January 17, 2018

Worcester Sun, Jan. 17: Pot, Pats, net neutrality, top stories (Bitcoin, Mariano) + more

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Fed threats could be boon to early, steadfast Mass. pot investors |  “There’s a different calculation in terms of what the risks are, no question. But there’s also a different calculation in terms of what the returns are because fewer people potentially will enter the business, therefore the potential returns are greater,” Steven Hoffman, chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission, recently told WGBH’s “Greater Boston.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 233]: Dealing with critics, the Patriot Way |  Much like the New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens, the Ming Dynasty and Apple, the New England Patriots — headed to their seventh straight AFC Championship — appear to have overstayed their welcome at the top of the heap. Sustained superiority inevitably gets old for those of us not on the bandwagon. And the only thing more fun than watching a once-preeminent power falter is embarrassing them on the way down. Sometimes a well-planned schism even hastens the fall. Hitch thinks Pats fans know better, though.

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Markey, Senate Dems move to set new net neutrality vote |  The Massachusetts legislator announced that all 49 Senate Democrats have pledged to support his resolution of disapproval and said he will file his resolution once the FCC’s new rule is officially posted in the federal register, then force a vote on reversing the rule within 60 legislative days.

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Trump vows to fight ‘fake news’ by cutting funds to cities | The tendrils of a freedom-chilling threat by the president to defund communities, large and small, that harbor media outlets that badmouth his administration reach into Central Mass. Wondering what the future could hold for capitalism and national pride in our city? 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.

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Inbox [Jan. 17]: News and notes from Vystar, NHS Holdings, GWCF and Worcester Public Schools | 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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