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  • Univ. of Michigan adds required diversity courses to business school curriculum

    11/19/2015 10:04:31 PM PST · by matt04 · 27 replies
    The University of Michigan has added a three-year diversity requirement to its Ross School of Business undergraduate curriculum that, among other things, will teach their students how race, gender and sexual orientation “connect to larger systems of power, privilege and oppression.” The classes, which include “Identity 101” and “Entering into, Engaging with and Exiting Communities across Difference”, are mandatory for graduation and emphasize “identity, diversity and experience,” said Lynn Wooten, associate dean for undergraduate programs. ... The three-year program takes place over the sophomore, junior and senior years, focusing on “identity, diversity, and organizations,” in each respective year. The program...
  • Princeton joins schools race row as protesters demand cultural space just for black students...

    11/18/2015 7:32:00 PM PST · by matt04 · 59 replies
    Princeton University has become the latest school to be embroiled in a race scandal with 30 student's staging a sit-in inside their president's office. The Black Justice League (BJL) have told President Christopher L. Eisgruber they won't leave until Woodrow Wilson's name is removed from a college and international affairs school, and a mural to him in a dining hall is demolished. The group believe the former President, who led the formation of the League of Nations and helped all women get the vote, was a 'proud Clansman' who has a 'racist legacy'. They also want a 'cultural space' only...
  • Is your local Target closing?

    11/04/2015 12:54:04 PM PST · by matt04 · 45 replies
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Target (TGT) plans to close 13 stores nationwide, including one in New Ulm and two others in Milwaukee and Superior, Wisconsin. The Minneapolis-based retailer says a decision to close a store usually follows several years of decreasing profitability. The retail giant plans to close the stores on Jan. 30, 2016. Target was hurt by a massive credit-card breach before Christmas 2013 that sent shoppers temporarily fleeing. The company also botched a major expansion into Canada and pulled the plug on that earlier this year. Layoffs in 2015 included 2,500 jobs, or about one-fifth of the workers in the...
  • NYPD Officer Randolph Holder dies after being shot in the head by gunman in East Harlem

    10/21/2015 11:51:33 AM PDT · by matt04 · 26 replies
    An NYPD housing officer was killed Tuesday night, shot in the head by a trigger-happy perp during a chase and gunfight on a pedestrian overpass above FDR Drive in East Harlem, police said. Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was shot in the forehead by the callous gunman, who had stolen a bike and was being pursued by cops along the promenade hugging the East River around 8:30 p.m., Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. The brave officer died at 10:22 p.m. at Harlem Hospital. A suspect, shot in the legs, was arrested. Holder, who emigrated from Guyana, was a third-generation police officer,...
  • Transgender woman details ordeal TSA put her through...after bodyscanner picked up her 'anomaly'

    09/22/2015 3:20:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 63 replies
    A transgender woman has described how she was kept in airport security because TSA agents questioned why an 'anomaly' was picked up on the bodyscanner . Shadi Petosky was preparing to board a flight from Orlando International Airport on Monday when she was held up after going through the female line. The writer and producer was then questioned by a TSA agent and told she would have be run through as a man, otherwise there would be a 'problem'. The frequent flyer, who claims she has never experienced problems at airport security before, then began tweeting about her ordeal which...
  • Atlanta-area police officer shot, circumstances unclear

    08/31/2015 7:48:40 PM PDT · by matt04 · 35 replies
    ATLANTA An Atlanta-area police officer has been shot and taken to a hospital. DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parrish said the officer was shot Monday night but she didn't immediately have any details about the circumstances of the shooting. ... Parris said the officer would undergo surgery at the hospital. The extent of the officer's injuries was not immediately known.
  • Innocent bystander, 61, dies after NYPD accidentally shot him in ... attempt to catch a gun dealer

    08/29/2015 12:30:42 PM PDT · by matt04 · 24 replies
    A man who was shot by an NYPD officer in a bungled attempt at a gun bust died Saturday morning. Felix Kumi, 61, was hit by several rounds after an undercover cop missed his target and hit him instead. The officer, who has not been named, was aiming for a suspect involved in the gun bust in Mount Vernon, Westchester County. Alvin Smothers, 37, reportedly aimed a gun at the officer, who fired 11 rounds at him in response. Three of the shots his Smothers, while at least two went astray and hit Kumi, who was standing behind him. Officers...
  • Wine train apologizes to black womens book club after allegations of racism

