Hillmaniacs (508 #377)

posted by Mike on April 7th, 2022


508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we discuss losing a judge and gaining a City Manager.


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Timothy S. Hillman is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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Accusations of Sexual Coercion at St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Worcester

posted by Mike on March 16th, 2022

Presumably lots more about this story in the coming weeks.

Crux:

The head of a Massachusetts parish soup kitchen was placed on administrative leave on March 11 after allegations were made to the diocese that for years he has coerced vulnerable women that use the soup kitchen’s services into sex.

The complaint was made against Billy Riley, who has been the food for the poor coordinator for St. John’s Catholic Church in the Diocese of Worcester since 2013.

[…]

Nicole Bell, the CEO of Living in Freedom Together – an organization in Worcester that supports women leaving prostitution and works to end the sex trade – made the March 11 complaint to the diocese’s victim assistance coordinator. Bell, who got out of prostitution herself eight years ago, detailed her experiences with Riley to Crux in February.

Bell said she first met Riley through the soup kitchen in 2011, at which time she was homeless. She alleges that he “took an interest in her” and offered to let her shower at his house.

“I did that because I’m experiencing homelessness. I have nothing,” Bell said. “And then that leads to some kind of exchange of sexual activity for his assistance and so eventually it felt like if I didn’t do what he was requesting of me that I wouldn’t be able to access the soup kitchen.”

[…]

Crux spoke with another woman in February – who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation from Riley – that had similar experiences with Riley from 2014 until August 2021 when she became sober.

508 #376: Endemic Life

posted by Mike on March 15th, 2022

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about the City Council live commentary, Joe Petty’s campaign video, lifting Worcester’s mask mandate, our experiences getting COVID, nuclear war, endemic life, Substack, Brent Crude Oil, Metaculus Prediction Updates, Ukraine and its consequences, and COVID brain fog.


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Kevin Can Forget Himself w/Ali Reid (508 #375)

posted by Mike on November 18th, 2021

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Ali Reid, Worcester’s pre-eminent critic of public art, about Worcester Monopoly, Kevin Can F**k Himself, Ulysses, and the Abby Kelley Foster Memorial.


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COVID Is Over (Again) (508 #374)

posted by Mike on November 9th, 2021

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about local election results, Polar Park, COVID, Dune, commodities news, the rise of Bill Shaner, and the fall of underground punk shows.


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Worcester Election Lawn Signs, 2021

posted by Mike on November 1st, 2021

For past years, see the lawn sign roundups for 2007, 2009 (also 2009 websites), 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2019.

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Happy Easter (COVID Is Over) (508 #373)

posted by Mike on April 7th, 2021

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we look at the back of the Polar Park sign and struggle to use the Pulse website.


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Post-COVID Imagination Deficit (508 #372)

posted by Mike on March 3rd, 2021

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about COVID in the Commonwealth, police in the schools, and the Worcester Pawsox schedule.


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Christmas on Ice (#371 w/Ali Reid)

posted by Mike on December 19th, 2020

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Ali Reid about Worcester’s skate mayor, “Christmas on Ice,” “Christmas a la Mode,” weird real estate mail, and the post-COVID Worcester of 2021.


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Hot Dog! (508 #370 w/ Shaun Connolly)

posted by Mike on October 7th, 2020

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Worcester legend Shaun Connolly about drought, banning Halloween, the state of standup, crime rates, and ballot questions.


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