February 1, 2017

Worcester Sun, Feb. 1: Petty, Healey, Trump, Hitch and sanctuary cities

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Attorney General Maura Healey

Healey adds Mass. to federal fight against Trump immigration order |  “During his campaign, President Trump called for a, quote, complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States. On Friday, he acted to make good on that promise,” said the outspoken attorney general. “The executive order is harmful, discriminatory and unconstitutional.” With bonus video.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 135]: Worcester sanctuary city debate is getting Petty |  One thing you have to admit about our new president: he knows how to whip you all up into a frenzy! Much has been said the past few days about Trump’s immigration stance and how that may jeopardize federal funding to cities that consider themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. Worcester Police follow a sanctuary city policy with the support of City Hall leaders who remain loathe to fully embrace that moniker. Well, with a Trumpian nudge from rival Mike Gaffney, Mayor Petty thought it was time to weigh in. Hitch got a sneak preview.

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Trump protesters rally at the State House.

Editorial: What happens when the outraged run out of rage? |  Opposition to the policies of a president is not new to America. However, the country has never had a president quite like this, one whose style has been summed up as “attack, counterattack and never apologize.” Less than two weeks into the current administration, we find ourselves wondering how long can the opposition keep up?

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Maybe smart homes won’t end up being all they’re cracked up to be?

Non-Starter Home: ‘Smart’ house tangles data, holds College Hill family hostage |  “ ‘Steve and I had grown up in the ‘20’s,’ said Mrs. Wingartner, ‘and neither of us had smart homes until our teens. I mean, yeah, we had automated lights, temperature and plant waterers, of course, but nothing fancy.’ But when Rosa’s mother moved in eight years ago, the home’s bi-fo sensors turned from a luxury to a necessity.”

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.

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Kevin Mensah hopes his big season at Shepherd Hill leads to a scholarship offer from a top football program.

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Gov. Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker on leading in the era of Trump … and constant protests |   The Massachusetts governor suggested this week the best way for him to deal with the White House is through intergovernmental channels and not public rallies. “I think my job is to represent the interests of the commonwealth, and the most important way I can represent them to Washington, D.C., is through the channels that exist,” Baker said.

"Reflection" by Eugene McCarthy

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“Reflection” by Eugene McCarthy

Inbox [Feb. 1]: Video contest seeks student entries, Assumption study abroad program among nation’s best, Briarwood announces new exhibit, Big Brothers Big Sisters to honor Beaton |  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.

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