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  • January 14, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has named Jeffrey Padwa, who co-chaired Barack Obama's Rhode Island presidential campaign, his city solicitor.

    Padwa, who has been serving as treasurer for the state Democratic Party, fits the reformist image the Taveras administration has been crafting.

  • May 24, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Amid concerns over recent shifts in Facebook's privacy settings, a class-action lawsuit out of Rhode Island that may be the first of its kind. Here's a press release from Providence lawyer Peter N. Wasylyk, who also serves as a state representative:

    Providence, RI, May 22, 2010 – Derrick Rose of East Providence, Rhode Island has announced today that he has filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook in Federal Court in Rhode Island over privacy concerns relating to Facebook’s “Instant Personalization,” a social networking tool that allows certain third-party websites to access users’ personal information which they've uploaded to Facebook when users visit those third-party websites, such as Pandora, Yelp, or Microsoft's Docs.

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  • March 10, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has a piece in Politico today blasting the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case. That decision opened the door for unlimited corporate spending on campaigns and Whitehouse argues that it is part of a broader, pro-corporate agenda driving the court's "activist conservative bloc."

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  • September 09, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Providence City Solicitor Joseph M. Fernandez, who has been quite public about his interest in running for Attorney General, has stepped down from his post to pursue "other opportunities." This just in from Mayor David N. Cicilline's office:

    Mayor David N. Cicilline today announced that City Solicitor Joseph M. Fernandez is stepping down after seven years of strong leadership as the City’s chief lawyer.

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  • January 23, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    Cliff Montiero, president of the Providence chapter of the NAACP, says he may seek support from his national organization to bring legal action challenging the paucity of minorities in municipal public safety positions in some Rhode Island communities.

    Montiero, who made the statement during a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers, would not identify specific communities.

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  • January 15, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    -- In terms of so many schools canceling school today -- with nary an accumulation of snow yet on the ground -- is it that we hardy New Englanders have turned into a bunch of cringing weenies?

    -- US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a fellow former US attorney with Eric Holder, and someone who has been supportive of Holder's nomination as AG, is due to speak on that during this afternoon's Senate Judiciary hearing.

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  • December 27, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The New York Times continues its strong Rhode Island-based reporting on immigration, using a lengthy front-pager today to highlight the meager returns generated by the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility for its host community of Central Falls, and how the privately managed prison functions as a cog in incarceration's answer to the war on drugs

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  • December 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Providence City Solicitor Joseph Fernandez isn't allowing his nascent 2010 campaign for AG to completely cast away the possibility of working in the Obama administration.

    Last Friday, during a taping for next Sunday's broadcast of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers (we taped two shows, due to the holiday this week), Fernandez revealed that he is among the 350,000 or so people who have submitted a resume to Change.

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  • December 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The Rhode Island Family Life Center is an important voice in the local cause of criminal-justice reform, so this is troubling news:

    Providence, RI, December 15, 2008-- As the growing impact of Bernie Madoff's outrageous scheme unfolds nationwide, Rhode Islanders might be surprised to hear that a local non-profit has been affected by Madoff's massive fraud.

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  • December 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Providence City Solicitor Joseph Fernandez, whose candidacy for AG in 2010 was first reported here, has a fundraiser set for Monday:

    Host Committee
    Kim Ahern, Mary Kim Arnold, Chris Blazejewski, Pat Crowley, Kas DeCarvalho, Jorge Elorza, Devin Driscoll, Meghan Grady, Jill Harrington, Chris Hunter, Matt Jerzyk, Lorraine Lalli, Rep.

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  • December 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    I'll cedit the departing chief justice for mostly remaining accessible through his tenure. Let's roll a few clips.

    Williams sat down with me for a Q+A when he succeeded Joseph Weisberger, and I noted a bit of the background:

    Although judges are meant to be models of probity and rectitude, the record in Rhode Island sometimes reads more like the plot for a television melodrama.

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  • December 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Ariel returns to the pages of the Phoenix with a look at Stronger than Their Walls, the Family Life Center's new documentary about the need for probation reform and the word on some upcoming screenings.

    A precondition for state inmates' release to probation is their promise to "preserve the peace and be of good behavior."

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  • October 10, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    US Attorney Robert Clark Corrente scored a win with this week's conviction of Robert Urciuoli. Yet given the relative lack of forward public momentum on Operation Dollar Bill -- which Corrente himself once identified as an active investigation of seven politicians and an equal number of companies -- the probe has thus far failed to meet its expectations.

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  • October 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the US attorney's office:

    A federal jury today found Robert A. Urciuoli, the former president of Roger Williams Medical Center, guilty of corruptly employing former Rhode Island Senator John Celona to advance the Medical Center’s interests in the General Assembly. The jury acquitted former hospital vice president Frances P.

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  • August 20, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    This just in from the RI affiliate:

    Last December, a major snowstorm hit the state when Governor Carcieri was out of the country. Traffic gridlock left some school children stranded on buses for hours. Upon his return, Governor Carcieri announced that Major General Robert Bray, head of the National Guard, would be in charge should similar situations occur in the future.

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