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Fiction – worcester.ma https://worcester.ma The Worcester Sun, local news worth supporting Wed, 22 May 2019 17:31:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Trump vows to fight ‘fake news’ by cutting funds to cities https://worcester.ma/2018/01/free-to-read-trump-vows-to-fight-fake-news-by-cutting-funds-to-cities/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/free-to-read-trump-vows-to-fight-fake-news-by-cutting-funds-to-cities/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:32:40 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=220769 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. ]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/free-to-read-trump-vows-to-fight-fake-news-by-cutting-funds-to-cities/feed/ 0 Nothing but net profit — St. John’s hoop star scores big-league video game endorsement https://worcester.ma/2017/12/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-nothing-but-net-profit-st-johns-hoop-star-scores-big-league-video-game-endorsement/ https://worcester.ma/2017/12/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-nothing-but-net-profit-st-johns-hoop-star-scores-big-league-video-game-endorsement/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 04:53:47 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=210254 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.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/12/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-nothing-but-net-profit-st-johns-hoop-star-scores-big-league-video-game-endorsement/feed/ 0 Thirteen stripes, 13 sponsors — selling out the American flag https://worcester.ma/2017/11/free-to-read-thirteen-stripes-13-sponsors-selling-out-the-american-flag/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/free-to-read-thirteen-stripes-13-sponsors-selling-out-the-american-flag/#comments Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:12:43 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=200125 “A Worcester company has become the 13th and final firm whose name will appear on the New Flag of the United States of America. For $2 trillion, D&A Cybernetics purchased the rights to place its moniker and logo within the red bottom stripe of the flag.” ]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/11/free-to-read-thirteen-stripes-13-sponsors-selling-out-the-american-flag/feed/ 1 What if … Worcester: Destructive climate erupts at Clark meat-eater protest https://worcester.ma/2017/11/free-to-read-destructive-climate-erupts-at-clark-meat-eater-protest/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/free-to-read-destructive-climate-erupts-at-clark-meat-eater-protest/#respond Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:14:58 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=189970 As temperatures across the country topped 105 degrees for the 13th straight day, protesters nationwide have embarked on campaigns to eradicate monuments and memorials to anyone who had contributed to the current climate change by consuming meat.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/11/free-to-read-destructive-climate-erupts-at-clark-meat-eater-protest/feed/ 0 Thirteen stripes, 13 sponsors — selling out the American flag https://worcester.ma/2017/09/what-if-worcester-thirteen-stripes-13-sponsors-selling-out-the-american-flag/ https://worcester.ma/2017/09/what-if-worcester-thirteen-stripes-13-sponsors-selling-out-the-american-flag/#respond Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:13:00 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=174763 “A Worcester company has become the 13th and final firm whose name will appear on the New Flag of the United States of America. For $2 trillion, D&A Cybernetics purchased the rights to place its moniker and logo within the red bottom stripe of the flag.” ]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/09/what-if-worcester-thirteen-stripes-13-sponsors-selling-out-the-american-flag/feed/ 0 Worcester scofflaws find thrills — and trouble — with invisible cloaks https://worcester.ma/2017/09/free-to-read-worcester-scofflaws-find-thrills-and-trouble-with-invisible-cloaks/ https://worcester.ma/2017/09/free-to-read-worcester-scofflaws-find-thrills-and-trouble-with-invisible-cloaks/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 04:13:52 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=167193 “The crime is just one of many that have occurred nationwide since a Chinese-American venture, Shìlì, began to market invisibility cloaks to consumers last year as part of the Harry Potter 50th Anniversary Commemoration.