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City Council live blog 5/10/11

Looking for tonight’s city council live blog? It (and all the others from now on) can be found at Daily Worcesteria’s new location, the Worcester Mag website.

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Daily Worcesteria has moved

It’s an exciting day in Blogland as we announce that Worcester Mag’s blogs, Daily Worcesteria and Diversions, have now been added to our website (rather than just iframed in, as is the current setup).

From this point forward all new blog content can be reached by going to worcestermag.com > blogs and then clicking on which one you’d like to visit. Or just click here to go directly to Daily Worcesteria. Change your bookmarks.

WordPress, you’ve been good to us but it’s time to move on.

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City Council live blog 3/5/11

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Cover It Live. Agenda.

7:18: M.O’Brien talks about his budget recommendation, rehashing previous power points about losing tax money and state aid while paying out more for increasing health care costs.

No taxes are going up — the $10 million levy will stay where it is — but he does point out 129 city positions will be lost.

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Boston students hit the streets after Bin Laden news

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

All over the country last night impromptu rallies broke out after broadcasts that a US Navy SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden. Former Worcester Mag photographer/intern Matt Wright has photos of the crowds in Boston.

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WPI Commencement saga comes to an end

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

The students who led a campaign to find an alternative commencement speaker for WPI’s graduating class received some good news from the school late Saturday night: they’ll be able to miss ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson’s commencement speech and still walk across the stage later in the ceremony.

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WPI says students must choose between speaker and receiving diploma on stage

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Three weeks ago some of Worcester Polytechnic Institutes’ students and faculty criticized the school for choosing Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, as this year’s commencement speaker. Dissenters charge the company hasn’t done enough to invest in clean energy, has active air and groundwater pollution lawsuits against them in New York and Massachusetts and still hasn’t fully paid punitive damages stemming from the 1989 oil spill off of the coast of Alaska — all issues that don’t mesh with the school’s mission statement or growing “green” image. We wrote about this in our April 14 issue.

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REC Earth Day Clean-ups

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

The Regional Environmental Council will host its 22nd annual Earth Day Clean-upsĀ  this Saturday with volunteers hauling litter, garbage and illegally dumped items from 65 locations around the city.

Last year the REC says 1,000 volunteers teamed up to gather 30 tons of trash from Worcester’s streets and parks.

If you’re not signed up for a specific site there’s still time to contact the REC (earthday@recworcester.org) or click on one of the bubbles on the map below and get in touch with the site coordinator.

Worcester Mag will be out cleaning up, down and around Water Street from 10:00 to 12:00. Honk if you drive by. (Or join us.)

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