Grant Welker, The Lowell Sun

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The Lowell Sun

Lowell, MA, United States

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Past articles by Grant:

A nation's horror, and strength

Cambodia has never exactly gotten the attention commensurate with a years-long, countrywide killing spree that left an nearly two million dead. → Read More

In interview, Cambodian Lt. General says he is puzzled by protests in Long Beach, Lowell

LOWELL, MASS. >> Hun Manet, a lieutenant general in the Cambodian military, said this weekend he was “puzzled” by opposition to his visit to this country, but portrayed the criticism as coming from a vocal minority who closed thems → Read More

Man shot in Lowell home invasion

LOWELL -- A man was shot in the chest following a home invasion in the Back Central neighborhood Saturday night shortly after 8 p. → Read More

Residents out safe in Chelmsford house fire

CHELMSFORD -- Fire damaged a single-family home off Smith Street late Saturday afternoon but led to no injuries. → Read More

Sun's Woman of the Year grew up 'serving the underserved'

LOWELL -- As a child in the South, Dorcas Grigg-Saito saw through her father -- a pastor and civil-rights activist -- the importance of embracing people no matter their race or background. → Read More

City pushes for detail money

LOWELL -- In the past six weeks, the city has cut down by half the amount of overdue bills for public-safety details. → Read More

UML IDs student found dead on campus

LOWELL -- The UMass Lowell student found dead in Ball Hall last weekend was senior mechanical engineering student Mario Barrera of Methuen. → Read More

Lowell police to add two new positions

LOWELL -- City police are in line to add a victim advocate and crime analyst, two new positions focusing on domestic violence. → Read More

Lowell mayor says Varnum Ave 'trailer' should be removed

LOWELL -- What kind of structure constitutes a home? A structure in question on Varnum Avenue is either a trailer or a home, one or the other. → Read More

State grants to benefit public safety in Lowell

LOWELL -- The city will be able to start prescription-drug education at Lowell High School and hire three additional police officers, thanks to two state grants, officials announced Monday. → Read More

Prince site gets royal makeover

LOWELL - The transformation began last fall. The long-underutilized Prince pasta factory suddenly came to life, with more than 100 construction workers a day at the site. → Read More

Big plans for Market St. building

LOWELL -- A brick building on Market Street that once housed a furniture store but has been a vacant eyesore in recent years has been approved for nine residential units and a first-floor commercial space. → Read More

Lowell's Cambodian 'community has lost a great leader' in Bunrith Lach

LOWELL -- Pailin City restaurant has always been a central piece of Lowell's Cambodian community, hosting countless fundraisers, political gatherings and other events. → Read More

Hearing set on ban of replica handguns

LOWELL -- Replica handguns may soon be banned in the city as a way to help police officers avoid situations in which they may not be able to distinguish a real gun from a fake. → Read More

Lowell cops to control traffic lights at bridges

LOWELL -- Police officers will soon begin manually adjusting traffic lights at intersections off the O'Donnell and Rourke bridges in an attempt to ease gridlock at certain times of day, part of a broader plan to improve traffic throughout the city. → Read More

'Today' co-hosts take stage at Celebrity Forum

LOWELL -- The co-hosts of the fourth hour of the "Today" show, Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, will be the latest Middlesex Community College celebrity speakers when they visit Lowell in June. → Read More

City gun policy in place, despite protests

LOWELL -- A new firearms policy will go into place despite a final plea from gun-rights advocates Tuesday for looser restrictions. → Read More

Lowell housing plan in limbo after city reduces ZBA approval

LOWELL -- From the start, a Zoning Board of Appeals approval in November of a controversial Varnum Avenue development was flagged as needing a second look. → Read More

Going small when snow falls

LOWELL - Last year's snowiest winter on record showed more than ever the challenges in having a city crisscrossed by so many narrow streets. Combine narrow lanes, parking spaces and many feet of snow → Read More

Burlington's growing restaurant scene orders up shuttles to draw employees

BURLINGTON -- New restaurants are popping up in town in what seem to be ever-trendier spaces, places like Del Frisco's Grille, The Bancroft, Redstone and Paul. → Read More