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RI News
5:44 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

An Emotional Fung Recalls His Role In A Fatal Accident 25 Years Ago

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung talked with reporters Monday about the deadly accident that happened 25 years ago.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Rhode Islanders were exposed to an extraordinary display of political courage Monday when Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, one of four candidates hoping to be the state’s next governor, publicly discussed a tragic fatal accident he caused 25 years ago.  Fung was so overcome with emotion during a news conference in Cranston that he left the room to regain his composure. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic attended the emotionally-charged press conference.

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RI News
3:55 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Fung Places Cranston Chief On Leave; State Police Investigating

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung at an earlier press conference.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung on Friday announced he was putting the city’s police chief on paid administrative leave as the state police conduct a probe of ticket-issuing controversy.

State Police Captain Kevin Barry will temporarily take the place of Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo. Another state police captain, Benjamin Barney, will investigate how Cranston police issued an unusually high number of tickets in the wards of two councilors who voted against a police contract in November.

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RI News
9:10 am
Fri January 10, 2014

State Police Will Investigate Cranston Police Ticketing Blitz

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Police have responded to calls by two Cranston city councilors to investigate a ticketing blitz that took place in November.

Mayor Allan Fung announced the State police's participation at a press conference Thursday.

The two city councilors, Paul Archetto and Steven Stycos, say their wards were unfairly targeted with parking tickets because they voted against a proposed police contract earlier in the year.

Some 130 tickets were issued in their wards; only nine tickets were issued in the rest of the city during the same time period.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Cranston City Councilors Want State Police To Probe Ticket Scandal

Two Cranston city councilors are calling on the state police to take over an investigation into allegations that city police issued parking tickets as political retaliation. 

THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED HERE.

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On Politics
3:01 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

So you think your family is dysfunctional? Try to top Rep. Charlene Lima's

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.

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Cranston
9:05 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Cranston Investigating High Number Of Police Parking Tickets

Cranston police are investigating two city councilors’ allegations that their wards were blanketed with parking tickets in retaliation for their votes against a proposed police contract.

On November 14th the Cranston City Council voted 4-3 against a contract that would have given police officers an eleven percent raise over three years.  The next morning the wards of two councilors who had voted against the contract were blanketed with parking tickets.

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RI News
2:35 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Cranston Estate Planner Sentenced Six Years For Fraud Scheme

Cranston estate planner Joseph Caramadre has been sentenced to six years in prison for his role as architect of an investment scheme that exploited the terminally ill.  Once he gets out of prison he’ll have to put in 3,000 hours of community service.

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On Politics
11:34 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung Announces His Run For Governor

Fung making his announcement for governor at Taco in Cranston
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Allan Fung, the three-term mayor of Cranston, unveiled himself Monday as Rhode Island's Great Republican Hope, emphasizing his plan for improving the state's economy and education system while paying homage to his family's immigrant roots in kicking off his long-anticipated run for governor.

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RI News
3:48 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Couple Found Dead In Their Rhode Island Home

A couple was found dead in their Cranston home Wednesday morning and investigators suspect carbon monoxide poisoning. The home had no smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.

Cranston firefighters were called to a home on Pontiac Avenue at 8:30 am on a report of two people found unresponsive.  It was too late to save the 40-year-old man and 36-year-old woman.  Cranston fire marshal Stephen MacIntosh said the home was heated with a portable generator that should have been outside but was installed in the basement.  Carbon monoxide levels in the home, he said, were high.

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Engineer's Corner
12:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

ARRRR - Pirate Broadcast on 102.9FM

Close up of a whip Antenna, believed to be the source of the 102.9 pirate.

UPDATE 01/21: Multiple letters sent with no response, and the pirate's still broadcasting.  A letter has been mailed to the FCC's Enforcement Bureau.   If you are an RIPR listener to 102.7 and you have experienced interference due to this pirate, you can submit your own letter to the FCC as well.

UPDATE 12/19: The pirate has been found!  Well, we're pretty sure we have found the pirate.  Using a directional antenna and a signal meter, we triangulated the position to a house a few blocks from the Locust Grove Cemetery in South Providence.  

A letter of notification of interference to RIPR was mailed to this address several weeks ago, but apparently this pirate doesn't care as there's still an illegal broadcast on 102.9 from this location.

UPDATE 11/5: Thanks to a fellow engineer who informed me there is a pirate broadcasting on 102.9FM and that is likely the source of the interference people have reported (see below).  Quite possibly the atmospheric changes made it worse, but the bulk of the problem is likely the pirate.

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