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The 83-Year-Old Money Tree

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Earlier this summer, I found myself in the passenger seat of 83-year-old Mary Donnelly’s Ford Escape as she darted around Block Island, dodging dozens of half-drunk tourists spilling into the street.

“Ever heard of a crosswalk?” she yelled, as she puckered up her face and waved a young couple across. “Just one thing keeps me from running them over,” she said, “and that’s jail. They’re not worth it.”

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