Worcester Sun, Nov. 9: Randell on more Worcester Airport possibilities + post-election thoughts

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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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Baker confirms probe into environmental police overtime; another scandal for Beaton’s office |  A five-month undercover investigation by 5 Investigates turned up footage of environmental police with their state vehicles at home for hours at a time during the workday. Other footage showed Sgt. Chris Folan as he towed a boat from Lakeville to Hingham and then spent a few hours “hanging around.”


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Editorial: Listen up! Your civic duty is not done |  Voting is usually the last and only act of civic engagement during an election year. But this one is different. Boy, is it different. Moving the country forward this time requires more work. Read about what you can and should do to help.


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Randell: The possibilities of Sarasota … and Worcester |  “Every year when we visit my in-laws in Boca Raton, we check out the real estate on the East Coast as far south as Miami and Fort Lauderdale north to West Palm, but never find anything we really like.” Wouldn’t you know it, Bill Randell’s pet project — Worcester Regional Airport — might have presented him with an eye-opening opportunity.


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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 109]: Election reflection |  It’s been a long few months for all sorts of people: campaign volunteers, political pundits, fact checkers, Manhattan spray tanners. But most especially, it’s been an interminable election season for all those conscientious voters out there. Lots on your plates! So now, maybe, it’s time for a deep breath. Take a minute to lean back, stare at the sky and try to make sense of all the nonsense, possibly even learn a thing or two for next time. One thing’s for sure, Hitch can help with that.


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A refugee’s future, through the eyes of a survivor |  “I was full of hope and anticipation before my departure. I grew up very quickly during that seven-day voyage. I escaped from my country, away from the barbaric treatment of the communists. I survived a sea full of stormy turbulence and remained relatively unscathed from two pirate attacks.”


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An artist’s rendering of the planned Canal District dual hockey rink complex.

Inbox [Nov. 9]: Worcester State checks in as new Canal District rink tenant, concert series begins today, Cary receives lifetime honor, Dunkin’s awards $30K to vets and first responders, Shrewsbury Street group meets tomorrow |  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.


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What if … Worcester: Dateline 2044 — Delivery drone crash tests school’s new safety dome

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“Three men in unlabeled khaki jumpsuits took photos, meticulously collected every last bit of debris, and placed them into containers. Then the van drove in the direction of the General Electric Turnpike on-ramp. Later that evening, the Worcester Fire Department arrived to inspect for damage to the 61-meter high dome. Six firefighters strapped into recently donated Martin Enterprises fan-powered jetpacks, which were developed in the firm’s new South Worcester Industrial Park headquarters.” Editor’s note: This is the third 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: There’s a Better Way to address panhandling problems

An innovative approach to combating homelessness and panhandling celebrated its first anniversary. Despite promising results the program has not caught on. One of the many cities nationally to attempt punitive measures to reduce panhandling, Worcester should consider if There’s a Better Way.

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