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/09/free-to-read-worcester-scofflaws-find-thrills-and-trouble-with-invisible-cloaks/feed/ 0 Destructive climate erupts at Clark meat-eater protest https://worcester.ma/2017/08/what-if-worcester-destructive-climate-erupts-at-clark-meat-eater-protest/ https://worcester.ma/2017/08/what-if-worcester-destructive-climate-erupts-at-clark-meat-eater-protest/#respond Sun, 27 Aug 2017 05:08:32 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=163605 As temperatures across the country topped 105 degrees for the 13th straight day, protesters nationwide have embarked on campaigns to eradicate monuments and memorials to anyone who had contributed to the current climate change by consuming meat.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/08/what-if-worcester-destructive-climate-erupts-at-clark-meat-eater-protest/feed/ 0 The Final Chapter for Worcester Public Libraries: 193-year-old institution being razed https://worcester.ma/2017/07/what-if-worcester-the-final-chapter-for-worcester-public-libraries-193-year-old-institution-being-razed/ https://worcester.ma/2017/07/what-if-worcester-the-final-chapter-for-worcester-public-libraries-193-year-old-institution-being-razed/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 04:19:00 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=148604 “What we’re seeing is a growing, and I’d say worrisome, trend to re-privatize knowledge and access to knowledge,” said Kip Candell, professor of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross during an interview at, ironically, the Dinand Library.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/07/what-if-worcester-the-final-chapter-for-worcester-public-libraries-193-year-old-institution-being-razed/feed/ 0 Baby in a blink: UMass technology, not available in the U.S., eases childbearing https://worcester.ma/2017/07/free-to-read-baby-in-a-blink-umass-technology-not-available-in-the-u-s-eases-childbearing/ https://worcester.ma/2017/07/free-to-read-baby-in-a-blink-umass-technology-not-available-in-the-u-s-eases-childbearing/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:17:04 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=143878 “Lead scientist Dr. Maria Wong retired from UMass in 2027, moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, and, with financial backing from the Danish government, started a biomedical company named WombZoom, LLC.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/07/free-to-read-baby-in-a-blink-umass-technology-not-available-in-the-u-s-eases-childbearing/feed/ 0 Worcester scofflaws find thrills — and trouble — with invisible cloaks https://worcester.ma/2017/06/what-if-worcester-worcester-scofflaws-find-thrills-and-trouble-with-invisible-cloaks/ https://worcester.ma/2017/06/what-if-worcester-worcester-scofflaws-find-thrills-and-trouble-with-invisible-cloaks/#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 04:20:20 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=132958 “The crime is just one of many that have occurred nationwide since a Chinese-American venture, Shìlì, began to market invisibility cloaks to consumers last year as part of the Harry Potter 50th Anniversary Commemoration.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/06/what-if-worcester-worcester-scofflaws-find-thrills-and-trouble-with-invisible-cloaks/feed/ 0 Baby in a blink: UMass technology, not available in the U.S., eases childbearing https://worcester.ma/2017/05/baby-in-a-blink-umass-technology-not-available-in-the-u-s-eases-childbearing/ https://worcester.ma/2017/05/baby-in-a-blink-umass-technology-not-available-in-the-u-s-eases-childbearing/#respond Sun, 14 May 2017 05:21:59 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=117456 “Lead scientist Dr. Maria Wong retired from UMass in 2027, moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, and, with financial backing from the Danish government, started a biomedical company named WombZoom, LLC.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/05/baby-in-a-blink-umass-technology-not-available-in-the-u-s-eases-childbearing/feed/ 0 Gardens and gargoyles: Dilapidated churches grow into urban farms https://worcester.ma/2017/04/gardens-and-gargoyles-dilapidated-churches-grow-into-urban-farms/ https://worcester.ma/2017/04/gardens-and-gargoyles-dilapidated-churches-grow-into-urban-farms/#comments Sun, 16 Apr 2017 04:46:23 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=106496 “These farmers, they're doing a good thing for the neighborhood. This may sound weird, but even though I can’t go to Mass [at Our Lady of Mount Carmel] anymore, I take a little pride when I walk by.