Sun Sampler: A healthy portion of our freshest good stuff

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Happy Mother’s Day — it’s sampler time.

Because when you’re wearing those dress pants you just remembered were an omelet too small last year and you can hear your inseam hissing like a pressure cooker 16 hours in, what you need is more. One of everything!

A celebratory and punitively expensive brunch is all but a waste of pastel ties and extra-strength Tums without a proper sampler platter to scrub that quiche and sausage from your palate.

So, y’know, we’re here for you. This week in Worcester Sun we offer our growing list of members and our increasingly broad and diverse throng of email subscribers a chance to walk off those whipped cream-covered pancakes by taking a leisurely stroll through some of our best and most well-received work over the past weeks and months.

With in-depth reporting, intricate storytelling and thoughtful perspectives — not to mention expert editing and more than four centuries of experience — we have strived to create a menu that accentuates the best of Worcester and its surrounding communities, the people who are making a difference or a name for themselves.

Something you didn’t know yesterday that makes you think about tomorrow. The places you’ll want to go. Real folks with incredible stories, whom you’ll want to meet.

You might imagine, it wasn’t easy to pare down a list of our favorites, so we should probably skip any further suspense and get right into it — before those slacks decide enough is enough. Love you, Mom.


EDITOR’S PICKS

Many of these are among our most-read stories of all-time, but they’ve also been among our favorite to read and deliver to you. Writing and storytelling we’re very proud to share:

Kevin G. Cox followed in his father's footsteps as a physics teacher at Burncoat High.

Dennis Daubney / Courtesy Kevin Cox

Kevin G. Cox

Art is life for multitalented Burncoat teacher Kevin Cox [Free to read!]

LaHair_wiki_cropBryan LaHair and Worcester’s many boys of summer continue the journey

“Bryan LaHair has hit home runs in Japan and Venezuela. Laced up his cleats in Des Moines, Tacoma, San Antonio and Chicago.

He’s been a Cub and a Cardenale, a Rattler, Rainier and a Rubber Duck.

He made his Major League debut in 2008 for the Seattle Mariners after 5-½ seasons in the minors and was a National League all-star in 2012, when he hit .390 through April and had 14 home runs by the break for the Chicago Cubs. By 2014, he was hitting .234 with 5 home runs for a double-A club in Akron, Ohio.

The former Holy Name star, 33, has indeed lived the full baseball life, and after spending last summer on the sidelines following his April release from Red Sox spring training camp, he seems to again be in full pursuit of the dream.”

Jully Khattar, despite many obstacles, rarely appears anything other than positive and happy.

Courtesy Jully Khattar

Jully Khattar, despite many obstacles, rarely appears anything other than positive and happy.

Sun Shine: Jully Khattar, a daughter of Vernon Hill, St. Vincent [Free to read!]

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

Dan Wally ditched a steak for the gig of a lifetime, spinning records for Prince

Courtesy mixpacific

Dan Wally ditched a steak for the gig of a lifetime, spinning records for Prince

That time Burncoat grad Dan Wally DJ’d for Prince [Free to read!]

Tim Quinn expects to see parents Pat and Anne, former city employees retired to the Cape, back in the Woo more often now that his West Boylston Street pub is about to open.

Courtesy Tim Quinn

Tim Quinn expects to see parents Pat and Anne, former city employees retired to the Cape, back in the Woo more often now that his West Boylston Street pub is about to open.

Local Business Spotlight: Quinn’s Irish Pub, coming to Greendale [Free to read!]


NEWS AND EXCLUSIVE REPORTING

Increasingly, members are reading exclusive and breaking news in the Sun first. Here are a few you might have missed:

Hanover Theatre

Mark A. Henderson / Worcester Sun

The Hanover Theatre’s restoration of 551 Main St. is on track

Sonoma in, now out, of Hanover Theatre expansion plan

On Cliff Rucker and Worcester Railers HC

rucker_hedshotLocal Business Spotlight: Rucker really buying in with Commercial Street bar purchase

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

Canal District power play: Rucker partners in rink plans at PresMet site

Rucker’s Worcester investment continues with charity fund

On Mosaic Cultural Complex and a state wellness grant investigation

Officials at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center confirm that Mosaic workers conducted workshops at the facility across 2015 and through the end of January.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Officials at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center confirm that Mosaic workers conducted workshops at the facility across 2015 and through the end of January.

City halts Mosaic work as Gaffney calls for another audit

Mosaic Cultural Complex held workshops through 2015, into January

Mosaic grant challenges present from the start, city official says


SPORTS

The Score with Ken Powers on Wachusetts’ Mark Peters and Holy Name’s Jim Romeo

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

Courtesy WPI Athletics

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

WPI’s Ama Biney doubles down on athletic stardom


OPINION AND COMMENTARY

Sina-cism: Worcester’s search for itself

Sina-cism: In Dudley, Muslims need not apply

Editorial: Coincidences or culture shift?

April20SunSpot_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 51]: The many layers of Ed Augustus


TOPICS AND CITY ISSUES

The Worcesternomics of urban revitalization

Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan, the first five years


THE CLASSICS [some of our older best stuff]

Charles P. Pierce

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Charles P. Pierce

Charles P Pierce: History sneaks up on you, like a B-52 on Franklin Street

In this home beats the heart of recovery

Cause and effect: The road to tragedy at DCF

Tell us what you think in the comment sections, or on Facebook and Twitter. Contact editor Fred Hurlbrink Jr. at hurlbrink@worcester.ma.

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