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Monday, September 17, 2012

Gay couple claims discrimination by diocese



Monday, September 17, 2012

Gay couple claims discrimination by diocese

Alain Beret says all he and his husband wanted was to finish "the dance" of negotiating to buy the Oakhurst Conference and Retreat Center in Whitinsville. Instead, he says the Worcester Diocese learned the potential new owners were gay and killed the music. Now, Beret and James Fairbanks are filing suit against the diocese and the real estate agency they dealt with, claiming they were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.

Schools dilemma on PCBs — test or no test?

A battle that has pit administrators against union representatives over the levels of a known carcinogen in the city's public schools is drawing teachers out of the classroom. They say it is much more than a labor dispute, with one local teacher arguing it is about the health of each and every student and school employee.

Worcester Phoenix backer downplays financial woes

The man behind a proposal to bring a new baseball team to the city has a history of money troubles that includes bankruptcy proceedings and tax liens. Some of the problems date as far back as 1982, while others are as recent as 2006, according to records kept by the Worcester Registry of Deeds.

Not your typical TOTs

Ride off into the sunset? Not these old timers. For one Wednesday a month an interesting bunch of retirees come back to where it all began many years ago. They are one-time faculty or staff members at WPI. They number about 50 strong and together they compose the Tech Old Timers (TOT) – a group of long-in-the-tooth men and women who gather each month during the school year to mingle, chat and drink coffee. Each meeting also offers a program – a special committee sets the line-up during the summer – but we're not talking Social Security seminars.