October 17, 2017

Worcester Sun, Oct. 18: A big announcement from us, Gaffney, healthcare, the Russian invasion + more

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Worcester Sun announces plans to publish print edition |  In May 2015, we wrote, “Our goal is to fulfill our promise of creating the kind of impact journalism the Worcester community can rally behind and support.” That remains our goal. And we’re ready to take the next step.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 207]: Gaffney makes Worcester an offer it can’t refuse |  Michael Gaffney, one-time (self-proclaimed) People’s Councilor®, is getting out of Worcester politics — and nobody seems to be lining up to pull him back in. The at-large right-wing rabble-rouser, who gave Mayor Joe Petty a legit run for his money in the 2015 election, suddenly and cryptically announced on a blog that he and his wife are abandoning their bids for City Council seats. With Gaffney it always seemed to get personal, but now it seems city leaders might just return to strictly business. Hitch checks in with the guy who’s really pulling the strings.

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HC Prof. Cynthia Hooper: Why are Russian media outlets hyping the Mueller investigation? |  “Amid all the emphasis of ‘Russophobia run wild,’ Russian media coverage seems to have become more positive in regard to one issue: the Justice Department’s investigation led by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. How to explain this development? After all, didn’t the Kremlin originally want Trump to win?” A Holy Cross associate history professor explores the fascinating relationships.

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From left, Holden’s Connor Doherty, Ben Masella, Frankie DiChiara, Jeff Kubiak and Yannick Turcotte await their shift during the Railers’ first preseason game Friday at Worcester Ice Center.

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Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said the “major thrusts” of the Senate cost containment bill “were to try to guarantee access, maintain or improve quality, bring down cost, and maintain or improve outcomes.”

Senators trumpet wide-ranging healthcare legislation |  Expanded licensing for dental therapists, nurse practitioners and optometrists, permission for MassHealth to offer a Medicaid buy-in program, and new limited network insurance products are among the many policy proposals state senators are promoting in one of the biggest healthcare reform bills to hit Beacon Hill in years.

Biopharma investment, jobs in state spiked in 2016 |  The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council’s annual industry snapshot found biopharma employment grew 4.8 percent last year, with more than 3,000 jobs added. Venture investment in Massachusetts biopharma companies hit $2.9 billion, up from the $2.3 billion in 2015 and more than triple the $900 million recorded in 2012, according to the report.

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Joe's Albums

Art Simas / For Worcester Sun

Joe’s Albums on Main Street is serving a market for vinyl records and is among the retailers finding success on Main Street.

Joe’s Albums helps lead resurgence of vinyl & retail on Main Street | “Between size and proximity, I wanted to get more ‘central’ and larger. I had looked in the Canal District … then looked down here and saw all of the development going on and thought that was very intriguing. … I think Worcester is truly coming back this time.” Art Simas reports on the place where vinyl records and retail are making a comeback.

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Susan Rice

Inbox [Oct. 18]: News and notes from NAACP and Worcester Youth Center, Assumption, WPI, Quinsig, Workforce Investment Board, Renewable Energy Worcester, SPM |  Have news 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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