April 23, 2017

Worcester Sun, April 23-29: Mariano and Sinacola double up on Trump, Melifonwu takes aim at NFL dream + much more

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Mariano: What happens if Trump gets impeached?

Ray Mariano

“In my opinion, Donald Trump is a terrible president, a national embarrassment and an international laughing stock. But should he be impeached?” Read more of Ray Mariano’s thoughts and feelings, then vote for yourself.

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Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: What if Trump is right about something? |  “Recently the president signed an executive order aiming to bolster existing rules around ‘Hire American’ and ‘Buy American.’ The H-1B visa program falls under the first. … His vow to enforce existing rules regarding visas [for some foreign workers] is a position that ought to be cheered by all American workers and anyone who values the rule of law.” Chris Sinacola on the moment we’ve all been waiting for … or something.

Guest commentary

Mandell: Five great ideas to nurture the Worcester Renaissance |  “Each of us living or working in the city has an important voice in shaping Worcester’s future development. Jane Week (May 1-7) is designed to prompt deep discussions and debates on our urban design and to give people a chance to think about the variables that make Worcester come alive.” First consider these five ideas intended to get the ball rolling. Worcester Sun is a proud partner of Jane Week in the Woo.

Jane Week in Worcester |  Jane Week gives Worcester residents and visitors a chance to connect with each other, explore Worcester by foot and participate in interesting discussions on how we can enhance the design and function of our city. Check out the calendar of events scheduled for May 2-7.

Sports

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Obi Melifonwu

Grafton’s Obi Melifonwu is ready for his NFL Draft moment |  “Nearly every year there is one player who sets the Combine on fire with his workouts, causing fans and scouts to drool over a prospect they may have never seen in an actual game. Calling Melifonwu a ‘workout warrior,’ as some casual observers have for the last month, would be selling him a great deal short, however.” Sun sports correspondent Joe Parello speaks with the local football star as the big night approaches.

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …

Part 37: Grandmother’s New Business Opens Old Wounds |  “The first consignment of hard liquor was brewed. People started coming to the house to buy in bulk or by tot. I oversaw the money, because I was an honest boy. I kept to it and did not want to deviate. But boys had to be boys, always. There was need for a soccer ball for my class and school team. I’d become the natural leader of my age mates. There was an internal competition between my uncles and me for stealing the old woman’s money.”

Local Crowdfund

Photos by Matthew Wright / mattwrightphoto.com

A group of Worcester law enforcement officers are “Bound for D.C.” to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club.

Boys & Girls Club has Worcester Police on the run |  “The Worcester Police Department is one of our greatest supporters and they knew we would need financial support to have staff and equipment for [track and field] programming that we’ve never been able to provide our kids before,” Boys & Girls Club of Worcester executive director Liz Hamilton told the Sun recently. Patrick Sargent tracks their progress.

Flickr / Brian Gratwicke

Timber rattlesnakes should be more worried about us than we are of them — so why is it the other way around?

Editorial: Rattlesnake rejection at the Quabbin disappointing |  Yesterday’s Earth Day and March for Science events were welcome for their big embraces of reason and the environment. But, across the planet, everyday choices and attitudes matter more. A case in point is the local rattlesnake controversy, in which outrage by some residents living near the Quabbin Reservoir helped block a proposal to give a generally non-dangerous and seriously endangered species a chance to thrive. Did the timber rattlesnakes — and the experts who urged their introduction — get a fair shake?

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 156]: The Next Greatest Show on Earth |  Dating back to its first visits to the city in the late 1800s, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus would parade elephants and other performing animals around the streets of Worcester. Recently flagging attendance and escalating feuds with animal rights groups conspired to bring down the curtain for good on the once revered circus. Ringling Bros.’s last Worcester show was April 16. But don’t be sad: Hitch knows just where you can find similar high-wire, fire-breathing entertainment — and it’s smack in the middle of downtown.

Sam Doran / State House News Service

With Gov. Baker at his side, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton answers questions last week about new clean energy grant programs for nonprofit low-income housing providers.

On Beacon Hill: No breaks for Baker when it comes to making the grade |  “Despite solid marks for energy efficiency and electric vehicle promotion, environmental activists have been unimpressed with the progress Baker has made toward a campaign promise to boost funding in the state budget for environmental issues. So he got one C. But surely, the governor’s performance would be looked at more kindly by the woman with whom he shares a home, right? Apparently not.” Plus, Aaron Hernandez, Scott Brown, Jim McGovern, Karyn Polito and more.

Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross baseball, autism fundraiser + more, April 23-29 |  The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too. Here are some of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — over the next few days.

St. Peter-Marian math team

Courtesy St. Peter-Marian

The St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School Math Team tied for first in the nation in the Catholic Math League.

Inbox [April 23]: News and notes from UMass Medical School, Anna Maria, Holy Cross, SmartAsset, Gallery at Briarwood and St. Peter-Marian |  Have news 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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