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Governor Faceplants in Attempt to Terminate Soldiers’ Home Super…

UPDATED 11:30AM: To include a statement from Walsh’s attorney. A Hampden County Superior Court Judge has sided with the former(ish?) Hoyloke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent, ruling that Governor Charlie Baker’s termination of Bennett Walsh was not valid. The ruling, if upheld, could entitle Walsh to backpay

Outbreak on through to the Other Side of Baystate’s COVID Walls…

SPRINGFIELD—Speaking at the weekly COVID-19 briefing here, Baystate Health Systems President & CEO Dr. Mark Keroack announced that an outbreak of the novel coronavirus hit a non-COVID ward at the health network’s flagship hospital. Keroack told reporters that 13 patients and 23 staff had been

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Court Seems to Put Ice on Swift Defenestration of Walsh…

UPDATED 4:30PM: To include a response from Walsh’s lawyer and details of his reply to the governor’s letter. A day after Governor Charlie Baker announced he was moving to terminate Bennett Walsh, the suspended superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers Home, a superior court judge slammed

Whistle Stops: The 7th Hampden View on COVID & George Floyd…

Whistle Stops is an occasional series of shorter hits from the legislative campaign trail. by Michael Lachenmeyer Correspondent-Intern For the past four months, a pandemic has ravaged the country leaving more than 100,000 Americans dead and plunging the economy into depths unseen since the Great

Will the 413 Look South as the Nutmeg State Begins to Stir?…

UPDATED 4:50PM: To include comments from Mayor Ludwick of Enfield. ENFIELD—In the retail flats of this Constitution State border town, life has begun to come back. Two months after he closed stores and restaurants to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, Connecticut Governor Ned

After Arduous Campaign, Victory for Velis…& a Vastly Changed World…

WESTFIELD—For a few hours in the western Pioneer Valley Tuesday, humans walked the earth much like they did only a few months ago. Polling places throughout the region seemed almost normal, save the masked sign-holders. Voters—or their mailed ballots—were there too, selecting the region’s next

House Trains Relief Cannons at Yawning State & Local Budget Gaps…

SPRINGFIELD—On Wednesday, United States Representative and House Ways & Means Chair Richard Neal spoke at the Federal Courthouse to extol the virtues of the $3 trillion COVID-19 package House Democrats expect to pass this week. However, with COVID-19 more transmissible indoors and federal buildings less

Virtue Has a Veil, but Besting COVID Requires a Mask…

SPRINGFIELD—With flickers of hope that the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak may be passing here and throughout Western Massachusetts, local officials and hospital administrators laid out some changes due in the coming weeks. First among these is implementing Governor Charlie Baker’s mandate for residents to

Testing 4-1-3, Testing 4-1-3…Is This Thing on?…

SPRINGFIELD—As the commonwealth continues to ramp up its COVID-19 testing infrastructure, city officials here appear poised to finally begin testing one of Springfield’s most vulnerable populations. Plans to test the homeless fell through last week and a launch set for Wednesday was delayed. Still, the