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2014 Committees Signed, Sealed, Delivered, but There’s More…

SPRINGFIELD—The new City Council President moved quickly only a day after his election to appoint committees for the Council’s 2014 term.  Ward 2 Councilor Michael Fenton shuffled the seats on the Council’s committee Tuesday and announced the formation of two policy-centric proactive committees, which will

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Manic Monday Markup 1/6/13…

…And the World: We begin today in Bangladesh, where it seems poised for turmoil as the opposition party boycotted elections yesterday.  Consequently, turnout was low.  However, the ruling party may be open to fresh polls, if the opposition stops its often violent protests. In Iraq after a

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The Year in Springfield 2013…

On balance, 2013’s place on the good year/bad year for Springfield may depend entirely on a person’s outlook.  Certainly if you are pro-casino, it was a good year.  If you are anti-casino not so much.  If your candidates did not win in this year’s election,

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Manic Monday Markup 12/30/13…

…And the World: We begin today in Russia, where a double bombing outside the Volgograd train station has thus far left 17 dead.  A columnist for The Guardian called the attacks, linked to the nation’s struggle to contain terrorism in the North Caucasus, President Vladimir

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Briefings: Candidates, but no Date in the Whip City…

UPDATED 12/30/13 8:47: NEPR’s Henry Epp and The Boston Globe’s Joshua Miller report the Speaker of the House has approved dates to fill the Fourth Hampden seat.  The Election division in Secretary Galvin’s office confirms. Signatures are due January 21, the primary will be held

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The Annual Christmas Message of 2013…

Christmas Day is often said to be a time in which we hope for peace and joy and good will toward all men.  In a time when war rages in Syria and protesters mowed down in the Ukraine, it is quite easy to see problems

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Manic Monday Markup 12/23/13…

…And the World: We begin today in South Sudan, where politically fed ethnic violence has forced the evacuation of United States and other foreign personnel from the nation’s oil fields.  The violence follows a failed coup attempt last week. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has