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The Sunday ProJo in review

As noted in my recent profile of Mark Ryan, occasions when the Sunday ProJo offers a meaty news meal have become fewer and farther between. The paper turned in a strong performance yesterday, though, so props to the ProJo.

-- Jennifer Jordan offered an in-depth look at Karen Langellier, a third-grade teacher in Central Falls.

-- Tom Mooney continued his excellent reporting on the intersection between criminal justice policy and the state budget.

-- Ben Gedan offered new details on what we already know: it's getting costlier and costlier to park in Providence.

Having these three strong local stories on the front of the main news section, along with reports from other papers on the first 100 days of the Democrat-controlled Senate and on Iraq's legacy in contending with monuments to Saddam Hussein, did the ProJo proud.

Charlie Bakst also had a strong column on the Procaccianti Group's bid to buy Newport Grand. He covered a lot of ground: noting how the deal still faces state approval, looking at the past and potential future of the site, and even acknowledging his own placement of a few jai alai bets in the past.  

The editorial page, meanwhile, weighed in with a lead editorial on the same development that seemed pretty much on the mark:

We believe that the project, if it comes to full fruition, would make Newport more attractive and prosperous, and draw many more people to our region, from near and far — and for far more than gambling, which is due to expand at Newport Grand in any case.

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