FBI http://ripr.org en Time to try something new on Smith Hill? http://ripr.org/post/time-try-something-new-smith-hill <p>The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island State House. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.</p><p>Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:18:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 31190 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-fox-yet-another-ri-rascal-pol <p>Once again, Rhode Island is attracting national attention for all the wrong reasons. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts about the federal raid on Speaker Gordon Fox’s office.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The specter of corruption in high political office haunts Rhode Island. As it has seemingly forever. For a state still in the grip of the recession, there are few things worse than the scene at the Statehouse Friday.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:01:19 +0000 Scott MacKay 30844 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol? Scott MacKay Commentary: Buddy Cianci, The NEXT Mayor Of Providence? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-buddy-cianci-next-mayor-providence <p>Love him or loathe him, Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., has long been Rhode Island ‘s political Rascal King. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay ponders the talk about another Cianci comeback.</p><p></p><p></p><p>F. Scott Fitzgerald said famously that there are no second acts in American life. The Jazz Age novelist never met Buddy Cianci.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:39:35 +0000 Scott MacKay 29491 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Buddy Cianci, The NEXT Mayor Of Providence? Several Tips but No Solid Leads on Missing Brown Student http://ripr.org/post/several-tips-no-solid-leads-missing-brown-student <p>The family of a missing Brown student says while tips are pouring in, there are still no significant leads. The 22-year-old has been missing since March 16<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Providence Police had said that the family thought Sunil Tripathi committed suicide, but the family is now ruling that out.</p><p>The father of Sunil “Sunny” Tripathi&nbsp; says every day the family calls homeless shelters, hospitals and is plastering fliers up in areas his son liked to visit, hoping that someone knows where he is.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:39:41 +0000 Catherine Welch 12643 at http://ripr.org Several Tips but No Solid Leads on Missing Brown Student Providence teacher accused of taking teen to FL http://ripr.org/post/providence-teacher-accused-taking-teen-fl <p>A Providence school teacher accused of taking a teenage boy to Florida will have a lot of time on his hands when he returns to Rhode Island.&nbsp; 56 year old David Jones has been placed on administrative leave while the Providence School Department launches an investigation. &nbsp;<br><br>David Jones may have bailed out of jail over the weekend. The Dade County, Florida&nbsp; jail, where Jones had been detained on $9,000 bond, said it had no one by that name Sunday morning. &nbsp; Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:48:25 +0000 Flo Jonic 10896 at http://ripr.org Monday, February 4, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/monday-february-4-2013 <p>A Warwick man was working at the 2013 Super Bowl game. Tensions are flaring between the teachers unions and the Education Commissioner.&nbsp;&nbsp; These stories and more on the RIPR Morning Podcast.&nbsp;</p><p><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org?subject=Comment%20on%20Podcast%204Feb2013">news@ripr.org</a></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:22:29 +0000 Lydia Rogers 9722 at http://ripr.org FBI joins Sawyer probe, plus the latest from the Office of Higher Ed http://ripr.org/post/fbi-joins-sawyer-probe-plus-latest-office-higher-ed <p>The FBI has joined the investigation of the now-defunct Sawyer School, a for-profit technical college that closed its doors on the first of the year.</p><p>State police say they're seeking to determine whether there was any criminal wrongdoing, or whether this is simply a case of a business going under.</p><p>Either way, Sawyer's closure left roughly 300 Rhode Island students and 1,200 students in Connecticut with partially completed certificates to become medical office assistants and other office administrators.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:13:27 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 7331 at http://ripr.org FBI joins Sawyer probe, plus the latest from the Office of Higher Ed