August 27, 2017

Worcester Sun, Aug. 27-Sept. 2: Mariano on #WooSox, area football stars to watch, buying in on marijuana, echoes of Charlottesville + more

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The vacant Wyman-Gordon parcel near Kelley Square, photographed from Lamartine Street.

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Mariano: Should Worcester invest in Triple-A baseball? Register your vote!

Ray Mariano

“Sure there are challenges with locating a major sports franchise here in Worcester. In my opinion, locating a Triple-A Red Sox affiliate in our city would be a huge win.” Ray digs deep into the details to define why he’s on board the #WooSox train.
Tell us what you think.

More PawSox-to-Worcester:

Sinacola: Don’t let taxpayers foot the bill | Hitch: Eclipse of the Bravehearts?

The Sun Football Forecast | Part 2

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Isaac Yiadom, a senior defensive back at Boston College, is on the rise for the Eagles.

Worcester area football stars to watch on Saturdays and Sundays |  So, if you want to keep track of the Worcester County boys now playing at football’s highest levels, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a handy list of, and outlook for, every CMass native playing in the NFL and the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

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  • Worcester’s Yiadom primed for big senior season at BC |  The Doherty legend’s name has come up a lot more in talks about the best players in the formidable Atlantic Coast Conference. But to senior DB Isaac Yiadom, that’s all just noise. “I don’t really listen to any of that, I just have to keep doing what I always do.”
  • Wachusett’s Tyler Catalina hopes to earn NFL roster spot |  “I’ve got to keep working and showing the coaches I can handle anything they throw at me.” Those coaches, it seems, have seen something from the 325-pounder, who is in position to vie for a backup role on the Washington Redskins offensive line.

Check back with the Sun for more preseason football coverage, including a preview of the powerful St. John’s squad, a profile of new St. Peter-Marian coach Justin McKay and a feature on diminutive yet dominant Tajon Vassar, Doherty’s latest emerging star.

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Advocates say retail marijuana facilities bring jobs, ancillary development and fiscal benefits to the cities and towns where they set up shop. And safety too.

Anti-marijuana towns tell retail facilities: Your money is no good here |  In some communities, local government bodies have passed moratoriums on dispensaries or outright bans — in the face of voters approving the 2016 ballot question. It is that very contradiction that puzzles supporters of the law, who note that marijuana users who live in every Massachusetts community will effectively be contributing to the economies of the nearest towns that approve dispensaries.

What if … Worcester

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What if … Clark’s beloved Freud monument fell victim to protesters hungry for change?

Destructive climate erupts at Clark meat-eater protest |  As temperatures across the country topped 105 degrees for the 13th straight day, protesters nationwide have embarked on campaigns to eradicate monuments and memorials to anyone who had contributed to the current climate change by consuming meat. Wondering what the future could hold for activism and divisive protests in our city? Find out with author BJ Hill in the Sun’s serial glimpse into the fantastic, sometimes troubling (and mostly fictional) possibilities of a not-so distant tomorrow.

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The Robert E. Lee monument at Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Sina-cism: Echoes of the battle of Charlottesville |  “I have no interest in apportioning blame for the clashes in Charlottesville. The day’s events were tragic and unnecessary. But that day is done. My interest is in whether we correctly understand the meaning of these events and what comes next.”

A Sun Serial: The incredible journey of Augustine Kanjia continues …

Augustine Kanjia

Beyond My Limit |  “Many unanswered questions came to mind. I hoped it was a boarding school because I could not travel from Daru to Segbwema every day, and I knew no one who lived in that town. Suffering was hanging over my head. I cried alone when I had no answers for these questions. I cried aloud at one point, prompting everyone in sight to look at me.” A 12-year-old Augustine struggles with a big decision and feeling alone in a strange place.

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Worcester Public Schools are set to ring the bell on a new year.

Editorial: Bring the ‘A’ game |  It’s a new academic year in Worcester this week — assuming the bus drivers union steers clear of an ill-advised strike — and the slate is (mostly) clean. Teachers have a new contract, school officials have plans and ideas for the future, and students have the relaxing buffer of summer under their belt. We have one piece of advice to everyone involved, and not just for the first day but all 180: Do your best.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 192]: Worcester’s ‘statue of limitations’ |  Much has been made of the battle over our nation’s many monuments that salute people or ideas whose time has passed, or which many feel should never have been celebrated in the first place. Advocates for protecting tributes to Confederate leaders fear, ostensibly anyway, that we’re erasing our history. If only inflamed rhetoric was the worst of it. For his part, Hitch believes it’s high time Worcester dismantles one of its most monumental mistakes.

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Massachusetts State House

On Beacon Hill: Out of the shadow |  The summer continued to serve up surprises as the sun went into hiding, a new multi-millionaire was made and career doors for past and present figures of the Massachusetts political-scape continued to open and close. Plus, McGovern, Trump, Warren, DeLeo and Eldridge.

Worcester Weekly: WPI football, POW! WOW! + more, Aug. 27-Sept. 1 |  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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St. Peter Marian President Christopher J. Cummings along with Staples Assistant Controller and SPM Parent Lisa Prior-Stokes in the 21st Century Study Center being constructed at the school.

Inbox [Aug. 27-Sept. 1]: News and notes from Webster Five, St. Peter-Marian, WCTI, Shrewsbury Cultural Coalition, MassDevelopment and state |  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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