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  1. Winter Storm Linus: Conditions around the state during morning commuteRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 2, 2015 | MassLive.com

    Winter Storm Linus has made for an unpleasant and potentially dangerous commute, one that state police are asking you to avoid if you can. Several accidents were reported around the state after sunrise.

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  2. Winter Storm Linus: Speed limit on MassPike reduced until further noticeRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 2, 2015 | MassLive.com

    Current snowfall and predictions from Winter Storm Linus have led to a drop in the speed limit on the Massachusetts Turnpike .

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  3. Patty Morey Walker declares candidacy for Greenfield mayorRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 30, 2015 | MassLive.com

    GREENFIELD -- Mayor William Martin, elected in 2009 as Greenfield's second mayor, will have at least one challenger in the November election. Patty Morey Walker has declared her candidacy for the post with a new Facebook page and a press statement.

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  4. 'Ted 2' movie trailer may cross the line for manyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 29, 2015 | MassLive.com

    "Ted," Seth MacFarlane's movie about a filthy-mouthed teddy bear come to life, became the highest rated R-rated comedy of all time when it grossed $500 million worldwide in 2012. With its sequel due in theaters on June 26, Universal Pictures has dialed up the raunch factor as witnessed in a 2 1/2-minute trailer released Thursday.

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  5. Springfield parking chief says city facing 'perfect storm' as projects swallow lotsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 29, 2015 | MassLive.com

    Parking problems are expected as several projects get underway in Springfield including the MGM Springfield casino development. In addition, 250 spaces have been closed on the second floor of the South Garage since October 2013 due to falling concrete from the Interstate 91 viaduct.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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

  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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