Anchors away: Worcester’s ABA basketball team has new name, home court | Known as the New England Anchors during its tenuous first year in the revamped ABA basketball league, the team will re-introduce itself next season as the Worcester 78’s — a tribute to the Blizzard of ’78 — in an attempt to make a nostalgic connection across the region while also better defining, team officials believe, its market for supporters and fans. Find out where they’ll be playing their home games — and contributing to a treasured city resource.
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Baby in a blink: UMass technology, not available in U.S., eases childbearing | “Lead scientist Dr. Maria Wong retired from UMass in 2027, moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, and, with financial backing from the Danish government, started a biomedical company named WombZoom, LLC.” Wondering what the future could hold for human pregnancy and UMass Medical innovation? Find out with author BJ Hill in the Sun’s serial glimpse into the fantastic (and mostly fictional) possibilities of a not-so-distant tomorrow.
Failed cigar tax leaves statewide Mosaic-linked health initiative without funding | The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund has supported nine programs from Barnstable to the Berkshires, including several initiatives in Worcester since 2014, that aim to reduce the most prevalent and preventable health conditions, address health disparities and increase healthy behaviors. More than 200 jobs will be lost as funding runs out by December.
Last week’s most read articles:
- Mariano: On ‘McGovern Crime Family’ and choosing your words carefully
- She’s always been a hustler: The Soofi family story — from The Hum
- Access Denied: Mounting opposition, price tag bury pipeline plans
- Editorial: A week’s worth of fireworks in Worcester
- New mandatory minimum sentence would target tricks of drug trafficking trade
- Area artist molds a new career, city narrative with Mugged in Worcester
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 179]: Speaking of that $40.2B state budget … | While many Bay Staters were packing their hybrid SUVs for a trip to the Cape or StoryLand, or someplace farther away or more exotic, lawmakers on Beacon Hill were packing 10 pounds of you-know-what into a five-pound bag. Filed early Friday, the state’s first $40B spending plan was held back by confoundingly lagging revenues but nudged forward by House and Senate leaders eager to have the chore of their shoulders. Concerned, Hitch isn’t optimistic about getting a word in edgewise.
Editorial: More training programs needed to meet demand for skilled workers | Recent data demonstrates a wide disconnect between current job openings and people not employed. Failure to address this problem through additional training could doom the state economy.
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