Filmmakers hope to whip up fundraising frenzy for Major Taylor biopic ‘Black Cyclone’

“It’s a really important story to tell and it lends itself to dramatic treatment on the big screen,” said Lynne Tolman, executive director of the Major Taylor Association. “It’s Jackie Robinson 50 years earlier with some even more harrowing components to the story.”

Worcester Sun, May 24: TIFs add up to developing success in Worcester, ISIS attack raises local concerns + more

Plus, top Sun stories, Hitch on First Night, a new free-to-read, nursing homes in crisis and a jam-packed Inbox. This is your Wednesday, May 24, Worcester Sun.

Worcester Sun, May 21-27: Mariano on missing kids, Sina-cism on McGovern’s Social Security pitch, First Night + much more

Serendipity and the Silver Ball. “Legendary Lucas.” Hitch on Taxachusetts. Another incredible installment in Augustine Kanjia’s impossible tale of survival. And, still, there’s more in your May 21-27 Worcester Sun.

On the road to big things, with singer Dezi Garcia

There’s no disagreement about Dezi Garcia’s talent. And the young singer-songwriter from Worcester has put in the time, working local gigs and making two albums. But getting real notice in his competitive industry takes more than talent and time, although it’s hard to say exactly what. For starters, he aims to put together a summer tour.

Worcester Sun, May 17: Reflecting on Jane Week in Worcester, Hitch on Steve Palermo + more

Plus Top 5 stories, a keen on Beacon Hill developments + more of your favorites in your Wednesday, May 17 Worcester Sun.

Mariano: It is time to start talking about and planning for the closing of more churches

If these current trends continue, we are likely to face many more church closings in the years ahead. As a warning, we should take notice that the nearby Diocese of Hartford just announced the closing of 26 church buildings.

Worcester Sun, May 14-20: Mariano on church closings, thoughts on Petty and Gaffney, growing up at City Hall + Mother’s Day

What if … Worcester sees a future with shorter pregnancies. Giselle Rivera-Flores takes a look back for Mother’s Day. And a whole lot more of the best commentary and storytelling in the city in your May 14-20 Worcester Sun.

Long-sought schooling change delivers results for Gino

After years of frustrating delays and grappling with Worcester Public Schools, a deaf Worcester teen is at last in a special-education setting that has him thriving. The Sun checks in with Gino Berthiaume, his mother, educators and others who have seen the transformation that can come from an Individualized Education Program in action.

Worcester Sun, May 10: Jay Pelletz continues to disappoint customers, legal marijuana delays + fighting for $15

All that and more in your Wednesday, May 10, Worcester Sun.

Mariano: A champion for women and girls

“If she stands on her toes, she is probably 4 feet, 10 inches tall – maybe. For most of her life, she struggled to weigh in at 100 pounds. But when it comes to helping women and girls who are struggling, there is no one bigger or stronger.”