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JERREY ROBERTS
Luca Brashear, of Amherst Regional, does a forward 2.5 somersault during the Western Massachusetts diving championships Friday at Springfield College.

Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear wins WMass diving championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear was the 31st diver to step on the 1-meter board at the Western Massachusetts Championships on Friday. While he waited, the nerves kicked in as he prepared for his inward dive at Springfield College’s Art Linkletter Natatorium. Thirty divers later, Brashear faced the nerves and unleashed his first dive of the day that was worth a score of 20.5. It was the first of 11 that added up to 441.25 and a sectional championship title for the sophomore. “I was pretty nervous,” Brashear said. “Coming in I didn’t know if I would win or have an awful day. Diving …

Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Symphony Orchestra kicks off new season

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is kicking off the new year Saturday with a musical tour of the fjords of Norway and the forests of Finland. Assisted by three soloists, the SSO will perform works by three Scandinavian composers: Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” a rousing and turbulent symphonic poem written in defiance of Russian censorship …

State Police nab Erving man in Turners Falls after 120 mph chase up I-91

Sunday, January 31, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — After a high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, police apprehended a man driving without a valid licence on Sunday morning. Authorities cornered the driver, 20-year-old Anthony Fortunato, of Erving after he dodged motor vehicle stops in Springfield, Holyoke, and Deerfield, maneuvering a yellow Mustang through light traffic on I-91 …

Amtrak service interruptions following Vermont derailment to last at least through Wednesday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Amtrak service in the Pioneer Valley will be impacted at least through Wednesday following a derailment in central Vermont Monday. Passengers who would be taking the train — Amtrak’s “Vermonter” — from points north of Springfield will be provided with alternate transportation via buses. Those passengers …

MGM President William Hornbuckle reiterates commitment to Springfield casino

Monday, October 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The head of MGM Resorts International said Monday the company remains committed to building a casino in downtown Springfield despite a recent redesign that eliminated a 25-story hotel and associated apartments. The project will still include a 250-room, six-story hotel and 30 to 35 market-rate …

Brothers John and Ryan Leonard share intense passion for hockey as each continues rise in sport

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Considering their hometown and family background, John and Ryan Leonard of Amherst would appear to be unlikely hockey prospects. But to hear the brothers speak of their dedication and how they push each other despite a seven-year age …

Man smothers mother, gets high with friends

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Massachusetts man has admitted to suffocating his mother with a pillow before selling her televisions and smoking crack with friends while she lay dead in another room. The Republican reports 43-year-old Luis Rosa, of Springfield, pleaded guilty as part of an agreement on Tuesday …

Gaming panel raps revised casino plans

Thursday, September 24, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts gambling regulators expressed concern and frustration Thursday over major revisions MGM has proposed for its $800 million Springfield casino that regulators say took them by surprise. Also Thursday, the commission declined to issue a blanket …

MGM redesigns casino without hotel tower

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — MGM revealed new designs for its $800 million resort casino complex in downtown Springfield on Tuesday, eliminating a 25-story glass hotel tower and 54 apartment units. The redesigned plans, which were submitted to the city, move the hotel from the middle of the 14.5 acre complex …

Between the Lines: Uncertainty in Springfield

Monday, September 21, 2015

It is hard to watch the public process set up by Mayor Domenic Sarno for selecting a casino developer in Springfield without feeling bad for the people who live there. Last week, as Sarno’s team met with members of the State Gaming Commission to discuss the timetable for …

A Story about Stories

Monday, September 21, 2015

It is hard to watch the public process set up by Mayor Domenic Sarno for selecting a casino developer in Springfield without feeling bad for the people who live there. Last week, as Sarno’s team met with members of the State Gaming Commission to discuss the timetable for …

veterans voice

Friday, September 18, 2015

Announcements DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CHAPTER 92: Will hold it’s regular meeting on Oct. 8, 7 p.m. at VFW Post 8006, 18 Meadow St., Florence. The 50th Anniversary Dinner will be held Oct. 25 at VFW Post 8006. Plans include a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m., and …

Kelvin Cogdell of Springfield denies stealing wallet from Greenfield hospital, using credit card

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man who has been accused in a scheme involving thefts of wallets left unattended at medical facilities was arraigned Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court on larceny and fraud charges. Kelvin Cogdell, 50, pleaded not guilty to receiving a stolen credit card, two counts of …