SPRINGFIELD—With a burst of legislation and a handful of grants, the City Council here closed out the year and, for that matter, itself with the last bit of business before the new year and the new Council is sworn. After some deliberation on a new
…And the World: We begin today in Chile, where former President Michele Bachelet has won a new term as President running on a platform of reversing the country’s inequality, although there are doubts. The Chilean constitution forbids consecutive terms of as president. Bachelet previously served
UPDATED 11:44PM: For grammar and an omitted detail of Leahy’s work history . As the Valley’s largest city gazes into the maw of possibly several legislative contests on top of county races, little attention has been paid to the legislative races elsewhere in Hampden County.
UPDATED 9:41PM: For grammar and minor edits. This is the third post in a series analyzing the results of the 2013 election. SPRINGFIELD—In retrospect, at-large Councilor Jimmy Ferrera may owe his political career to chance. When former State Senator and later clerk of courts Brian
…And the World: We begin today in South Africa, where The New York Times reports, leaders from countless countries will attend a service to honor Nelson Mandela, the nation’s former president, who died Thursday. President Barack Obama is en route with Presidents Clinton, Bush (W)
UPDATED 4:26PM: For a CORRECTION: A prior version of this story described former Mayor William Sullivan as both not alive and from the district. He is in fact alive, but no longer a resident of ward 2. It appears Springfield could be in store for
In some way, making note of the death of Nelson Mandela seems a bit like piling onto the bandwagon. True, our audience is Springfield…and the world, but normally few figures would prompt us to devote our space to an international figure outside our Monday Markup.
UPDATED 12/5/13 10:57AM: To reflect a CORRECTION. Upon reviewing the tape of Monday’s council meeting, neither the Fire nor the Police Commission ordinances received first step. They were both referred to committee. SPRINGFIELD—This Monday at its penultimate regular meeting of the term (there is a
…And the World: We begin today in the Ukraine, where protesters have returned to demonstrate against the government’s rejection of a pact with the European Union. The protests began last week after the pact was rejected, but reached a new peak over the weekend, with
UPDATED 11/28/13 10:26AM: For additional details. UPDATED 12/4/13 10:47PM: CORRECTION, a previous version of this post said Tim Rooke lived in the 12th Hampden District. His home is not in that district and therefore, unless he moved, he cannot run for the seat. With the