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Hurst Campaign a Bid for Springfield’s Next Generation..

SPRINGFIELD—For years demographers and policy makers have raised concerns that Massachusetts’s third largest city and its region is suffering from brain drain.  Its best and brightest were packing up and moving on.  As bad as that problem was, its families, too were increasingly eschewing Springfield

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Millennials A-Massing: A Taste of the West…

Welcome to the Sunday Feature: A new effort to bring you lengthier, more in-depth stories on some Sundays. This is the second of a two-part series on a two-part series on younger candidates in Massachusetts politics. HOLYOKE—Could Holyokers entrust a young, energetic native son with

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Does the Council Rooke Before it Leaps?…

SPRINGFIELD—The Dean of the Springfield City Council may have summed it up best himself. “I think people are still trying to figure me out,” at-large Councilor Tim Rooke said, contemplating his place in the city’s politics. Rooke, who has served on the Council since 1995,

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Springfield Council Debate a Battle of Facts, Display of Style…

SPRINGFIELD—Three incumbents.  Three challengers.  Two-thirds of the field for the at-large City Council race appeared Wednesday evening for a debate at American International College for the at-large seats on the City Council.  It was a debate that featured differing styles among both the challengers and

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Upon Lessons Learned, Cruz Built His Candidacy…

SPRINGFIELD—Even as a candidate, Cruz seems to be working overtime.  He has motored to events across the city, attended candidates forums, organized his digital strategy and even helped out friends running for office in neighboring communities. His parents were the same, working 80 hours weeks

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Manic Monday Markup 10/28/13…

…And the World: Fallout continues after Edward Snowden’s revelations.  Now Spain has summoned the US Ambassador after it appears that Spanish government also had its communications tapped.  Meanwhile in Great Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron, whose government, too has been exposed by Snowden, has issued