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  1. Winter Storm Juno: Massachusetts State Police 'Snapshot Around...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 27, 2015 | MassLive.com

    Massachusetts State Police are keeping people informed of what their troopers see from barracks and patrols across the commonwealth on the first full day of Winter Storm Juno . @MassStatePolice sent out a series of tweets beginning with the phrase "Snapshot Around the State" and breaking down the commonwealth by region.

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  2. Winter Storm Juno pulls its punches: For some, snow totals won't be as bad as forecastRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2015 | MassLive.com

    Tens of millions of people along the East Coast hunkered down for a storm that for most failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of the worst they'd ever seen. Forecasters originally said the storm could bring 1 to 3 feet of snow and punishing hurricane-force winds.

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  3. Holyoke Suffolk Street parking garage to reopen adding 400 downtown spacesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2015 | MassLive.com

    The Suffolk Street parking garage in Holyoke reopens Tuesday after a $5.5 million renovation. The garage will be renamed in honor of the late William S. Taupier, a former Holyoke mayor.

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  4. Holyoke state Rep. Aaron Vega hopeful about working with Republican Gov. Charlie BakerRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 16, 2015 | MassLive.com

    State Rep. Aaron M. Vega, D-Holyoke, left, explores State House in Boston with son Odin after Vega was sworn in for another term on Jan. 7. ) HOLYOKE -- State Rep. Aaron M. Vega , D-Holyoke, who was sworn into office for his second term Jan. 7, has established a Facebook page to update residents about bills he has filed and other legislative matters. "It's an exciting time; there is a lot of energy and optimism with returning members, new members and a new term.

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  5. Boston-based 'Cottage Square' developer asks Easthampton for 2nd infusion of CPA cashRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 16, 2015 | MassLive.com

    EASTHAMPTON - The Boston-based development entity that's turning the former Easthampton Dye Works building into affordable housing has appealed to the city for a second round of Community Preservation Act funding. Richard C. Relich of Arch Street Development on Thursday night asked the Community Preservation Committee for an expedited $150,000 infusion of CPA cash for Cottage Square Apartments, saying the firm's nearly completed affordable housing/mill renovation project at 15 Cottage St. has run over budget and depleted its construction contingency reserve.

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  6. Stephen Jendrysik: Chicopee Electric Light helped spark municipal utilitiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 14, 2015 | MassLive.com

    CHICOPEE - I was on Front Street in Chicopee recently, heading into City Hall when a Chicopee Electric Light truck passed, heading toward the new Davitt Bridge. The impressive vehicle reminded me of the city's historic role in the continuing success of New England's municipally owned power companies.

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  7. Electeds, Boston 2024 boosters promise transparency and public...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 9, 2015 | MassLive.com

    Pledging an open discussion and a public review of the bid that made Boston the country's choice to vie for the 2024 Summer Games, backers of the Boston Olympics bid said universities in the area are eager to get in on the publicity that would surround the international event. Promising "no white elephants," Boston 2024 Chairman John Fish, a construction magnate, said 70 to 75 percent of the facilities would be located on university campuses, and said three or four educational institutions have asked whether they would be able to construct a facility for use in the games.

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  8. Baker budget chief says state 'bleeding' moneyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 8, 2015 | MassLive.com

    BOSTON — Not long after Gov. Charlie Baker said he'd inherited a mid-year state budget gap of more than $500 million, his top fiscal adviser said the state is "bleeding" money every day, creating a dire need for action. "We have to address it immediately.

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  9. Springfield family releases feature film 'Diamond Ruff,' starring Fredro StarrRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 8, 2015 | MassLive.com

    What started out as a two year mission to produce a small film with his son has turned into a five year journey culminating with a feature length film hitting theaters next week. Joe Young is a creative writer, cartoonist and owner of Joe Young Studios, based in Hartford, Ct. He lives in Springfield with his wife Teressa, their children Kyle and Paige Young.

