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NAACP condemns removal of police critic as chaplain

Oct. 27, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The removal of a frequent critic of the Springfield police as a department chaplain was an effort to suppress his criticism, according to the NAACP. Bishop Talbert W. Swan II, president of the Greater Springfield NAACP, was dropped as a volunteer chaplain last week after 10 years....

Police: 2 men die in crash connected to a street race

Oct. 23, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two men in a car involved in a drag race died early Friday when they lost control and crashed into another vehicle, Springfield police said. The driver and his passenger were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred in the city's Sixteen Acres neighborhood at about...

Former credit union official spared prison in fraud case

Oct. 20, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A former loan officer at a Massachusetts credit union involved in a fraud scheme that cost the bank about $4 million has been spared time in prison because of a series of medical issues. Michael DiCenzo, who worked at Greylock Federal Credit Union, was sentenced Monday in federal...

Hartford Courant to outsource newspaper's printing

Oct. 19, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After more than 250 years of publication in Connecticut's capital, The Hartford Courant is moving the printing of the newspaper to Springfield, Massachusetts, the company announced Monday. The outsourcing will eliminate 151 jobs at the Courant's plant in Hartford, the newspaper...

Pope names new bishop for Diocese of Springfield

Oct. 14, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A priest known for his YouTube series of advice and life hacks for Catholics was named by Pope Francis on Wednesday as the new bishop of the Diocese of Springfield. The Rev. William Byrne, who most recently served as a priest in Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., will be formally...

Springfield seeks volunteers to place flags on Veterans Day

Oct. 11, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Springfield Veterans Department is seeking volunteers to help place flags on military members' gravesites around the city on Veterans Day. New volunteers are essential this year because many of the usual volunteers, including the Springfield Public Schools Reserve Officer...

Massachusetts casinos cleared to offer roulette games

Oct. 9, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two Massachusetts casinos have been cleared by state gambling regulators to start offering roulette games again. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday unanimously voted to allow Encore Boston Harbor in Everett and MGM Springfield to offer roulette with modifications, including a...

Toll revenue drops by a third, threatening planned projects

Oct. 9, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' toll revenues dropped by a third in the first eight months of 2020 compared to revenues from the same period last year, potentially threatening planned infrastructure investments. Data from the state Department of Transportation showed toll revenue down more than $80 million...

Springfield man sentenced to 4 years for heroin trafficking

Sep. 30, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Springfield man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a heroin trafficking scheme. Marcos Pena, 31, was sentenced in Boston's federal court Wednesday after pleading guilty to multiple drug charges in June 2019. He also was sentenced to five years of supervised release....

$8 billion Suffolk Downs project wins planners' approval

Sep. 25, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Planning and Development Agency approved the $8 billion redevelopment of the Suffolk Downs racetrack on Friday. The project led by HYM Investment Group includes 10,000 apartments and condos and office space for 25,000 workers on the 109-acre lot, MassLive Media reported. The...