Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: December 5, 2011

Betting that the New England Patriots will make the playoffs this year is, as usual, one of the safest bets you can make. But for fans of the Foxboro, Massachusetts team who may be looking for riskier bets, the opportunity could soon become a reality. The team’s owner Robert Kraft, along with Las Vegas casino operator Steve Wynn, has been speaking to Foxboro residents to gauge support for their plans to build a casino resort across the road from Gillette Stadium. Though Wynn explained the resort would not be as large or “flashy” as its Nevada counterparts, there’s no word yet on how residents of the town are responding to the proposal.

Back here in Rhode Island, Michael Riley, a Narragansett businessman, has announced his intention to run as a Republican against current Democratic Congressman James Langevin in next year’s elections. Riley, who has served on various board and commissions in his home town, has set aside $109,000 in personal savings for his campaign and also hired two consultants.

And finally, good news for those receiving mail in the Ocean State (all of you, I imagine)! Rhode Island’s only mail-processing center was not on the list of 252 centers that may be shut down by the U.S. Postal Service in its effort to cut costs and avoid bankruptcy. Regardless, the agency’s spokeswoman says delays in mail delivery may still occur due to the closures at other sites.

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