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In Ward 8, Is the 3rd Time A Charm?…

SPRINGFIELD—If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. This age-old chestnut may aptly describe the upcoming race for City Council’s Ward 8 representative.  Crossing swords for the third time in as many cycles, incumbent councilor John Lysak will again face Orlando Ramos in a

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Manic Monday Markup 8/26/13…

…And the World: We begin today in Syria, where an alleged chemical attack has the United States contemplating its options. Bashar al-Assad denies the use of chemical weapons in the slaughter. Inspectors mean to look over the site of the alleged attack faced sniper fire


Take My Council, Please: When the Opposition is Resi-dense…

SPRINGFIELD—The Springfield City Council opened its meeting on a high note with effusive praise of the tornado-damaged Cathedral High School, but quickly descended into acrimony and a display of dysfunctional government. Councilor Tim Rooke was absent from the meeting. The meeting was technically two. The

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Manic Monday Markup 8/19/13…

…And the World: We begin today in Egypt, where The New York Times has word that a judge has ordered former President Hosni Mubarak released from jail.  The Guardian says the release could be as soon as 48 hours away.  This comes as the US

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Briefings: Overriding Objections of a Veto…

SPRINGFIELD—Determined to revive the city’s moribund residency ordinance, a Council committee announced it would ask for a vote Monday to override Mayor Domenic Sarno’s veto of an ordinance designed to limit the use of waivers to city employee residency requirements.  Other actions will appear on

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Vega Staying Put, Will not Run for Knapik’s Seat

BREAKING: This is a developing story. More details when we have them Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega has announced in a statement that he will not seek the seat of former Senator Michael Knapik. In his statement, Vega cited family & political obligations, including the

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Tardy Tuesday Takedown 8/14/13…

A very brief takedown to make up for not markup. …And the World: We begin today in Russia, where the powers that be there fight growing anger of its anti-gay laws, particularly in the context of the Winter Olympics.  Meanwhile, The Guardian has a profile

From Activist to Candidate, Cruz Crosses Threshold…

SPRINGFIELD—Speaking before a crowded hall at the Cedars on Island Pond Road after delaying the start to his campaign several months, city resident and activist, Ernesto Cruz kicked off his bid Thursday for one of the City Council’s five at-large seats. In a speech capped