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Our “leader” is putting a gun to our heads, disguising that gun as an olive branch in order to trick the taxpayers of Providence into believing that his hands are tied and he is heroically restoring fiscal sanity to Providence.


He could barely breathe, struggled to catch his breath every ten words or so, gulping air from the reservoir of the non-rebreather, then continuing with his story. "I trained thoroughbreds," he gasped. "Came up from Mississippi in'62," gasp " worked Suffolk, and Churchill" gasp "Foxboro and Raynham" gasp "rode 'em, broke 'em, fed 'em" gasp […]


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On September 12, 2001, with the skies overhead as quiet as they were in 1903, before the Wright Brothers considered man flying a real possibility, I sat outside the fence at TF Greene Airport and waited to see some action. I hoped to see some F-16's taking off, a B-1 bomber or two, anything, really, […]

Privatize EMS?

Warwick ambulance Co. owner admits health-care fraud 1:01 PM Fri, Jun 03, 2011 | Permalink Katie Mulvaney    Email PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The owner of a Warwick ambulance company admitted Friday to swindling the health-care system of more than $700,000 by inflating Medicare and insurance claims for runs his service made. John M. Almon, 55, owner of […]

Tranquility Gone

They get their checks and drink them away, month after month, year after year. It's party day the first of every month, Christmas Morning, New Year's Eve, Your birthday, his birthday, her birthday, doesn't matter, the party is on. Until it ends, as it always does, in the back of one of our rescues. There, […]

This (Really) Just In…

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City of Providence to cut 100 firefighters or take back pay raise Download this show Listen Posted: 6/2/2011 1:32:26 PM Updated: 6/2/2011 1:52:03 PM Sources tell WPRO's Buddy Cianci, that the city of Providence is proposing cutting 100 firefighter positions if they don't give back a three percent pay raise that's effective this July as […]

This Just in…

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Tavares Calls on City Residents to Curtail Mayhem Mikko Morsso, Journal staff writer 0800, Wednesday,  June 1, 2011   Mayor Angel Tavares has asked The Providence Residents Association to absorb a ten percent reduction in criminal activity, medical emergencies and fires. In addition, he has declared that any and all hazardous material spills, leaks or […]

The Truth

Everybody thinks it's great to be busy. High volume areas are in demand, Paramedics and EMT's brag about the number of runs they do. *Newsflash* It sucks. Patient care crashes. Morale crashes. The ambulance crashes. I don't care who you are, and how many calls you do, and how many lives you save, and how […]

Language Barrier

It's 0700. Shift change. Fresh faces at triage, tired ones still pushing stretchers in. Different patients, similar stories. The shift that just left fought the weekend battle with us, was as punch drunk as we were, beaten down by the incessant barrage of patients, some drunk, some mentally ill, some bleeding, some dying. Some had […]


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I reached in and helped her out. She had fallen into the bushes, and the other residents were laughing at her, calling her Vanessa the Drunk, Vanessa the Whore, Vanessa the Pig. She isn't a drunk, whore or a pig, she's a sixty-three year old lady who drinks too much, and gets sloppy, and used […]

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