October 7, 2017

Worcester Sun, Oct. 8-14: Mariano on Gaffney vs. media, Railers opener on track, Amazon, moments of silence + more

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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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Mariano: Michael Gaffney and the local media dustup

Ray Mariano

“City Councilor Michael Gaffney has been in the local news a great deal lately – often not for a policy position he has taken but as a result of his relationship with the local media and specific members of the media.”

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The Worcester Railers are set to debut at the DCU Center.

Worcester Railers tracking rare sellout to open inaugural season |  The NHL’s San Jose Sharks didn’t move their AHL affiliate out of Worcester because of attendance issues — but there weren’t many Worcester fans showing up to prove they wanted the team to stay either. This week, professional hockey returns to Central Mass., and the Railers hope that in one game — on the strength of their hard-earned early connections to the city — they can achieve what the Sharks never did: fill the 12,316-seat DCU Center.

The Sun is proud to introduce Dan Cagen as its newest contributor. A reporter with seven years of experience covering all levels of sports, including the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup run, Dan interned at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and previously worked for the MetroWest Daily News and its sister publications. Dan will be keeping tabs on the Railers’ first season.

Editorial: Silence is deadly to needed gun reforms |  We’re used to moments of silence for victims of mass violence. This time around, in a country much too prone to gun tragedies, more leaders are asking when the moment of action will arrive. In Congress we need these voices to stay loud and clear.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 204]: Amazon-to-Worcester talk? It’s a jungle out there |  Much like the top Red Sox affiliate moving to the Canal District, the prospect of online retail behemoth Amazon choosing Worcester for the site of its economy-changing HQ2 is a dream almost too sweet to wake up from. And with visions of so many dollars and jobs and tax breaks dancing in their heads, chins have been wagging about the possibilities from Airport Hill to the Burns Bridge. Of course, there are drawbacks, too, and plenty of warning signs back in Seattle. Pros and cons? Yeah, Hitch has some thoughts.

Jaime Flores Photography / igworcesterma

At Fruit Sever Apartments, 11 Sever St. // by PichiAvo

POW! WOW! Worcester, a photo essay [Part 3] |  Don’t have time for a leisurely stroll around the whole 38 square miles of the city to see the more than 40 murals left behind by the talented artists who participated in the second annual event? The Worcester Sun, in partnership with @igworcesterma and Jaime Flores Photography (check out their website here), has you covered. And check back with the Sun in the next couple of editions to see the city’s newest works of art through the unique perspective of Jaime, wife Giselle Rivera-Flores and friends.

Check out Part 1 | and Part 2

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The Supreme Court should stay out of the question of gerrymandering, Sinacola says.

Sina-cism: Gerrymandering case maps out repulsive ground where courts should fear to tread |  ”Injecting the judicial branch into what are quintessentially political matters is a bottomless abyss, promising decades of litigation that would upset the Constitution’s balance of powers while resolving nothing. To do so would be a political disaster for the republic.”

A Mother’s Journey, featuring Giselle Rivera-Flores, returns next week.

Giselle Rivera-Flores

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A refugee’s incredible tale | What if … Worcester | Worcestory Lesson

Courtesy Sen. Micheal O. Moore's office

Sen. Moore and Trish Tarentino

On Beacon Hill: All eyes on Washington |  When everything else seems to be in limbo, sometimes there’s no easier reprieve for lawmakers from the malaise on Beacon Hill than to open up the newspaper and find something to react to. Go where the action is. Plus, Markey, Baker, Warren, Healey and the Tarentino family.

Wikimedia Commons / Defense Dept. / U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Lewis Black performs Oct. 13 at the Hanover Theatre.

Worcester Weekly: Columbus Day, Railers opener + more, Oct. 8-14 |  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.

Seven Hills

Courtesy of Seven Hills Foundation

From left, Dr. David A. Jordan, Karen Ludington, M.Ed., J.D., and Dr. Suzanne Weekes.

Inbox [Oct. 8-14]: News and notes from Seven Hills and Children’s Friend, UniBank, Assumption, city and UMass Medical, Becker, QCC, Anna Maria |  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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