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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.
Guest commentary | From The Conversation
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.
Last week’s most read stories:
- Mariano: Michael Gaffney and the local media dustup
- Worcester Railers tracking rare sellout to open inaugural season
- Good as Gold Coffee has an air of staying power
- Video: Baker on Amazon HQ2
- Campanale talks Trump, Dixon, guns and making things happen
- Bushel N Peck spreads to Westborough, tweaks menu
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.