Meet the Sun: Giselle Rivera-Flores

Welcome to the initial installment of an occasional series that introduces readers to the faces — and talents — of those who make the Worcester Sun your first choice in local media. 

Suspected heroin abuser rams Worcester Police cruiser

Law & Order features information released by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts State Police, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., and the police departments of Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Paxton, Shrewsbury and West Boylston. (Sourced from municipal websites, social media and press releases.)

Woman arrested after crashing into parked police cruiser

Police arrested a 24-year-old Worcester woman on Friday afternoon, Feb. 9, for allegedly crashing into a parked police car at Main and Chatham streets.

Police were responding to a disturbance call at 531 Main St. when they were told a car had crashed into one of the cruisers. The officers saw that a blue Ford Escape had smashed head-on into the driver’s door of one of the cruisers.

The officers rushed toward the Ford and observed the woman slumped over in the driver’s seat and all the doors locked. One of the officers smashed a rear window to gain entry.

SNAP judgment belittles those in need of food aid

Among a host of unpalatable ideas in the proposed budget the White House released Monday, Feb. 12, is one so nonsensical and harsh it comes across — as Worcester’s Democratic Congressman James P. McGovern tweeted the next day — like a “cruel joke.”

The proposal would replace part of the nation’s food-assistance program with government-packed and approved boxes, presumably delivered to the doors of the needy.

The doublespeak begins with the lovely sounding name: “America’s Harvest Box.” The contents would be about as dead-on-arrival as this budget item appears to be. Inside these millions of mailings would be things in cans, cellophane, cartons and jars; processed, shelf-stable foods far removed from the farm.

Nassar’s abuse reflects more than 50 years of men’s power over female athletes

“I was fortunate in several ways. My mother believed me. It was an inappropriate comment perhaps perversely meant as flirtation, however predatory, rather than an assault. And I never had to see him again. America’s elite female gymnasts had far more devastating experiences under recently convicted sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar.”

The Quad [Feb. 17-24]: Four things to know from Assumption, Holy Cross, Clark and Becker

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Assumption to host New York Metropolitan Opera tenor Polenzani

New York City-caliber opera is coming to Assumption College on Saturday, March 17.

Renowned Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Polenzani will perform selected numbers from his extensive repertoire. The event, which runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the 400-seat Jeanne Y. Curtis Performance Hall in the Tsotsis Family Academic Center, will also feature the Assumption Chorale and student soloists. The program will feature selections from operas, operettas, music theater, and Italian and Neapolitan songs.

Special seating is available to those who wish to attend a private reception with Polenzani immediately following the performance. A limited number of these VIP tickets are available for $100. Performance-only tickets are $50.