    08/26/2015 6:17:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    Members of the book group, sporting matching gray T-shirts and broad grins, boarded the Napa Valley Wine Train in high spirits Saturday. The train is leaving the station! Choo choo! member Lisa Johnson posted on her Facebook page, captioning a picture of five glasses of burgundy liquid clinking together. But not long into the trip train staff began asking them to quiet down. Before the journey was half over, they were escorted off the train, where police officers were waiting for them, according to the Associated Press. We didnt do anything wrong and we still feel this is about race....
  • Target Closing West Side Location in November

    08/10/2015 4:24:54 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    The West Side Target, located at 3720 Soldano Blvd (in the Consumer Square Shopping Center off West Broad Street), will be closing their doors sometime in November. A part time employee tipped us off in a discussion about West Side redevelopment ideas on our messageboard, noting that the decision to close was made about a week ago. A call to the store this morning confirmed the November closure, though a final date is still unknown at this point. Large retail centers have struggled to attract and retain tenants on the citys west side over the past several decades, with the...
  • Maps reveal how EVs can be WORSE for the environment than gas-guzzling vehicles

    07/07/2015 2:09:58 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    They have been hailed as the environmentally-friendly solution to getting around towns and cities. But new research has found electric cars have an overall impact on pollution that may be worse than gas-guzzling vehicles. The study looked at US vehicle emissions on a county-level to map where gas cars and electric vehicles cause the most damage to the environment. It found that in the east of the US, the impact of charging up EVs overnight does more harm to the environment than going to the petrol station. ... The study, by the National Bureau of Economic Research, looked at five...
  • Country Singers Tim McGraw, Billy Currington Headlining Gun Control Fundraiser

    04/16/2015 10:30:04 AM PDT · by matt04 · 33 replies
    On July 17, country singers Tim McGraw and Billy Currington will headline a fundraiser for gun control group Sandy Hook Promise in Connecticut. Sandy Hook Promise was founded after Adam Lanza stole various firearms then carried out a heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. NBC Connecticut quoted McGraw as saying: Out of this tragedy a group was formed that made a promise to honor the lives lost and turn it into a moment of transformation. Sandy Hook Promise teaches that we can do something to protect our children from gun violence. I want to be a part of that promise...
  • Standing Up (Target)

    04/01/2015 7:14:57 PM PDT · by matt04 · 18 replies
    In recent days, weve heard from you, our guests. Youve asked us for Targets thoughts about what it means to have an inclusive culture. Youve asked us if, given the current conversations taking place across our country, we were taking a stand. And while most of those have been one-on-one conversations as you have called or emailed us, we wanted to take time to share our thoughts more broadly. They are simple. Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And youll always be accepted, respected and welcomed here.
  • Why this Manhattan gun store didnt actually sell guns

    03/18/2015 1:38:59 PM PDT · by matt04 · 48 replies
    Last week, sandwiched between a row of shops and apartments, you may have noticed that a store hawking firearms miraculously opened for two days on Manhattans Lower East Side Had you ventured inside and asked the gruff-sounding owner whether you could take a closer look at, say, a revolver, you probably would have encountered the following sales pitch: this revolver, its the easiest gun we have to use. Its our most popular one. Its a 22-caliber, six-inch revolver, the clerk begins. Its also a gun that a five-year-old found in his parents bedroom, went down and shot his nine-month-old baby...
  • 'Racism is not a figment of our imagination': Springfield (MA) leaders respond to Ferguson report,

    03/13/2015 11:18:44 AM PDT · by matt04 · 48 replies
    ... Bishop Talbert Swan II, pastor of the Spring of Hope Church Of God In Christ and president of the Greater Springfield chapter of the NAACP, said the report does not reveal anything new for the African American community. "The report reveals an atmosphere in the city that the majority of the African American community knew existed, but many outside the community were in denial of," Swan said. ... Swan said he wrote a letter to Mayor Domenic J. Sarno in the wake of the Ferguson incident last year requesting that a commission be formed to look at what elements...
  • Springfield (MA) unemployment rate rises to 10.2 percent, regional rate drops to 5.9 percent

