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News analysis – 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 Craft beer is becoming the wine of New England by redefining ‘terroir’ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/craft-beer-is-becoming-the-wine-of-new-england-by-redefining-terroir/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/craft-beer-is-becoming-the-wine-of-new-england-by-redefining-terroir/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 05:22:47 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224091 https://worcester.ma/2018/01/craft-beer-is-becoming-the-wine-of-new-england-by-redefining-terroir/feed/ 0 Talking education with Jennifer Davis Carey https://worcester.ma/2018/01/talking-education-with-jennifer-davis-carey/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/talking-education-with-jennifer-davis-carey/#comments Sat, 27 Jan 2018 07:42:32 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=223151 "Public schools mean that they are our schools, so we have to support them and take responsibility. We can’t, as a community, say, ‘Do your work and call us later.’ It has to be a meaningful partnership.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/talking-education-with-jennifer-davis-carey/feed/ 1 Worcester’s low-income renters bear heavy burden https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-big-picture-worcesters-low-income-renters-bear-heavy-burden/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-big-picture-worcesters-low-income-renters-bear-heavy-burden/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 07:42:05 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=223249 When it comes to rent affordability, Worcester as a whole is a fairly ordinary American city. But, also like other American cities, Worcester has some problematic trends in its rental markets.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-big-picture-worcesters-low-income-renters-bear-heavy-burden/feed/ 0 Cannabiz: Potential billion-dollar industry had its pot stirred in Worcester https://worcester.ma/2018/01/free-to-read-cannabiz-legal-recreational-marijuana-potential-billion-dollar-industry/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/free-to-read-cannabiz-legal-recreational-marijuana-potential-billion-dollar-industry/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:56:54 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=222388 Massachusetts’ effort to legalize marijuana had an aspect of its origins in Worcester, where James Smith, a former state legislator turned consultant, met up with Matthew Huron, a Coloradan and CEO of Good Chemistry with local roots who had come to Massachusetts to assist with the legalization effort.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/free-to-read-cannabiz-legal-recreational-marijuana-potential-billion-dollar-industry/feed/ 0 For Worcester’s three-deckers, it’s an old story https://worcester.ma/2018/01/for-worcesters-three-deckers-its-an-old-story/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/for-worcesters-three-deckers-its-an-old-story/#comments Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:42:05 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=221552 In his recent inaugural address, Mayor Joseph M. Petty said, “As a city, we need to have a conversation about housing.” If the age of Worcester’s three-deckers is any indication, the mayor is absolutely right to make this a priority.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/for-worcesters-three-deckers-its-an-old-story/feed/ 3 Beyond #MeToo, Brazilian women rise up against racism and sexism https://worcester.ma/2018/01/beyond-metoo-brazilian-women-rise-up-against-racism-and-sexism/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/beyond-metoo-brazilian-women-rise-up-against-racism-and-sexism/#comments Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:40:28 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=220989 Women’s empowerment recently got a big boost at the Golden Globes, but the United States isn’t the only place having a feminist revival. The viral success of #MeuPrimeiroAssedio spurred a spate of social media activism in Brazil, where despite decades of feminist efforts gender inequality remains deeply entrenched. A Holy Cross professor explores.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/beyond-metoo-brazilian-women-rise-up-against-racism-and-sexism/feed/ 1 Blockchain, not Bitcoin, is the future of cryptocurrency https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-big-picture-blockchain-not-bitcoin-is-the-future-of-cryptocurrency/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-big-picture-blockchain-not-bitcoin-is-the-future-of-cryptocurrency/#comments Sat, 13 Jan 2018 05:21:36 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=220030 Until recently, Bitcoin controlled 85 percent of the total cryptocurrency market value, or market cap. The other 15 percent was split between more than 680 competitors. But as Bitcoin’s price began to take off, competitors like Ethereum and Ripple XRP grew faster.