January 22, 2017

Worcester Sun, Jan. 22-28: Mariano in defense of immigrants, Hitch on Mosaic, a Kevin Mensah update + much more

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Mariano: Trump and Republicans should look to Lady Liberty for inspiration on immigrants.

Sun columnist

Mariano: To Trump and Republican Congress, in defense of immigrants |  Except for Native Americans, all of our families came from somewhere else.

Ray Mariano

No other country, in the history of mankind, can claim that kind of lineage. It is what makes us different and what makes us exceptional.

Sun columnist

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: Confess your sins, Comrade DeVos |  “Do you not understand that the Commissar of Education must be a paragon for integrating the diverse peoples in our motherland, much as General Secretary Stalin worked tirelessly to redistribute the peoples of our nation over 11 time zones, the better to share in revolutionary spirit.” Chris Sinacola has an exclusive review of a letter (somewhat) recently received by the divisive DeVos.

Sports

Courtesy Kevin Mensah, Twitter

Training in 2015

Kevin Mensah looks to end whirlwind year with scholarship |  A star high school running back might face a few obstacles on the way to college play. Just ask Kevin Mensah of Worcester, whose complicated school switch last year involved not just Holy Name and Shepherd Hill, but a private school in Connecticut. But he’s had a lot of help, and hopes remain high that a match with a top collegiate program — maybe nearby? — could be on the horizon as Signing Day nears. Joe Parello has the story.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 130]: For Mosaic Cultural Complex, a new fraternity |  Mosaic! You remember them — the minority-centered nonprofit that became embroiled in controversy over poor administration and its involvement in a statewide program that brought a city coalition millions in grant money. Well, all that bluster ended with a whimper last week, when the state Attorney General’s Office declared its investigation into the organization closed. So it’s a brave new world for the grassroots group. Hitch, who was pre-law — or was it pre-med? — reads between the lines.

Editorial: A divisive speech in D.C. — but continuity, too |  To deal with a Donald Trump presidency, Americans need to call on the best in ourselves — and get to work expressing that in all our many ways. Job one for the nation is protecting and promoting our core values. That much hasn’t changed.

Sam Doran / State House News Service

“Did you hear about the pay raises?!”

On Beacon Hill: As pendulum swings, priorities — like legislator pay raises — crystallize |  “Top lawmakers offered no hints as to whether they planned for forge ahead with legislative pay raises after a Ways and Means hearing last week, but it’s possible that leadership may want to take on the issue early in the two-year session and as far removed from re-election campaigns as possible.” … Also this week, bill could boost craft breweries in ongoing feud with distributors, arcane laws. And what do Mass. voters foresee in a post-Obamacare America?

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …

Courtesy Augustine Kanjia

Glen, Mary and Theresa were all anxious for Augustine to find a new job, too.

Part 31: Job Offer Sends Me Back to School |  “Theresa was quite discouraged. She knows what I have achieved in writing. A few days later I decided to press Seven Hills on where our hopes rested. A friend, in conversation, said Seven Hills does not pay well and wondered why I would want to go there. Well, for now, I would accept any job that can make me look like a man.” Disappointed in pursuit of a reporter’s job, Augustine digs up good news in other areas.

Music

Pete Levesque on living the dream and a musician’s harsh reality |  Local saxophonist Pete Levesque says making music involves sacrifices and long hours of practice, work and waiting. But then there’s the making music part, which is what makes it all worthwhile. Art Simas jams with the city resident and former WPS teacher as he prepares to release his new album, “Wander.”

Worcester Weekly: Clark vs. WPI, Assumption vs. cancer + much more, Jan. 22-28 |   The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you might just learn something, too. Here are six of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — the next few days.

Jennifer Swan

Courtesy of Worcester Arts Council

Community Connections project artist Jennifer Swan at Union Hill Elementary School.

Inbox [Jan. 22]: HFCM adds 2 directors, Worcester Arts Council grants $107K, Assumption announces health sciences major, Research Bureau seeks nominations for Green awards |  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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