Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 156]: The Next Greatest Show on Earth

Dating back to its first visits to the city in the late 1800s, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus would parade elephants and other performing animals around the streets of Worcester.

Recently flagging attendance and escalating feuds with animal rights groups conspired to bring down the curtain for good on the once revered circus. Ringling Bros.’s last Worcester show was April 16.

But don’t be sad: Hitch knows just where you can find similar high-wire, fire-breathing entertainment — and it’s smack in the middle of downtown.

Worcester Sun, April 23-29: Mariano and Sinacola double up on Trump, Melifonwu takes aim at NFL dream + much more

Local blogger and urban planning expert Joyce Mandell’s five-point plan to invigorate Worcester’s Renaissance. Worcester Police on the run for city kids. And a whole lot more in your April 23-29 Worcester Sun.

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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 152]: The continuing saga of the Midtown Mall


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 155]: On Marcotte, Early not a moment too soon

Bad things happen to good people — it’s one of those inane platitudes to which we all resort when there’s nothing left to be said. When words couldn’t possibly be enough.

There comes a time, though, when a statement needs to be made.

Worcester District Attorney Joe Early didn’t miss his opportunity recently when his office identified a suspect in Vanessa Marcotte’s death. Hitch got the message, loud and clear.

Worcester Sun, April 19: Mariano on Petty’s PCBs response, Valentino’s vies for heart of Shrewsbury Street + more

It’s a jam-packed Wednesday, April 19, Worcester Sun. Get in there!

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 154]: Hopping down the bunny trail

Your job is the worst, right? Everybody thinks that at some point, but let’s face it: some occupations are harder than others.

Coal miners. Nuclear submarine engineers. Sean Spicer. Be glad your thankless 9-to-5 keeps you out of those depths. But the Easter Bunny — how cool would it be to have that gig?!

Funny you ask, because Hitch was wondering the same thing.

Worcester Sun, April 16-22: Mariano on A Better Life, Sunday conversation with Cliff Rucker, Mount Carmel crystal ball + much more

Worcester Sun is the proud media partner of Jane Week in Worcester — find out what that even means, and peruse a calendar of events. Plus lots of other good stuff, too, in your April 16-22 Worcester Sun.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 153]: Death, taxes and the American dream

It won’t be long now before the last of your procrastinating friends puts the finishing touches on their 1040A and hustles it into government hands just under the wire.

Sunday’s Spot: On the Midtown Mall

Sure, new services and technology make the daunting process a little easier every year, but then, the more things change the more they stay the same. Right? And those government hands — they’ll always be looking for more.

Hitch has a few tips to get you through this and many Aprils to come.

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Worcester Sun, April 12: Step up for Worcester by stepping out + Hitch, Top 5 stories and more

State targets spending priorities and considers bill to keep pensions from teachers convicted on child porn charges. A free look into Worcester’s future. Inbox is full of news on Music Worcester, Clark, the YWCA. All that and more in your Wednesday, April 12, Worcester Sun.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 152]: The continuing saga of the Midtown Mall

For better or worse, reputations tend to stick.

For instance, here at the Sun we’ve been saddled with the growing perception that we provide the city’s best, most thoughtful commentary, engaging storytelling and comprehensive reporting. Such is life.

Years of neglect, simmering criminal activity and public ambivalence have painted a decidedly different picture for the once estimable downtown destination.

Hitch takes a stroll along Front Street for a closer look.