Rhode Island’s great exports may be political consultants, musicians and seafood. Add to that list Bruce DeSilva, author of three mystery novels set in Rhode Island. The thirds in this trilogy, `Providence Rag’, hits the bookstores tomorrow.
It is a gem that perfectly captures our cozy, claustrophobic state and its florid political culture. De Silva, a former Providence Journal reporter, now lives in New Jersey, but with this novel, his third set in the Ocean State, it is becoming clear that he is to Providence what James Lee Burke is to New Orleans.
Stephen L. Brown, longtime associate publisher of the Providence Phoenix, is leaving the alternative newspaper after a career of nearly four decades as a leader in New England’s alternative newspaper landscape.
Brown, of Jamestown, turns 60 next month. Steve started in newspapering at the University of Vermont, where he began working on the student newspaper, `The Vermont Cynic’ as an undergraduate in the 1970s.
The union representing University of Rhode Island professors has endorsed Providence Mayor Angel Taveras for governor.
The political action committee representing professors represented by the American Association of University Professors at URI voted unanimously to endorse the campaign of Taveras, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Ken Block, founded of the R.I. Moderate Party only to abandon it and become a Republican. Now he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.
From Block’s opening speech this week, it is evident that he is seeking to carve out an image as a social liberal and financial conservative. A software engineer and entrepreneur, Dartmouth graduate Block is busy staking out positions that appeal to small business owners, a natural constituency in GOP circles.
RI Democratic gubernatorial aspirant Clay Pell has picked up the endorsement of the Johnston Democratic Committee, Pell’s campaign announced.
``Clay Pell is the right candidate at the right time to move Rhode Island’s economy forward,’’ said Richard Delfino, the town’s Democratic chairman. ``Members of the committee….were impressed by his experience at the White House and the fresh perspective he can bring to solving our challenges. As governor he will be a honest broker and tireless advocate for the state of Rhode Island.’’
Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau could be freed as early as Friday from federal prison, according to a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha.
Moreau was convicted of bribery and has served 13 months of his 2-year sentence in a Maryland federal prison. Since his conviction, a federal appeals court has ruled in an unrelated case involving a businessman and a legislator in Puerto Rico. That ruling said federal law does not ``criminalize gratuities’’ and dismissed the charges against both men.
The Rhode Island Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Joseph Caramadre, the Cranston estate planner and lawyer convicted of being the architect in a scheme that exploited terminally ill people.
Caramadre has appealed his federal conviction. The state’s highest court suspended Caramdre’s right to practice law in the state until his appeal is resolved. ``Joseph Caramadre is hereby suspended from the practice of law in this state pending the outcome of his appeal and until further order of the court.’’