to fund ADK.
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