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McGair: Aaron Cook's agent talks about the process behind May 1 opt-out date

April 30, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
BOSTON - For Aaron Cook and the Red Sox, D-Day – as in Decision Day – is at hand.
With Tuesday marking May 1, the day in which Cook’s minor-league opt-out clause officially takes effect, Boston must decide whether to promote the veteran pitcher and place him on the active roster or risk losing him to free agency. Reached Monday night, Joe Bick, the agent for Cook, spelled out a step-by-step process that included all involved parties.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By Jim Baron) It's a war memorial, not a religious symbol

April 29, 2012

Folks who read this column during the whole Cranston prayer banner controversy know I am a stickler about church and state separation.
Even when a complaint may seem picayune or silly, or targets a much revered or longstanding symbol, having religious iconography on public property is wrong and impermissible under the Constitution. Public property should and must be a zone of neutrality where all faiths feel welcome to pass and roam freely, but none can plant a flag — or a cross, or a crescent or a six-pointed star.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By Jim Baron) Revisiting an old friend — the Electoral College

April 23, 2012

Every presidential year, it seems, a debate starts up about the curious constitutional custom of the Electoral College.

McGair: Rich Hill will pitch Saturday and Sunday for PawSox

April 20, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Rich Hill will take another important step in his rehab Saturday when the lefthander pitches in relief for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
“I’ll pitch an inning (Saturday) and another inning Sunday,” Hill noted following Friday’s 15-10 win against Durham.
Pitching on consecutive days represents the next hurdle for Hill, who is not even a year out from undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 32-year-old passed his tests with Single-A Greenville and Salem, totaling six innings over five appearances.

McGair: Mark Melancon hopes to straighten himself out with PawSox

April 20, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Friday saw Mark Melancon begin what he hopes is a short stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
“I’m just excited to get out there and throw strikes and kind of get on a roll,” Melancon said. “I haven’t been able to do that.”
Truer words have never been spoken. Melancon was demoted by Boston earlier this week, his ERA an unsightly 49.50 (11 runs on 10 hits in just two innings). The hope is that by pitching in a less stressful environment, the 27-year-old Melancon can get himself in order and back up to the Red Sox.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By JIm Baron) Cicilline may actually get away with it

April 15, 2012

I’m not entirely convinced that Rep. David Cicilline won’t get away with it.
Unlike many political commentators and observers around these parts, who consider the former Providence mayor to be political roadkill, I think he has a fair to decent chance of being re-elected to a second term in Congress, despite his 14 percent approval rating in the last Brown University poll. In this case, “fair to decent” probably means a 50 to 65 percent likelihood.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By Jim Baron) How many legislators have been arrested now?

April 8, 2012

I’m going to be watching the House and Senate Finance committee hearings to see if any more money is being funneled into the ACI kitchen budget. I figure that, at the rate senators and representatives are running afoul of the law these days, legislators are going to have a vested interest in improving the quality of prison food.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By Jim Baron) 'Policy agenda' smells a lot like campaigning

April 2, 2012

Those of you who don’t get around much in the world of cyberpolitics might be surprised to learn that Gov. Lincoln Chafee has his very own channel on YouTube.
You can click on to YouTube and then search for either “Rhodeislandgovernor” or “Governor Lincoln Chafee” and you can get a list of a whole bunch of videos that either the governor’s office made, or that show some of his TV appearances or speeches at various public events.

POLITICS AS USUAL (By JIm Baron) Never a dull moment in Central Falls

March 25, 2012

Writing a weekly column like this, it is always a good idea to have a different mix of subject matter each week to keep things interesting for readers. Well, someone please tell that to Central Falls. That unfortunate municipality just can’t seem to keep itself out of the headlines, so we’ll have to keep discussing it here.
Besides, if you live in Pawtucket or Woonsocket and you think what’s going on in Central Falls doesn’t matter to you, then you’ve got another think coming.

McGair: Locals partaking in postseason hoops

March 14, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
It might not be the glitz and glamour of NCAA Tournament, but a pair of local Division I players – two seniors, mind you – find themselves involved in postseason play.
Woonsocket’s Tyrone Nared and his Oregon teammates rocked LSU, 96-76, in Tuesday’s opening round of the National Invitational Tournament. Playing 19 minutes off the bench, Nared registered two points (both coming on free throws) along with three rebounds and three assists. Next up for Oregon is a second-round matchup with Iowa, set for Sunday night in Eugene.

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