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Politics as Usual: Switch to the popular vote? Not so fast, folks (OPINION)

May 2, 2012

Every presidential year, it seems, a debate starts up about the curious constitutional custom of the Electoral College.
Because the Founding Fathers were scared silly about putting real power in the hands of the great unwashed (which, to be fair, was significantly illiterate, ill-informed and unfamiliar with the whole concept of self-government in the late 1700s), they concluded that the states would elect presidents rather than having a popular vote of the citizens.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK names its police officer, firefighters of the year

May 1, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Every year the North Kingstown Rotary Club, honors a North Kingstown police officer and firefighter of the year. This year’s honorees included an two-time winner of the award and a group of 10 firefighters who assisted in a confined-space rescue of two men.
Detective Sergeant Jeffrey St. Onge previously received the police officer of the year award in 1999 after responding to a stand-off on Bea Drive in town and in 2007 when he was working on internet fraud and embezzlement cases where he was able to uncover over $100,000 of fraud within the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Costa fighting Board of Governors

April 30, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Last September, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education approved a controversial bill to allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at the state’s colleges and the University of Rhode Island.
If Rep. Doreen Costa (R-North Kingstown and Exeter) has her way, however, that bill will soon be repealed.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

'Garden' delights quilt show visitors

April 29, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A wet rainy weekend couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 1,200 visitors to the Narragansett Bay Quilters’ Association’s “Garden of Quilts” show held Saturday and Sunday at North Kingstown High School.
Using a theme of nature, veteran and novice quilters created traditional flower gardens of fabric, bits of paradise that included birds and animals as well as farm scenes and collections of cotton-printed vegetables.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Animal Shelter controvery erupts in Exeter

April 28, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – What was to have been a typically dull town council work session on the budget Monday night often devolved into a shouting match over the firestorm of controversy engulfing the Exeter Animal Shelter.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Train service returns to NK on time

April 27, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – North Kingstown is now officially home to commuter rail service and, if you ask the state and local officials or members of the public that attended Monday morning’s grand opening of the Wickford Junction Commuter Train Station, most would say it’s all because of the vision and persistence of one local businessman.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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April 26, 2012

After nearly two years of anticipation, the Wickford Junction Train Station opened Monday to much fanfare. This week, we bring you all the information you need on the new commuter rail, plus tell you what local, state and national dignitaries had to say about the new station and its potential impact on South County.
In addition, we bring you an in-depth look at a brewing controversy in Exeter as the euthanization of a pair of pitbulls has caused a tide of outrage in the community.
All that and much, much more in this week's Standard-Times. Pick up a copy today!

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New owners hope to get Morning Star Horse Farm back on track

April 24, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

SAUNDERSTOWN – Located off Route 1 is 57 acres of pristine landscaping where horse lovers can come and observe the four-legged animals and learn how to ride them.
Formally Freedom Horse Farm, the property has now been taken over by new owners who are feverishly working to erase the past and bring a positive outlook to the once ragged land.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New Baykeeper ready to dive into job

April 23, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Thomas Kutcher stands in the shimmering sunlight of a very warm spring afternoon, inhaling the distinctly fishy aroma of work boats tied up at the Town Dock, at the end of Main Street.
It is like sweet perfume to this man who has found his greatest delights growing up on Narragansett Bay, specifically the Warren River; he became an accomplished surfer – his favorite spots were off Bonnet Shores and Narragansett Pier – swimmer and boater.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tell Me Your Story: Denhoff runs Marathon as tribute to cancer patients

April 22, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Erica Denhoff chose the hottest Boston Marathon in history to make her running debut – and lived to tell the tale.
While people all around her were falling by the wayside – even last year’s male and female winners dropped out – the pint-size former NKHS athlete kept going.
She finished in six hours, 16 minutes and four seconds.

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