Let’s get one thing straight: Smoking marijuana — inside, outside, wherever — is not a new phenomenon for this or any other neighborhood in the city.
Love and the machine: Invasive algorithms help make ‘perfect’ match
“L.T.R.’s programming has regularly evolved to identify users’ best dating experience. As breakthroughs are made in Artificial Intelligence and data-mining techniques, we’re ready to perfect those advances and pass them on to our users.”
Ed Hyder, the shopkeeper who won Worcester’s heart
Through his work ethic, kindliness and shelves of staples and surprises, Ed Hyder built — day by day, customer by customer — such a successful life. His unexpected death Tuesday is a big loss for the family he so obviously cherished, and that includes all of us.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 240]: On the fall of Stan Rosenberg
On the bright side, being the former president of the Massachusetts Senate is probably better than never being Senate president at all.
Sina-cism: Undermining your rights in the name of gun safety
“The Massachusetts bump stock ban is a case of government overreach that is unlikely to do anything to reduce gun violence. Most mass shootings come with warning signs that should have been recognized beforehand. But prevention is difficult and rarely makes the headlines. Tragedies do, and lawmakers are willing to do anything to show they are responding.”
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 239]: The Purple P.C. Eaters
Are you telling us we got Tommy Heinsohn all worked up for nothing?
The Balancing Act: Owning your place among entrepreneurs
‘An entrepreneur is someone who rarely wants things to stay the same. Entrepreneurs want to disrupt the market, while small business owners tend to adopt the business styles and structures of pre-existing businesses.’
Mariano: What’s wrong with Charlie Baker?
“So why would anyone run against Charlie Baker? What is he doing so wrong that a candidate thinks he or she could bring Baker’s stratospheric numbers back down to earth?”
Worcester’s Power Players, a more definitive list
If we are going to honor the developers, we also have to acknowledge the role of those who create the crucial infrastructure of a vital built environment – the artists, the preservationists, the tree huggers and the tree planters. … They too are the “power players.”
School system’s program for older immigrants deserves chance
The Worcester Public Schools’ New Citizens Center program is still getting its bearings after just one year. And — as not-quite-adult newcomers to the U.S. — its students are struggling to get theirs. Criticism is important, but so is patience. The key is excellence, whatever the setting.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 238]: The ascension of another Kennedy, a response
President Trump gave his State of the Union address last week. It was as tremendous as we all expected.