December 19, 2017

Worcester Sun, Dec. 20: Veterans Inc., Wormtown Brewery, Puerto Rican student influx, Hitch + more

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Veterans Inc. expects to begin a capital campaign to renovate its Grove Street headquarters. The organization has proved its mettle for more than 25 years, bringing former servicemen and women back from the brink of homelessness, joblessness, addiction and loneliness.

Massachusetts schools bring in 2,000-plus students from Puerto Rico |  Acting education commissioner Jeff Wulfson told the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that the pace of arrivals has accelerated in the last couple weeks. Education officials are now looking to see if there will be a “considerable increase after the holidays, as many folks are expecting,” he said.

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Holy Cross Prof. Avery-Peck: Hanukkah’s true meaning is about Jewish survival |  “While critics sometimes identify Christmas as promoting the prevalence in America today of what one might refer to as Hanukkah kitsch, this assessment misses the social and theological significance of Hanukkah within Judaism itself.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 225]: A Bump in Charlie Baker’s road to re-election |  As Republicans go, particularly these days, our fair governor generally has quite the chummy relationship with those liberal snowflakes on the other side of the aisle. But now that his re-election is no longer speculative, and while Democratic leadership regroups amid the Bryon Hefner investigation, Charlie Baker can expect poking and prodding from all sides. Hitch was there as Auditor Suzanne Bump took the first shift.

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” ‘Immigrant’ has become synonymous with ‘criminal’ ” in national political discourse, Iván Espinoza-Madrigal said.

Race, stereotypes fuel immigration debate, activists argue |  “We have not been able to build the kind of political power necessary to be heard and respected by our political officials,” Natalicia Tracy of the Brazilian Worker Center said at a panel discussion marking International Migrants Day. “It’s the fact that the community’s divided, we are pushed into corners where we need to be afraid of even exercising our very basic rights.”

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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.

Inbox [Dec. 20]: News and notes from Veterans Inc., Worcester Building Pathways and Wormtown Brewery |  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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