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Past articles by Scott:

2-hour delay for Worcester schools on Friday

WORCESTER - Schools in Worcester will open two hours later than usual Friday because of the weather. Some areas of the region are seeing icy conditions. → Read More

Then & Now: Corner of Belmont Street and Oak Avenue, Worcester

After a century of use, the former Belmont Street School came to an inglorious end in the late-1960s and early-1970s, making headlines at the time for its → Read More

Clark professor presents new evidence of Armenian genocide

While the Armenian genocide is recognized by numerous authorities, scholars and nations, the descendant of its alleged perpetrators, the Turkish government, has always pointed to the lack of a "smoking gun" to prove its existence, says historian Taner Akçam.But now, the Clark history professor claims to have found authenticated proof that the Ottoman Empire not only ordered the extermination of… → Read More

Worcester East Middle to drop Innovation Academy, replace with gifted program

Faced with dwindling interest in the program, the district plans to drop Worcester East Middle School’s Academy of Science, Technology and Health Innovation program after next year.According to school officials, the academy will be replaced with a gifted studies program they have been planning for several years now. It will be similar to Worcester’s existing Goddard Scholars Academy at Sullivan… → Read More

Appellate court upholds decision in favor of Fay School in WiFi illness case

A federal appellate court has upheld a U.S. District Court’s decision last year to toss a family’s lawsuit against the Fay School in Southboro, which the parents accused of refusing to accommodate their son’s alleged wireless Internet-caused sickness.The opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which was filed on Wednesday, according to online court records, finds the… → Read More

Worcester's Duprey Building nominated to National Register of Historic Places

WORCESTER – The Duprey Building, a nearly century-old tower downtown, has been nominated by the state historical commission to the National → Read More

Eversource says it has fixed gas leaks near schools in Worcester

WORCESTER – Eversource says it has fixed gas leaks near five schools in Worcester that were highlighted by a local advocacy group.The utility → Read More

Stabbing victim, a Webster native, attacked by ex during home invasion in Ayer, records say

Prior to allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death at O’Connor's Restaurant & Bar Wednesday night, Carlos Asencio was believed to be involved in another extremely violent attack on Amanda Dabrowski at her home in Ayer in April, court records show.Mr. Asencio, 28, of Derry, New Hampshire, broke into Ms. Dabrowski’s 21 East Main St. apartment in the early hours of April 21, where he assaulted… → Read More

Twin babies abandoned near railroad tracks in Worcester; will be OK, police say

WORCESTER – Police are investigating how two babies ended up alone near railroad tracks in the area of Kansas Street in the early hours of → Read More

Worcester school panel approves student rulebook changes

WORCESTER – A School Committee standing committee on Monday approved a slew of changes to the student handbook for the upcoming school year.Most → Read More

Atlantic Union College, closed last year, is selling off parts of campus in Lancaster

LANCASTER – A year after closing, Atlantic Union College has begun selling off parts of its old campus.According to a recent post on the website of the Atlantic Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which oversaw the college, the conference's plan is to sell all but the Thayer Mansion and buildings on campus used by the new Adventist Heritage Center.State land records show the… → Read More

College Town: Dual enrollment to be offered at Assumption, Notre Dame

WORCESTER — Notre Dame Academy students will be able to begin taking free college credit courses at Assumption College this fall after the schools recently agreed to a dual-enrollment partnership.The program will be open to juniors and seniors at the Catholic all-girls school who have a grade point average of 3.0 or better."We are absolutely thrilled to partner with such an incredible… → Read More

Residents weigh in on plans for new Doherty High in Worcester

WORCESTER – As the city and its associates on the project slowly work their way through the state’s lengthy approval process, planners of → Read More

Homeschool parent suing Worcester gets day in court

WORCESTER – After presiding over a motion hearing in the case of a homeschooling parent’s lawsuit against the city school system on Monday, → Read More

Worcester School Committee notes: 11 principals named

WORCESTER – It’s that time of the year again: when the school system announces a whole bunch of new principals.This year’s cast of new and not-so-new faces made an appearance at Thursday’s School Committee meeting, where the committee approved the appointment of 11 new principals and acting principals for next school year.Some of those administrators are already established at their schools:… → Read More

Seal of Biliteracy awarded to Mass. students who master 2 languages

WORCESTER – For the first time, Worcester and other school systems across the region are officially recognizing students who have mastered two languages with a Seal of Biliteracy award upon graduation.Part of a new statewide initiative, the designation is earned by students scoring at least a 240 on the English language arts portion of the MCAS and passing a state-approved exam demonstrating… → Read More

Worcester school board cuts $20K from legal budget

WORCESTER – With several School Committee members promising "aggressive" cuts meant to free up money for teacher recruitment and other → Read More

College Town: Assumption to name new business school for donor David Grenon

WORCESTER – After receiving a seven-figure gift from the family of 1957 Assumption Prep graduate David Grenon, Assumption College will name its new School of Business after him.The donation is the second largest the college has received during its current capital campaign, and the first dedicated specifically to one of Assumption’s five new schools of study. The college did not disclose the… → Read More

Worcester school board moves to lawyer up for possible suit over state funding

WORCESTER – The School Committee will vote Thursday whether to authorize a lawyer to work on potential plans to sue the state over inadequate → Read More

Worcester says school board did not violate Open Meeting Law

WORCESTER — The city solicitor argues in a response to an Open Meeting Law complaint filed against the School Committee last month (May) that the accused members did not violate the statute, and that the one member whose supposed testimony formed the basis of the allegation denied making such comments.In his three-page response to the complaint, which Isabel Gonzalez-Webster of the Worcester… → Read More