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Manic Monday Markup 8/22/16…

…And the World: We begin today in France, where a former President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced he will again run for the presidency in next year’s election after failing to win reelection four years ago. François Hollande, who beat Sarkozy in the 2012 election, is polling in

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Manic Monday Markup 8/15/16…

…And the World: We begin today in Ukraine, where secret ledgers maintained by the country’s former president, Viktor Yanukovych, have been uncovered. They show huge cash payments that were meant for Paul Manafort according to The New York Times. Manafort is real estate tycoon, provocateur and

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Manic Monday Markup 8/8/16…

…And the World: We begin today in South Africa, where elections last week continue to roil the political status quo. While the African National Congress won a majority of the vote in municipal elections, it still represented a huge setback, it vote share dropping off

Former Springfield Mayor Charles Ryan endorsed Nick Cocchi on July 27. (courtesy Cocchi campaign)

In Hampden Sheriff Home Stretch, Still a Game of Inches…

UPDATED 8/7/2016 10:24AM: For clarity and grammar. Nicholas Cocchi, the Assistant Superintendent for the Ludlow jail, scored a key and somewhat rare endorsement, adding to the intrigue and competitiveness surrounding the Democratic primary for Hampden Sheriff. Former Springfield Mayor Charles Ryan stepped back into the

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Manic Monday Markup 8/1/16…

…And the World: We begin today in Japan, whose capital Tokyo has elected a woman governor for the first time. The famously patriarchal society does not allow women to ascend to the throne and has never had a female prime minister. A former newscaster and