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Manic Monday Markup 3/23/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Singapore, where the death of the nation’s first premier has prompted remembrances and assessments. In some quarters, his rule has been praised for fostering the tiny city-state into an economic powerhouse and some […]

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Manic Monday Markup 3/16/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Israel, where voters will go to the polls tomorrow and decide both the country’s fate and that of its second-longest serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israeli election law prohibits polls from being published […]

Manic Monday Markup 3/9/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Syria, where the Islamic State appears both on the ropes and not. US-led forced bombed a key refinery and in neighboring Iraq, pro-government forces are gaining ground as well. The setbacks appear to be undermining […]

Manic Monday Markup 3/2/15…

UPDATED 3/4/15 3:26PM: For a correction. Slain Russian opposition leader’s name is Nemtsov, not Nemstov. …And the World: We begin today in Russia, where thousands marched in memory of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Although no longer the pivotal figure […]

A step toward more modern Holyoke government? (via Google image search & WMassP&I)

Analysis: Is Holyoke Government Coming out of the Cave?…

HOLYOKE—City Charters are complicated and it is easy to see why. The United States Constitution clocks in at just under 7600 words including amendments. City charters like Holyoke’s have more than 12,000 words—even before the appended special acts and adopted […]

Manic Monday Markup 2/23/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Greece, which has agreed to a four month extension of its bailout terms from European officials. The interim agreement, while essentially the same as the old one and against which the governing party Syriza […]

Tardy Tuesday Takedown 2/17/15…

…And the Feds: We begin today in Ukraine, where an uneasy ceasefire between pro-Russian rebels and the government in Kiev has begun. However, fighting continues in a small town that serves as a major rail junction, testing the truce in its very infancy. […]

Manic Monday Markup 2/9/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Israel, where a new poll has dimmed some of the edge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has show in recent polls. For the first time in a few weeks, Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog appears […]

Manic Monday Markup 2/2/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Australia, where an election in the state of Queensland has rocked the political Land Down Under. Three years after annihilating the Labor party in the state parliament, the Liberal-National (LNP)  coalition suffered a […]

Manic Monday Markup 1/26/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Greece, where Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the leftist Syriza party has won yesterday’s Greek election by a commanding margin. Though insufficient to form a majority on his own, the Independent Greek party […]