More trains to Albany? Amtrak, freight line reach deal on expanding passenger service west of Worcester
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WBZ reports UMass Memorial terminated the employees on Dec. 1 after they missed a Nov. 1 deadline to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19. UMass Memorial has some 15,000 total workers.
After trip to Washington, Worcester hospital employee no longer has a job; first IDed for her role in an attack the night before the riot by own daughter
Update: One UMass employee no longer has a job.
UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester tweeted this morning: Read more.
Parts of Worcester lost their Internet service today - along with cable TV and credit-card processing.
Worcester Public Schools, which announced in October it wouldn't cancel school because of snow, at least while classes were being taught remotely, announced today: Read more.
Gov. Baker today announced the state will be re-opening a 240-bed field hospital in the DCU Center by December as the Covid-19 hospitalization rate continues to rise.
Why, hello there, Holy Cross students! Sup?
The party in question was this weekend, several days after the school announced it was moving to online learning this fall. Holy Cross announced it is very, very disappointed in the students.
WBUR reports the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Worcester has stopped transferring patients to another facility because one of the remaining patients has now tested positive for Covid-19.
Gov. Baker had announced plans earlier this week to convert nursing homes with up to a total of 1,000 beds into Covid-19 facilities for patients who still need care, but not at hospital levels.
UPDATE, 5:34 p.m. Castiglione reports the Worcester snow is now good snowball snow.
Shortly after 5 p.m., WCVB's Duke Castiglione went live with a handful of snow, which he declared not really snowball-worthy, so he didn't throw it at the camera.
He was one of just five reporters and weatherpeople to flash on screen at 5 p.m, as Channel 5 warms up for the season: Read more.
Worcester Magazine recaps yesterday's Worcester City Council meeting, which included some in-your-face'ing towards Boston because the Worcester Public Health Division is the first in the state to receive accreditation by a national public-health accrediting board:
Toomey: I know everybody wants to say congratulations to a world-class team from a world-class city.
Rosen: This is yuuge. I heard the Boston City Council met last week, and with over 1,000 employees - we have 23 - they have a huge budget, we have a small budget – and they tried to get this, and couldn’t. Boston is envious of the city of Worcester, as they should be.
Ashley Bigsbee, 26, was charged with possession of one of the machine guns stolen from a Worcester armory last month after investigators found photos on her phone of the weapon in her Page Street home - and after the man charged with the burglary implicated her - according to federal officials. Read more.
The Daily Beast reports.
The Worcester Police Department reports it has charged one of its officers with assault and battery for an incident Dec. 1 involving a man awaiting a court appearance:
The complainant and witness alleged that during the prisoner release process, the officer made a disparaging remark with respect to the complainant’s “black” skin.
Court says Worcester effort to crack down on 'aggressive' panhandling not a First Amendment violation
A federal appeals court yesterday upheld Worcester regulations to ban "aggressive" panhandling, saying the city was not trying to squelch anybody's free speech but rather protect the public from panhandlers getting up in the grills of motorists and pedestrians.
Boston has similar regulations against in-your-face solicitation.
Take a look at this video of the aftermath of a multiple-vehicle crash on I-290 in Worcester around 7:00 a.m.
State Police shut the Lowell Connector entirely due to ice.
Wellesley Police are also reporting a number of crashes.
Channel 7 reports a firefighter pulled from the wreckage of a collapsed triple decker has died. Two other firefighters were also injured. Channel 5 has video of the fire.
The fire comes just a few days after the anniversary of the 1999 Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire that claimed the lives of six firefighters.
The Worcester Tornadoes are supposed to be playing their final homestand this weekend.
In Worcester, where Jeff Bernard reports on a surprise from the mayor and a city councilor.
Daily Worcesteria reports they walked back and forth across Main Street today, holding signs with slogans like "Let us cross. It's the LAW!"
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