Providence, R.I. – There is no mystery to what an expansion of gambling in Massachusetts will mean for Rhode Island. In case you don't get it, Boston Globe columnist Brian McGrory put it bluntly last Wednesday: The Bay State, he wrote, needs ``at least one slot parlor strategically located to drive Twin River, the teetering slot venue in Rhode Island, out of business.''
Providence, R.I. – In Johnston today veterans will gather to dedicate a refurbished farmhouse as transitional housing for homeless female veterans. Homelessness among women vets is now a faster growing problem than among male veterans.
Dianne DeLomba shows off her new apartment with the pride of a homebody who hasn't had a place of her own in over a month.
Providence, R.I. – Supporters and opponents of same sex marriage held clashing rallies at the State House yesterday. Although they got to within a few feet of each other there was no violence.
The rally was initially called by the National Organization for Marriage, which is on a 19 state tour to drum up opposition to gay marriage. Queer Action Rhode Island heard about it, and decided to crash it.
So on the south steps of the State House the two groups -- each numbering about 150 -- shouted each other down.
Providence, R.I. – Moderate Party candidate Ken Block is emerging as a potential spoiler in the Rhode Island governor's race.
Political observers say he could siphon votes from any of the other candidates, but the one he may most need to differentiate himself from is Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican senator who is running as an independent.
Block, an entrepreneur, founded the Moderate Party in 2008 on a platform of four "e's" _ economy, ethics, education and environment.