Worcester Sun, June 15: In this issue

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Worcester-Providence rail plans picking up steam |  Boston Surface Railway Co. is in negotiations with city and rail officials on a timeframe to begin construction of a commuter rail platform at Union Station next year. Indeed, there are a number of items causing serious momentum to build behind the initiative to connect Worcester to Providence and beyond. Patrick Sargent reports.

Editorial: Crisis looming for Worcester, state budgets |  As the state and municipalities establish budgets for the next fiscal year, forces in the economy portend a fundamental re-evaluation in how municipalities such as Worcester pay for the services residents are accustomed to receiving. We look at those forces.

June15SunSpot_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 67]: Baker’s opioid plan — just what the doctor ordered? |  The Bay State has been a model for all manner of things good and bad over the years: education reform, healthcare, institutional racism, political corruption … starting revolutions. Lots of important stuff. Now it seems we’re on the front lines of another evolution in American society as the Baker administration’s response to the opioid abuse problem is being heralded as a potential national solution. Hitch insists he can quit anytime, but today he’s got a little something for ya’.

Inbox [June 15]: YWCA to unveil mural, Edward Street executive director departs, Community Harvest expands camp, Briarwood sets new exhibit |  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 info@worcester.ma. 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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Jeff's Place and Rivalry's sports bar are among the former occupants where Frank's plans to open May 1.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Jeff’s Place and Rivalry’s sports bar are among the former occupants

Local Business Spotlight: Frank’s to tune up old Rivalry’s spot
A pair of industry newbies are getting ready to open soon on busy Shrewsbury Street, offering pub fare, drinks, live music and dancing to a crowd they feel is neglected on Restaurant Row. Patrick Sargent has the 411 on the latest rival in the bustling nightlife neighborhood.

Kenneth Adusei is a standout student at South High -- and for that he credits him mom.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Kenneth Adusei is a standout student at South High — and for that he credits him mom.

For South High scholar Kenneth Adusei, mother knows best
With a simple idea, a mother helped her child overcome his school struggles to an astonishing degree. She put him on a daily regimen of reading. Now the South High Community School senior is an aspiring scientist accepted by top universities and tapped to speak at a statewide celebration of high school achievement.

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