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Ofo dockless bike share, trade association cut ties over Florida dispute
Ofo, the dockless bike share company that operates in several U.S. cities, including Worcester, is no longer a member of a national trade association after a dispute over bikeshare-related legislation in Florida.Accoridng to the North American Bikeshare Association, or NABSA, it expelled ofo from its membership this week for its support of two pieces of Florida bike share-related legislation that the association opposed. The legislation, which would have given the state, [...]

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 1:55 PM
Ads in support of WRTA funding begin
In one ad, the narrator spots a rare sight: “one of the last remaining Worcester Regional Transit Authority buses left in the wild.”Another ad says the WRTA keeps the Heart of the Commonwealth pumping.And a third features a man and a woman stuck in gridlock and bemoaning increased traffic after cuts to bus service.All have begun playing on Worcester radio stations this week as part of an ad campaign and petition drive to increase funding for the [...]

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 11:40 AM
Grand jury indictments handed up in beating deaths of Brenda Hatheway in Webster, David Carlson in Worcester
WORCESTER - A Vernon Street man was indicted by a Worcester County grand jury Friday in connection with the death of a 53-year-old man over the summer.Brayan Flores, 29, of 197 Vernon St., Apt. 1, was charged with murder in Central District Court; with the indictment, the case now moves to Superior Court. First responders arriving at 12 Halmstad St. July 25 for a reported fire found the body of David Carlson in the house. Mr. Flores [...]

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 11:38 AM
Worcester man indicted for hiding friend's body
WORCESTER - A city man charged with hiding his dead friend's body on his porch for three weeks is being held in lieu of bail following arraignment Friday in Worcester Superior Court.Xavier Broughton, 32, of 4 Valley Hill Drive, is charged with disinterring a human body or remains and witness intimidation. He was arraigned in Worcester Superior Court. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or $100,000 with surety.Mr. Broughton was [...]

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 11:37 AM
Worcester plans to expand in-school breakfast program
WORCESTER – The first things students in Robin Hoel’s second-grade class at Chandler Magnet School had out on their desks to start their school day Friday morning were not papers and pencils, but milk and cereal.All around the school, in fact, students were enjoying breakfast in their classrooms. The same scene plays out in the morning at 21 other schools in the city as well.Yet statewide, [...]

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 11:17 AM
Campaign targeting Worcester/Framingham MBTA line to push reverse commuting
The inbound trains are full on weekday mornings. Now Keolis and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are trying to get passengers on the outbound trains at the same time, embarking on a new marketing campaign to encourage reverse commuting and leisure travel on the commuter rail."The whole principal is driving ridership in ways that aren’t being utilized," said Dave Walker, director of revenue and marketing at Keolis, the commuter rail operator. "What we’re [...]

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 10:34 AM
Worcester after-hours murder trial: cousin says she saw Ortiz-Santos holding gun
WORCESTER — A cousin of murder suspect Angel Ortiz-Santos told a jury Friday she saw him with a gun in his hand, arguing with Christian O. Puello-Rosado, moments before Mr. Puello-Rosado was fatally shot at an after-hours party on Narragansett Avenue three years ago.Testifying under a grant of immunity, Velmary Rodriguez said she was present at the March 22, 2015, party at the 5 Narragansett Ave. apartment of her then-boyfriend, Juan Garcia, when Mr. Garcia, Mr. Ortiz- [...]

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 1:33 AM
Andrew White named deputy chief of operations for Worcester Fire Dept.
WORCESTER — Andrew White, a 37-year veteran of the Fire Department, has been named deputy chief of operations. He currently serves as district chief of training.White, 57, was appointed to the position Friday by City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. to replace John F. Sullivan, who is leaving to lead the Brookline Fire Department. [...]

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 12:40 AM
AC Hotel by Marriott to open in downtown Worcester April 19
WORCESTER - Travelers to the city will find another place to hang their hats next month when the upscale AC Hotels by Marriott opens on Front Street.The 168-unit hotel at 145 Front St. will open its doors April 19, according to General Manager Andrew Dunn."We are all very excited to be part of the city of Worcester, " he said. "We have assembled a great team of [...]

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 7:49 PM
Gun safety rallies in Worcester, Boston, Ashby, other towns on Saturday
BOSTON – Massachusetts students are walking out of their classrooms and lobbying state legislators for stricter gun laws, joining a wave of young people who are demanding safer learning environments and an end to gun violence ahead of nationwide rallies Saturday.Days of action in Boston, Beverly, Worcester, Ipswich, Plymouth and Ashby are slated to take [...]

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 3:22 PM

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See 7 sexy new cars, SUVs debuting at the New York Auto Show
From a new RAV4 and Lincoln Aviator to a Ford Fusion, the auto industry shows off hot new SUVs and cars next week.

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 7:34 PM
401(k): What stocks, industries are vulnerable in a trade war?
Trade wars are the enemy of a stock investors. Trump's proposed tariffs on many Chinese goods, and Beijing's retaliation, spell trouble for some.

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 9:55 AM
Paper calculations: 20% of Americans are making this tax filing mistake
Will you be one of them this year?

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 8:02 AM
Student loan forgiveness program gets $350M one-shot boost to aid struggling borrowers
Federal spending bill signed by President Trump includes new funds to fund debt forgiveness for student loan borrowers working in public service or non-profit jobs. The money is earmarked for consumers who didn't qualify because of complex rules or incorrect information from student loan servicers.

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 6:02 PM
Shake Shack, Lyft, Cava among those offering freebies and discounts during March for Our Lives
Get free food, free rides and other discounts if you're attending March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 4:42 PM
Investing advice: Maligned stock pickers catch up to index funds in 2017. Can it last?
Mutual fund managers who pick stocks have fallen out of favor after years of underperforming funds that passively track a benchmark, such as the S&P 500 index. Last year, the stock pickers turned things around, with 43% beating the average.

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 11:00 AM
Is a trade war scare a big deal?
Ken Fisher, founder and executive chairman of Fisher Investments, give his insights into the Trump tariffs and the potential for sending the economy into a downturn.

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 10:19 AM
6 tricks to kick credit card debt quicker
Paying off credit card debt is hard work, but it doesn’t have to feel tedious. These tricks can help you tackle your debt with less effort.

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 10:02 AM
Have a Babies R Us baby registry? Where you can register instead
Many parents were drawn to Babies R Us because of its reward program. With the Toys R Us liquidations, here's where else parents-to-be can go.

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 9:50 AM
Tyson chicken plant rejected in one town, welcomed in another
One Kansas town says no to Tyson Foods while a Tennessee county says yes, but there are big economic differences between the two

POSTED MARCH 24, 2018 9:19 AM

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