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December 20th

Politics as Usual: What America needs is a conversation about guns (OPINION)

December 21, 2012

I have always been a strong Second Amendment supporter.
It’s not that I have any particular love for guns; I have never fired a gun. I don’t really like guns and I don’t particularly like it when people bring guns around me. If you want to know the whole truth, people who are really enthusiastic about their love for guns and shooting weird me out a little bit.
But the same way President Obama seems to think people “cling to guns,” I cling to the Constitution and am loath to see “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” messed with, especially in an ad hoc or knee-jerk manner.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 19th

Curmudgeon's Corner: Tighter gun laws wouldn't have prevented violence (OPINION)

December 20, 2012

How does one react to the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday?
It didn’t take long for the anti-gun lobby to jump to the conclusion that the massacre of 20 young children and six women members of the faculty and staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School illustrates the need for stricter controls on guns. In fact, one congressman issued a press release within an hour of the announcement of the event, literally before any facts were known. Perhaps he has a press release prepared “just in case”.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 18th

Tax amnesty program generates $17 million

December 19, 2012

By MARIA SHANAHAN
mshanahan@ricentral.com

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s tax amnesty program generated more than $17 million following its conclusion last month, according to the Rhode Island Division of Taxation.
The amnesty provided Rhode Islanders with the opportunity to pay delinquent state taxes without penalties and with an interest rate reduction of 25 percent.
“We’re delighted that so many Rhode Island taxpayers took advantage of this opportunity to clean their slates and get a fresh start,” David M. Sullivan, Rhode Island tax administrator, said in a statement.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 17th

Youth to Youth takes flight at Quonset

December 18, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – On a brisk Sunday morning in various corners as well as the yard of the Quonset Air Museum, eight teenagers are enthusiastically polishing, cleaning, sanding and painting pieces of history.
Working with the museum’s older members who serve as mentors – sharing technical information and personal knowledge – the youngsters spend five hours every weekend contributing a high level of energy to normally drawn-out projects.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 16th

NK's Frank Mattos honored for work

December 17, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

PROVIDENCE— North Kingstown resident Frank Mattos may have only founded his Massachusetts-based company Platinum Fire Protection & Services, LLC with co-owner Rob Pereira in 2010 but, already, his company has made waves in Rhode Island’s hospitality industry.
And now he has the hardware to prove it.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Rams believed what they saw on TV

December 16, 2012

By ERIC RUEB
erueb@ricentral.com

KINGSTON – With Mike Powell on his right and Nikola Malesevic on his left, University of Rhode Island basketball coach Dan Hurley laughed when he talked about the film session the Rams had following their loss to Providence College on Dec. 6.
The players did too. It was an almost uncomfortable laughter; while the trio didn’t get into the specifics of what was said, it was easy to tell the message behind what was said.
And much like the Rams’ play that night, it wasn’t good.

December 15th

NKPD turn to Facebook to solve case

December 16, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

Social media has changed the way society works, from everyday communications with friends and family members to the way employers screen potential job interviews and single men and women look for possible dating matches.
Now, it may begin changing police work as well.
For the second time in recent months, the North Kingstown Police Department is turning to Facebook in an attempt to solve a long-thought-unsolvable cold case.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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