    03/12/2015 12:57:08 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Unemployment in the city of Springfield rose in January to 10.2 percent from a revised 9.4 percent in December 2014. The change was likely a reflection of seasonal hiring trends as stores and warehouses let Christmas season help go. But the city's unemployment rate for January was lower than the 12.7 percent jobless rate recorded in January 2014. And the Greater Springfield regional unemployment rate in January was 5.9 percent, down from 6.3 percent the month before and 7.7 percent a year ago. ... The city of Springfield's labor force was 63,799, down from 64,208 a month ago and down...
  • MSNBC host hopes Trayvon Martin 'whooped the s--t out of George Zimmerman' (Melissa Harris-Perry)

    MSNBCs Melissa Harris-Perry said during an address at Cornell University this week that she hopes 17-year-old Trayvon Martin whooped the s--t out of gunman George Zimmerman during their fatal encounter in 2012. Harris-Perrys speech, titled We Cant Breathe: The Continuing Consequences of Inequality, was delivered during the universitys annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture. She said the following of Martins death: I hope [Martin] tried to stay alive. I hope he knew that he lived in a state with a Stand Your Ground law. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 on murder charges. Floridas Stand Your Ground law was...
  • Solar farm sets 130 birds on FIRE: ...power plant ignites creatures mid-air during tests

    02/23/2015 2:51:27 PM PST · by matt04 · 74 replies
    More than 100 birds have been injured during testing of a new solar power farm. Biologists say 130 birds caught fire mid-air while entering an area of concentrated solar energy created by the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nevada. Experts believe the birds may have been attracted by the glow of the farms tower, but the projects owners, SolarReserve, say they have found a way to reduce the fatalities. The solar project is close to being completion and is set to go launch next month. Thousands of mirrors focus sunlight onto one central tower to melt salt...
  • Hartford state rep. apologizes for parking in handicapped space

    01/19/2015 4:43:18 PM PST · by matt04 · 56 replies
    A state representative from Hartford is taking some heat for parking in a handicapped space. An iWitness snapped a photo of the personal car driven by Rep. Brandon McGee with his state-issued license plate parked in the spot at a Dunkin' Donuts on Capitol Avenue, across the street from the State Capitol. The picture was taken Friday. McGee said he issued an apology on his Facebook page. "Thank you for holding me accountable. The other day (Friday to be exact) I made my usual run to D&D and was in a hurry... parked in a handicap parking space... Major no-no....
  • Principal: Let students hurl canned food at intruders

    01/13/2015 1:23:43 PM PST · by matt04 · 110 replies
    A middle school principal in eastern Alabama wants to stockpile cans of food such as corn and peas in classrooms so that students could hurl them as weapons in a last-resort confrontation with a school intruder. In a letter Friday, W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents to have each student bring an 8-ounce canned item. "We realize at first this may seem odd; however, it is a practice that would catch an intruder off guard," she wrote in the letter, published by TV station WHNT in Huntsville. "The canned food item could stun the intruder or even...
  • Malloy (D-CT) appointees get holiday raises of up to 12%

    12/30/2014 1:27:17 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    The holidays will be a little merrier for about 200 appointees of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other constitutional officers: They are getting raises ranging from three percent to 12 percent at an annual cost of $1.4 million. The raises were announced by Ben Barnes, who oversees the budget as the secretary of policy and management. His salary jumps by 12 percent, from $186,999 to $209,439. All the raises take effect on Dec. 26. For Barnes and most of the other top officials, including the governor's chief of staff, Mark Ojakian, the raises are the first since joining the Malloy...
  • Chicopee (MA) PD to seek criminal complaint against man for 'wings on pigs' comment on Facebook

    12/23/2014 3:20:35 AM PST · by matt04 · 48 replies
    Police will seek a criminal complaint in district court against a 27-year-old resident for threatening to commit a crime after police said he wrote the term "put wings on pigs" on his Facebook page. The phrase is the same one that Ismaaiyl Brinsley used on Instagram just before ambushing New York police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on Saturday. The two officers were shot to death in their car, and Brinsley later committed suicide. "In the eyes of every police officer in America today, 'Putting wings on pigs' is a threat," said Michael Wilk, Chicopee Police Department spokesman. Members...
  • Lanza's mental issues went untreated by officials who allowed SH shooter's mother to overpower them

    11/21/2014 12:56:41 PM PST · by matt04 · 60 replies
    Adam Lanza had always been a child in need of help. At age 3, he was referred to special education after he began to exhibit oddly repetitive behaviors and couldn't socialize like most kids. By fourth grade, he had been diagnosed with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and autism. Yet year after year as psychiatrists insisted that Lanza should be on treatment and strict medication his mother Nancy refused to follow through on the requests. She chalked up her son's behavior to a presumed superior intelligence, seeing him as a gifted student, despite testing done by experts showing he...
  • 2 Springfield (MA) men, warned by police to stay out of trouble, charged with robbery 2 min. later