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  10. Springfield schools closed, but Sci-Tech Band will play on at Charlie ...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2015 | MassLive.com

    The Springfield Public Schools will be closed Thursday because of the dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills in the forecast, but that won't stop the High School of Science and Technology Band from its gig in Boston. The band is still scheduled to perform at Governor-elect Charlie Baker 's inaugural celebration at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

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  11. Memories of U.S. Sen. Ed Brooke to be collected in courthouse bearing his nameRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 5, 2015 | MassLive.com

    BOSTON — Memories of the first black man elected to the U.S. Senate will find a home Tuesday in a book of condolences placed beneath his portrait at the Boston courthouse that bears his name. Former aides to the late U.S. Sen. Ed Brooke, said he was sharp intellectually until his death Saturday at the age of 95. Brian Lees, a former aide who rose to become state Senate minority leader, said the two-term Republican instilled in him the values of compromise, open-mindedness toward opposing viewpoints and respect for political opponents.

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  12. Murders down by 30 percent in Springfield and 22 percent in Worcester, but rise 27 percent in BostonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 2, 2015 | MassLive.com

    In a year beset with tragedy, from the assassination of two New York City cops to missing airliners to the largest Ebola outbreak ever documented, two of Massachusetts' largest cities may offer somewhat of an antidote: Worcester and Springfield each experienced declining homicide rates in 2014, with decreases of 22 percent and 30 percent, respectively. In The Republican file photo above, Springfield homicide detectives are shown investigating a murder on Kensington Avenue in the city's Forest Park neighborhood in June 2014. 2 comments

  13. Marathon bombing aftermath was top Massachusetts story of 2014Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 26, 2014 | MassLive.com

    FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2014, AT 12:01 - FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The legal aftermath of the Boston Marathon attacks dominated headlines in Massachusetts in 2014, much as the attack itself did last year and the accused bomber's trial surely will in 2015.

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  14. War on Poverty: Springfield suffers, but sees bright spots aheadRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 26, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Nearly 29 percent of the people living in Springfield live below the poverty rate, according to 2013 statistics compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau . Median household income in Springfield is $35,163, compared with $66,658 statewide.

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  15. 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston affirms dismissal of...Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 23, 2014 | MassLive.com

    This June 2011 file photo from The Republican shows Madeline Zorzi, one of more than 20 plaintiffs who sued the City of Springfield and key city leaders, is shown walking by her demolished condominium in the South End. Springfield officials ordered the condos to be demolished after the June 2011 tornado damaged the housing units, but Zorzi and other plaintiffs claimed their homes at the South Commons Condominiums on Main Street could have been rehabilitated.

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  16. Springfield landlord Wilkenson Knaggs convicted of fraud in...Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 23, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Springfield firefighters battle a blaze at a Franklin Street property owned by Wilkenson Knaggs in this 2009 file photo from The Republican. Knaggs was convicted Monday in federal court in Springfield on mail fraud and check forgery charges in connection with an insurance fraud case.

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  17. Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plantRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 12, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Mohawk Fine Papers , Inc. has chosen to locate a new envelope production center on Gaylord Street, the town administrator told the selectboard at Tuesday's meeting. Mohawk senior vice president Robert Scannell, who attended last month's South Hadley Town Meeting - when the assembly unanimously approved four year tax break for the firm - said the vote was "a tremendous outcome."

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  18. Club Scout: Two great weekend shows at 13th Floor Music LoungeRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 15, 2014 | MassLive.com

    We are now in full swing with the holiday season and that means there's a lot going on as far entertainment and holiday reverie. But if you want to attend two great shows this weekend, you can't go wrong at 13th Floor Music Lounge in the Florence section of Northampton.

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  19. More than 20 arrests reported in Boston as protesters successfully...Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 13, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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  20. Hundreds block traffic in Cambridge to protest police officer...Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 12, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Hundreds of people rallied and blocked traffic around Harvard Square in Cambridge as they protested two grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men. Demonstrators held up their hands while chanting "hands up, don't shoot" Friday night. 3 comments

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