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Long-vacant Catholic church property sold to developer

Apr. 5, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former church property in Northampton that has been vacant for 10 years has been sold to a developer who plans to build townhouses on the site, authorities said. The St. John Cantius Church was sold for $1.6 million to Holyoke-based O’Connell Hawley LLC. The seller was...

Authorities release name of shooting victim

Apr. 3, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the man shot and killed in Chicopee this week. Jonathan Ares, 21, of Westfield was found suffering from a gunshot wound late Wednesday morning and died at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, the Hampden district attorney's office said in a...

Police make an arrest in fatal shooting at coal yard

Apr. 2, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in a shooting that killed a man in Massachusetts, police said. The victim was shot at the Belsky Brothers Coal yard in Chicopee around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, MassLive.com reported. The victim was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital, where he died....

1 killed, 1 injured in shooting in Massachusetts

Mar. 31, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — One man was killed and a second injured in a shooting in Massachusetts, police said. The victims were shot at about 4 p.m. Monday in Springfield, according to police spokesman Ryan Walsh. One man was brought to the hospital in a private vehicle and was pronounced dead later in the...

Name of Springfield shooting victim released

Mar. 26, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the man who died this week after being shot earlier this month in Springfield. Christopher Fonville, 28, died Monday night at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after being shot multiple times on March 16, the Hampden district...

Fire in apartment building leaves 2 injured, 10 displaced

Mar. 21, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two people were being treated for injuries and 10 are without a home after a fire damaged an apartment building in Springfield, fire officials say. The Republican newspaper in Springfield reports that firefighters were called to a three-alarm fire Saturday morning at 28 Sumner...

The Rev. Alvin J. Gwynn Sr., of Friendship Baptist Church in Baltimore, sits in his church's sanctuary, Thursday, March 19, 2020. He bucked the cancellation trend by holding services the previous Sunday. But attendance was down by about 50%, and Gwynn said the day’s offering netted about $5,000 compared to a normal intake of about $15,000. “It cuts into our ministry,” he said. “If this keeps up, we can’t fund all our outreach to help other people.” (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

As offerings dwindle, some churches fear for their future

Mar. 21, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As in-person worship services are canceled or downsized amid the coronavirus outbreak, some churches across the U.S. are bracing for a painful drop in weekly contributions and possible cutbacks in programs and staff. One church leader, Bishop Paul Egensteiner of the Evangelical Lutheran...

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010 file photo, FIBA Secretary General Emeritus Borislav Stankovic smiles before a friendly basketball match Serbia against China, in Belgrade, Serbia. Borislav Stankovic, the former longtime International Basketball Federation secretary general responsible for bringing NBA players to the Olympics, has died, the international body said. He was 94. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Former FIBA head Borislav Stankovic dies

Mar. 20, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Borislav Stankovic, the former longtime International Basketball Federation secretary general responsible for bringing NBA players to the Olympics, has died, the international body said. He was 94. Stankovic was at the helm of FIBA from 1976 to 2002 and was a member of the...

Dolores Ginn and Garry Brault, both of Lewiston, Maine, stand apart from one another as they wait for the bus at the Oak Street parking garage in downtown Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Brault said that he just came from the grocery store where many of the shelves are bare. Ginn said that she is 86-years-old and not worried at all about the coronavirus pandemic. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal via AP)

Massachusetts closes day cares, Connecticut courts limited

Mar. 18, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

Developments from around New England on the new coronavirus pandemic. For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The...

Wrestler finds serenity in the chaos of his art

Mar. 17, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

INDIAN ORCHARD, Mass. (AP) — Isaiah Mejias’ laugh starts in his belly. It rumbles through the back of his throat and jumps an octave. His whole face embraces the high-pitched sound as his eyes squint and his lips pull back into a wide smile. A laugh so cherubic it initially sounds out of place...