Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Worcester Mag Top Stories

Monday, April 29, 2013

WPI builds house with everything under the sun

As the third largest coal producing city in China, Datong may seem to be an unlikely host city for an event that judges sustainability and energy efficiency. But — the 2013 Solar Decathlon China (SDC) will be held in Datong on Aug. 3, and more importantly, WPI will be entering the competition with the first-ever solar house built in the United States, the Solatrium.

Council gives green light to slots agreement

There were signs. There were people – well over 100 of them. There were passionate demonstration, factbased arguments and heartfelt pleas with city councilors not to take one more step toward bringing a slots parlor to Worcester. In the end, though, officials gave City Manager Mike O'Brien the go-ahead to negotiate a community host agreement with casino developer Neil Bluhm.

Back to Vinyl

Joe Demers hadn't visited his record collection for years, having been getting his music fix from the 15,000 songs he had amassed on his iPod. Then, bored one day four winters ago, he went down to his basement and pulled out his old record collection. "I fell in love again," he says.

'Different standard' keeps city behind in municipal diversity

It is hard to dispute the numbers when they stare at you in black and white. When it comes to membership on Worcester's boards and commissions, women lag behind men and minorities are not on the same playing field with whites. Men make up 69 percent of the membership on municipal boards and commissions this year, while women comprise 31 percent. That is down 6 percent from 2007 and slightly behind last year. Of the men, 13 percent are identified as minorities, while 7 percent of the women are minorities. Both represent decreases from last year.