Holy Cross Prof. Mathew Schmalz: Are natural disasters part of God’s retribution? | “It is true that many religious traditions, including Judaism and Christianity, have seen natural disasters as divine punishment. But, as a scholar of religion, I would argue that things aren’t that simple.”
Funding questions rise to top as state marijuana panel convenes | Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman presented the commission with a list of roughly 50 tasks he said the body would have to complete if it is going to successfully establish a regulatory and operational framework for the marijuana industry by next July. “We will need more than $2 million,” he said, “and, yes, I think probably substantially more than $2 million.”
Shrewsbury Republican looks to life experience in bid to knock off McGovern | Jeffrey Sossa-Paquette, who owns a childcare center, recently launched his campaign. The father of an adopted child born addicted to heroin and the husband of a Colombian immigrant who entered the United States illegally, Sossa-Paquette said his family’s challenges have shaped his policy views.
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Songs in the key of healing: Worcester Center for Expressive Therapies offers hope | Older patients who had suffered from a stroke had lost the ability to speak, but would still be able to sing. Patients who have been unable to walk have found their stride with the assistance of the center’s music therapy. These stories aren’t as improbable as they seem. “Music activates both sides of the brain,” said Kayla Daly, owner/director. “Music can re-create new neural connections in the brain.”
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Editorial: What’s next for North Main Street? | The double dose of disheartening disclosures in the past week gives us pause to consider the present and future of North Main Street. Grand redevelopment is underway, but when it is complete, will it be a place you want to visit?
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 197]: Winds of change hit downtown landmarks | Mother Nature has spared us New Englanders for now as historic Hurricane Irma mercifully sputters to her demise over the Southeast after Harvey’s similarly destructive sojourn. But natural disasters aren’t the only thing powerful enough to spin Worcester’s world upside down. In the span of six days we learned that Shack’s clothing store and Elwood Adams Hardware — and their combined 324 years of Main Street history — are not long for downtown. A gut punch to the city’s soul. Hitch, for one, was whipped into a frenzy over the news.
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