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Where Cross, East Central and Shamrock streets meet Shrewsbury -- soon Worcester drivers could see the return of little-league "panhandlers" there.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Where Cross, East Central and Shamrock streets meet Shrewsbury — soon Worcester drivers could see the return of little-league “panhandlers” there.

Up Next: Khrystian King eyes return of ‘tag days,’ Little Leaguers to Worcester intersections |  While many of the city’s youth sports organizations are well-supported, leagues like East Side and Tom Ash struggle some summers to make ends meet. One of the most successful methods over the years, soliciting motorists at stop lights and intersections, was wiped out by the 2013 panhandling ordinances. With those struck down, will sports leagues again be taking to the streets? Patrick Sargent reports.


90 Commercial St., a (very) short walk from the DCU Center

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

90 Commercial St., a (very) short walk from the DCU Center

Local Business Spotlight: Rucker really buying in with Commercial Street bar purchase |  The owner of the city’s new ECHL hockey team, set to debut October 2017, has visions of pucks flying and fans flocking beyond the walls of the DCU Center. Like, say, down to 90 Commercial St., where he plans an August 2017 opening of a hockey bar and home-away-from-home to Worcester Railers fans far and wide. Patrick Sargent has details.


Prof. Muhammad Yunus, who spoke recently at Mechanics Hall, is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal

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Prof. Muhammad Yunus, who spoke recently at Mechanics Hall, is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal

Sina-cism: Questioning history and our heroes |  “Are free markets the exclusive property of the right? Are education, health care, gender equality and ending poverty causes exclusive to the left? Of course not. [Nobel laureate Muhammad] Yunus seems determined to create a new political paradigm beyond left and right. But his thought, like all thought, is subject to the limits of language.” With nearly limitless inspiration, Chris Sinacola tackles the debate.


A steady stream of water drips from the facade of what was once a coal mine shaft

David DuBois / For Worcester Sun

A steady stream of water drips from the facade of what was once a coal mine shaft

Worcestory Lesson: Digging the city’s past on East Side trail |  “Work on the trail began in 1997 and finished in 2011. It takes hikers past old rock quarries, through ravines, and along spectacular stone walls. One of the more unique landmarks is the old coal mine shaft, which today emits a post-apocalyptic vibe. Standing there brings a sense of long forgotten significance.” David DuBois treks far and wide for a unique view of the city’s past.


Reading at an early age has countless benefits to young learners.

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Reading at an early age has countless benefits to young learners.

Editorial: Give a kid a book |  The annual book drive by The City that Reads is hoping for your donations. It’s a big deal every year, and makes a difference in countless ways to children who crack open some special title of your choosing. Help reading take root in young Worcester minds.


April10SunSpot_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 48]: Words to live by |  Some folks tend to overstay their welcome. You know the type: self-involved to the point of elevating narcissism to art; full of bluster and nonsense signifying nothing but noise; gnawing at your patience; boring a million little holes of annoyance in your facade of acceptance. Eventually you’re left with 35,000 beetle-infested trees and a bigoted demagogue headed for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Fear not, Hitch has some crosswords of wisdom.


Wachusett baseball coach Mark Peters, right, stands alongside Mountaineers’ senior pitcher Brendan Case. Case’s father, Bob Case, pitched for South High when Peters coached at Burncoat High from 1994-97.

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Wachusett baseball coach Mark Peters, right, stands alongside Mountaineers’ senior pitcher Brendan Case. Case’s father, Bob Case, pitched for South High when Peters coached at Burncoat High from 1994-97.

The Score with Ken Powers: Mark Peters relishes latest dugout gig and Holy Name football finds its Romeo |  After 21 wins in 2012, his 16th season at the helm of the East Side American Legion team that had won a state title the summer before, Mark Peters stepped away from coaching baseball without regret. Now the skipper at Wachusett Regional, his return to the helm has been nothing less than Super. KP touches base with the diamond lifer and then checks in on Granite Street and the familiar face taking over the Naps’ football program.


Susan Foster

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Clark University Biology professor Susan Foster

Inbox [April 10]: Clark professor in global evolution study; Anna Maria sets commencement; Marine, special needs kids gifted new home |  Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.


Ama Biney hit .445 as a freshman center fielder for WPI's record-setting softball team.

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Ama Biney hit .445 as a freshman center fielder for WPI’s record-setting softball team.

Worcester Weekly: Prom season begins + 5 more things to do, April 10-16 |  We have our fingers crossed that farmersonly.com will come through for us before the big night — mom says she’s not up for another prom — but if we have to roll stag, what better place to do it than at Mechanics Hall with a bunch of other awesome people. And there’s more: an excellent business networking opportunity; a global expert on an important piece of our history; top-notch college ball; and a stellar way to kick off school vacation week. Get in there and check it out.


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Yummy Steak House co-owners Jacky Chen, left, and Ken Zhang.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Yummy Steak House co-owners Jacky Chen, left, and Ken Zhang.

Local Business Spotlight: Yummy Steak House, new on Grafton Street

Partnered with Jacky Chen, a hibachi chef drawing in the attention of teppanyaki devotees and Worcester foodies alike with his charisma, recent Worcester’s Best Chef honoree Ken Zhang is determined to concoct one of the city’s best Japanese cuisine duos. Giselle Rivera-Flores rolls in for the inside scoop, and some custom sushi.

The five-story tall Hotel Worcester was located directly in Washington Square.

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The five-story tall Hotel Worcester was located directly in Washington Square.

Worcestory Lesson: Green Book, Hotel Worcester welcomed blacks visiting city in the ’40s

With a renewed interest by scholars in studying the role of travel as part of the 20th-century African-American experience, guides like The Green Book, published to aid travelers confronting race in unfamiliar places, provide a unique starting point. The guides grew quickly as resources for the black middle class hitting the road.

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