Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 219]: Old Crusaders, hooked on a feeling

Tommy Heinsohn and Bob Cousy never played together at Holy Cross, but the pair of basketball immortals (Celtics teammates from 1956 to 1963) form the very top of the totem pole of Crusader sporting legends (apologies to the Perry, Palazzi and Lockbaum families).

The Cooz has so far taken a pass, publicly anyway, as far as choosing sides on the divisive debate over the negative connotations pinned to the Crusader nickname.

Heinsohn, however, continues to take his shots.

Hitch corrals the rebound and looks to score on the fast break.

WPI professors: Data science can help us fight human trafficking

Traffickers leave a data trail, however faint or broken, despite their efforts to operate off the grid and in the shadows. There is an opportunity – albeit a challenging one – to use the bits of information we can get on the distribution of victims, traffickers, buyers and exploiters, and disrupt the supply chain wherever and however we can.

Worcester Weekly: Festival of Crafts, holiday concerts + more, Nov. 26-Dec. 2

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Sunday, Nov. 26 — 35th annual Holiday Festival of Crafts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road  Still nursing that shiner from your unsuccessful Wal-Mart tussle for the last available Nintendo Switch on Black Friday? Soothe those wounds on Sunday, which marks the end of a three-day run for this “buy local” Worcester tradition that features the handmade goods of more than 60 artisans from across New England.

The Quad [Nov. 26-Dec. 2]: Four things to know from UMass Medical School, Becker and Clark

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UMass Medical School taps VC to be vice chancellor

Jim Glasheen, Ph.D., a prominent venture capitalist in the biopharmaceutical, medical technology and patient-centered health fields, will join UMass Medical School on Dec. 4 as the executive vice chancellor for innovation & business development, according to an announcement from Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Dean Terence R. Flotte.

Glasheen will succeed Brendan O’Leary, Ph.D., a scientist and former venture capitalist who, for more than three years, has led a comprehensive approach to business development, innovation and advancing industry partnerships as the office’s founding executive vice chancellor.

Inbox [Nov. 22]: News and notes from Petricore, WCAC, HOPE Coalition, Clark, You Inc. and Simon Youth Foundation

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Petricore game nominated for Mobile Game of Year

“Battery Boy,” a video game produced by Petricore, Inc. of Worcester, has been nominated for Mobile Game of the Year at the 2017 Bit Awards, which celebrates the year in video games and the people behind them.

The awards will be presented at an event 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Tishman Auditorium in New York City.

Sina-cism: Voter turnout more than a numbers game

The low turnout for Worcester’s Nov. 7 municipal election — only 15.24 percent of the city’s 106,939 eligible voters cast a ballot — has restarted the hand-wringing over electoral apathy, and rekindled the debate over how to broaden participation in democracy.

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

It’s obviously not a very popular debate. Most Worcester residents couldn’t care less about turnout, since 84.76 percent of voters couldn’t find their way to a polling place at any time during the 13 hours such places were open on Election Day. The rest of the voting-age population isn’t even registered.

The good news for those who believe that voter turnout must be increased by any means possible is that three researchers from Worcester State University this fall produced “A Study of ‘Eligible’ Voters in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross hoops, ‘Christmas Carol’ + more, Nov. 19-25

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Tuesday, Nov. 21 — “Favorite Places” opening reception, 5-6:30 p.m., first floor, Denholm Building, 484 Main St.  The Denholm Building isn’t quite what it used to be, but then the same could be said for most of us. Yet, with its old department store vestiges and nostalgic place in the literal and figurative heart of the city, it continues to stand tall as a “favorite place” for myriad folks who call Worcester home.

In Preservation Worcester’s new exhibit, featuring “a set of photographs of 20 Worcester citizens who are active in the community, each interacting with his or her favorite Worcester historical building,” city photographer Randle Stock brings you closer to some of the most significant architecture and locations in the Seven Hills.

QCC accredididation

The Quad [Nov. 19-25]: Four things to know from Becker, Quinsigamond Community College, WPI and Clark

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Becker, UMass Law team to launch accelerated law degree

Students enrolled in Becker’s pre-law program can now go from classroom to courtroom in just six years. Becker and UMass School of Law at Dartmouth signed an articulation agreement that will allow Becker’s most talented pre-law students to complete both their undergraduate studies and law degree in six years, instead of seven.

“This is a great new program which allows students to enter law school in their senior year and save time and money in the process,” said Ursula Furi-Perry, Becker’s assistant dean of the School of Nursing and Behavioral Sciences, who heads the departments of Criminal Justice/Legal Studies. “UMass in particular is a wonderful partner because of its intense focus on social justice and access to justice issues which resonate with our students.”

The Quad [Nov. 15]: Four things to know from Anna Maria, Worcester State, Assumption and Clark

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Anna Maria hosts Clothesline Project

Anna Maria College will host the Clothesline Project from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

This project was started in 1990 by a group of women from Hyannis to create awareness regarding the issues and lack of support for women who were victims of domestic violence.

Throughout the day, T-shirts will be hung on a clothesline in the college’s Bishop Flanagan Center telling the victims’ stories. Since the project’s inception in 2011, more shirts have been added to the collection totaling over 300 shirts filled with stories of Anna Maria individuals who wanted to show their stories and show their support.