Blogs | Ethan Shorey

Tuesday, June 2

If the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox are serious about staying in Rhode Island, they had little choice but to strike the tone CEO Larry Lucchino struck Tuesday.

Gov. Gina Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed are all smart politicians, and they know many Rhode Islanders have no appetite for finalizing a deal to build a new stadium in Providence by the end of the General Assembly session.

A stunning 98 percent of emails to...


Tuesday, May 26

Mayor Don Grebien wasted little time reaching out to Pawtucket Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino following the death of team President Jim Skeffington.

In a letter to Lucchino last Friday, he made it clear that Pawtucket very much wants to keep the team and he still wants the chance to make the city’s case.

Members of his administration have made “several requests” to meet and discuss the situation with team executives, said Grebien, but to no avail. Of particular interest to the...


Tuesday, May 19

The early results of our informal Facebook/Twitter poll for best pizza in Rhode Island are in. This is clearly not very scientific, but here's what I have so far. Feel free to vote for your favorite in the comments below (leave more than one if you like) or tweet me and I'll add it. You can also tell me on our Facebook page ...


Thursday, April 30

To no one's surprise, the Rhode Island branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has weighed in on the controversy over whether a man should be asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at Pawtucket City Council meetings.

Read my original story on the issue.

Steven Brown, executive director of the ACLU, said in a letter that...


Thursday, April 30

As a Massachusetts native who lived all over before settling down in Rhode Island, I've long been surprised about how frequently I hear racist language in the Ocean State. I guess that's why I wasn't overly surprised to read this week that this state is the only one in New England that accounts for "much more than the average" number of searches of the N-word on Google, according to a ...


Thursday, April 23

Don't count Attorney Gen. Peter Kilmartin among those state leaders who will support moving the Pawtucket Red Sox to Providence.

While many others have offered vague responses to questions about whether the state should help the new owners of the PawSox build a shiny new stadium, the lifelong city resident and former state representative in Pawtucket says there's no reason at all to move the team.

Speaking on 1380 WNRI Thursday morning, Kilmartin said he doesn't think the deal...


Tuesday, April 7

As officers continue an internal investigation into allegations of racism in the Pawtucket Police Department, the ACLU of Rhode Island is calling for a much deeper look at the department's practices pertaining to minorities over the past decade.

Executive Director Steven Brown, in a letter dated April 2, said a Breeze story on accusations that officers regularly the N-word was "disturbing," and said ACLU officials are pleased to know that an internal investigation is...


Friday, March 20

Phil Eil is my Sunshine Week star of the week after finally being rewarded for his persistence in trying to keep government accountable.

If you follow the former editor of the Providence Phoenix on Twitter, you know that he frequently expresses his frustration with the Drug Enforcement Administration for not giving him the documents he's requested about the famous Volkman drug trafficking trial.

Eil finally got his due...


Wednesday, March 4

I asked local residents for some of their favorite memories of McCoy Stadium. Here are some of their answers.

Ann Maddix
"Sleeping over at McCoy Stadium for the Cub Scout Sleepover, seeing all the camping tents on the green, watching a baseball movie. My husband has taken my boys every year."

John Baxter
"I took my dad and two boys to a game on a random Saturday afternoon in August of 2003. Bronson Arroyo was the starting pitcher....


Friday, February 27

While news of the likely loss of the Pawtucket Red Sox has been painful for Pawtucket residents, not everyone is taking a doom and gloom perspective on it. I'm going to be adding reactions here as I find them on social media.


"I respect @DonGrebien for still fighting for the @PawSox. It may be the bottom of the 9th, but that last out hadn't been recorded yet."


Thomas Hodge

"Just a note...