Worcester Sun, Oct. 2-8: In this issue

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Worcester schools flunking PCBs test, union says |  For years, union officials have been forced to take on the role of PCB police. They have tested for the cancer-causing chemicals in the window caulking at some schools, and found reason for serious concern — while Worcester school officials have put up bureaucratic walls, they say, including pointing to following federal guidelines. Why then are state courts not convinced? Richard Nangle brings us up to date, including a recent ruling in the union’s favor.

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Work bays at the WorcShop, 243 Stafford St.

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Work bays at the WorcShop, 243 Stafford St.

Local Business Spotlight: Crafty, creative and exciting things are coming out of the WorcShop |  What would you call a makerspace-style workshop based in Worcester? WorcShop, of course. Complete with offices and heavy tools, the facility on Stafford Street opened about six months ago, and there are already plans to expand. Sean M. Haley rolls up his sleeves for a closer look.


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HeartToHub is on track from Union Station, but is it meeting its goals?

Editorial: Don’t stop the non-stop between Worcester and Boston |  The HeartToHub train service from and to Union Station has been running for four months. It isn’t full, it isn’t perfect, and now it is at the center of a petition sent to the governor to bring it to a halt. The suggestion is to have more “express” (fewer stops) trains instead of this non-stop one, serving more stations between Worcester and Boston. To this idea we say: Not so fast.


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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 98]: On the Ed Augustus contract talks |  We said as much in our editorial last Sunday: Edward M. Augustus Jr., and for that matter the city of Worcester, have little to worry about when it comes to the next city manager contract. As long as the big guy doesn’t find something better he has, for the most part, earned himself a new deal that a vast majority of his City Council bosses would be eager to support. Even with councilors pumping the brakes on a super-early contract push, there’s no reason to fret, right? Right?!? Hitch wonders if something might just be keeping Augustus up at night.


Speaking of our editorial last Sunday: Overeager on Augustus


Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton

Sina-cism: A bigly and braggadocious brawl |  “The 90-plus minute debate was more like William Hazlitt’s “The Fight,” which is quite a chore for a modern reader, consisting as it does of two dozen pages of barely comprehensible prose and obscure political allusions. The good part is only four pages, in which the pugilists pummel one another in ways braggadocious and bigly, until we see ‘two men smashed to the ground, smeared with gore, stunned, senseless, the breath beaten out of their bodies.’ If only it had ended there.” Alas, for Sinacola and the rest of us, this is only the beginning.


Drought Management Task Force members -- co-chair and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' assistant director of water policy, Vandana Rao, left; Energy and Environmental Secretary Matthew Beaton, center; and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg -- met Thursday and received an update on drought conditions from various state and federal agencies.

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Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, center, finds his office tangled in controversy.

On Beacon Hill: Beaton ‘saddened’ by retribution charges as State House inquiry lingers |   “Occasionally you have some bad actors. Whether or not that’s the case in this instance is yet to be determined,” the Shrewsbury native said last week. “We’re going to continue to investigate and take appropriate action if necessary.” More than a week has passed since Gov. Charlie Baker said he wanted results from that investigation “as soon as possible.” In the meantime, another state official entangled in controversy and tied to Baker’s Republican party abruptly resigned late Friday.


The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …

Augustine Kanjia

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Augustine Kanjia

Part 23: Joy, Despair and More Threats |  With his quest for asylum on the back burner, Augustine remains on the hot seat, experiencing distrust from the police and even from friends. But the journalism work continues, despite hostility from Gambian officials. Proud as ever and worried about his ailing son, Augustine stands up for himself and his profession … And waits.


Inbox [Oct. 2]: MassDiGI and Community Legal Aid net federal grants, WPD receives anti-gang funds, city seeks Youth Council applicants, Worcester Reads puts on Smile Day, WPI profs rank first nationally |  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.


WPI's Beech Tree

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WPI’s Beech Tree

Worcester Weekly: WPI homecoming + 5 more things to do to start October |  Technically, Homecoming Weekend gets going for generations of loyal Engineers Friday evening, but the real fun cranks up Saturday, Oct. 8, with alumni games and meetups, the Parade of Floats, the Goat’s Head Award presentation, a bunch of varsity sports home games, and much more. Speaking of more, this week features a one-of-a-kind musical interlude on Main Street, history, soccer and a deep dive into the business of craft beer in the city. Check it out.

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