Editorial: Begging for a real solution

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On Friday, Nov. 20, Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced that the city will not continue to appeal a court opinion that struck down the city’s controversial ordinances against aggressive panhandling.

The move brings an end to the case of Thayer v. City of Worcester, a case that made its way to the Supreme Court.

The city, under former City Manager Michael V. O’Brien, enacted two panhandling ordinances in early 2013, one that restricted soliciting for donations near public ways and after dark, and one that addressed aggressive forms of asking for money such as following or haranguing people.

In response, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a free-speech lawsuit on behalf of two panhandlers and School Committee member Tracy Novick, who had held campaign signs at street corners.

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