Beacon Hill Notebook
State of Politics: New fentanyl law puts first 2 behind bars, Gonzalez eyes funds for governor bid as Healey deflects rumored run | The convictions were the first under a new law that made trafficking fentanyl a crime in February 2016. … “We are just getting started,” said Jay Gonzalez, the former Deval Patrick aide who is running to take on Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018. … “I’m running for reelection,” said Maura Healey. “I think that my job as attorney general, it’s never been as important.”
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 139]: Hell, no! We won’t show … any common sense | So, it turns out modern protesters and the city of Worcester might just be a bad match after all. Never mind the rich history of anti-establishment icons — Abby Kelley Foster, Abbie Hoffman, heck Major Taylor, even — in recent history demonstrations have led to a hail of post-protest accusations and assumptions from the Kelley Square 4 to the Great Hot Mic Incident of 2017. Mix in a little Gaffney-Petty magic, and — voila! You have yourselves a Hitch Masterpiece.
Editorial: Online lottery push a step in the wrong direction | While the sale of lottery tickets has become an indispensable contributor to local aid to cities and towns, the push to move the action online has its drawbacks. We look at states with an online lottery to see what the Bay State has in store.
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Hidden Gem: Belmont Vegetarian a true calling for owner — and its many fans | “Owning a vegetarian restaurant is a lifestyle choice for me. I am not a meat-eater selling vegetarian dishes. I am a vegetarian offering vegetarian dishes I find interesting. It is something I’ve done throughout my life, and I travel to taste the best vegetarian meals I can find, so I can continue to learn and grow.” Giselle Rivera-Flores squeezes into the Bell Hill staple to get Stephen Jones’ story from the beginning.
Last week’s most popular articles
- Ray Mariano: Should Worcester be a sanctuary city? The votes are in.
- Nick Duffy — Grafton Hill free spirit, self-published author, ‘real-world’ skeptic
- Railers players’ first stop? Their new apartments at the Edge
- Sina-cism: Hating Trump no substitute for a real policy
- Sina-cism: When Nikola Tesla didn’t come to Worcester [Free to read]
The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …
Part 33: When Things Fall Apart | “Alice became recalcitrant after having her first son. She refused to return to school to finish Grade 12 and earn her high school diploma or equivalency. She was discouraged by how poorly she’d done before. She is a loveable person, but she changed and we grew apart, as she saw me as a stumbling block to her dubious behaviors.” The difficulties mount for Augustine and family as some of Worcester’s shine wears off.
Inbox [Feb. 22]: Applications open for early childhood development grants, Pakachoag Music seeks student volunteers, free course available for community health workers, SPM honors first responders | 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.