508 #117: Half-marathon

posted by Mike on June 18th, 2010

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel is Brendan Melican.[display_podcast]

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[0:00] Mike was out of town this week.

[0:48] We attempt to say something interesting and informed about public sector pension liabilities, using the ongoing Mark Rojas fiasco as the hook.

[10:58] Mike, Rick Rushton, and hundreds of others ran the first Worcester Half-Marathon. (Councilor Rushton beat Mike by 5 minutes; such is life.)

Rick Rushton

[14:45] Worcester Magazine has revamped their website, now running on Broadcast Interactive Media. We favor WordPress.

womag_new Danny Cross, stippled

[18:36] No T&G paywall yet.

[19:00] Mike doesn’t like Inside Worcester. Thanks for asking.

[20:02] Mike explains what he knows about “We the People.”

[24:10] We talk a little about the Gulf Oil Spill and local seafood consumption, referencing this WoMag piece.

[26:12] Yeah there are PCBs, asbestos, etc. in the old Crompton Park Pool materials.

[27:39] Mike liked Jeff Barnard’s post Nothing Left to Complain About?

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5 Comments Leave a comment.

  1. On June 18, 2010 at 12:08 Hannah said:

    Whee! Thanks for taking my ideas into consideration, even though they have already been hashed over in the past.

  2. On June 18, 2010 at 12:24 Colin Novick said:

    “Worcester, the Sedona of Massachusetts”

    Love it!

  3. On June 18, 2010 at 12:25 Victor D. Infante said:

    The municapility that filed bankruptcy in California was Orange County. Incidently, among conservative counties in the country and the place I grew up!

  4. On June 18, 2010 at 12:34 Mike said:

    The city we were thinking of was Vallejo:

    According to Wikipedia, OC is “well-known for being the largest US county ever to have gone bankrupt, when in 1994 citizens rejected tax increases to pay back debts incurred by the county treasurer’s misinvestments. . . . An investment fund melt-down in 1994 led to the criminal prosecution of County of Orange treasurer Robert Citron. The county lost at least $1.5 billion through high-risk investments in derivatives.”

  5. On June 18, 2010 at 21:48 Nicole said:

    I think we could solve half the problems of Worcester (or make half the cranks who write letters to the T&G editor happy, at least) if the Worcester PD assigned Mark Rojas to the Common, specifically to do the following:
    1) Rough up the stalkers who harass letter writers
    2) Unlock the tables and chairs on the weekend

    Can the guy operate a wrecking ball? I think it’ll be a win-win!

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