It’s Woo everything in Worcester

At the press conference last month announcing the Pawsox would be moving to Worcester, the team’s chairman, Larry Lucchino, didn’t sound like he was a fan of WooSox as the club’s new nickname.

Even though Minor League Baseball trademarked WooSox, Lucchino insisted the club’s name hadn’t been decided yet. When someone in the crowd shouted out “WooSox,” Lucchino smiled but seemed to grimace. “That is one candidate,” he said.

There hasn’t been any serious discussion of the team’s name since then, but it seems like Lucchino is fighting a losing battle if he’s set on beating back WooSox. Everywhere you look these days in Worcester, it’s Woo everything.

The Telegram & Gazette has clearly embraced WooSox, particularly the paper’s headline writers. In Friday’s paper, for example, the headline on one story was: ”Worcester says borrowing for WooSox stadium won’t hurt bond rating.”

And the use of Woo as shorthand for Worcester seems to be taking hold. A Google search finds  the Woo Challenge, Woo Moves, and the city is now about to get its own comedy club, called Woo Ha Ha! Opening night is October 18 featuring local comedians Dan Smith and Orlando Baxter. “It shows that the city is growing and that there are a lot of great things happening in the city, and adding this venue is one of them,” Baxter said.

What can you say but woo hoo?

BRUCE MOHL


BEACON HILL

Who is Rep. Russell Holmes and why is he saying those negative things about House Speaker Robert DeLeo? (CommonWealth)

Gov. Charlie Baker files a bill to expand the cases in which prosecutors could seek to hold a defendant before trial. (Boston Globe) A Herald editorial applauds the bill.

WASHINGTON/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Scot Lehigh says the one tangible thing the public can do in reaction to revelations of how dysfunctional and dangerous the president is, is to elect Democrats to Congress in November to provide some check against Trump’s worst impulses. (Boston Globe) A Globe editorial issues a Belichick-like call for cabinet members to “do their job” if they truly believe Trump is unfit and initiate the removal process provided for by the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. If he’s “merely an amoral jerk,” the editorial says, that’s a different matter.

The emergence of previously undisclosed emails around abortion and race created another chaotic day of testimony in the Senate hearing on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (New York Times)

It’s not too late to get a bet in on who is the author of the anonymous New York Times op-ed, with Vice President Mike Pence being the money favorite on the gambling site because of the word “lodestar” in the letter and his history of using the word in speeches. (Washington Post)

Immigrants’ rights lawyers filed suit in federal court in Worcester against Trump administration officials over the separation of families detained as they attempted to cross the US-Mexican border. (Boston Globe)

ELECTIONS

Sen Elizabeth Warren may be cranking up her 2018 reelection effort, but she also seems to be working on her 2020 campaign for president. (Boston Globe)

Ayanna Pressley, whose campaign was the subject of lengthy articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other national media outlets, grants her first one-on-one interview following her historic victory on Tuesday to the Dorchester Reporter, the weekly community newspaper in her home Boston neighborhood.

Twenty-two mayors, including 10 Democrats, have endorsed Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito for reelection. (Herald News) Baker agreed to three debates with Democratic rival Jay Gonzalez, who had agreed to five. (Telegram & Gazette)

The Supreme Judicial Court upheld a ban on corporations giving donations to political candidates. (State House News)

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

A difficult-to-obtain draft lease between Robert Kraft and the UMass Building Authority shows how far Kraft was willing to go financially to make a deal for a new soccer stadium work in Boston. (CommonWealth)

Rebounding oil prices are beginning to catch up to the airline industry as airlines get ready to raise tickets prices after years of discounts. (U.S. News & World Report)

ARTS

Thirty-three artists from all over the world came to Worcester this week to paint murals on city buildings. The event is called POW! POW! Worcester.

EDUCATION

A Quincy elementary school has installed “flexible seating” options, such as standing desks, exercise balls, and bean bag chairs, in all classrooms for students whose learning suffers when they’re confined to traditional desks. (Patriot Ledger)

There were lots of late school buses yesterday, the first day of classes for Boston’s district school system, but officials say things were better than last year’s first day performance. (Boston Globe) A Boston teacher is challenging city officials and school administrators to turn off their air conditioning as long as many of the district’s students attend classes in sweltering building that don’t have air conditioning. (WGBH)

HEALTH/HEALTH CARE

Lowell health officials say four people from the community have contracted Legionnaire’s disease over the last few months. One of the victims said the public should know what’s going on. (Lowell Sun)

A Lawrence mental health clinic is suing three state officials to have its Medicaid payments restarted, saying it faces imminent closure otherwise following suspension of reimbursements over allegations of fraud.

TRANSPORTATION

With the available evidence on its effectiveness positive but the data a bit uncertain, the MBTA extended its $10 weekend commuter rail fare into December. (CommonWealth)

A report from state Auditor Suzanne Bump says the Registry of Motor Vehicles has issued nearly 2,000 drivers licenses to people who are dead. The Baker administration says the drivers are not dead. (Boston Herald)

With the increase of scooters available for rent in cities, serious accidents have spiked, according to anecdotal data from emergency rooms compiled by the Washington Post.

CASINOS/MARIJUANA

The state Department of Public Health shut down the Good Chemistry medical marijuana dispensary in Worcester amid concerns that it was selling pot grown with pesticides. The company, however, said it was just using innovative organic growing techniques. (Telegram & Gazette)

Cannabis stock trading is on the rise as the slow summer season ends and Canada prepares for a nationwide legalization on October 17. (U.S. News & World Report)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/COURTS

The president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association is sounding the alarm over a list of crimes that Rachael Rollins, winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Suffolk County district attorney, said she would not prosecute, including petty larceny, resisting arrest, and trespassing. (Boston Herald) Herald columnist Hillary Chabot says the Rollins plan will embolden criminals.

A former State Police trooper was indicted by a federal grand jury as part of the ongoing probe of overtime fraud in the department. (Boston Globe)

MEDIA

A survey of WBUR staff and freelancers uncovered concerns about management and morale, prompting Boston University to step in with an action plan that addresses five areas, including General Manager Charlie Kravetz. (WBUR)

Independent directors of CBS are reportedly negotiating the exit of CEO Leslie Moonves and seeking assurances of autonomy from parent company National Amusements and its president Shari Redstone, who has been battling with Moonves for control of the network. (Wall Street Journal)

PASSINGS

Burt Reynolds, leading man in some of Hollywood’s biggest hits as well as biggest flops, died at the age of 82. (National Review)