November 5, 2017

Worcester Sun, Nov. 5-11: Mariano Flakes out, thoughts on the election, news from the Sun, Thoreau, esports + more

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Worcester Sun print edition coming Dec. 9 |  “Along with features our readers have come to rely upon and expect, we will expand our news coverage as well as our coverage of sports, education, politics and city life. We have a few surprises up our sleeves, too.”

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Mariano: The President’s New Clothes

Ray Mariano

“As I listened to Sen. Jeff Flake speak on the floor of the U.S. Senate and announce that he would not be seeking reelection, I could not help but think of a popular children’s story.”

More Mariano, on the election:

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 212]: Flipping through Worcester election options |  The time is here for your voice to be heard, Worcester voters. Consider the city’s promising development boom, if you like. Or maybe its nagging struggles with the opioid epidemic. Be heartened by the experience and earnestness of the candidates for City Council and School Committee. Or lament that there are so few to choose from. Vote your conscience, the saying goes. For Hitch, the choices are clear — in high-definition, even.

Flickr / Leonardo DaSilva

The shape of downtown changes by the day — but is the social risk worth the financial reward?

Editorial: Work cut out for next City Council |  With the municipal election Tuesday — and changes afoot every day in Worcester — we hope for a City Council resolved to be stronger. Many of the big development pieces are either in place or on the way. This puts the city at a critical juncture. We need the next set of city councilors to bring the vision, determination, cooperation and leadership that will help glue it all together.

Sun Serial

Giselle Rivera-Flores

A Mother’s Journey: The shape of the city |  “Browsing the Internet usually leaves you with a headache, but every once in awhile it will surprise you with a few gems. Last week, while on my ‘downtime’ – my new term for those times I find myself procrastinating – I stumbled across an interesting article about building a city, and of course, I instantly thought of Worcester. I wondered: Do they have a great master plan like this one?”

Sun columnist

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: Let’s reclaim the liberal arts from today’s liberals |  “If Clark were truly a liberal campus, someone would have asked speaker Jacqueline Patterson to explain ‘deep democracy.’ They might have pointed out that the ‘extraction/consumption’ economy we call capitalism has enabled hundreds of millions of humans to escape poverty, while radical alternatives such as socialism and communism have sent hundreds of millions to their deaths.”

Guest commentary | Worcestory Lesson

Wikimedia Commons / Benjamin D. Maxham [public domain]

Thoreau’s Worcester connections are not to be discounted.

Wagner: On Thoreau in Central Massachusetts |  “Thoreau never married and remained childless. And he continued to walk and lecture in Central Mass., working toward the understanding that ‘Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him.’ Worcester would be the city in which he lectured most often.” Mark Wagner, director of the Binienda Center for Civic Engagement at Worcester State, takes a walk on the wild side.

Sam Doran / State House News Service

LET’S MAKE A DEAL: Senate and House Ways and Means Chairs Sen. Karen Spilka and Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez shook hands Monday before starting their first negotiation meeting over the compromise closeout budget for fiscal 2017. The state comptroller’s office wrote to Gov. Baker on Tuesday about the “troubling pattern” of closeout budgets being enacted late in recent years.

On Beacon Hill: Bumping heads |  House and Senate Ways and Means Chairs Rep Jeffrey Sanchez and Sen. Karen Spilka managed to put aside their differences after weeks of stalemate and come to an agreement over legislation allocating the $129 million needed to shut the book on fiscal 2017. Plus, a bump stock ban, McGovern, Warren, Sanders, Moore and Murray’s legacy.

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Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Worcester Weekly: Municipal Election, ‘A Christmas Story’ + more, Nov. 5-11 |  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.

College notebook

The Quad [Nov. 5-11]: Four things to know from Becker, QCC, Anna Maria and New England College of Business |  Have campus news you or your college or university organization would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to 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.

Inbox [Nov. 5-11]: News and notes from Worcester Economic Index, Health Foundation, UMass Memorial, Women of Color Coalition and YWCA |  Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to 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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