December 13, 2017

Worcester Sun, Dec. 13: Chandler settles in, DCF under microscope, Hitch on parking ban, top stories + more

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Auditor Suzanne Bump recently released a report critical of the current standing of DCF.

Baker, Bump continue to clash over DCF audit |  Gov. Charlie Baker delivered a forceful rebuke of Auditor Suzanne Bump’s review of the Department of Children and Families, calling the claims in the audit released last week “irresponsible” and in some cases “simply not true” in a letter to DCF staff.

From the Sun archives: The road to tragedy at DCF

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While Harriette Chandler won’t be moving in (only her staff is for now), the Senate president’s office has a new look.

Chandler’s staff moves into Senate president’s office |  Much of acting Senate President Harriette L. Chandler’s staff moved into the president’s third-floor suite as they take over operations of the office, but at least for now Chandler, D-Worcester, plans to continue working out of the majority leader’s office.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 223]: Worcester’s winter gripes piling up |  The list of things in Worcester more fun to do than find a convenient parking spot is a long one, indeed — once the leaves fall and the snowbanks rise, it’s pretty much infinite. And when the forecasters usher in a conga line of declared parking bans, well, all bets are off. Thing is, in many neighborhoods, the city’s upkeep generally leaves Worcester residents wanting more, no matter the season or the weather. Hitch, accordingly, has a question.

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Many classrooms across the city, like this one at East Middle, are from an era gone by — and for students who didn’t have cell phones or myriad modern challenges.

Marotta: Time for education system to evolve — just ask the teachers |  “The system that I teach in is not designed for how my students grow up,” says one Worcester Public Schools veteran teacher. “They all have phones; they grew up in a digital age … [but], we still have to teach them in a form that they are not going to encounter when they enter the workforce. This is how they grew up taking in information, and it’s the opposite of what we do in our classroom.”

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State transportation and law enforcement officials are on high alert following the NYC bus bombing.

Mass. buoys transportation security following Manhattan bus bomb |  Massachusetts planned to up the visibility of law enforcement at transportation hubs following the detonation of a bomb in New York City’s main bus terminal Monday, but Gov. Charlie Baker said there were no known threats to the state.

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CCC Chairman Steven Hoffman is leading a week of public regulatory debates.

Social consumption, home delivery marijuana rules debated |  The first day of policy debate among state marijuana regulators indicated that the Cannabis Control Commission is working towards industry regulations that would give consumers more options for how they obtain marijuana and where they will be able to use it.

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WFD’s Park Ave.-based Engine 4 is one of the busiest crews in the city.

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