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Hockey team kicks off delayed season with Joey Chestnut

Oct. 24, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A hockey team in Worcester kicked off its season by watching competitive eater Joey Chestnut devour a dozen 4-inch blueberry pies in 90 seconds. The Telegram & Gazette reports that Chestnut was invited as part of the festivities for the...

Sluka runs for 2 TDs, Holy Cross beat Colgate 42-10

Oct. 24, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Matthew Sluka ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns, Peter Oliver added a career-high 153 yards rushing and a score, and Holy Cross beat Colgate 42-10 on Saturday night. Oliver scored on a 22-yard run to cap a six-play, 75-yard opening drive and...

Sluka's 4 total TDs lead Holy Cross past Georgetown 48-14

Oct. 16, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Matthew Sluka passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two scores in Holy Cross' 48-14 victory over Georgetown on Saturday. Sluka was 7-of-10 passing for 136 yards, and he carried it 10 times for 92 yards. Marco Siderman added 116 yards passing,...

Worcester, minority residents settle voting rights lawsuit

Oct. 15, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought by a coalition of Black and Latino residents of Worcester who alleged that the city's system of electing school committee members dilutes the voting power of people of color and violates federal voting laws. ...

Worcester's Columbus statue splashed with red paint again

Oct. 13, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A statue of Christopher Columbus in the second largest city in Massachusetts was splashed with red paint overnight, the second time it has been vandalized in 16 months. A public works crew was on the scene Wednesday cleaning the paint off the...

Police search for man accused of urinating on stolen flag

Oct. 13, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

HOLDEN, Mass. (AP) — Police in a town outside of Worcester, Massachusetts, are looking for a man they say stole an American flag from a veterans memorial and urinated on it on Monday. The Holden police department said a witness saw a man drive up to the memorial and...

Developer pays $10M for several Becker College properties

Oct. 09, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A developer who paid $10 million for 27 properties in Worcester once owned by now-closed Becker College said he plans to return some buildings to single-family homes, affordable market-rate apartments and student housing. Russ Haims of Hampton...

Hospitals prepare to fire hundreds of unvaccinated workers

Oct. 07, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts hospitals are preparing to fire hundreds of employees who fail to comply with COVID-19 vaccination requirements designed to protect patient safety. Officials at hospitals across the state told The Boston Globe they don’t expect the number...

5 awarded prizes in Worcester's Youth Vax Giveaway

Oct. 05, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Five young people walked away with either a 43-inch smart TV or a Nintendo Switch when the city of Worcester announced the first winners of its Youth Vax Giveaway, meant to encourage younger people to get a coronavirus vaccine. Diana Davis, 22,...

Smith passes for 3 TDs, Harvard defense makes 3 INTs

Oct. 02, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Jake Smith passed for three touchdowns, Khalid Thomas made two interceptions and Harvard beat Holy Cross 38-13 on Saturday. Kym Wimberly opened the scoring by catching a Smith pass behind the line of scrimmage and racing 41 yards. Kaedyn Odermann...