Editorial: For downtown Worcester, safety is the central issue | Why are most other cities’ central attractions essentially free from strife or personal danger, while Worcester seemingly can’t get a handle on violence, literally, at its very core? The most unnerving recent example was the sight of Hanover patrons, arriving for the family-friendly “Shrek the Musical,” scrambling for cover as gunshots pierced the air near the world-class theater. With so much of a physical transformation underway, the time is right to ensure downtown’s new attractions are safe to thrive.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 89]: Testing the limits of Worcester’s dry humor | From Chandler Magnet to Rice Square to Wawecus Road, the doors swung open this week to another schoolyear full of optimism and discovery, permission slips and absence notes, excuses and exultations across the city of Seven Hills. A few days in, though, and that new-school smell dissipates quickly. Some teachers may have even popped a quiz or two on their unsuspecting and still-sunburnt students. Luckily, for the discerning Worcester parent, Hitch saw this coming — and he has answers.
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Bay State officials rebuke Paul LePage as Maine governor scrambles to tamp down racial controversy | LePage, in Boston this week for a conference of New England governors and eastern Canada premiers, doubled down on his assertion made last week that heroin and fentanyl trafficking is being perpetrated in Maine by blacks and Hispanics from out of state, adding Lowell and Lawrence to the list of cities exporting the deadly opiates to his state.
Inbox [Aug. 31]: Center for Crafts targets youth, Anna Maria earns ‘distinct’ rating, Spectrum Health trumpets World Café event, Auburn Mall fundraiser to benefit Tarentino family | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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Worcestory Lesson: All aboard! The heydey of Worcester trolley service
“As home to trolley manufacturer Osgood Bradley and later Pullman Standard, Worcester played an important role in the history of passenger rail travel in the United States. And over the years, trolleys and trains have captured the imagination of millions: one of the most popular attractions at Lowell National Historical Park is the restored trolley that runs between the visitors center and Boarding House Park.” Indeed, hop on and take a fascinating journey with Worcester history expert David DuBois.
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Q&A with Malika Carter, Worcester’s chief diversity officer
In her first extended one-on-one interview since being named Worcester’s chief diversity officer, Malika Carter sits down with the Sun and discusses what prepared her for a city the size of Worcester, the city’s hiring practices, last summer’s dialogues on race, a recent incident involving a member of the city manager’s cabinet, the role of media, and difference between threats and free speech.