February 26, 2017

Worcester Sun, Feb. 26-March 4: Mariano gets mayoral, Worcester’s ‘barstool poet,’ journalists vs. Trump + much more

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John Dervishian is tapped in to Worcester's poetry scene.

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Mariano: If I ran for mayor

Ray Mariano

“I get that question — whether I am running for mayor — a great deal these days. Once I started writing a weekly column for Worcester Sun, the number of inquiries increased. But first let me lay out what I would do if I ran for mayor and was successful.”

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Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: On healthcare reform, Baker earns his ‘D’ |  “This January, the governor wrote the House majority leader to defend key portions of Obamacare, including the ban on denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. And now, faced with a $600 million shortfall in the MassHealth budget, Baker is doing what all good Democrats do — proposing a tax increase.” Chris Sinacola gets right down to business on Baker’s left-leaning ways.

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Dervishian reads one of his poems.

John Dervishian, Worcester’s ‘Barstool Poet’ pours out his soul |  “Most nights, Dervishian can be found on a barstool on Shrewsbury Street where he’s no stranger to striking up conversations with other bar patrons and whoever the bartender is on duty. “At first, I wasn’t so sure about someone sitting at the bar and writing, but you get used to it,” said Sarah Cellucci, who works at a local watering hole. “I’ve never seen it before as a bartender.” Patrick Sargent bellies up for the full story behind a true city original.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 140]: Taking the temperature at City Hall |  The weather outside was only frightful last week if you were a sheet of ice. Or an avid outdoor figure skater. The Worcester Common Oval waved goodbye to winter a few days early as the mercury soared to record levels for late February. But up those cool marble steps a few yards away, the atmospheric conditions were quite a bit different. Hitch takes the Sun-on-the-Scene weather van on location for a closer look.

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Sean Spicer, White House press secretary

Editorial: The president vs. the press |  Facts are as fundamental to news-gathering as the alphabet is to writing. President Trump, however, often speaks a different language: You’re in, you’re out, you win, you lose. On Friday, the White House’s disconnect with the mission and value of the reputable press went from concerning to dangerous.

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Protesters with the I Have A Future/Youth Jobs Coalition wait for Gov. Charlie Baker after an event where he swore in a new Black Advisory Coalition. The group is among those calling for broader criminal justice reforms than those proposed in the Council of State Governments report.

On Beacon Hill: Doing time, with Baker and Healey and Trump |  A long-awaited criminal justice reform bill is considered a good, if small, first step. The road to a more comprehensive overhaul of the commonwealth’s punishment policies will likely be long and winding. Kind of like the path to consensus around the White House these days, as the Trump administration’s hypocritical stances, vis-a-vis states rights, regarding transgender protections and legal marijuana spark strong reactions across the board.

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A Mother’s Journey [Part 39]: The parent trap |  “Between ice skating at The Worcester Common Oval, exploring the nature trails at Broad Meadow Brook sanctuary, strolling through Boston Common and hanging out at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, this week was all about discovery.” Find out how Giselle Rivera-Flores got more out of February vacation than she bargained for.

Courtesy Worcester Best Chef Competition

Tim Russo, of Lock 50

Worcester Weekly: Restaurant Week, Assumption hoops + more, as February turns to March |  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.

Patrick Williams

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Patrick Williams

Inbox [Feb. 26]: Brown Bag Concerts spring to life, Senior Fraud HelpLine seeks volunteers, Ascentria adds VP, Anna Maria creates new online partnership |  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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