February 8, 2017

Worcester Sun, Feb. 8: High-fives for Tom Brady and commuter rail, government transparency + much more

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Where's my train? If you're staring down the tracks at Union Station, you may need a new schedule soon.

Senate adds transparency to agenda in light of shady pot law maneuver |  No state lawmakers objected on Dec. 28 to a Sen. Jason Lewis bill delaying the retail sale of marijuana that was rushed to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk — where it was later signed into law. The move surprised marijuana proponents who had achieved victory at the November ballot.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 135]: A high-five for Tom Brady |  Sports fans in New England are a fortunate bunch. Across the generations, even when some of our favorite professional teams or collegiate programs suffered lean years, we’ve enjoyed championship seasons and legendary performers. Tom Brady, the Patriots quarterback and leader, has combined the titles and the talent at an unprecedented level, culminating Sunday in an historic performance that won’t soon be forgotten. Here’s Hitch.

Editorial: Short-term fixes boost commuter rail performance |  Schedule changes implemented last May appear to have been too ambitious at the time for the Worcester commuter rail line. Short-term fixes coupled with continued long-term investment will continue to improve trains’ reliability and contribute to the development of the Worcester economy.

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …

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Getting a leg up at work has proved challenging for Augustine.

Part 32: To Be a Man is Not Easy |  “They were saying that I don’t want to work, only to sit in cars that I cannot afford and galavant while my wife goes to work. That they had never seen an unserious man like me. They felt I should leave school, stop going up and down financially. The secret was, these guys had lived longer in Worcester but had not been able to buy a car like mine and had not gone to school either.” With friends like these … Augustine’s challenges mount well beyond school, work and family.

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Joe Caico (No. 7) is among a foursome of local ballplayers expected to play for the Bravehearts this summer.

Bravehearts’ local quartet has spring in their step |  For his part, Jack Riley — one of four Worcester-area players returning to the hometown team’s roster for 2017 — is back after a two-summer hiatus and wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love coming back home for the summer and playing for some of the best fans around. I’ve played in Wisconsin for the Northwoods League, which is one of the most prestigious collegiate leagues, but nothing compares to being home.” Find out who else is back and some of what’s in store this season.

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Inbox [Feb. 8]: Health Foundation taps committee members, Ascentria hires new CFO, Moore announces scholarship, WCAC adds director for employment initiative |  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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