December 3, 2017

Worcester Sun, Dec. 3-9: Mariano and the Confederacy, hungry for Mass Foodies, sexual harassment hits home + more

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Images of the Confederacy ought to be confined to museums, Mariano says.

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Mariano: Traveling through the Confederacy

Ray Mariano

“Recently, my wife and I took a trip down south. We were traveling along Interstate 95 in North Carolina when something I saw caught my attention and snapped my head back.”

Sun partners with Mass Foodies |  Worcester Sun, a subscription news website that is launching a weekly paid print newspaper on Dec. 9, announced last week that we have purchased exclusive print rights to content produced by popular food and dining website Mass Foodies.

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The rash of sexual assault and harassment allegations hit home in the Bay State last week.

Editorial: Sexual abuse out of the shadows |  Recent news stories — heartbreaking, angering and shocking — have shown us just how ugly, hidden, and consequential sexual misconduct can be. The headlines will fade, but we hope the point has been soundly made that such behavior has never been acceptable, and is becoming less so.

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Senate President Stanley Rosenberg waited on the sidewalk Friday afternoon in front of his Beacon Hill condo before a driver took him to the State House, where he gave a press conference about his husband’s alleged sexual assaults.

On Beacon Hill: Sins of the husband [+ video] |  All other dealings on Beacon Hill last week got blocked out like an eclipse by the bombshell report in the Boston Globe that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s husband-of-one-year Bryon Hefner had allegedly sexually assaulted at least four men. Plus, McGovern, Markey, marijuana money and tainted convictions.

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Our cities that never sleep — along with our suburbs that seem to nap only briefly between the closing of the bars and the start of the morning rush hour — could do with a kind of universal reset, Sinacola says.

Sina-cism: Seeing the light in December’s dark days |  “I’ve started watching the sky again. Appreciating the moon. Watching the light changes at dawn and dusk. And observing satellites.“ Chris Sinacola reflects on the power of paying attention to what’s around us and in us.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 220]: Dreaming of a green Christmas |  No matter whom you direct your prayers to, the holiday season is a time of giving and sharing, and doing one’s level best to find and spread a little more joy in these divisive times. And as the state continues to go to pot, marijuana advocates and entrepreneurs are poised to spread their particular brand of contentment as far and wide as cities and towns are willing to accept. Worcester leaders have an idea of their limits, and Hitch, for one, has certainly reached his.

The incredible story of Augustine Kanjia continues …

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Trekking into the Sierra Leonean bush to brew the family’s illicit liquor would no longer be a burden.

‘Omolé’ Creates a Bigger Problem | ”Tamba T-Boy had watched the omolé flow in the house. We were constantly selling and brewing. Many came to the house to get their shots. T-Boy had made arrangements to take some bottles out to sell. But we were all not certain what he was taking those two big omolé bottles for.”

Meaghan L. Hardy-Lavoie

A view of Union Station.

Worcester Weekly: stART at the Station, ‘Wonderful Life’ + more, Dec. 3-9 |  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.

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren

The Quad [Dec. 3-9]: Four things to know from Clark, Holy Cross, WPI and Anna Maria |  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.

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Worcester Public Library.

Inbox [Dec. 3-9]: News and notes from WCAC, YWCA, Worcester Center for Crafts, Straight Ahead Ministries and Worcester Public Library |  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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