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  • April 30, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    To the surprise of no one, the release this week of Grand Theft Auto IV has inspired much media hand-wringing.

    Yesterday, AG Patrick Lynch put out the obligatory "consumer advisory" about the pending sale of GTA IV:

    “As video games become more realistic and in many cases, more violent, parents must become more vigilant before buying them or letting their children use them,” said Attorney General Patrick C.

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  • April 24, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Ariel Werner, familiar to readers of the Daily Dose, makes her Phoenix debut this week with a short report on debt-related incarceration in Rhode Island:

    Every day, an average of 18 people are incarcerated at the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) due to their inability to pay court fines, according to a new report issued by the Rhode Island Family Life Center (FLC), a Providence-based nonprofit that provides reentry planning for and policy advocacy on behalf of ex-offenders.

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  • April 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    According to audio, via WPRO, from the Providence Police Department's news conference today, Police Chief Dean Esserman says the Providence department won't participate in Governor Carcieri's order calling on local police to work with federal authorities on illegal immigration.

    Esserman expressed concern that the order could make Providence residents less likely to report crime.

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  • March 27, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Seth Gitell has a tasty post up on his blog: Buddy Cianci analyzing the fall of Eliot Spitzer and diagnosing his future prospects.

    Of course, it's natural that Cianci's story makes political reporters (see here and here) invoke F. Scott Fitzgerald. Gitell, formerly a political scribe for the Boston Phoenix, does this, too.

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  • March 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The street workers associated with the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in Providence have been doing important work in reducing violence since they emerged on the scene in 2003, so it was good to hear about their receipt earlier this week of $352,000 in federal money. As those in the field know, making the case for prevention-based programs is always difficult, because it's hard to document those shootings and murders that don't happen.

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  • March 21, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the Jewish Federation of RI:

    PROVIDENCE – A car on loan to a young Israeli spending a year in the U.S. on a community service mission was vandalized Thursday night while the woman was participating in a celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim in Providence’s East Side neighborhood. Nothing was taken from the car, and the damage was limited to a broken window.

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  • March 21, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey says he'd outflank legislative Democrats, if elected governor, by making far more effective use of the bully pulpit than Governor Carcieri. The Republican, who emitted a loud laugh when I noted that he's expected to run for governor in 2010, made the comment during a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers

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  • March 13, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    You just knew that things were headed in this direction concerning the Central Landfill in Johnston.

    Via BeloBlog:

    A preliminary audit of activities at Rhode Island’s $70 million trash agency has found possible "irregularities and appearances of impropriety," as well as potential criminal activity warranting further investigation.

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  • February 29, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As part of the continuing clash this week between Channel 6 and the City Hall of Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline, WLNE-TV plans to do a story today at 4 and 6, reporting on the letter sent by chief of staff Deb Brayton in response to Jim Hummel's questioning of crime stats compiled by the Providence police.

    I talked to Hummel, and he declined to comment on the controversy.

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  • February 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Here's the text of a letter sent by City Hall in response to Jim Hummel's Tuesday night report on crime stats in Providence:

    February 28, 2008

    Regent Ducas

    News Director

    ABC6 WLNE

    10 Orms St.

    Providence, RI 02904

    Dear Mr. Ducas,

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  • February 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Last night, Channel 6 featured the second installment of Jim Hummel's look at the Providence Police Department, focusing this time of the salary and benefits of Police Chief Dean Esserman. Co-anchor Allison Alexander, in introducing the piece, said she thought a lot of people would be surprised by the information, but, as Matt pointed out yesterday, much of this was reported more than four years ago by Amanda Milkovits in the ProJo:

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  • February 27, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    It has become an article of faith for critics of Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline that the Providence Police Department is artificially lowering its crime statistics. Some city councilors have groused about this issue, and WLNE-TV's Jim Hummel last night took a crack at the story. You can find a link to view his report here

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  • February 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    A.T. Wall, director of the state Department of Corrections, says fears about appearing soft on crime help to explain why Rhode Island has struggled to move forward with criminal-justice reforms that could save taxpayer money.

    Considering this, it's no surprise that he got a chuckle when I shared, off-camera during a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers, this well-turned observation from Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox: Elected offcials focus on the three Rs -- revenge, retaliation, and retribution -- because it leads to the fourth R -- reelection.

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  • February 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Both via BeloBlog:

    PROVIDENCE -- Former House Majority Leader Gerard M. Martineau this morning was sentenced to 37 months in prison on corruption charges.

    Judge Mary M. Lisi also ordered him to pay a $100,000 fine and serve two years of supervised probation following his release.

    He will have to report to a prison to be determined by 2 p.

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  • February 07, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From Bruno Uno:

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Social activist and educator Angela Davis will deliver the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture at Brown University on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at 4 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. Her talk, titled “Recognizing Racism in the Era of Neo-Liberalism,” is free and open to the public.

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