    11/11/2014 5:05:00 PM PST · by matt04 · 22 replies
    Two city men were arrested late Saturday night for robbing two people on Orange Street, just a few minutes after each was warned by police about not bothering people, police said. The two men, Tyrone Hill, 31, of 245 Morton St., and Rico Swinton, 21, of 50 Parkerview St. were each charged with two counts of unarmed robbery and resisting arrest. Police spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said Hill and Swinton knocked one victim off his bike and stolen another victim's cell phone. Officers Christopher Collins and David Robillard gave chase and quickly apprehended the pair, and recovered all the stolen...
  • Spfld MA PD: 5 adults and 2 juve, armed with knives and boxcutters, allegedly stole from 6 victims

    09/25/2014 10:01:20 AM PDT · by matt04 · 35 replies
    Police arrested seven suspects Wednesday night after they allegedly went on a rolling spree, while armed with knives and boxcutters, and stole cell phones and other items from six different victims in three separate robberies. The robberies began at 5:35 p.m. when suspects, driving around in a green Chevrolet Suburban, robbed an 18-year-old man who was walking near Greenleaf Park at 1187 Parker St., Sgt. John Delaney said. The victim told police that seven suspects, wielding knives, took his iPad and cell phone. The second armed robbery occurred about 30 minutes later in the area of 62 Malden St. Delaney...
  • PETA calls on Big E to drop elephant show, petting zoo; fair president says... won't be bullied

    09/25/2014 7:30:29 AM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    The Republican ^ | September 09, 2014
    The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is taking aim at the Eastern States Exposition, asking that the fair to drop a Connecticut outfit that offers elephant rides and a childrens petting zoo. ... Cassidy said he would not allow PETA to bully the Big E. As long as Gene Cassidy is president of the Big E, young people and old people will have the opportunity to see these animals, he said. Since just before Labor Day, the Big Es offices in West Springfield have been flooded with thousands of e-mails from animal-rights supporters,...
  • Stop & Shop Supermarkets: weapons prohibited

    09/19/2014 2:48:39 PM PDT · by matt04 · 29 replies
    I was in my local Stop & Shop today and noticed a employee putting a sign up on the door. When I left I looked and noticed they posted the stores. I checked their FB page and they have confirmed it is a BAN all all forms of carry.
  • VIDEO: Spfld convenience store owner fights off would-be robber who stuck fake gun in his mouth (MA)

    09/12/2014 9:59:39 AM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Video footage from Wednesday's attempted armed robbery at a Six Corners market shows the store owner fending off an assailant who allegedly stuck a fake gun in his face. "He put it in my mouth," said the owner of Walnut Convenience Store, who pulled out a real gun after fighting 20-year-old Fernell Pelzer. Pelzer pleaded with the shop owner not to hurt him, according to ABC40 News, which obtained store surveillance footage of the crime being committed. "I say, 'I'm not gonna shoot ya,' and I was holding him till the cops got here, and that's what I did," the...
  • Chick-fil-A Says It Will Open 4 Locations In Connecticut

    09/12/2014 7:56:40 AM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    The Courant ^ | July 16, 2014 | By ANERI PATTANI
    <p>The Atlanta-based business plans restaurants in Brookfield, Danbury, Enfield and Wallingford.</p> <p>The Brookfield location will be the first Chick-fil-A in the state when it opens in mid-September, said the owner, Devon Scanlon.</p> <p>The venue will seat 109 and offer outdoor seating and a drive-thru. Customers will have access to free Wi-Fi and an indoor play area for children.</p>
  • Police: Attempted robbery of Springfield store with fake gun thwarted by shop owner with real pistol

    09/11/2014 3:53:30 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    A 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday evening after an alleged armed robbery attempt with a fake gun was thwarted by a shop owner with a real one. According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, around 10:20 p.m., Fernell Pelzer allegedly entered the Walnut Convenience store on the border of the Six Corners and Old Hill neighborhoods. Delaney said Pelzer ran into the store and confronted the shop owner before attempting to pistol whip him with what turned out to be a fake gun. A struggle ensued, according to police, and in the process, Pelzer had the tables turned on him...
  • 'No more people on the streets' heard as activists from Spfld No One Leaves demand fair housing

