Worcester Sun, Aug. 21-27: In this issue

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Worcester Fencing Club students practice their form.

Joe Parello / For Worcester Sun

Worcester Fencing Club students practice their form.

Wide Woo of Sports: To the point with Worcester Fencing Club — en garde! |  How’s your swordsmanship? The ancient practice of fencing, which eventually became a sport known mostly in movies and the Olympics, involves agility and strategy, and can be learned and practiced right here in the city. The Worcester Fencing Club, at 243 Stafford St., offers classes and programs for children and adults — and an athletic alternative for the adventurous. Joe Parello is back with a closer look.


WhatIfWorcesterFinalWhat if … Worcester: Dateline 2047 — 2Jane starts school at Gateway Elementary |  “After the accident, the MacConnells worked with biotech startup CloLabs in Westborough. It was just the seventh successful (neonate living beyond 30 days) cloning procedure in the United States. The scientific and legal process was documented in the reality web series, ‘Jane and Jane Again’.” This is the second installment of our newest series What if … Worcester, what we hope to be a fascinating, imaginative and often reality-based window into the coming decades and centuries in and around the City of Seven Hills.


Editorial: Strides for women, and everyone, in Worcester |  The annual Women’s Equality Day will be celebrated on Worcester Common this Friday, Aug. 26. We reflect on the importance of the struggle, its progress, and the city’s proud place in women’s history.


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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 86]: Augustus and liberty for all, doggone it! |  Even the most ardent liberal would have to admit government, in all its unwieldy forms, continues creeping up on your front lawn. Whether it’s more fees or taxes or simply another layer of red tape, it can sometimes feel like we’re on a leash — and not a particularly long one at that. Speaking of leashes — that’s a pro segue, right there folks — Worcester’s powers-that-be are considering loosening their grip on public dog regulations. Soon you and your pooch can roam the Seven Hills without reproach (kind of like most have been doing anyway!). Hitch may be in the dog house after this one.


Logan International Airport's Terminal E

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Logan International Airport’s Terminal E

Sina-cism: Back to back in Logan’s Terminal E |  As wonderful as it can be to vacation abroad, the trip through Customs upon returning to Logan International Airport can be an entirely different matter. Columnist Chris Sinacola used a kiosk to supposedly save time, endured multiple queues, and finally emerged from the 92-minute experience bearing musings about bureaucracy.


Augustine and his family have some travelling -- and secret-keeping -- to do, as their future in Worcester gets closer.

Courtesy Augustine Kanjia

Augustine and his family have some travelling — and secret-keeping — to do, as their future in Worcester gets closer.

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …
Part 20: Suspicion and Senegal Visits |  Augustine takes the family to Dakar for a checkup for his ailing son. But, secretly, there’s more to the trip than that. Fortunately, through many encounters on the way to Senegal and back to The Gambia, the secret stays safe.


Gov. Baker

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Gov. Baker

On Beacon Hill: State Dems rally against Question 2 charter school expansion |  The party’s definitive position differs from the verdict of Democrats who run the Legislature and have differing opinions of charter schools. Legislative leaders were unable to broker a charter school compromise and have left the issue for voters to settle. Also: Video with Gov. Baker’s charter school reaction, thoughts on Mike Pence’s “great” Mass. speech, Pike changes and more.


Burncoat High School

Burncoat High School

Inbox [Aug. 21]: YWCA accepting Great Guys nominations, Burncoat High set for LED upgrade, Nichols and Quinsig partner in community college pact, UMass Medical scientist nets $3.5M grant |  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.


June 19-PowWow

Worcester Weekly: Pow!Wow! Worcester + 5 more things to do, starting Aug. 21 |  The murals are coming! The murals are coming! (And, the exclamation points, I guess.) With Pow!Wow! Worcester about to make its mark on downtown — international artists will be painting several facades over a 10-day stretch starting Friday — organizers want to give you a glimpse of … well, everything related to murals, arts, painting and all that good stuff. Mechanics Hall enters the “Danger Zone,” chili and chowder team up to fight Canal District hunger, and more fun stuff.

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