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/04/gardens-and-gargoyles-dilapidated-churches-grow-into-urban-farms/feed/ 1 Martian returns home: Native-born astronaut spent 185 days on Red Planet https://worcester.ma/2017/04/free-to-read-martian-returns-home-native-born-astronaut-spent-185-days-on-red-planet/ https://worcester.ma/2017/04/free-to-read-martian-returns-home-native-born-astronaut-spent-185-days-on-red-planet/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:19:19 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=104287 Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/04/free-to-read-martian-returns-home-native-born-astronaut-spent-185-days-on-red-planet/feed/ 0 Immigrants thrive as Worcester bucks nationwide labor crisis https://worcester.ma/2017/03/immigrants-thrive-as-worcester-bucks-nationwide-labor-crisis/ https://worcester.ma/2017/03/immigrants-thrive-as-worcester-bucks-nationwide-labor-crisis/#respond Sun, 12 Mar 2017 05:55:23 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=90529 Technology and automation were supposed to take over some of those jobs, and theoretically they can, but the prices to upgrade are out of reach for 95 percent of companies. This leaves society in a decades-long hole between a labor shortage and affordable robots.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/03/immigrants-thrive-as-worcester-bucks-nationwide-labor-crisis/feed/ 0 Martian returns home: Native-born astronaut spent 185 days on Red Planet https://worcester.ma/2017/02/what-if-worcester-martian-returns-home-native-born-astronaut-spent-185-days-on-red-planet/ https://worcester.ma/2017/02/what-if-worcester-martian-returns-home-native-born-astronaut-spent-185-days-on-red-planet/#respond Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:55:31 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=80264 Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/02/what-if-worcester-martian-returns-home-native-born-astronaut-spent-185-days-on-red-planet/feed/ 0 Non-Starter Home: ‘Smart’ house tangles data, holds College Hill family hostage https://worcester.ma/2017/02/free-to-read-non-starter-home-smart-house-tangles-data-holds-college-hill-family-hostage/ https://worcester.ma/2017/02/free-to-read-non-starter-home-smart-house-tangles-data-holds-college-hill-family-hostage/#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:13:42 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=76062 Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/02/free-to-read-non-starter-home-smart-house-tangles-data-holds-college-hill-family-hostage/feed/ 0 Non-Starter Home: ‘Smart’ house tangles data, holds College Hill family hostage https://worcester.ma/2017/01/what-if-worcester-non-starter-home-smart-house-tangles-data-holds-college-hill-family-hostage/ https://worcester.ma/2017/01/what-if-worcester-non-starter-home-smart-house-tangles-data-holds-college-hill-family-hostage/#respond Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:24:44 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=62597 Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/01/what-if-worcester-non-starter-home-smart-house-tangles-data-holds-college-hill-family-hostage/feed/ 0 Dateline 2049 — Worcester HQ keeps firefighters safe across the country https://worcester.ma/2016/12/free-to-read-dateline-2049-worcester-hq-keeps-firefighters-safe-across-the-country/ https://worcester.ma/2016/12/free-to-read-dateline-2049-worcester-hq-keeps-firefighters-safe-across-the-country/#respond Wed, 28 Dec 2016 05:18:48 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=61205 Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/12/free-to-read-dateline-2049-worcester-hq-keeps-firefighters-safe-across-the-country/feed/ 0 Dateline 2049 — Worcester HQ keeps firefighters safe across the country https://worcester.ma/2016/11/dateline-2049-worcester-hq-keeps-firefighters-safe-across-the-country/ https://worcester.ma/2016/11/dateline-2049-worcester-hq-keeps-firefighters-safe-across-the-country/#respond Sun, 20 Nov 2016 06:06:32 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=43789 Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/11/dateline-2049-worcester-hq-keeps-firefighters-safe-across-the-country/feed/ 0 What if … Worcester: Dateline 2044 — Delivery drone crash tests school’s new safety dome https://worcester.ma/2016/11/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-dateline-2044-delivery-drone-crash-tests-schools-new-safety-dome/ https://worcester.ma/2016/11/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-dateline-2044-delivery-drone-crash-tests-schools-new-safety-dome/#respond Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:02:19 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=40379 “Three men in unlabeled khaki jumpsuits took photos, meticulously collected every last bit of debris, and placed them into containers. Then the van drove in the direction of the General Electric Turnpike on-ramp. Later that evening, the Worcester Fire Department arrived to inspect for damage to the 61-meter-high dome. Six firefighters strapped into recently donated Martin Enterprises fan-powered jetpacks, which were developed in the firm’s new South Worcester Industrial Park headquarters.