In this issue, May 4

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Worcester officials plan pursuit of at least $4.6M in state school funds | An attempt to recover millions of dollars in state school funding proposed by a top Worcester Public Schools administrator may return far less than estimated, based on state law, but a councilor who backed the effort remained squarely behind the pursuit at last night’s City Council meeting.

feldman_hedshotRandy Feldman on Worcester’s downtown reboot |  A local pundit and longtime city lawyer with an office in the Denholm Building on Main Street says the Worcester Redevelopment Authority’s plan to potentially take over as many as 24 properties in a 118-acre revitalization effort could have been bolder but has potential. Plus two of his first-floor business neighbors, who’ve both been there since the 1980s and may have to move, probably deserved some notice before reading the plan in the papers. Patrick Sargent reports.

The first floor of the Denholm Building is being targeted by the WRA downtown renewal initiative.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

The first floor of the Denholm Building is being targeted by the WRA downtown renewal initiative.

Editorial: Worcester startup friendly, but not for everyone |  A study released on Monday ranked Worcester second in New England and 33rd nationally among the best large cities in which to start a business. A study released five days before, however, painted a very different picture. We look at what these rankings say about the work that’s been done and the work that remains.

May4SunSpot_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 55]: The best policy |  First the good news: there was a customer spotted at the Greendale Mall last week. Now the bad: turns out the Chandler Street man was at odds with T.J. Maxx officials over his particular payment plan (i.e., none). The seasoned shoplifter skipped nary a beat when he met the judge the next day: “Kleptomaniac,” he claimed. “Couldn’t help it.” Well, that was honest — and maybe even ingenious. Hitch wonders if councilors and city officials with larceny in their hearts should take notes.

May3_UPC_PhotoInbox [May 4]: State grants CMHA $240k to fight homelessness, UPCS gets new science lab, WPI’s business school rates Bloomberg list, Ichabod Ball set |  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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