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In Woonsocket, a kinky empire
Sex and the city
Browsing the catalog for Athena's Home Novelties, you can almost hear Roy Orbison faintly warbling "Only the Lonely."
| February 06, 2013
At the diner, a meat pie from Old Quebec
Tourtière is a simple dish, a pork and beef pie brought to Rhode Island by immigrants from old Quebec.
| December 12, 2012
The urban chicken roost movement hits Rhode Island
Ernest and Linda Lambert, retirees living in a shaded suburban cul-de-sac just off Woonsocket's Mendon Road, have an unusual backyard project.
| November 21, 2012
The Rhode Island Racing Pigeon Club takes flight
Late Saturday afternoon Mike Becker settled into a backyard lawn chair to wait.
| July 03, 2012
The vultures of Woonsocket
You see the scene over and over in the B-grade Western. The cowboy hero wanders across a desert, praying he'll find a watering hole. Above him appears a dismal omen — vultures circling in the sky.
| March 07, 2012
Taking on payday loans
State Representative Frank Ferri, owner of a Johnston bowling alley, has seen how the short-term, high-interest loans available at neighborhood payday loan shops can leave customers on a debt treadmill.
| February 08, 2012
The Paranormal Bikers are a new breed of ghost hunters
What really frightens paranormal investigators, those folks who go looking for ghouls? Some will tell you it's the uncomfortable feeling they sometimes get when leaving the scene — a feeling that someone, or something, wants to follow them home.
| October 26, 2011
In Woonsocket, questions for a questionable doctor
There's a name for that ailment seen in news photos of rail-thin Third World kids with protruding bellies. It's called "kwashiorkor," and it's seldom ever reported outside famine-stricken regions.
| May 18, 2011
A bank robber downsizes
The long fall from ripping off Rembrandts to shoplifting sunglasses
There's nothing like an art heist to make journalists spout hyperbole. What else could explain the wild things they've said about Myles J. Connor, the Boston career criminal who by his own account has tiptoed by night through literally dozens of museums?
| April 27, 2011
A bankrobber downsizes
Annals of Crime
There's nothing like an art heist to make a journalist spout hyperbole.
| April 13, 2011
A serial killer seeks a payoff
Incarcerated in a maximum-security prison in Cranston, Rhode Island, Jeff Mailhot grabbed a pen and a sheet of stationery and traced an outline of his beefy left hand.
| April 05, 2010
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