On Call

Providence City Council members’ cell phones cost taxpayers big bucks For more than a decade, it was a perk that had largely flown under the public radar: Use of a city-issued cell phone for every member of the Providence City Council, if they wanted one. That, on top of an average $19,000 yearly medical benefits […]

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Paying the Freight

Wickford Junction proves a costly startup project From Route 102 in North Kingstown the 4-story building it’s hard to miss. A clock-tower overlooks brand new entrance roads, fresh landscaping and a gleaming glass elevator. The brand-new Wickford Junction commuter rail station is impressive. And it should be, with a price tag of $44 million taxpayer […]

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Investigative Update

Shining spotlight on waste & corruption prompts further action Editor’s note: The Hummel Report has new information and developments on a handful of previous investigations: Living Free In the summer of 2010 we found Angela Spadoni, an employee of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, living rent-free in the caretaker’s house at Colt State […]

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Pinned Down

Prov School Dept releases hold on high school wrestlers after educator goes public It has been an amazing transformation over the past three seasons: The Hope High School wrestling team began the year confident it would be in the hunt for a Division 2 state title — something that was unthinkable just a few years […]

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