January 31, 2018

Worcester Sun, Jan. 31: Wynn, Chandler, Gronkowski, Lelling, black-market marijuana + more

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Casino owner Stephen Wynn spoke to the media at a Wynn Boston Harbor unveiling event in 2016.

Casino magnate Wynn faces Bay State scrutiny amid sex assault allegations |  The state Gaming Commission launched an investigation following a Jan. 26 Wall Street Journal report on what the newspaper called “a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct” by Steve Wynn — whose firm is building a $2.4 billion Everett gaming resort — including instances of pressuring employees to perform sex acts.

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Craft beer — the wine of New England.

Craft beer is becoming the wine of New England by redefining ‘terroir’ |  Winemakers call the ecological factors that define their product terroir. By redefining that idea to include history and social ties, New England craft brewers have grown an industry with local roots. A pair of Holy Cross professors tap into the area’s vast brewery scene for a closer look.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 237]: Head games with Gronk and the Patriots |  Ho-hum. Another Super Bowl week for Patriots Nation. Amazing to think that Pats fans in their mid-20s — first- and second-graders when Bill Belichick and Tom Brady birthed a sporting dynasty on Feb. 3, 2002 — scarcely remember a fandom without dominance. No Scott Secules or Dick MacPherson or TV blackouts for the millennials — nope, straight Lombardi trophies, son … and Hater-ade showers. Absolute power annoys absolutely. With Gronk and Co. days away from another Big Game, Hitch thinks Pats detractors need their heads examined.

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Anthony Salterelli developed the app Stand Up for Change after seeing the disillusionment of students following the 2016 presidential election.

Cracking the code on political change |  Anthony Saltarelli, then a junior Computer Science major at the College of the Holy Cross, was one of many Americans who found themselves in a state of shock in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election. Unlike a lot of them, however, Saltarelli found a way to not only take action, but to empower others to do the same.

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The business of marijuana is closer to reality each day.

Marijuana black market could yield common ground for Baker, U.S. attorney |  At the state level, where marijuana has been legalized for medical and other uses, stamping out the black market trade could bolster the regulated sale of the intoxicant, the governor said recently, and by extension sharpen the focus on efforts to beat back the fentanyl-charged opioid crisis.

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Sen. Harriette L. Chandler, acting Senate president

Inbox [Jan. 31]: News and notes from Sen. Chandler, Worcester Chamber, Temescal Wellness, ArtsWorcester |  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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