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  1. Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra delivers rousing Opening Night concertRead the original story w/Photo

    14 hrs ago |

    Moments before the start of the second movement of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9 on Thursday night, Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Andris Nelsons leaned back against the podium behind him.


  2. N.Y. defendant in Springfield cocaine trafficking case wants local lawyer, better plea dealRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday |

    A Schenectady, New York, man accused of having 2,000 grams of cocaine when pulled over on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Westfield has decided his Boston lawyer may not get the best plea deal for him. The prosecutor in the case said she's not changing the plea offer which would net him eight to 10 years in state prison.


  3. Springfield landlord convicted in connection with multiple insurance...Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 1 |

    A Springfield landlord convicted late last year for fraud and money-laundering in connection with a series of insurance scams over two fire-ravaged homes he owned has asked for a new trial. Following a November 2008 fire at 376-378 Franklin St., a three-family home in the city's Lower Liberty Heights section, Knaggs submitted a fraudulent contract for rehabilitating the building to obtain a payout on his homeowner's insurance policy, prosecutors said.


  4. Activists, religious leaders at Springfield climate justice rally: Action must happen nowRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 24 |

    SPRINGFIELD -- Religious dignitaries, political leaders and musicians gathered at the steps of City Hall on Friday afternoon, calling for swift implementation of a plan that will help Springfield respond to and prepare for the effects of climate change. Activists from the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition -- which was formed in 2014 and is made up of more than 20 local organizations -- asked for community support as they work to secure funds to put the climate change and resiliency plan in motion.


  5. Revamping Northampton's Pleasant Street: Wide bike lanes, safer crosswalks, more trees proposedRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 23 |

    The intersection of Pleasant Street and Pearl Street in downtown Northampton. The city hopes to break ground on pedestrian improvements on the stretch of Pleasant Street from Hampton Avenue to Hockanum Road during summer 2016, pending fund availability.


  6. Draft Kings, online fantasy sports games, not affecting Lottery salesRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 22 |

    Massachusetts Lottery officials have not noticed any change in business due to the increasing prominence of online fantasy sports games like Draft Kings, but are "continuously monitoring" the situation. "We haven't seen any type of impact as far as revenues go.


  7. Holyoke Councilors advised to wait for case law but they want panhandling regulatedRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 22 |

    Rich Curren of Worcester offers his drawings in exchange for money at the end of the Interstate 290 ramp that exits onto Harrington Street in Worcester in December. HOLYOKE -- The assistant city solicitor advised councilors Monday to delay adopting a regulation against panhandling because case law is being established that could determine the legality of such a restriction.


  8. New Balance shoe company opens world headquarters in BostonRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 17 |

    BOSTON - New Balance , a shoes and athletic apparel company that saw $3.3 billion in sales last year, opened its new world headquarters on Thursday in the city's Allston-Brighton neighborhood. Looking like a cruise ship or, if you prefer, a sneaker, pulling alongside the Massachusetts Turnpike , the 250,000-square-foot headquarters sits next to commuter rail train tracks and Interstate 90, thirty miles away from its manufacturing facility in Lawrence.


  9. Josh Groban talks 'Stages,' readies for New England showsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 16 |

    Singer, Josh Groban will perform at the Wang Theatre in Boston on Sept. 25 and at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Conn., on Sept.


  10. Fall is the most beautiful time of year in Western Mass. Guest viewpointRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Sep 11 |

    For most, it is no secret that Western Mass., receives annual praise as one of the best fall travel destinations in the U.S. I've lived in plenty of different states and even grew up in the Northeast and have always heard that about New England. I finally can see why.


  11. Sebadoh's Lou Barlow to play songs from 'Brace The Wave' at Great Scott on Sept. 8Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 8 |

    Lou Barlow is back on familiar ground for his Sept. 8 show at Great Scott in Allston.


  12. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, AG Maura Healey want student loans canceled for defunct schoolRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 3 |

    BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren are calling on the U.S. Department of Education to discharge federal loans incurred by Massachusetts students who attended the now-defunct for-profit Corinthian College. The attorney general and Massachusetts' senior senator issued their call on behalf of former students of the Everest Institute's Brighton campus – part of Corinthian Colleges Inc. — during an event on Tuesday at Boston University's Questrom School of Business, hosted by Healey and Warren.


  13. Pollution report should raise concern: EditorialRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 28, 2015 |

    Protesters from a variety of organizations joined the Sierra Club on in 2011 for a clean air rally outside Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick's Springfield office on Dwight Street.


  14. Toll collectors can make a good or bad ride: ViewpointRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 28, 2015 |

    The Massachusetts Turnpike toll plaza at Exit 6 in Springfield. All-electronic tolling is scheduled by mid-2016.


  15. Holyoke passenger train service to resume daily runs of 1:45 p.m. southbound, 3:49 northboundRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 26, 2015 |

    In December, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, left, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, center and Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse took the train to the ground-breaking for Holyoke's passenger train platform at Main and Dwight streets. The platform is built and daily train service is scheduled to return Thursday .


  16. Photos: Highland Hardware and Bike Shop in Holyoke to hold art showRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 25, 2015 |

    The Highland Hardware Store at 917 Hampden Street in Holyoke will hold an opening reception on September 2, 2015 for an art show at the store for the works by more than 20 artists. The exhibit will be set up at as scavenger hunt among the plumbing supplies, nuts and bolts and bicycles.


  17. Counting Crows bring 'Somewhere Under Wonderland' tour to Mohegan Sun ArenaRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 22, 2015 |

    The seven-piece rock group put on an energetic performance, opening the show with fan favorites "Sullivan Street" and "Mr. Jones," along with the 2014 single "Scarecrow." The band is touring the country in support of their latest studio album, "Somewhere Under Wonderland," released last September.


  18. Forgotten concerts: Duke Ellington, Nat 'King' Cole and...Read the original story w/Photo

    Aug 20, 2015 |

    Any one of the them would have provided a memorable night of music, but audiences at Springfield Municipal Auditorium on Oct. 6, 1951 were treated to the powerhouse talents of Duke Ellington, Nat "King'" Cole and Sarah Vaughan . The Saturday matinee and evening concerts at what is now Symphony Hall were part of "The Biggest Show of '51" North American tour, which kicked off in Boston on Sept.


  19. Mason Square native Sgt. Reggie Miller is policing a changed cityRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 16, 2015 |

    On a rainy day in June, Sgt. Reggie Miller pulled over a woman who ran a red light.


  20. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito lauds small business award-winning Palmer company during visitRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 13, 2015 |

    Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, at left, and the PTS company owners Dan and Elaine Boone, during Polito's visit to the Palmer company on Aug. 13, 2015 PALMER - The questions kept coming from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito , who expressed interest in a family-run equipment company she visited here on Thursday -- that was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for excellence.


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