In this issue, March 23

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Gino Berthiaume

Courtesy Kelly Rawson

Gino Berthiaume

Worcester schools pivot, grant special needs student long-awaited assistance |  The latest recommendation from Worcester Public Schools for “Gino” Berthiaume proposes that he attend the dormitory program at the Marie Jean Philip Elementary School at The Learning Center for Deaf Children in Framingham. More than a year in the making, this outcome did not materialize easily for Gino and his mom, Kelly Rawson, never mind WPS. Patrick Sargent reports on how we got here.

Complete Worcester Sun coverage:

Worcester schools leaving special needs student behind, mother says [Nov. 22, 2015]

Special needs student still waits for Worcester schools to follow through [Dec. 20, 2015]

Worcester schools propose reduced services for Gino [Jan. 13]

March23SunSpot_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 43]: Havana good time, Jim? |  Our long-serving congressman, the estimable Mr. McGovern does indeed have a sweet spot for Cuba, having visited several times since his college days and being a staunch advocate for thawing relations between the countries. Heck, he’s the Fredo Corleone of Obama’s historic bipartisan delegation. Anyway, for all its ballplayers and cigars, many Americans aren’t so sure Cuba deserves such amity. Hitch pokes a hole in this inflatable raft of international commerce.

Les Moonves, head of CBS, with his wife, Julie Chen, a CBS television personality

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Les Moonves, head of CBS, with his wife, Julie Chen, a CBS television personality

Editorial: Media, divisiveness and the role we all play |  “The money’s rolling in and this is fun. … I’ve never seen anything like this, and this [is] going to be a very good year for us. Sorry. It’s a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going.” Those are the words of one of our nation’s most powerful media executives. So, yeah, maybe we could afford to take a closer look at the complicity of journalists and consumers alike in this mad, mad world.

Leah Cammuso

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Leah Cammuso, 17, of Worcester, performs in the Pakachoag Music School’s Honors Student Recital.

Inbox: Holy Cross loses marketing chief, $365k for United Way, Research Bureau taps service award winners, and city music student ‘honored’ at Pakachoag |  Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.

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