So you think you have a dysfunctional family and are dreading the holidays. Well, the odds are very good that your kin are not as divided as that of Rep. Charlene Lima, a Democrat who represents parts of Cranston and Providence.
Lima is married to a former Democratic state representative, Frank Fiorenzano, a notorious Providence pol who was convicted in the 1990s of obtaining money under false pretenses after he bilked Statehouse employees and other politicians out of thousands of dollars in a doomed Ponzi-type scheme.
At ten o’clock Wednesday morning, a group of Catholics will converge on the office of Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin to demand an apology for comments he made about the late Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela had been dead only two days when Bishop Thomas Tobin made a statement that has drawn criticism. He said that while Mandela did much to improve the lives of South Africans his legalization of abortion was, quote, “shameful.”
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.
This week Dave and Mark talk with insurance broker James Raiola of Mass Mutal. They discuss the how the state’s health insurance exchange is offering plans for small businesses and what kind of company can benefit from using the exchange.
Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has taken a lot of heat for criticizing Nelson Mandela. Two days after Mandela died Tobin issued a statement calling his legalization of abortion “shameful.”
But now Tobin supporters are speaking out. The anti-abortion American Life League has put out a statement thanking Tobin. The statement said Tobin had the courage to point out the “shameful irony” between Mandela’s promotion of abortion and his stance against apartheid.
Rhode Island observed World AIDS Day Monday. This year’s theme is “get to zero.”
Twenty-seven year old Anthony Maselli has been living with HIV for a little over a year. After much deliberation, he decided to go public with his disease and says he has not suffered any repercussions because of it. That’s not to say, however, that it’s an easy disease to live with.
"It’s very stressful sometimes and emotional for me. It took a while for me to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say ‘I’m HIV positive’ without completely breaking down," said Maselli.