The Red Sox face off against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight in game six of the World Series.  The game could be decisive.  If the Sox win it, they will leave the field World Series Champions for the third time in just 10 years.  Across New England many fans are anxiously awaiting tonight's game, not least among them Rhode Island's Political team, Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay.  We asked Ian and Scott to take a moment to bring their sharp analysis from the field on Smith Hill to the grass at Fenway Park.


The Boston Red Sox kick off their World Series battle against the St.Louis Cardinals tonight at Fenway Park.

Here at Rhode Island Public Radio we have a couple of Red Sox fanatics who also cover politics; so we asked them to take off their political hats for a moment, and put on their baseball caps.

Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison sits down with our political team Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay, to talk about the exciting series.

Acela Route Through Rhode Island Hits the Brakes

Sep 26, 2013

Travelers relying on the Amtrak Acela train from Boston and Providence to New York will need to find another way to travel today.

A power failure is to blame for the cancelation, which might not be fixed for several weeks.

A cable line failure outside of New York City halted commuter trains and Acela traffic during rush hour yesterday afternoon.

Now the Boston to New York Acela route has been canceled, and may not run for the foreseeable future.

The regular Amtrak northeast regional service, is also affected by the problem/

Even President Obama is talking about rising college tuitions as students return to campus. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay  talks about what this all means for our flagship public university, the University of Rhode Island.

The days are getting shorter, the breezes off our cobalt coastline are cooler. The rhythms of fall return. In our cozy corner of New England, a timeless harbinger of the season is students thronging college campuses.

Once again, Rhode Island has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise our state’s flagging self-esteem. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for us to stop running down our tiny corner of New England.

Back in 1996, when Jack Reed was waging his first U.S. Senate campaign, Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Newport to speak at a Reed fund-raiser. The tall and tart-tongued Texan introduced the vertically-challenged Rhode Island Democrat by saying to prolonged laughter that Reed is proof ``that size doesn’t matter.’’

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In a rare move, Amtrak has slowed down trains along the Northeast Corridor due to the heat. Amtrak trains travel at speeds reaching more than 100 mph, but on Thursday they’re going about 60mph.

Sensors along the track show rail temperatures at more than 120 degrees. And Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said those hot rails pose safety concerns. “They can under some rare circumstances expand. So the thought process behind any restriction in speed is to have the trains going at a lower than normal speed to make it less problematic in case there were an issue with the track,” said Cole.

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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been released after being arrested on unspecified charges Wednesday morning.  The arrest comes eight days after his friend, semi-pro player Odin Lloyd, was found dead about a mile from Hernandez’ home.

Massachusetts state troopers and North Attleboro police arrested Hernandez at 8:47 a.m. at his North Attleboro home. He was led away in handcuffs and casually spit into some bushes on his way to the cruiser.

When the Bruins host the Chicago Blackhawks for games three and four of the Stanley Cup finals, a voice from Rhode Island will be part of the games.

When Jim Martin’s working his day job, he’s the spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Providence. But during hockey season, his night job is being the public address announcer for TD Garden in Boston. Martin’s been announcing there for almost 20 years. Two years ago, he announced in his first Stanley Cup game.

Forever Boston

Apr 19, 2013

After the mourning comes the reckoning. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why Boston will not only survive, but thrive.

The year was 1976 and Boston, the nation’s birthplace, was celebrating the American bicentennial with paeans to liberty, equality and justice. But the city that spawned the abolition and women's rights movements was riven by racial division.

The image of Boston that flashed around the world that year was a photograph of a black man being assaulted by an angry white man using as a spear a staff with an American flag on it.

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Reports are coming in from Rhode Islanders who experienced the incident firsthand.  One North Kingstown runner finished the race moments before the explosions.  Frank Coseglia said he was a block and a half away when it happened, and wasn’t sure what was going on. 

Charges of alleged corruption at Logan cab stands

Feb 13, 2013

Cab stand workers at Boston’s Logan Airport are accused of corruption.  Five men are being arraigned Wednesday on charges of taking bribes.

Cabs operating legally at Logan report to a taxi pool where they are dispatched to terminal cab stands in order.  Prosecutors claim the cab stand workers collected between $20 and $40  from any cab driver who wanted to cut in line.  Longer-distance fares would also be steered to some of the cabbies.

Some of the drivers told investigators this system nearly doubled their daily earnings.