Beacon Hill notebook
State of Politics: Cannabis commissioners eye swift director hire | Tuesday the Cannabis Control Commission approved a job description for the executive director and set out a timeline to hire that person. Plus: Video of Charlie Baker talking Trump tactics and the future of health care. And, survey says: the state’s transportation needs improvement.
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Recalde’s Sidewalk Café is an unexpected slice of home | With salsa music playing in the background, the sounds of the Spanish language lingering in the air and the open-arms welcome from their employees, Recalde’s Sidewalk Café, open since February, is all about the Spanish culture. It’s an effort embracing and elevating the feeling of eating at abuela’s house.
Last week’s most read articles:
- Mariano: On the Petty-Gaffney rematch that wasn’t
- Fifty years of family at Foley & Son Fish and Chips
- Mayor Petty answers Ray Mariano’s questions
- A Mother’s Journey: The gentrification exasperation
- POW! WOW! Worcester, a photo essay [Part 1]
- Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 199]: On Gaffney’s battle with the media
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 201]: Trump bashing? There’s a remote chance you’ll miss it | Even the best of our presidents had their flaws. Transformational JFK was a legendary lecher (and not the only one). Washington and Jefferson were among those to infamously own slaves. The list goes on. But President Trump raises the ire of his opponents like few elected leaders in history. His recent irresponsibly pandering speech and attack on the First Amendment rights of NFL players is merely the latest salvo from the Troll-in-Chief. Hitch, for one, thinks it’s high time to change the channel.
Editorial: Sports and the racial divide | After last weekend’s social media inferno, we look at the underappreciated role sports plays in bridging racial problems. “From T-ball and Pop Warner football to Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL, players are taught and understand that success depends on the ability of those in similar uniforms, not on the race of the people inside those uniforms. … Us vs. Them takes on an entirely different meaning on the field of play, whether as a participant or a fan.”
One thing Americans can agree on? Legalize pro sports betting, poll says | “A majority of Americans now favor sports betting, but this is especially true among respondents younger than 50,” a UMass Lowell professor said in a statement. “I would not be surprised if we see a push to legalize sports betting in more states, especially in states with the ballot initiative.”
Inbox [Sept. 27]: News and notes from Worcester State, MCPHS and Worcester Public Schools, Women Out in Worcester, Literacy Volunteers, Anna Maria | Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.