Marijuana legalization poses ‘impossible task’ for police on roads, Question 4 opponents claim | Polls have shown voters leaning toward passage of Question 4, which would legalize adult possession, home-use and eventually the retail purchase of marijuana. Opponents say easier access to the drug, especially in its slow-acting edible form, could create a menace on streets and highways.
Airbnb kicks off advocacy campaign ahead of potential legislative morass | “I suspect that’s going to be the ‘Uber’ issue of next session,” House Speaker Robert DeLeo said earlier this month, likening Airbnb to the challenge lawmakers had in tackling the ride-hailing industry. The Senate this year approved a proposal to apply the state’s lodging tax to short-term rentals through online websites such as Airbnb but the measure was stripped from an economic development bill that lawmakers rushed to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk in late July.
Randell: More reasons to put city DCU Center ownership on ice | “Built in 1982, the DCU Center has had the city of Worcester in the civic center/convention business going on 35 years. But as our excess tax levy capacity disappears — aka Municipal Fiscal Armageddon — when do we make the decision that we can no longer afford to subsidize this non-core business?” Businessman Bill Randell digs into the dollars and sense of owning the DCU Center.
Editorial: Crompton Place, Jane Jacobs and you | Crompton Place, home to such businesses as the Crompton Collective and Birch Tree Bread, is one of the feel-good stories of Worcester’s recent past. Now a local blogger has it in the final five of an international competition. We cast our vote for civic pride.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 105]: Three questions — an Election Day primer | There’s so much to talk about once the last few leaves begin losing their grasp and the time draws near to submit your ballot. Some years are bigger — bigly-er?! — than others, and Nov. 8, 2016, sure has all the likely characteristics of a tremendously huge day in American history. We’ll either have our first female president, or we’ll be super psyched that the pollsters were right about legal marijuana passing in Massachusetts. With so much at stake, critical questions remain. You know Hitch has answers.
Inbox [Oct. 26]: $15K for Straight Ahead Ministries, Girls Inc. celebrates, Assumption plans trauma workshop for kids, Briarwood exhibit shows WWI posters, Worcester State hosts financial summit for vets | 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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In the same month as Petricore’s first anniversary, Canuel, a 2015 Becker graduate, was named the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year. “Ryan has spent the last few years making all the right moves,” MassDiGI executive director Tim Loew said. “We’re proud of him and how his team’s grown.” Canuel and Petricore, indeed, are a Worcester success story. Read all about it.
“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.