Your superior correspondents always find it difficult to keep up with potential and actual criminal activities at Halitosis Hall, particularly when the legislature is in session. But we do our best. The dominant story these days is, of course, the who/what/where/when/why of the 38 Studios meltdown. Suffice to say, if Biggest Little taxpayers are going to pay through the nose — and, one way or the other, we will — we’ll want to see somebody hauled off to the pokey for creating this debacle.
The latest prime candidates would appear to be former House Speakers Bill Murphy and Gordon Fox and unelected lawyer/tax credit broker/wheeler dealer/ Prince of Darkness, Michael Corso. Last week, WJAR Channel 10’s I-Team discovered that Murphy, Fox, and Corso initially made contact with bloody-socked video game entrepreneur, Curt Schilling, in early October of 2009, months before the fundraiser at Schilling’s home where then-Governor Don Carcieri reportedly first met Schilling and became interested in 38 Studios.
For Murphy’s part, he claims his only involvement with 38 Studios was to facilitate their negotiations with the legislature in Massachusetts. But now it appears that he, along with Fox and Corso, signed non-disclosure agreements with the company on October 8, 2009.
Meanwhile, on Monday, a Superior Court jury found former state representative Leo Medina guilty of “unlawful appropriation of funds.” The charges came from an allegation that he had stolen $28,000 from a life insurance policy of a friend’s daughter, who passed away in 2007. He faces a potential 20 years in prison for this. Medina served one term as representative for District 12 in Providence from 2011 to 2013, and happens to be facing a misdemeanor and a felony charge on separate matters.
Minimum wage news
As Vo Dilunduhs undoubtedly know, there’s been a raging battle in Providence over raising the minimum wage here. It might be of interest, then, to note that on Monday, June 2, Seattle’s nine-member city council unanimously approved an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, ran his most recent successful campaign for the office on a pledge to increase the minimum wage to $15, so there appears to be no obstacle to this becoming real policy.
RIP, Dennis McCarthy
Early Monday evening, word began to spread in the Rhode Island music community that the beloved singer Dennis McCarthy had passed away. This was not only unbelievably sad, but shocking, since in recent months Dennis had been looking and sounding better than ever. From regular gigs at Nick-a-Nee’s in Providence to the Met in Pawtucket to the Ocean Mist in Matunuck to Chan’s in Woonsocket to dozens of other clubs throughout the area, Dennis seemed to be playing everywhere the past few years.
Dennis was a veteran performer, who started in the 1970s with stellar bands like the Groovemasters and the Dynamic Johnsons, playing the original Met and Lupo’s on a regular basis. His specialty was soul and blues but he could sing most anything with great conviction and power. He moved to Miami over a decade ago, but returned to Rhode Island in early 2011.