February 14, 2018

Worcester Sun, Feb. 14: Pot, potholes and power players, Hitch on taxing millionaires, Audio Journal + more

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Sam Doran / State House News Service

House Speaker Robert DeLeo joined Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday echoing concerns with proposed marijuana industry regulations.

Do cannabis regulators need to rein in focus? Concerns are mounting at State House |  House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he agrees with many of the concerns Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration have raised with the Cannabis Control Commission’s draft industry regulations, including the worry that regulators have bitten off more than they can chew by trying to simultaneously launch several different categories of marijuana businesses.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 241]: Barking up a taxing tree |  The state Supreme Judicial Court has begun hearing arguments related to a potential 2018 ballot question that would implement an additional surtax on Massachusetts’ wealthiest taxpayers. And while nobody doubts the high-priced accountants of the well-heeled will leap this latest regulatory hurdle with aplomb, a healthy dose of consternation lingers. Hitch thinks it’s time to put a leash on this debate.

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Vince Lombardi, director of Audio Journal, at the controls where volunteer readers keep those who are blind or visually impaired up to date with community and national news and events.

Sun Shine: Audio Journal helps visually impaired ‘see’ the world |  “Our No. 1 priority is finding listeners so that there are as many people listening to us who can benefit from the radio shows,” director Vince Lombardi said. He said there are about 5,000 legally blind people in Central Massachusetts, and that the nonprofit Audio Journal reaches about 3,500 of them.

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On Beacon Hill: Baker eyes $200M for road repairs, Warren nets endorsement |  It’s pothole season in Massachusetts, and Gov. Charlie Baker said he’ll soon be filing legislation to fix the winter-battered pavement. … Setti Warren’s campaign accepted the backing of the firefighters association in Newton.


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Gloria Hall, left, and Deb Cary are among the city’s real “power players.”

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Courtesy Augustine Kanjia

Koidu City to Yengema town highway through Motema town.

The incredibly true story of Augustine Kanjia continues … A Long Journey Home |  “I was ready to help the gentleman who was the driver’s assistant. It was a game, and I had to play it wisely. I volunteered to help carry a load for a certain woman. She was old and her luggage was heavy, but that was the way I would escape to victory.”

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