    09/11/2014 1:47:21 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    The chants cut through the warm, humid air like an approaching cold front, prompting drivers to crane their necks and pedestrians to stop in their tracks on the sidewalk outside the U.S. Post Office on Liberty Street. "No justice, no peace, no more people in the streets." "What do we do when banks attack? Stand up, fight back." The protesters' numbers were few less than 20 but the collective voice of Springfield No One Leaves was mighty as the group took aim at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the beleaguered government-sponsored mortgage enterprises bailed out by taxpayers, and...
  • Panera Bread asks customers not to bring guns to its restaurants (Freep a poll)

    09/08/2014 1:51:47 PM PDT · by matt04 · 114 replies
    <p>Panera Bread is asking customers not to bring guns into its restaurants. The request places it on a growing list of companies asking guests to refrain from toting firearms into their locations amid an ongoing nationwide debate about gun policy.</p>
  • Bloomberg/MDA and Target again?

    09/07/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    We all know Target caved to MDA and requested people not bring guns, which MDA took as a outright ban. According to some FB Posts and Tweets I saw recently it seems MDA or their members have realized that nothing has changed policy wise. I can't find anything official form MDA on a new campaign, but is seems like some of their members might have realized they were lied to and are not happy.
  • Worcester (MA) school bus video shows 'terrifying' confrontation between parents, driver

    09/05/2014 11:59:23 AM PDT · by matt04 · 116 replies
    The Republican ^ | updated September 05, 2014 at 8:48 AM | By Noah R. Bombard
    It's unclear what happened before the video started, but what happened afterward one parent could only describe as "terrifying." Video shot by a parent of a Quinsigamond Elementary School student Wednesday afternoon of what should have been a routine school bus stop showed young children crying and screaming, seemingly unable to leave the school bus they were riding in as parents shouted at the driver to let them off. In the video, shot near the corner of Perry Ave. and Harlem Street by parent Jessica Jimenez, parents curse and shout at the driver asking why she won't let the kids...
  • Tax forms could pose challenge for

    08/30/2014 10:55:08 AM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state insurance marketplaces won't be able to get those forms out in time, creating the risk of delayed tax refunds for millions of consumers. The same federal agency that had trouble launching last fall is facing the heaviest lift. The Health and Human Services Department must send out millions of the forms, which are like W-2s for people getting tax credits...
  • Saying Saying Ferguson 'could happen' in Holyoke, Spfld., Talbert Swan calls for special commissions

    08/20/2014 5:21:22 PM PDT · by matt04 · 22 replies
    Saying that the civil unrest that has followed the recent fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., "could happen" in Springfield as well as Holyoke, the Rev. Talbert W. Swan II, president of the Greater Springfield NAACP, has requested that the mayors of these two cities establish a commission in each city to address issues that could prove "a powder keg." "Holyoke and Springfield are two urban centers that have a large population of persons of color," Swan said. "They are also two cities with a sordid...
  • Springfield PD continue investigating 9th homicide of year, series of unrelated stabbings in city

    08/10/2014 1:41:14 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    While some city residents were enjoying a weekend highlighted by a bright Supermoon and the successful Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival, others found themselves involved in spats of violence that kept first responders and doctors at the Bay State Medical Center busy. The city's 9th homicide of the year took place Saturday around 5 p.m. when police arrived at William DeBerry Elementary School on Union Street in the city's Old Hill neighborhood to investigate after a Shotspotter activation and 911 calls. The victim, 26-year-old city resident Lamar P. Kelly, was found with a single gunshot wound and was, according to...
  • Clerk Fatally Shoots Armed Robbery Suspect Who Also Tried to Rob Brother's Store: PD (New Haven, CT)

    08/07/2014 12:31:42 PM PDT · by matt04 · 11 replies
    A New Haven convenience store owner shot and killed a man suspected of trying to rob his store and another store owned by his brother at gunpoint on the same night, police said. According to police, the owner of Congress Mini Market at 750 Congress Avenue called 911 to report that a man armed with a rifle had tried to rob him Tuesday night. While detectives were interviewing him, the store owner's brother called to say he had just shot a man who tried to rob his store, Nino's Mini Market at 659 Washington Avenue, according to police. Police arrived...
  • Former White House Press Secretary James Brady Dead at 73

