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Larry Hott heads to Vietnam on Fulbright Grant

Friday, May 22, 2015

Right on the heels of the screening of his new film, “SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield,” Larry Hott will head to Vietnam for a month to lead a series of classes and workshops on documentary filmmaking, courtesy of a Fulbright grant. Hott, who runs Florentine Films/Hott Productions with his wife, Diane Garey, will lead the sessions in Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City throughout June. The Fulbright program, which …

Music as life lesson: Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And for the students in the band at Springfield High School of Science and Technology (HSST) — as well as the band’s inspirational director, Gary Bernice — music is …

Gun found in hollowed-out Bible at suspect’s home

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police executing a search warrant at a drug suspect’s home say they found a gun inside a hollowed-out Bible on his nightstand. Police say an officer involved in Wednesday night’s raid in Springfield opened the Bible and found the pages had been cut out to make room for a 9mm Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun and a clip containing …

Doctor says stabbing suspect was high on PCP

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The suspect in the stabbing death of a 25-year-old Springfield woman was high on PCP at the time according to a court psychiatrist. Van Dorsey Jr.’s lawyer entered not guilty pleas to charges including murder and drug offenses at his arraignment Wednesday in connection with …

Woman charged with delivering crack from truck

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — With her four adult children watching, a Massachusetts woman has pleaded not guilty to running a crack cocaine delivery service from her pickup truck. Sixty-year-old Donna McLeod entered the plea Tuesday on the trafficking cocaine charge at her arraignment in Springfield District Court. She was …

Local Catholics pledge to continue fight for St. Mary’s Church in Northampton

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local Catholics fighting to reopen a landmark city church they feel was wrongly closed five years ago are not prepared to give up, despite news Wednesday that the Vatican’s highest court upheld the decision to close …

Springfield offers incentives for historic home rehab

Monday, April 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A historic house in Springfield that was damaged by a tornado is being sold by the city as part of a revitalization effort. Officials tell the Republican of Springfield developers can apply for a forgivable, interest-free loan of up to $25,000 toward exterior improvements. Numerous …

Stray bullet hits university cafeteria twice in 3 weeks

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Police say a building located on the campus of a western Massachusetts college was struck by a stray bullet for the second time in about three weeks. The Republican of Springfield reports the “Hive,” American International College’s student cafeteria located in the Schwartz Campus Center, was …

To Do List: Family fun

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FRUIT, Veggies, Fun Spring has sprung, baseball season’s first pitch has been thrown, the black flies are biting, and the farm fields are finally free of snow. The Amherst Farmers’ Market has returned, offering music, a story hour, …

Search ended for burglary suspect who jumped off Springfield bridge

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield authorities have ended their river search for one of two men who jumped out of a car and off a bridge on Tuesday while fleeing police. Police said they were sought in a West Springfield housebreaking in which two men were seen carrying away …

Tuesday’s high school tennis/track: Amherst boys, girls net sweeps to stay undefeated

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Amherst Regional boys and girls tennis teams are off to a fine start to the season. Each team improved to 3-0 on the season with shutouts Tuesday: the girls beat South Hadley, 5-0, while the boys did the same to Belchertown. Girls tennis Amherst Regional 5, South …

Thursday’s colleges: Springfield sweeps doubleheader from Smith College

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Smith College softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Springfield College, losing 8-5 and 4-3, Thursday in Northampton. Allison Snyder went 4 for 6 with two runs scored and two runs batted in on the day for Smith. Rowan Turner had three hits with two …

MGM breaks ground on 1st casino in state

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — With confetti and fanfare, MGM officially broke ground Tuesday on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. Hundreds attended the ceremony held on …