October 22, 2017

Worcester Sun, Oct. 22-28: Mariano on the Amazon effect, Sinacola on swerving, Railers, Puerto Rico, black mambas + more

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The Amazon bid is but the tip of the iceberg as far as Worcester residents having reason to smile.

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Mariano: Worcester’s self-confidence is finally starting to show

Ray Mariano

“Of course there are always naysayers, but it is not like people have a great deal of bad things to say about Worcester. It is more that we can never find enough good things to say that make our community sound exciting.”

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Good luck crossing the street here.

Sina-cism: Worcester — the mayhem on main streets |  “As if the walkers and drivers weren’t creating enough problems, the city has in recent months seen the rise of swerving, featuring packs of Epsilon-Minus Semi-Morons — also known as youths (some as young as eight) — who amuse themselves by traveling in packs on major thoroughfares, weaving among cars, snarling traffic and fraying nerves.”

What if … Worcester

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Could high school athletes soon start getting paid — for being star characters in video games?

Nothing but net profit — St. John’s basketball star scores big-league video game endorsement |  Donnie Dwyer is the latest student to be picked up by Rideout Entertainment, whose flagship series, “Class of…,” allows subscribers to play as high school basketball teams hyper-local to their markets and divisions. Wondering what the future could hold for gaming and student-athletes getting paid? Find out with author BJ Hill in the Sun’s serial glimpse into the fantastic, fascinating (and mostly fictional) possibilities of a not-so distant tomorrow.

New in the Sun! | College notebook

Samantha Power

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power

The Quad [Oct. 22-28]: Four things to know from Clark, Holy Cross, Assumption and Westfield State |  Have campus news you or your college or university organization would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to send a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and point Sun members your way.

The incredible journey of Augustine Kanjia continues …

Augustine Kanjia

Courtesy of Augustine Kanjia

Augustine, left, with friends from his school, was always finding mischief with other youngsters in his village.

Lessons Abound as School and Home Collide |  “I was getting thinner every day. I was also very resilient. Back with my grandmother and uncles in Motema, our only source of income was the illicitly brewed local moonshine, ‘omole,’ which was a hot commodity, sought either by those who drank it or the police who thought it was a drug and should not be consumed.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 208]: Worcester and the Railers, love at first ice |  Worcester is a town that likes to get its buzz on. Whether it’s the Amazon and PawSox bids, City Square, the Canal District, airport and rail innovation, solar farms or yellow bicycles, as long as the Woo’s trending, the powers-that-be are happy. Cliff Rucker and Worcester Railers HC have quickly become a driving force of buzz-worthiness, and the team’s debut to more than 12,000 raucous fans at the DCU Center pulsed even more electricity through downtown. Hitch, for one, is charged up.

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There’s much work left to be done to get Puerto Rico back to normal post-Hurricane Maria.

Editorial: Powering up help to Puerto Rico |  It’s not too late to offer generosity to a storm-ravaged Caribbean island that is in some ways a neighbor to Worcester. The city is lending six police officers to Puerto Rico, and citizens can help, too. Cash donations could mean a lot to a place that was already struggling financially, and now must rebuild.

Sam Doran / State House News Service

BUMP-FIRE BAN: After organizing a hearing on proposals to ban bump stocks, Sen. Michael Moore waited several minutes on Wednesday for other senators and attendees to arrive. The House and Senate already passed their own versions of bump stock bans two weeks ago as budget amendments, after the device was allegedly used by the Las Vegas mass shooter. Only one individual — a state rep — testified at the hearing.

On Beacon Hill: The ‘Ready for Prime-time Players’ |  The Red Sox may be done for the season, but there were plenty of pitches being thrown around Boston as the Amazon wooing efforts officially got underway. But instead of sending an ace to the mound, the state has taken a closer-by-committee approach. Plus, McGovern, Warren, Chandler and more HQ2.

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Great Pumpkin Nights at the EcoTarium feature more than 3,000 jack-o’-lantern and pumpkin displays.

Worcester Weekly: Mayoral debate, Fall Fest on the Common + more, Oct. 22-28 |  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.

Inbox [Oct. 22-28]: News and notes from WCTI, Latino Education Institute, Mass. Symphony, Veterans Inc., Comparetto committee and library |  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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