At the trough

By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 17, 2011

. . . to old friend FROMA HARROP, editorial columnist for the Urinal, for her deft evisceration of the Tea Party. Despite immense criticism from her targeted bunch of professional haters, she is sticking to her guns, as she told Steve Kass on WPRO this week. Her path differed from that of the New York Times' Joe Nocera, who also went after the Tea Baggers, but issued an apology after the blowback. P+J's official Cojones Count: Froma 2, Nocera 0.

. . . to the always-upbeat JIM BENNETT, one of the legendary Fabulous Bennett Brothers of local ice hockey lore, for his appointment as Mayor Taveras's new economic development director. Charming, persuasive, and forceful, our man can do it if anyone can in the fiscal lion's den that La Prov has become.

. . . to the CUMBERLAND AMERICAN LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS, who punched their ticket to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a convincing 13-7 victory over the Massachusetts state champs, Andover National, at Breen Field in Bristol, Connecticut, thus becoming New England champs. On Friday, August 19 at 3 pm, they play Huntington Beach, California, in Williamsport. As BeloJo sports scribe Bill Reynolds wrote, "In this summer of our discontent . . . we needed this."

. . . to the mighty Bucket, the CITY OF PAWTUCKET. We (Jorge is a proud native) celebrate our 125th anniversary as a city with a huge celebration at McCoy Stadium before and after the PawSox/Syracuse Chiefs game on Tuesday, August 23. Festivities begin around 6 pm.

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