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-big-picture-blockchain-not-bitcoin-is-the-future-of-cryptocurrency/feed/ 2 Some say Bump DCF audit misses key issue: caseloads https://worcester.ma/2018/01/some-say-bump-dcf-audit-misses-key-issue-caseloads/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/some-say-bump-dcf-audit-misses-key-issue-caseloads/#respond Sat, 06 Jan 2018 06:02:52 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=216968 Caseloads are a key component of DCF work, a nagging problem that the political theater, aided by the media, often refuses to address in a meaningful way. Veteran reporter Richard Nangle takes a closer look.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/some-say-bump-dcf-audit-misses-key-issue-caseloads/feed/ 0 Worcester’s wage winners https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-big-picture-worcesters-wage-winners/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-big-picture-worcesters-wage-winners/#respond Sat, 06 Jan 2018 06:01:51 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=217009 While the finance industry has seen more wage growth than most, postsecondary education requirements for jobs is not a finance-only phenomenon. Eighty-eight percent of the 6 million new jobs the U.S. economy created between 2007 and 2016 required a bachelor’s degree or higher.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-big-picture-worcesters-wage-winners/feed/ 0 Creating and destroying https://worcester.ma/2017/12/creating-and-destroying/ https://worcester.ma/2017/12/creating-and-destroying/#respond Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:29:10 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=211875 Economies will often deconstruct old markets in order to free up resources in a process called “creative destruction.” It helps markets grow and evolve to meet the demands of a modern economy, but the process is difficult for many.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/12/creating-and-destroying/feed/ 0 Cannabiz: Potential billion-dollar industry had its pot stirred in Worcester https://worcester.ma/2017/12/cannabiz-legal-recreational-marijuana-potential-billion-dollar-industry/ https://worcester.ma/2017/12/cannabiz-legal-recreational-marijuana-potential-billion-dollar-industry/#respond Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:28:29 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=208135 Massachusetts’ effort to legalize marijuana had an aspect of its origins in Worcester, where James Smith, a former state legislator turned consultant, met up with Matthew Huron, a Coloradan and CEO of Good Chemistry with local roots who had come to Massachusetts to assist with the legalization effort.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/12/cannabiz-legal-recreational-marijuana-potential-billion-dollar-industry/feed/ 0 Canal District medical marijuana shop to follow a Coloradan path https://worcester.ma/2017/12/canal-district-medical-marijuana-shop-to-follow-a-coloradan-path/ https://worcester.ma/2017/12/canal-district-medical-marijuana-shop-to-follow-a-coloradan-path/#respond Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:27:41 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=208158 She is from Colorado, and last year was named one of the 50 most important women in the cannabis industry. And now she is coming to Worcester. Meg Collins will be opening one of the city’s four medical marijuana shops – hers will be located in the Canal District.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/12/canal-district-medical-marijuana-shop-to-follow-a-coloradan-path/feed/ 0 GOP reform bill will be taxing for teachers, small businesses https://worcester.ma/2017/12/gop-reform-bill-will-be-taxing-for-teachers-small-businesses/ https://worcester.ma/2017/12/gop-reform-bill-will-be-taxing-for-teachers-small-businesses/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:47:48 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=204946 The tax bill being pushed through by the Republican Party threatens the foundations of a vital and healthy economy. By reducing deductions for charitable donations, for teachers’ expenses, and for state and sales taxes, the bill makes it less likely that we will be able to financially support the services and projects that depend on them to succeed.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/12/gop-reform-bill-will-be-taxing-for-teachers-small-businesses/feed/ 0 WPI professors: Data science can help us fight human trafficking https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-professors-data-science-can-help-us-fight-human-trafficking/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-professors-data-science-can-help-us-fight-human-trafficking/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:11:39 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=200797 https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-professors-data-science-can-help-us-fight-human-trafficking/feed/ 0 The toxic connection between mass murder and domestic violence https://worcester.ma/2017/11/the-toxic-connection-between-mass-murder-and-domestic-violence/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/the-toxic-connection-between-mass-murder-and-domestic-violence/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:50:54 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=198181 “By now, it’s a well-established pattern: male, usually white, often disgruntled ex-military, with a narcissistic grudge against the world, and, oh yes, a history of controlling, beating, raping, and tormenting the women in their lives. Isn’t it time we looked at the pattern before the mass shooting starts?”