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Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick.

VIDEO Governor hopefuls offer prescriptions on economy, educationa

Monday, September 29, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Gubernatorial candidates are calling for strengthening the regional economy in western Massachusetts,improving funding for transportation and allowing a casino to be built in Springfield regardless of the outcome of the statewide November ballot vote seeking repeal of the casino law. At an hourlong debate at CityStage Monday sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Media Consortium, Democrat Martha Coakley and …

Hiker’s injured ankle triggers six-hour rescue on Holyoke Range

Monday, September 29, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Four friends, three from Springfield and one from Amherst, were helped off the Holyoke Range Sunday night in a six-hour rescue by about four dozen emergency workers. No one was seriously injured in the incident that ended about midnight. South Hadley District #2 Fire Chief David Keefe said his dispatcher …

Third man guilty in witness killings

Friday, September 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead was found guilty of murder and other charges Friday for his role in the kidnapping and slaying of three Massachusetts men in 2011. “I’ll see you all in hell,” Caius Veiovis, 34, of Pittsfield, yelled at the jury that …

Amherst joins South Hadley in moving July 4th events to Saturday

Thursday, July 3, 2014

AMHERST — The threat of heavy rain as result of Hurricane Arthur prompted the Town of Amherst to move its July 4th celebration on the University of Massachusetts campus to Saturday. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the fields behind McGuirk Alumni Stadium, with fireworks scheduled …

‘American Moderns’ New exhibit at Springfield Museums highlights 20th-century art during time of dramatic change

Thursday, July 3, 2014

From 1910 to 1960, the United States changed in ways that few people at the turn of the century could have imagined. Between two world wars, the Great Depression, growing urbanization and rapid advances in technology — from …

Girl in church van hurt in Springfield shooting

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting that injured a 12-year-old passenger in a church van in Springfield. The Republican reports that police responded late Friday night to reports of numerous rounds of gunfire. At least one round shattered a window of the passing van that was …

Lococos celebrating 70th

Friday, June 27, 2014

Marion “Mae” McCarthy, of 35 Market St., Northampton, and Sgt. August “Gus” Lococo, of 84 Market St., were married at St. Mary’s Church in Northampton on July 1, 1944, while Gus was on a one-week leave from active …

Local baseball: King & Cushman hammers Longmeadow, 16-2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Northampton King & Cushman American Legion baseball team broke through in a big way Wednesday evening. Post 28 pounded out 16 hits while batting around in both the second and sixth innings to pick up its second …

Springfield mayor: Stop sending refugees to city

Monday, June 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield is calling for an end to refugee resettlement in his city, saying Somali families are putting pressure on already strained services in Springfield, a onetime industrial center where nearly a third …

Local weekend round: Mastalerz wins another for Belchertown Legion

Sunday, June 22, 2014

For the second time in as many days, Jon Mastalerz played the role of extra-inning hero in leading the Belchertown Post 239 American Legion baseball team to victory. On Saturday afternoon, Mastalerz singled in the winning run in the top of the 10th as Belchertown defeated South Hadley …

Police say 18-year-old man slain outside convenience store in Springfield

Friday, June 20, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old man has died in a shooting outside a Springfield convenience store. Sgt. John Delaney says officers responded to the Racing Mart store and gas station in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood at about 1:45 a.m. Friday where they found the youth …

Pope names new Springfield bishop

Friday, June 20, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The new leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said Thursday that one of his first tasks will be to break out the maps and the GPS to find his way around the unfamiliar region. Pope Francis on Thursday named lifelong Baltimore-area resident Bishop …