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Mariano: The man nobody wants but every neighborhood needs | “He is loud and brash. His hair is long and unruly and he wears a giant mustache that looks like a battering ram . . . when he gets angry, and that is often, he looks like someone you want to avoid. Detractors call him a loudmouth, a bully and much worse.”
In the first of a new series, Ray Mariano profiles Billy Breault, the Marshal of Main South.
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Worcester teachers union wins PCB battle, will begin testing at Burncoat and Doherty | Roger Nugent, EAW president, confirmed to the Sun that the School Committee’s ongoing appeal before the Commonwealth Employee Relations Board was again denied late Thursday, March 30, paving the way for window caulk testing for polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, at the two schools in the district where the concern — and potential danger — has been highest.
More PCBs coverage in Worcester Sun:
- Worcester schools flunking PCBs test, union says
- 7 things to know about PCBs and Worcester schools
- Mariano on PCBs: Alternative facts | Worse than I thought? | Shame on them!
- Editorial: Time for turnaround on PCBs
- Where Worcester delayed, Princeton was decisive
- Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 102]: PCB pop quiz
- Editorial: In addressing PCBs, offer to test comes with a catch
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Area artist molds a new career, city narrative with Mugged in Worcester | “Worcester is the first place I’ve lived that I had a connection to, ever. That was really the push for me — let’s get this city up and coming and try to promote it a little more,” Jonathan Hansen said. “That’s really the basis of where this whole thing started for me.”
Editorial: Plans for fire museum on track, deserve support | Union Station has been getting clobbered over its operating deficit, water leaks and trouble attracting tenants. But there’s good news, too, at the city’s iconic landmark. If all goes as planned, the Worcester Fire Museum and Education Center will be moving in next year, helping salvage the station’s utility and prestige and giving the public an interesting new destination.
Sina-cism: ‘Coming Apart,’ at Middlebury and elsewhere | “As regrettable as the circumstances were that brought it about, it is encouraging to see that one more liberal college professor has woken up to the reality of anti-intellectualism and neo-fascist thuggery on America’s college campuses.” Chris Sinacola on students run amok.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 150]: Weighing symptoms of Worcester health deficit | Remember the four food groups? … Anybody? … Bueller?! … That was the old days. Now there’s a pyramid, and all sorts of rules and limits and labels. And tofu. Oh, the tofu! But still, despite ubiquitous analysis and advice, a healthy lifestyle seems increasingly difficult to come by. All those experts, with all their charts and graphs, never quite capture the true effects of certain, specific environmental factors. And when it comes to Worcester, there’s no one else to call for a diagnosis but Dr. Hitch.
On Beacon Hill: Snow and ICE as Baker springs into D.C. spotlight | A Brockton state representative caused an uproar — and a spike in the sanctuary city debate — when she used Facebook to alert her community to a possible Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid targeting undocumented immigrants last week. Meanwhile, after years of resisting, the governor ascends to the national stage on Trump opioid task force. Plus, lazy legislators, McGovern, Healey and, of course, robots.
A Mother’s Journey [Part 41]: The place to start? | “Over the past five years, I have experienced the business renaissance in Worcester, and it is something to be proud of. There is seemingly no stopping the city’s growing startup movement. Except maybe one thing …” Find out what Giselle Rivera-Flores believes could be holding the city back from an even bigger startup boom.
Worcester Weekly: Pitch perfect! Cooperstown, Clark baseball … and a cappella, April 2-10 | The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too. Here are six of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — over the next few days.
Inbox [April 2]: Worcester a top emerging startup hub, Becker and WSU announce commencement speakers, Abby’s House receives $4M for renovations, Bravehearts bolster roster | 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 news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to email@example.com. 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.