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/11/the-toxic-connection-between-mass-murder-and-domestic-violence/feed/ 0 WPI Prof. Albert Simeoni: As wildfires expand, fire science needs to keep up https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-prof-albert-simeoni-as-wildfires-expand-fire-science-needs-to-keep-up/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-prof-albert-simeoni-as-wildfires-expand-fire-science-needs-to-keep-up/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:15:21 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=193640 https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-prof-albert-simeoni-as-wildfires-expand-fire-science-needs-to-keep-up/feed/ 0 HC Prof. Cynthia Hooper: Why are Russian media outlets hyping the Mueller investigation? https://worcester.ma/2017/10/hc-prof-cynthia-hooper-why-are-russian-media-outlets-hyping-the-mueller-investigation/ https://worcester.ma/2017/10/hc-prof-cynthia-hooper-why-are-russian-media-outlets-hyping-the-mueller-investigation/#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:53:50 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=184040 Four major Russia investigations are underway in Washington, along with at least six related federal inquiries. Anxiety currently swirls around the Kremlin’s manipulation of popular social media platforms Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Cybersecurity sleuths claim Russia used Pokemon Go to inflame racial tensions and accuse Twitter of deleting crucial data detailing Russian efforts to sow […]]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/10/hc-prof-cynthia-hooper-why-are-russian-media-outlets-hyping-the-mueller-investigation/feed/ 2 Marianne Clyde: It’s National Mental Health Awareness Week — here’s why this is a big deal for employers https://worcester.ma/2017/10/marianne-clyde-its-national-mental-health-awareness-week-heres-why-this-is-a-big-deal-for-employers/ https://worcester.ma/2017/10/marianne-clyde-its-national-mental-health-awareness-week-heres-why-this-is-a-big-deal-for-employers/#respond Wed, 04 Oct 2017 04:08:54 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=178515 “What if everyone in your workplace was healthy mentally, emotionally and had enhanced relationship skills?”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/10/marianne-clyde-its-national-mental-health-awareness-week-heres-why-this-is-a-big-deal-for-employers/feed/ 0 Holy Cross Prof. Mathew Schmalz: Are natural disasters part of God’s retribution? https://worcester.ma/2017/09/holy-cross-prof-mathew-schmalz-are-natural-disasters-part-of-gods-retribution/ https://worcester.ma/2017/09/holy-cross-prof-mathew-schmalz-are-natural-disasters-part-of-gods-retribution/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2017 02:29:04 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=168002 https://worcester.ma/2017/09/holy-cross-prof-mathew-schmalz-are-natural-disasters-part-of-gods-retribution/feed/ 1 Up Next: Lukes wants to pump brakes on PawSox https://worcester.ma/2017/09/up-next-lukes-wants-to-pump-brakes-on-pawsox/ https://worcester.ma/2017/09/up-next-lukes-wants-to-pump-brakes-on-pawsox/#respond Sun, 03 Sep 2017 04:52:28 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=166261 The one-time mayor and longtime voice of dissent (and often reason) has filed an item on the agenda of the Tuesday, Sept. 5, City Council meeting that brings into question the board’s position on the matter. Or at least, how the council reached its conclusion. “I don’t know where this council is coming from,” Lukes told the Sun late last week.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/09/up-next-lukes-wants-to-pump-brakes-on-pawsox/feed/ 0 Anti-marijuana towns to retail facilities, consumers: Your money is no good here https://worcester.ma/2017/08/anti-marijuana-towns-to-retail-facilities-consumers-your-money-is-no-good-here/ https://worcester.ma/2017/08/anti-marijuana-towns-to-retail-facilities-consumers-your-money-is-no-good-here/#comments Sun, 27 Aug 2017 05:11:32 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=163598 In some communities, local government bodies have passed moratoriums on dispensaries or outright bans -- in the face of voters approving the 2016 ballot question. It is that very contradiction that puzzles supporters of the law, who note that marijuana users who live in every Massachusetts community will effectively be contributing to the economies of the nearest towns that approve dispensaries.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/08/anti-marijuana-towns-to-retail-facilities-consumers-your-money-is-no-good-here/feed/ 1