News-hungry wretch that I am, N4N ventured out to the local Cumby's yesterday to secure a Providence Sunday Journal after experiencing the problems described in the previous post. It was a good thing that I did, for the ProJo ran off its second consecutive strong Sunday paper in two weeks.
For my money, the best and most enterprising piece was Karen Lee Ziner's tough story about the troubled history of "Carmelo Kercado, the federal government's inspector at the New Bedford factory that was raided last month .
US Attorney Robert Clark Corrente predictably demurred when asked during a taping this week of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers about the widening national controversy involving the White House and eight of his fellow federal prosecutors. Not for Nothing, but Corrente, who confirmed his candidacy as a possible replacement for US District Court Judge Ernest Torres, knows how to choose his words carefully.
Although Governor Carcieri publicly projects a sense of optimism, the state -- to at least some extent -- has gotten bogged down in budget problems and the ongoing federal probe of State House influence-peddling. Despite all this, the governor struck a characteristically upbeat tone during a taping today of WPRI-WNAC's Newsmakers
While it's possible that federal prosecutors are trying to shake the trees with last week's revelation that seven Rhode Island politicians and an equal number of corporate entities are under scrutiny, the investigation of State House influence-peddling has clearly moved into a higher gear. The ProJo's Mike Stanton had a good recap yesterday.