May 28, 2017

Worcester Sun, May 28-June 3: Mariano gives Trump supporters the stage, not-so-Great Wall, Live Action Escapes expands + more

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Mariano: Area Trump supporters have their say

Ray Mariano

“I often ask myself: how could anyone support this guy? What kind of a person would support someone who, to me, was such a ‘total disaster?’ … So I contacted my friends (who support Trump) and asked them to tell me why they supported Trump.”

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Live Action Escapes on Exchange Street is expanding.

For Live Action Escapes, unlocking success is no longer a mystery |  “Coming from a background of redesigning homes, co-owner Michael Paquin had a clear vision of what this business could become. When he opened Live Action Escapes at 1 Exchange St. in the heart of downtown with daughter Amanda last year he knew this was a perfect fit for him as a creative artist.” Find out about the family business’ expansion plans and more with Giselle Rivera-Flores.

Not-so-Great Wall has downtown business in limbo |  City Solicitor David Moore told the Sun that the city code commissioner issued orders for repairs on April 6, a complaint was filed in Housing Court on April 18 and restaurant owner Mindy Jiang first responded to the city when she appeared at a hearing April 20, the same date the restaurant closed. The property is among those targeted by Worcester Redevelopment Authority’s Urban Revitalization Plan.

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Giselle, front left, poses with her Leadership Worcester class.

A Mother’s Journey [Part 45]: The collaboration realization |  “The notion that there is strength in numbers became a common theme [at Leadership Worcester], one that recurred subtly in every discussion and every meeting but never truly showed itself until the end. Uniting a group of leaders cultivated in me a feeling of greatness, even invincibility.”

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Manchester, England, is not so different from Worcester.

Sina-cism: From Manchester to Worcester, our common heritage is under assault |  “Even in small, unsurprising and now poignant ways, we are alike. The people, mostly fresh-faced young girls, who flocked to hear Ariana Grande at Worcester’s DCU Center on a March evening two years ago differ only in accent from those in Manchester last Monday evening.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 166]: Elizabeth Warren has a fever |  The popular and outspoken senator for Massachusetts has made no bones about her disdain for President Trump. Day after day, she can be found on Twitter and TV and news feeds around the globe chiding and chastising the latest Trumpian policy blunder. In the wake of a divisive budget outline that shot panic straight into the veins of liberals everywhere, she’s tweeted herself to the point of exhaustion. A remedy is required. As it happens, Dr. Hitch has just the prescription.

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Sen. Walter Timilty of Milton stepped out onto the Senate balcony to use his cellphone during the second of three full days of budget debate.

On Beacon Hill: Senate drops $40.4B spending plan, with a bang |  The final vote on the budget bill may have come just in the nick of time, following a bad omen for things to come. “It sounds like we need to get out of here,” Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said, perhaps half joking, before calling for the vote. The finalizing of the Senate budget, however, sets the stage for a month, and maybe more, of negotiations with the House. Plus, Polito, Moore, Warren, Markey and the MBTA.

Editorial: Flags, flowers and resolve — Memorial Day 2017 |  On Memorial Day, we honor those who have died for their country — and honor what they stood for when they were alive. At this time of year especially, there’s beauty in the remembering.

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The Bravehearts are lining up a loaded roster for the upcoming season.

Worcester Weekly: Bravehearts are back, veggies on the Common + more as May turns to June |  The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too. Here are some of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — over the next few days.


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Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, left, and WCAC director Jill Dagilis, right, with winners of the Action Hero Awards.

Inbox [May 28]: News and notes from WICN, UMass Medical School, St. Peter-Marian, WCAC and SmartAsset |  Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to 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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