'Smackademics' Join the Ranks of Roller-Derby Women

Photograph by Julie Denesha for The Chronicle

Jennifer Stafford (right) blocks the opposing jammer.
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At a makeshift roller-derby track in Washington, the air hums as 30 women skate swiftly but deliberately around the oval, focusing on control and awareness, all in a single-file line. The line becomes steady and consistent. Then someone near the...

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