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Ex-UMass student sues university, says he was unfairly expelled for code-of-conduct violations after 'consensual sex,' was discriminated against as a man

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — A former University of Massachusetts student claims in a federal lawsuit filed last week that he was unfairly expelled after consensual sex with another student last year was deemed a violation of the school’s code of conduct. A spokesman for UMass declined Monday to comment on the specifics of the case, but said the incident was reviewed according to school policy. This is the second federal lawsuit filed in the past two months by former students at local schools who claim they were unfairly punished for their alleged roles in sexual encounters on campus. On June 24, a former Amherst College student filed … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Steampunk music, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Both in conjunction with the New England Steampunk Meetup (a monthly gathering of steampunks held at sites throughout New England) and as the culminating event of the exhibit “Steampunk Springfield Armory: Reimagining Our Nation’s Weaponry” (on view through Sept. 28), the Springfield Armory National Historic Site is hosting a musical extravaganza Saturday. Running … 0

Rozanski, new Springfield bishop, installed

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The new spiritual leader of more than 200,000 Roman Catholics across western Massachusetts was formally installed Tuesday. Mitchell Rozanski was installed as the bishop of Springfield on Tuesday during a special Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield. A public reception was also held at the Big E in West … 0

2 people fatally shot in Springfield on same day

Thursday, June 5, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police are investigating the city’s second fatal shooting in less than 24 hours. Officers responding to 911 calls found 33-year-old Juan Rodriguez Jr. on the ground outside a residence on Avon Place just before 5 p.m. Wednesday suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was taken … 0

One dead, two hurt in Springfield shootings

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A 23-year-old Springfield man was fatally shot in the Forest Park neighborhood overnight, and a woman with him injured. Police said Darrell Jenkins was dead at the scene of the 12:45 a.m. Wednesday shooting on Kensington Avenue. The 20-year-old woman was shot in the mouth … 0

1 dead, 2 hurt in Springfield shootings

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Police say one man has been killed and two other people injured in three shootings in Springfield. The fatal shooting was reported at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday on Kensington Avenue in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A second … 0

Decision on casino in 2 weeks

Thursday, May 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts’ first license for a Las Vegas-style casino could be awarded as soon as mid-June, following four straight days of meetings by state gambling regulators in Boston and Springfield. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission laid out the anticipated timeline at its meeting Thursday. The commission will be … 0

Dwayne Borbua of Springfield dies after SUV rolls over

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say a 21-year-old man involved in a rollover crash in Springfield was taken to the hospital by a friend where he was later pronounced dead. Police say the victim’s SUV rolled over and hit a light pole at about midnight Wednesday, but no one … 0

Reassessing Rockwell: Springfield Museums showcase drawings by artist who idealized America

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Viewed from our cynical, media-saturated times, the 1950s and early 1960s in the United States — before the advent of the Vietnam War and the social clashes of the later ’60s — often seems a halcyon era. We … 0

Driver faces OUI charge in fatal Route 291 crash in Springfield

Sunday, May 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A West Springfield man has been arrested on charges of operating under the influence after police say the car he was driving on Route 291 in in Springfield collided with a tractor-trailer, killing a passenger in his car. Massachusetts state police say 22-year-old Rudra P. Kafley … 0

Police say Springfield motorist ignores stop sign, blows marijuana smoke on officer

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police say a Springfield man blew through a stop sign and also blew a cloud of marijuana smoke when he was pulled over. An officer enforcing seat belt laws as part of the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign saw a vehicle drive through … 1

State to hold hearing on MGM casino plan

Monday, May 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — After more than two years of competition, the last resort-casino proposal remaining for western Massachusetts is in Springfield, a former manufacturing hub where an $800 million project straddling its downtown and South End neighborhoods represents the city’s biggest economic development undertaking in a generation. The proposal … 0

Final hearing this week on MGM casino plan for Springfield

Monday, May 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — State gambling regulators will take another critical step toward awarding Massachusetts’ first license for a Las Vegas-style resort casino this week. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has scheduled the final public hearing on an $800 million casino project proposed by gambling giant MGM Resorts International for … 0