November 1, 2017

Worcester Sun, Nov. 1: Mount Carmel advocates not done yet, state leaders tackle harassment claims, Healey v. Trump + more

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Polito, state officials urge new perspective on domestic violence |  The lieutenant governor from Shrewsbury, who chairs the Governor’s Council to Address Domestic Assault and Sexual Violence, said it’s important to have a “more open and honest public conversation about violence,” and that the administration has asked Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders to work on a public awareness campaign to that effect.

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Top state leaders, including Lt. Gov. Polito, Speaker DeLeo, Gov. Baker and Senate President Rosenberg have plenty to think about these days.

Watch: DeLeo, Rosenberg, Baker address sexual harassment allegations |  The leaders of the House and Senate both acknowledged their offices have received complaints of sexual harassment occurring at the State House, but neither would blame a unique culture on Beacon Hill for the recent stories of women being abused by men in power. A “comprehensive” review of State House policy is already underway [9 minutes, 22 seconds].

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Mauro DePasquale

Mauro DePasquale

To the editor: Mount Carmel Preservation Society continues to ‘pursue all avenues’ |  “The Church leadership’s determination to sell and demolish this historic architectural gem will be an irreplaceable loss to the city’s aesthetic, and to the East Side community. Their refusal to work with parishioners to save the parish is seen as an affront to parish donors who have invested throughout the years to maintain their church.” Mauro DePasquale weighs in on Mount Carmel’s fate.

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The Amazon bid is but the tip of the iceberg as far as Worcester residents having reason to smile.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 211]: Mad Maura strikes again |  Recently the top point guard on the Bay State depth chart, Attorney General Maura T. Healey, did what many aging basketball stars do — she dabbled in TV. On Comedy Central’s “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper,” Healey expounded on her efforts to keep President Trump honest. While some would say Healey should be more focused on the many Massachusetts-based issues that come across her desk, she insists serially suing the president is all about the people of the commonwealth. Hitch thinks maybe it’s about something else.

Editorial: Financial checkup reveals city’s economic health |  A recent credit opinion by Moody’s Investor Service reinforces the city’s government’s good financial standing. But challenges, short-term and long-term, remain and some are outside the city administration’s control.

Free to read! | What if … Worcester

Destructive climate erupts at Clark meat-eater protest |  As temperatures across the country topped 105 degrees for the 13th straight day, protesters nationwide have embarked on campaigns to eradicate monuments and memorials to anyone who had contributed to the current climate change by consuming meat. Wondering what the future could hold for activism and divisive protests in our city? Find out with author BJ Hill in the Sun’s serial glimpse into the fantastic, sometimes troubling (and mostly fictional) possibilities of a not-so distant tomorrow.

Henry Fradella

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Arizona State professor and Clark University alum Henry F. Fradella

The Quad [Nov. 1]: Four things to know from Worcester State, Holy Cross, Clark and Assumption |  Have campus news you or your college or university organization would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to Be sure to send a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and point Sun members your way.

Inbox [Nov. 1]: News and notes from Cultural Coalition, UMass Medicine Science Park, North High, MassDevelopment and Central Mass. PPAL |  Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to 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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