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Man’s ashes packed for fireworks display

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father’s ashes, anyway. Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver’s cremated remains will be launched skyward as part of his family’s goodbye. Carver’s family is the first to try Greenlawn’s new program. His son is funeral director Jim Carver, who says …

Two plead guilty to 2011 Springfield slaying

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Two Springfield men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal shooting in the city three years ago. James Texidor and Manuel Lora had originally been charged with murder in the August 2011 slaying of 25-year-old Jonathan Tallaj but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge. The Republican reports that the 20-year-old Texidor was sentenced to 10 years …

Gov. Deval Patrick scheduled to appear in Amherst on Tuesday

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to be in Amherst Tuesday afternoon to make an announcement related to investments in infrastructure and housing developments across Massachusetts. The town’s website Monday posted an invitation to the event at 2 p.m. at Kendrick Park at the northern end of downtown, and reported Patrick and local leaders are expected to make “an important announcement relative …

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 …

Pope names new Springfield, Massachusetts bishop

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts is getting a new bishop. A spokesman for the diocese says Pope Francis on Thursday appointed Bishop Mitchell Thomas Rozanski as Springfield’s ninth bishop. Rozanski is currently an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Rozanski will succeed …

Five things worth knowing about MGM’s Springfield casino

Sunday, June 15, 2014

BOSTON — Gambling regulators named MGM Springfield as Massachusetts’ first licensed casino Friday. Here’s a look at the project and what’s next in the drive to open Las Vegas-style casinos in the state: The proposal: MGM plans a more than $800 million casino, hotel, entertainment and shopping complex …