In this issue, Dec. 16

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Worcester schools fumble chance at anti-violence program |  Nearly 100 public high schools across the state were chosen to take part in a New England Patriots-sponsored program through the Attorney General’s office to curb violence among teens. Despite the disheartening previous school year and a summer of youth violence, WPS was not among the participants. Patrick Sargent asks interim Superintendent Marco Rodrigues, and others, why?

Mary Lou Retelle and Gail Carberry

Sun Staff / The Worcester Sun

Anna Maria College President Mary Lou Retelle, seated left, and Quinsigamond Community College President Gail Carberry, seated right, sign an agreement establishing the HEART Initiative partnership between the schools yesterday at City Hall.

Editorial: HEART Initiative a bold step in public-private partnerships |  Quinsigamond Community College President Gail Carberry and Anna Maria College President Mary Lou Retelle signed an innovative agreement yesterday and staked a leadership position in the area of public-private higher education partnerships. We look at why the HEART Initiative is a true win-win.

Sun Spots with Hitch: Vol. 15 |  Everybody loves the media. No, no — it’s a parade; everybody loves a parade. Well, there’s been a distinct and unrelenting parade the last several months involving media of all shapes and sizes. A procession led by a particularly bombastic, divisive and egomaniacal sort of grand marshal. Hitch watches, and waves, from the sidewalk.

2015 YCI committee and advisors, back row from left, Trishaal Biswas, Amy Mosher Berry (YCI coordinator), Dennis Asante, Caitlyn Nguyen, Niamh Anderson Toomey, Adrian Kelley, Laura Giordano, Lissett Quispe, Rayaan Yunus, Kelina Smith, Nina Gallagher, Nana Ampofo (YCI Intern), Sarah Riley, Dorean Asuako; front row from left, Ronald Pena, Kwadwo Appiagyei-Obeng, Lillian Cain, Jada Mpawenimana, Mark Coplin, Tyler Monteros.

Courtesy Amy Mosher Berry

2015 YCI committee

Teen grant-making council YCI announces recipients |  An 18-member teen council, empaneled annually by Greater Worcester Community Foundation, recently granted nearly $24,000 to seven nonprofits with a focus on diversity and cultural awareness, substance abuse, domestic abuse, and depression and suicide prevention — and those that best represent a “youth voice.”

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