July 30, 2017

Worcester Sun, July 30-Aug. 5: Mariano on Trump and ‘made in America,’ catching up with Worcester’s baseball immortals, WRTA, transgender thoughts + more

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Doing more to spur American manufacturing jobs should be a higher priority.

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Mariano: An idea: Our government should give preference
to American products

Ray Mariano

“In my opinion, giving preference to American-made goods makes a great deal of sense. It is time that we support the men and women who work for an hourly wage, whose sweat helped build this country and whose hard-earned tax dollars pay for all that our government is able to do.”

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Casey Stengel, right, shown here with protege Yogi Berra, may have gained managerial fame in New York, but he got his post-playing career started in Worcester.

Casey Stengel and Worcester’s Baseball Hall of Fame connections |  If you didn’t remember — or ever know — that the irrepressible Stengel’s famed managerial career got its start in Worcester, and included a complicated transaction that would live in baseball lore, you can surely be forgiven. But there are three other enshrined stars whose careers brought them here, too. Find out more about them and other Woo-ball luminaries in the triumphant return of Worcestory Lesson.

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Worcester Memorial Auditorium

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Yes, Americans are still buying books — go figure! Here are a few you should read.

Sina-cism: A bevy of beach options for bibliophiles |  “It takes optimism to push reading. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual Time Use Survey, Americans in 2016 spent an average of about 17 minutes per day reading. On the brighter side, at least we’re still buying books.”

Augustine Kanjia’s incredible journey continues …

Augustine Kanjia

Exam Day Distress Becomes Lesson in Perseverance |  “We looked for shade to sit and wait for the others as we cooled down. Some children were wandering around, but it was a holiday for them because of the exams for us younger students. They bumped into us. I became their target since I was tiny and going to high school. One of them came and accused me of taking their ball, which was going to be the center of the problem.”

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Editorial: Trump’s anti-transgender maneuver |  To understand a Trump policy, follow the ego. Meanwhile, under a president who uses tweets as ammunition and distractions, America’s stature and security suffer.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 184]: A word, or two, with the WRTA |  When you hear the phrase “action plan,” you know you’re at a junior management seminar or a municipal meeting. So, of course it’s fitting the pair of buzzwordy words would come out of a powwow involving a City Council committee and WRTA officials. Fear not, frustrated bus riders. They hear your complaints. And soon — OK, soon-ish — they promise — like, really for real — there will be an action plan to address them. Hitch unpacks the B.S. and spins up some synergy to address this paradigm shift.

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THAT’S A WRAP: Rep. Mark Cusack and Sens. Pat Jehlen, Will Brownsberger, and Jason Lewis shared a laugh before the marijuana bill was signed into law Friday. With formal sessions wrapped up until after Labor Day, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Thursday afternoon told members they were free to leave and wished them “a very happy and healthy summer.”

On Beacon Hill: Someone has to be the thimble |  The Democratic leadership decided reform can wait, but the revenues cannot. And so both branches voted overwhelmingly, and for the second time, to send Baker new employer assessments, deemed taxes by many critics, to pay for MassHealth without the administration and business community’s desired cost-saving measures. A monopoly on drama at the State House? Plus, Warren, Healey, Markey, Frates and LGBTQ budget vetoes.

Worcester Weekly: #Worcester100, Lobsta Laughs + more, July 30-Aug. 5 |  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.

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From left, Sam Bitar, Executive Director of the Webster Five Foundation & VP Business Systems Manager, Webster Five; David McMahon, Executive Director, Dismas House of Massachusetts; and Donald Doyle, President/CEO, Webster Five.

Inbox [July 30-Aug. 5]: News and notes from Worcester Art Museum, WBDC, Dismas House, Clark, Burncoat, Doherty, Shepherd Hill and UMass Medical School |  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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