PCBs: Where Worcester delayed, Princeton was decisive

Indignant at potentially exposing town residents and workers to PCBs through no fault of their own, Princeton officials wanted payback. They decided they would go for it in the form of a lawsuit directed at Old Monsanto, the company that made virtually all of the potential human carcinogen (98 percent, according to the lawsuit). To do so, they hired a heavy hitter in the environmental field: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Richard Nangle reports.

Inbox [Dec. 11]: Bancroft School opens new fieldhouse, Worcester Public Library debuts new STEM program, ex-courthouse back on market, UMass increases downtown presence, Shrewsbury panel awards culture grants

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.

What if … Worcester: Dateline 2044 — Delivery drone crash tests school’s new safety dome

“Three men in unlabeled khaki jumpsuits took photos, meticulously collected every last bit of debris, and placed them into containers. Then the van drove in the direction of the General Electric Turnpike on-ramp. Later that evening, the Worcester Fire Department arrived to inspect for damage to the 61-meter-high dome. Six firefighters strapped into recently donated Martin Enterprises fan-powered jetpacks, which were developed in the firm’s new South Worcester Industrial Park headquarters.”

PCBs: Where Worcester delayed, Princeton was decisive

Indignant at potentially exposing town residents and workers to PCBs through no fault of their own, Princeton officials wanted payback. They decided they would go for it in the form of a lawsuit directed at Old Monsanto, the company that made virtually all of the potential human carcinogen (98 percent, according to the lawsuit). To do so, they hired a heavy hitter in the environmental field: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Richard Nangle reports.

Sun Mail: ‘What about 800 Worcester kids on public charter school waiting lists?’

“Approximately half of the public schools in Worcester are ranked as underperforming, according to the state. What about the public school students in those schools? Recent MCAS/PARCC data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education found that 100 percent of urban charter schools in Massachusetts received the state’s highest academic rankings.” A letter to the editor.

On Beacon Hill: Petty among mayors to call for extending Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund; Pike transition expected to take a toll

The original funding, $60 million over four years (Worcester got $6M), is slated to run out at the end of June 2017. “This program is changing the way we think about wellness. We need to realize that health is not simply the absence of illness,” Petty told the Sun in an email late Friday. “This program is about taking healthcare out of the traditional clinical setting and changing behavior patterns in our most vulnerable populations.” Also, the Mass Pike will never be the same — find out why officials suggest taking the train if you can.

What if … Worcester: Dateline 2047 — 2Jane starts school at Gateway Elementary

“After the accident, the MacConnells worked with biotech startup CloLabs in Westborough. It was just the seventh successful (neonate living beyond 30 days) cloning procedure in the United States. The scientific and legal process was documented in the reality web series, ‘Jane and Jane Again’.”

Editorial: ‘No’ on Question 2

The state’s second ballot question is not an easy decision. The proposal to raise the state’s cap on charter schools requires study and thought, including weighing passionate arguments and sometimes conflicting information. The way becomes clearer when we step back from the bitterness of this fight and focus on the public school system’s core purpose. Check back with Worcester Sun for our thoughts on Question 4 and Trump vs. Clinton.