June 7, 2017

Worcester Sun, June 7: Cutting to the chase with Patriots’ barber to the stars, Trump-Paris fallout + more

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Courtesy Ronnie Caldwell Jr.

Ronnie Caldwell Jr. met actor Brandon T. Jackson while on vacation Puerto Rico in 2014 -- since then, Caldwell has turned himself into a "celebrity barber."

Courtesy Ronnie Caldwell Jr.

A view from the corner of Suffolk and Franklin streets, where City View Barbershop is planned to open later this year.

Cutting to the chase: Ronnie Caldwell, barber to the Patriots, plans to open shop in Worcester |  It all started with a little hot tub eavesdropping. On vacation with his then-fiancee, Ronnie Caldwell Jr. found himself relaxing in the same hot tub as actor Brandon T. Jackson and six students from the College of the Holy Cross. The gaggle of co-eds identified themselves as “girls from Boston.” And that cracked opened the door for a conversation that led Caldwell into the world of celebrity barbering. Then his now-wife, Ginny, kicked it down.

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State Sen. Mike Moore

State of Politics: Moore on the move, English language learning under the microscope, online gaming regulations come into focus |  Millbury Democrat Michael Moore, who had been serving as the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security’s vice chair, assumes the top Senate position. … A House bill puts forward criteria under which school districts should evaluate their English language learner programs. … The special commission studying the ever-changing world of online gaming appears poised to recommend a broad brush approach.

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Gardens and gargoyles: Dilapidated churches grow into urban farms |  “These farmers, they’re doing a good thing for the neighborhood. This may sound weird, but even though I don’t go to Mass [at Our Lady of Mount Carmel] anymore, I take a little pride when I walk by.” Wondering what the future could hold for one of the city’s most beloved church buildings? Find out with author BJ Hill in the Sun’s serial glimpse into the fantastic (and mostly fictional) possibilities of a not-so-distant tomorrow.

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Portions of the crumbling rear wall behind the Great Wall restaurant, 521 Main St., were removed late Tuesday, May 30, as continued erosion caused major safety concerns.

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President Trump

Editorial: Oui, the people |  The reaction to President Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord has galvanized opposition across party lines and across multiple layers of government. Have his actions accidentally created bipartisan support for a new era of government?

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 169]: Staying cool, with Charlie Baker |  It’s not easy being a Republican in Massachusetts — or, really, anywhere these days, what with President Aerosol chiseling new holes in the O-zone whenever he takes a break from tweeting jibberish. Baker, though, has not been shy about disagreeing with Trump on health care and other socioeconomic issues; he again strayed from the pack to affirm the Bay State’s commitment to address climate change. Hitch thinks this won’t be doing Baker any favors with the already-skeptical state GOP.

Inbox [June 7]: News and notes from Worcester Tech, Main IDEA, Mass. Symphony, WPI and Holden Democratic Town Committee |  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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