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Rhode Island Tip Sheet: Up in smoke

January 18, 2011

STATE OF THE STATE: News that former state Dem chairman Bill Lynch, former Pawtucket police chief George Kelly, prominent Pawtucket businessman Louis Yip, and a state PUC board member are backing a “compassion center” to sell medical marijuana is a full Rhode Island (with a nod to Bill Reynolds). We won’t go into the word-play that can be had with their intended destination, the venerable To Kalon Club in Pawtucket. Lynch, opting for a new course after his unsuccessful run for Congress, has changed his cell phone number and is no doubt being sought for comment by numerous reporters.

MUST-READ: Matt Bai on whether the anger is gone after the Tucson shooting. Key excerpt: “There is very little shared experience in the nation now; there are only competing versions of the experience, consumed in such a way as to confirm whatever preconceptions you already have, rather than to make you reflect on them.”

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Libby Kimzey, who managed Teresa Tanzi’s primary upset last September of state Representative David Caprio, is working as head loan officer at the Capital Good Fund, which issues loans of $2000 and less to Providence residents who lack access to traditional financial institutions. “It’s a nice change of pace from political advocacy,” Kimzey reports, “and I’m excited to have a front row seat to see what our new executive branch, legislature, and city government can do in 2011.”

US SENATE: Kent Conrad, Democrat of North Dakota, has announced he won’t run in 2012, creating a potential GOP opportunity.

MOB MUSEUM: Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman on plans for his city’s “Mob Museum,” due to open in a former post office/federal courthouse: “Even though I love watercolors and porcelain, I didn’t think that would bring people downtown.”

MEDIA: The New York Times yesterday updated efforts by AOL’s Patch to become a player in local news, describing how it has set up shop in 800 US towns, with up to $50 million in backing by AOL just last year.  Closer to home, Ted Nesi reports on how the staffing of the Kent County Daily Times is down by nearly 30 percent.

SARAH PALIN: Newt Gingrich says Palin needs to cool her jets.

UNREST: Students of urban studies might want to check out Revolution ’67, a very well-made documentary about the riot that shook Newark, New Jersey, that summer.

GEEKS: Providence Geeks meet tomorrow evening.

BLOG PARTY: It’s on for tomorrow evening, t00.

BIRTHDAY: Mike Archambault; Glenn Laxton; Sally Struever; Stephen Beale.

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