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/11/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-dateline-2044-delivery-drone-crash-tests-schools-new-safety-dome/feed/ 0 What if … Worcester: Dateline 2047 — 2Jane starts school at Gateway Elementary https://worcester.ma/2016/10/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-dateline-2047-2jane-starts-school-at-gateway-elementary/ https://worcester.ma/2016/10/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-dateline-2047-2jane-starts-school-at-gateway-elementary/#respond Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:02:04 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=37012 “After the accident, the MacConnells worked with biotech startup CloLabs in Westborough. It was just the seventh successful (neonate living beyond 30 days) cloning procedure in the United States. The scientific and legal process was documented in the reality web series, ‘Jane and Jane Again’.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/10/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-dateline-2047-2jane-starts-school-at-gateway-elementary/feed/ 0 Dateline 2027 — Free flights to Havana? United Delta joins USA-Cuba alliance to make it happen https://worcester.ma/2016/10/what-if-worcester-dateline-2027-free-flights-to-havana/ https://worcester.ma/2016/10/what-if-worcester-dateline-2027-free-flights-to-havana/#respond Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:07:13 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=35661 The Cuba-U.S. Tourism and Exchange Program, or CUSTEP, known informally as the “Cuba Libre” plan, was the brainchild of Cuban Ambassador Jim McGovern and Cuban Tourism Minister Roberto Knowles. It's been in the works since the election of President Frederico Torres and the normalization of U.S.- Cuba relations in 2021. Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/10/what-if-worcester-dateline-2027-free-flights-to-havana/feed/ 0 What if … Worcester: Dateline 2076 — City hosts Olympic games as new format spreads benefits, burdens around the globe https://worcester.ma/2016/10/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-dateline-2076-city-hosts-olympic-games-as-new-format-spreads-benefits-burdens/ https://worcester.ma/2016/10/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-dateline-2076-city-hosts-olympic-games-as-new-format-spreads-benefits-burdens/#respond Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:03:14 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=33683 “The new initiative is made possible through recent developments in automation and sub-orbital flight, which have deeply slashed travel time and cost. ‘Transportation breakthroughs, host city expenses, and crowd security made us rethink why everyone has to be gathered in one place,” said Olympics 2076 Committee Chairman Peter Theroux. “That was 20th-century thinking. Now traveling from Worcester to Johannesburg is as easy, and almost as cheap as, taking a short car ride.’ ”]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/10/free-to-read-what-if-worcester-dateline-2076-city-hosts-olympic-games-as-new-format-spreads-benefits-burdens/feed/ 0 What if … Worcester: Dateline 2044 — Delivery drone crash tests school’s new safety dome https://worcester.ma/2016/09/what-if-worcester-dateline-2044-delivery-drone-crash-tests-schools-new-safety-dome/ https://worcester.ma/2016/09/what-if-worcester-dateline-2044-delivery-drone-crash-tests-schools-new-safety-dome/#respond Sun, 04 Sep 2016 09:07:32 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=29784 “Three men in unlabeled khaki jumpsuits took photos, meticulously collected every last bit of debris, and placed them into containers. Then the van drove in the direction of the General Electric Turnpike on-ramp. Later that evening, the Worcester Fire Department arrived to inspect for damage to the 61-meter-high dome. Six firefighters strapped into recently donated Martin Enterprises fan-powered jetpacks, which were developed in the firm’s new South Worcester Industrial Park headquarters.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/09/what-if-worcester-dateline-2044-delivery-drone-crash-tests-schools-new-safety-dome/feed/ 0 What if … Worcester: Dateline 2047 — 2Jane starts school at Gateway Elementary https://worcester.ma/2016/08/what-if-worcester-dateline-2047-2jane-starts-school-at-gateway-elementary/ https://worcester.ma/2016/08/what-if-worcester-dateline-2047-2jane-starts-school-at-gateway-elementary/#respond Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:11:14 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=28025 “After the accident, the MacConnells worked with biotech startup CloLabs in Westborough. It was just the seventh successful (neonate living beyond 30 days) cloning procedure in the United States. The scientific and legal process was documented in the reality web series, ‘Jane and Jane Again’.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/08/what-if-worcester-dateline-2047-2jane-starts-school-at-gateway-elementary/feed/ 0