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Research Bureau’s OPEB report predicts grim future

Worcester’s unfunded Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) liability is more than $727 million, which is common knowledge among city residents who don’t mind sitting through sometimes boring finance discussions, such as the one in last week’s City Council meeting. A Worcester Regional Research Bureau (WRRB) report released today supports a more proactive approach to dealing with the liability, predicting a $2.1 billion liability 30 years from now if the current method of payment continues.

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City Hall Notebook

When President Barack Obama spoke at the Worcester Technical High School graduation last June, he encourage the graduating seniors to engage and participate in government at all levels.

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Worcester panel tackles role of media in civic life

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau held a “Role of the Media in Civic Life” panel discussion at Holy Cross Tuesday, April 7 featuring several figures from the Central Mass news media, and while the topic focused on the media’s civic responsibility, other hot topics, including diversity in the news community, the future of print journalism, balance in local media coverage and the use of social media all were raised.

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At Holy Cross, panel tackles role of media in the community

WORCESTER – It was the media’s turn to answer questions Tuesday at the College of the Holy Cross, as a panel of news professionals discussed diversity, social media and the changing nature of the business at a forum moderated by Northeastern University Professor Dan Kennedy.

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Video gamers at the controls — of reality

Are we real, or are we “sims,” simulations living in a computer game?

Intellectually piggybacking on a perplexing concept surmised by Nick Bostrom, the director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, Paul D. Cotnoir, Becker College’s director of design programs, said he feels humanity will keep its humanity, no matter how technologically advanced computer games become.

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