Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: May 4, 2010

Federal prosecutors have been called in to help state police investigate Central Falls Mayor Charles M. Moreau, a move intended to counter perceptions of a conflict of interest on the part of Patrick Lynch ’87, the state’s attorney general and a Democratic gubernatorial candidate.  The mayor is accused of contracting a friend to renovate old homes while allowing the contractor to install a furnace in his own home.  The Central Falls mayor and Attorney General Lynch have known each other since they were kids, having met when they played in the same Pawtucket basketball league.

A second-grader who pulled a knife on a classmate was suspended indefinitely on Monday.  The student, who attends Kizirian Elementary School, allegedly wielded the knife while asking an 8 year-old boy in her class for money.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank has a new catchphrase: “nothing.”  The non-profit is launching a new campaign to garner younger donors and volunteers while attracting attention to the organization, which focuses on addressing hunger and poverty issues in Rhode Island.  The food bank wants to sell 40,000 empty cans around the state and then for people to return the cans filled with money as a donation to the organization.

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