Category: Lowell Sun

A decision that saves lives

February 22nd, 2015 in 2015, Lowell Sun, Michael Grodin, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Grodin, School of Public Health

Although concern is rising over a nationwide measles outbreak linked to a Disney theme park, kindergarten vaccination rates for Lowell-area schools remain high…

Expert quote:

“Parents have an authority to do all kinds of things with their kids. They can determine a lot of things for their children until they become adolescents.”

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Time of transition for Mass. on Capitol Hill

January 11th, 2015 in 2015, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

As a state with a proud congressional history, including more House speakers than any other state, as well as the legacy of longstanding lawmakers like the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts has always stood tall on Capitol Hill.

Expert quote:

“In some ways Massachusetts might be strengthened, at least in his district, because of his unique personal background. The Obama administration might lean on him as a voice for the administration in Congress. He’s a compelling figure and the Republicans will have to tread lightly around him given his experience.”

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Falchuk’s inroads for independents ‘a lot to be proud of’

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Evan Falchuk finished a distant third in the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election, but the spiky-haired entrepreneur who ran as an independent candidate exited the race with a precious victory…

Expert quote:

“There’s such a kind of massive dissatisfaction, discontent that you can get some votes as a third, fourth party.  (Falchuk) can be an equal-opportunity damage maker for both parties, which I guess is his point.”

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Experts: GOP gains ahead, but no major shakeup

November 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

The Republicans could steal one or two key races, but aren’t poised for a massive haul in Massachusetts this Election Day, analysts are saying in the final days before the midterm elections…

Expert quote:

“If Baker doesn’t win, you might as well just kiss off the Republican Party in the state. If they can’t win this race, what can they win?”

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School testing debate looms in Tewksbury

October 5th, 2014 in 2014, Hardin Coleman, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Hardin Coleman, School of Education

Voters at Tuesday’s Special Town Meeting will take up an issue that has polarized parents, teachers and politicians across the nation — the adoption of the Common Core standards and PARCC testing…

Expert quote:

“I think we have to begin to ask whether local control over the educational curriculum in a global economy is still a reasonable approach to education, when our competitors that are outperforming us — Canada, Finland, Singapore and China — are having tremendous success with national curriculums that one can apply universally.”

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Poll: Tisei, Moulton in dead heat for 6th District spot

September 29th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

A poll last week on behalf of Republican Richard Tisei has Tisei and Democrat Seth Moulton in a dead heat in the race for the 6th Congressional District, but some analysts are skeptical of the findings…

Expert quote:

“You have to take this with a grain of salt.”

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After 6-week stall, workers hit high gear

September 7th, 2014 in 2014, James Post, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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James Post, School of Management

After nearly six weeks off the job, many Market Basket office workers couldn’t even wait for the sun to rise to show up to work the morning after a sale of the company to Arthur T. Demoulas was agreed to late in the evening on Aug. 27…

Expert quote:

“Market Basket will be a debt-laden enterprise that will have a tough time making payments while also keeping good wages and benefits for associates, fair deals with suppliers, and low prices for customers. Something in the traditional success formula will change.”

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Tierney far ahead in the money race

August 31st, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney outraised all of his challengers in the most recent reporting period, as his contested 6th District primary election approaches…

Expert quote:

“It shows the power of incumbency. Since he has the seat he can play upon existing relationships and ties to various fundraisers and contributors to the party.”

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DeFranco faces uphill battle in 6th District race

August 28th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

In a crowded Democratic primary field in the race for the 6th Congressional District, Marisa DeFranco is one of four candidates hoping to gain traction to unseat nine-term incumbent Rep. John Tierney…

Expert quote:

“What DeFranco has to do is force her way into the conversation. Sometimes you can do that in debates, often you can do that with advertising, but somehow you have to become part of the ongoing narrative of the campaign. If she can’t break out of that role, if she can’t get past that and into why Marisa DeFranco is a viable alternative to John Tierney, then she’s really not going to be a factor in this race at all.”

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War chests may hold key in 6th District race for Congress

August 24th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Money doesn’t talk, but it does help win elections. The race for the 6th Congressional District is proving to be one of the tightest in Massachusetts this election season, and money may end up being a deciding factor…

Expert quote:

“Right now people are just beginning to pay attention to the individual races, and if you can out of the gate shape your narrative, make an impression, define your candidacy, and at the same time define your opponent’s candidacy in a negative way, that will do wonder.”

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