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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 in state prison followed by two 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 …

Hampden man dies in Springfield shooting

Monday, October 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say a 19-year-old Hampden man has been killed in a shooting outside a housing project in the Liberty Heights neighborhood. Sgt. John Delaney said a 21-year-old man with the victim also was shot but has non-life-threatening injuries. Police said that after the Monday afternoon shooting both men were first taken to nearby Mercy Medical Center in a private …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously approves state’s first casino license for MGM Springfield

Friday, June 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — MGM Springfield on Friday was named the state’s first official casino operator, capping a more than two-year process that saw four other rival plans in western Massachusetts fall by the wayside. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously at the MassMutual Center to approve a deal granting …

Backstory: Massachusetts Gaming Commission agrees to issue license to MGM for state’s first casino in Springfield

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — MGM will be named the first casino operator in Massachusetts, but the Las Vegas-based gambling giant will not have to immediately pay millions of dollars in state fees and other payments required by law. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reviewed the casino’s $800 million Springfield project nearly …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission gives mostly positive review to proposed MGM casino in Springfield

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — MGM’s more than $800 million downtown casino received largely positive reviews from state gambling regulators Tuesday as they released their months-long assessments of the proposal’s finances, design and impacts to local traffic and other services during a full-day hearing at the MassMutual convention center. The gambling …

MGM set for state’s casino OK

Sunday, June 8, 2014

BOSTON — MGM Resorts International is nearing a final ruling on its bid to become Massachusetts’ first licensed casino operator, with a proposed $800 million project in Springfield. Starting Tuesday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold a series of meetings in Springfield and Boston leading up to a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …