Last week’s most popular, June 4-10

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles June 4-10

Cutting to the chase: Ronnie Caldwell, barber to the Patriots, plans to open shop in Worcester
Worcester 2.0: An outsider’s inside look at the city’s developing future
Mariano: Why no one wants to run for local office
A visionary Worcester under fire
Sina-cism: The word on Trumpian truths from Assumption College
Editorial: In Worcester, a lesson in laundry and kindness

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 167]: Worcester ballot casts concerning shadow

While the contentious, polarizing and downright dispiriting 2016 presidential election coaxed a slight reversal in flagging national voter turnout numbers, that momentum has not carried over locally where Worcester voters are joined in seeming ambivalence this election season by a head-scratchingly short list of contenders for public office.

How to get more folks involved in such an important process? Never fear, Hitch always has the right idea.

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.

Inbox [May 10]: News and notes from Assumption, Clark, WalletHub, Community Harvest Project and BJ’s

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Worcester’s economy sees slow start to ’17

According to the Worcester Economic Index (WEI), a quarterly analysis compiled by Assumption College Professor of Economics Thomas White, Ph.D., economic activity in the greater Worcester area slowed during the first quarter of 2017.

Since December, the WEI declined 0.4 percent on an annualized basis.

Though the WEI shows the unemployment rate fell from 5 percent in March 2016 to 4.2 percent in March 2017 — which White considers a positive signal — the recent data on Worcester-area unemployment has been less encouraging because of seasonally adjusted employment estimates.

“During the first quarter of the year, there is usually an increase in the unemployment rate, as seasonal hiring for the holiday season unwinds,” White said. “This year, however, the increase was greater than normal due to an increase in the size of the labor force. Therefore, the rise in the local unemployment rate over the last few months is the reason the WEI fell to start the year.”