There's a strange parallel happening this week. In the city of Fall River, embattled Mayor Jasiel Correia finished a distant second in Tuesday's three way preliminary election but that was enough to run another day. Correia barely qualifies for the November 5th general election. School Committee member Paul Coogan blistered the primary finishing with 62% of the vote with Correia a distant second with 21% to third place finisher Erica Scott Pacheco's 16%. When you break it down to votes, Correia beat Scott-Pacheco by just 606 votes of the 13,310 ballots. Turnout was strong as one in four registered Fall River voters turned out. The strong showing may have been fueled by the embattled Correia who pleaded not guilty this month to charges accusing him of extorting hundreds of thousand of dollars from marijuana companies looking for licenses to operate in his city. Correia has also claimed he's innocent of federal charges of defrauding investors in a smart phone app he was developing to allegedly fund a lavish lifestyle and pay for mounting legal bills. At the same time, THE PRINCE OF PROVIDENCE, ,Mike Stanton's book that chronicles the rise and fall of Buddy Cianci is setting box office records at Trinity Rep. Coincidence or irony? I'm sure the bean counters at the Trinity Box office would settle for either.
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