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Manic Monday Markup 1/11/16…

…And the World: We begin today in Israel which hurdles toward passage of an NGO (non-governmental organization) bill that would require organizations that receive more than half of their funding oversees to be subject to more rigorous registration requirements. It is written in such a

Councilor Adam Gomez (WMassP&I)

For Gomez, Rising to Number 1 Was Only the First Step…

SPRINGFIELD— Ever since former Ward 1 Councilor Zaida Luna won the seat in the city’s first ward elections since 1959, the Latino establishment in the North End had tried to dislodge her. She had faced opposition in some form each election, but Luna’s own campaign style

Retail paradise lost (via Caldor Rainbow Blog/Nicholas DeMaio)

Editorial: Retail Therapy Needed on Boston Road…

Followings today’s announcement that the Eastfield Mall Macy’s will close, it seems the death of the retail corridor along Boston Road is nearly complete. With Sears increasingly teetering over the edge, it is hard to imagine how the Eastfield Mall and the surrounding retail area can

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Manic Monday Markup 1/4/16…

…And the World: We begin today with Saudi Arabia which has cut diplomatic ties with Iran in an escalating back and forth that began with the kingdom’s execution of a Shiite cleric. Protesters in Iran responded by attacking the Saudi embassy. Following Saudia Arabia in

Springfield's 2015. (WMassP&I)

The Year in Springfield 2015…

Another year come and gone in the City of Homes, complete with a mayoral election. While the race itself maintained an inevitable air throughout, it nevertheless revealed much about the state of Springfield. From economic interest from the Promised Land to increasing drama with MGM,

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Manic Monday Markup 12/28/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Iraq, where government forces say they have liberated most of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province from Daesh. The extremist group, also known as ISIS/ISIL, had captured the city in May, but lost it to Iraqi military forces

Councilor Zaida Luna accepts a proclamation on her service to the Council from President Michael Fenton on Monday (WMassP&I)

Afterglow 2015: Moonfall in Springfield’s Ward 1…

Afterglow 2015 is a series analyzing the results of the 2015 municipal elections in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. SPRINGFIELD—For one of the last times as a city councilor, Zaida Luna rose and implored her colleagues to support a resolve urging Congress to allow Puerto