Worcester Sun, Oct. 12: In this issue

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Attoney General Maura Healey

Antonio Caban / State House News Service

Attoney General Maura Healey

Gun owner group, GOAL, urges Baker to nix Healey-tied court nominee |  GOAL said in its statement that anyone who worked for Attorney General Maura Healey and “took part in a politically motivated attack” against Massachusetts families cannot be trusted as a judge. “The only way to describe this is outrage,” GOAL executive director Jim Wallace said. “There is no way that anyone connected to the historic July 20th attack on civil rights and due process should ever be considered for a judicial position.”

Two Central Mass. churches join federal lawsuit against transgender ‘bathroom bill’ |  Horizon Christian Fellowship in Fitchburg and House of Destiny Ministries in Southbridge are among four churches also asking the court to suspend enforcement of the law — which allows transgender people to access sex-segregated locker rooms and bathrooms based on their gender identity rather than their anatomical sex — while the case proceeds.


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 101]: Where there’s smoke, there’s bureaucracy |  Thanks to the presidential election, and modern American politics in general — which is really no kind of politics at all, just a junior high student council election on interminable loop — the right and the left are further apart than ever. Conversations are sharper. Friendships fractured, even, as hyperbole never takes a day off. So, here we are, less than a month from a pivotal election for the state and the nation. Hitch puts on his pollster hat and tests the water on one of the Bay State’s divisive ballot questions.

A view of downtown Worcester

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A view of downtown Worcester

Editorial: WPD recognized for recruiting gains |  The Worcester Police Department was recently lauded for its effort to recruit a more diverse workforce. Creating a more diverse workforce requires not simply a change in the hiring process, but a change in the perception of the hiring process. We look at the real heroes in Worcester’s efforts to create a police force that looks more like the city it supports.


Inbox [Oct. 12]: UMass Medical School professor lands grant, YCI seeks grant proposals, foreign policy expert lectures today at Clark, Holy Cross honors 5 alumni |  Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.

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Welcome to roller derby, right at home in The Wide Woo of Sports.

Joe Parello / For Worcester Sun

Welcome to roller derby, right at home in The Wide Woo of Sports.

The Wide Woo of Sports: Roller derby and the satisfying social (and physical) impact of WoRD with friends

“Couture, or T-Flex as she’s known on the rink, has been with Worcester Roller Derby for three years, but she’s now a seasoned pro compared to the majority of the roster. During their practices upstairs in a warehouse on Suffolk Street, these new skaters battle the heat to earn the right to actually hit each other.” And along the way, many of them are able to fill a void in their lives. Joe Parello straps on a helmet to get the inside story.

Main Idea is a weeklong summer arts education program now run out of Clark's Atwood Hall.

Courtesy MainIDEA

Main Idea is a weeklong summer arts education program now run out of Clark’s Atwood Hall.

Sun Shine: Main IDEA paints a new picture of opportunity in Worcester’s Main South

Eve James was so impressed by the impact the summer arts program has had on her children that she became a volunteer herself. “I feel as though my family has become part of their family.” She said the “excellent teachers” make Main IDEA what it is. With the help of Eve and her son Isiah, a dedicated group of volunteers continues to buck the odds and make their vision flourish. Sloane Perron shines a light on this worthy endeavor.

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