Worcester Sun, Oct. 16-22: In this issue

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Follow-up: 7 things to know about PCBs and Worcester schools |  “According to a 2015 Worcester Public Schools report, a dozen schools inspected by an environmental consultant have either already had windows replaced or have window replacements scheduled through 2016 as part of an Environmental Management System put in place in 2010, largely in response to PCB questions.” That’s just the beginning of Thing #2. Find out which schools have had work done, which schools might be due for a test, and much more about this environmental concern.


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 102]: PCB pop quiz |  We’re nothing if not educational here at Sun Spots. When the chips are down, we want to be there for the people of Worcester. And what could more important to a city and its residents than healthy schools? That’s gotta be a short list. A potentially much longer list might include the number of public schools where possibly dangerous PCBs could be lurking around windows, brickwork and light fixtures. This raises some very good questions. Hitch has answers.

Complete Sun coverage:

Editorial: Time for turnaround on PCBs

Worcester schools flunking PCBs test, union says

Smoke all you want, but let's think about this ...

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Smoke all you want, but let’s think about this …

Sina-cism: A cannabis ‘solution’ we can do without |  “It’s not that people shouldn’t be free to smoke pot. I belong to that goody two-shoes cohort sandwiched between baby boomers and Gen X’ers. We’re the folks who never smoked pot, but had to breathe from time to time, and kept inhaling yours. So I recognize that many toked and turned out just fine. But, do we really need a 15-member Cannabis Advisory Board to help the Cannabis Control Commission in its work?” … Plus a little more bureaucracy sprinkled on top? Um, no way man, says Chris Sinacola.

Memorial Grove entrance

Courtesy Carol McDonald

Memorial Grove entrance

Editorial: A quiet exit from Worcester’s cultural stage |  It wasn’t noticeable from the roads in Green Hill Park, but tucked in the western part of that city-owned expanse was a gem of an amphitheater. The now former Forum Theatre had a modest run as an on-again, off-again place for summer productions. We applaud all that it stood for.



Worcester’s Davon Jones rushes in to fill Eagles’ void |  “I’m just trying to take advantage of every rep I get,” Boston College’s Davon Jones told Sun sports reporter Joe Parello. “The transition [to running back] has been good. I credit that to coach White and coach Addazio for believing in me, and believing I can play running back. I’m happy with it, and I’m just trying to help my teammates.” Oh, he’s helping all right — already second on the team in rushing yards after shifting from safety in spring, things appear to be looking up for the former St. John’s star at The Heights.

What if … Worcester


Dateline 2027 — Free flights to Havana? United Delta joins USA-Cuba alliance to make it happen |  The Cuba-U.S. Tourism and Exchange Program, or CUSTEP, known informally as the “Cuba Libre” plan, was the brainchild of Cuban Ambassador Jim McGovern and Cuban Tourism Minister Roberto Knowles. It’s been in the works since the election of President Frederico Torres and the normalization of U.S.- Cuba relations in 2021. Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.

Free to read: Dateline 2076 — Worcester hosts global Olympic Games

Sun commentary

DCU Center

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DCU Center

Randell: Time’s up, let’s sell the DCU Center |  “Now that we have finally been able to put away the important issues in the city, like dog parks, maybe we will be able to start making some hay preparing for Fiscal Armageddon — which is coming next year, or 2018 at the latest for the city of Worcester.” Fiscal Armageddon!! Bill says. Wonder what else he’s got to say?

On Beacon Hill: ‘Incredibly disappointed’ Baker maintains sideline stance on Trump vs. Clinton [plus videos] |  The governor, back from a week-long vacation in Ireland, faced a new round of questions last week about the GOP standard-bearer in the wake of released recordings of Donald Trump discussing sexual advances toward women and accusations of harassment — not to mention Democrat attack dog Elizabeth Warren calling him out for not taking a strong-enough stand against Trump. Let’s see what the state’s top Republican had to say …

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …

Mary, Glen and Theresa finally meet up with Augustine in Dakar.

Courtesy Augustine Kanjia

Mary, Glen and Theresa finally meet up with Augustine in Dakar.

Part 24: Surprise News That Set Us Free |  Whether you’re one of our many regular Augustine readers or it’s your first time, you won’t want to miss this chapter! “My wife, Theresa, was mostly in haste for us to complete our interviews with the UNHCR so as to change our address for the better. She actually gave me some insight into breaking news that made the difference.” Augustine and his family are one step closer to America … but they’re not there yet.

Worcester Regional Airport

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Worcester Regional Airport

Inbox [Oct. 16]: Worcester Airport lands $7.7M grant, new program aims to help homeless young adults, Main South athletic field debuts, Clark researcher nets more funding for economic-environmental research |  Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. 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.

("First Patriotic Election in the Beach Street Industrial School," about 1888, gelatin silver print, Stoddard Acquisition Fund, 2003)

Courtesy Worcester Art Museum

(“First Patriotic Election in the Beach Street Industrial School,” about 1888, gelatin silver print, Stoddard Acquisition Fund, 2003)

Worcester Weekly: Tornado of Terror + more things to do, Oct. 16-22 |  Any flea market is bound to have its demons — amirite, folks?! — but if you’ve ever been down to the outer edges of Grafton you know there’s just gotta be something lurking in those woods. At least, that’s what terror-mongering twin brothers Heebie and Jeebie must’ve figured when they conjured up this annual heart-palpitating attraction. Plus, a standout New England Patriot comes to town, Gordie Lockbaum has a day, and more. Get out there!

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