    08/04/2014 11:18:31 AM PDT · by matt04 · 62 replies
    Former White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was famously shot during the attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan's life in 1981, has died. He was 73. "Jim touched the lives of so many and has been a wonderful husband, father, friend and role model," his family said in a statement. "We are enormously proud of Jim's remarkable accomplishments - before he was shot on the fateful day in 1981 while serving at the side of President Ronald Reagan and in the days, months and years that followed. Jim Brady's zest for life was apparent to all who knew him, and...
  • Cape Cod rep on Deval Patrick remarks following Bourne meeting: 'Typical ploy of an elitist thinker'

    07/29/2014 10:05:33 AM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Massachusetts Republicans have amped up their criticism of Gov. Deval Patricks approach to potentially sheltering immigrant children in federal custody within Massachusetts, while the administration is seeking to quell the concerns of local officials. ... Federal facilities for detained children who crossed the border illegally and unaccompanied by a guardian have been overwhelmed, and Patrick has offered Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne and Westover Air Reserve Base as potential sites to house the children. The federal government has not yet responded. Patrick sent a representative - Homeland Security Undersecretary Kurt Schwartz - to a select board meeting in Bourne...
  • Police say roommate with hand gun stopped attack(home invasion, New London CT)

    07/24/2014 2:10:43 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Police say a resident of a New London home, armed with a handgun, stopped an early-morning attack on his roommate. A 15-year-old, whose name has not been released, was charged with breaking into the home on Crystal Avenue just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the teen, who was armed with a knife and gun, assaulted a resident in a first-floor bedroom. They say that attack awakened the upstairs roommate, who came downstairs armed with a handgun and confronted the teen. Police say the attacker complied with an order to remain still until officers arrived. He faces charges including...
  • What Just Happened at Market Basket This Weekend?

    07/21/2014 2:53:20 PM PDT · by matt04 · 36 replies
    A big local story from this weekend was centered around Market Basket and its employees ongoing movement to re-install former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. ... Why are employees protesting, anyway? OK, the long answer goes back decades. In the very short-term, Market Basket employees are extremely loyal to the former CEO, Demoulas, who was fired last month and replaced with Jim Gooch and Felicia Thornton. Two other executives were fired at the time, and seven more resigned the next day. A couple weeks back, employees outright demanded Demoulas be re-instated as CEO. When they didnt hear an answer by the...
  • Springfield (MA) PD investigating homicide No. 7 after man shot on White Street dies from injuries

    Police are investigating the city's seventh homicide of the year after a man was shot in the chest Saturday night in the Forest Park neighborhood. Police have yet to publicly identify the 27-year-old victim, a city resident who was shot around 9:15 p.m. near the corner of White and Orange streets. The suspect was described as a Hispanic or light-skinned black man armed with a silver handgun. Witnesses told police the gunman had a full beard and "nappy hair" in the back, and he was wearing a white T-shirt and light-colored shorts. Sgt. John Delaney, a spokesman for the Springfield...
  • Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee could be used to house unaccompanied minors...

    Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee is one of two sites in Massachusetts being considered by Gov. Deval Patrick to house children who cross the border into the United States illegally. The other site is Camp Edwards, part of a military reservation in Cape Cod. State Sen. Don Humason, a Westfield Republican who opposes the idea, confirmed that Patrick's office called him Thursday to give him a heads up about the proposal. Patrick, a Democrat, discussed the proposal during a press conference at 9:45 a.m. providing more details about his intent to accept a request by the U.S. government to...

    07/16/2014 12:25:31 PM PDT · by matt04 · 38 replies
    The administration of Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-WFP) has denied a request from federal officials to temporarily house up to 2,000 illegal immigrant children from Central America at a residence in his state for individuals with intellectual disabilities. ... According to Keith Phaneuf at CT Mirror, federal officials initially contacted the administration of Malloy, who is seeking a second term as governor this year, on July 3 regarding the possibility of a short-term lease to house, feed, and provide medical care to 1,000 to 2,000 of the unaccompanied illegal children who entered the U.S. through Mexico. The GSA reportedly asked...
  • Anti-Gunners Kill More Jobs with Bloomberg-Style Laws(Mossberg leaving CT)

    07/14/2014 9:22:35 AM PDT · by matt04 · 13 replies
    Americas largest shotgun manufacturer has decided to move more of its business to the Republic of Texas. The news that O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. chose not to expand their business in Connecticut shouldnt really come as a surprise. States that have zealously pursued more restrictive gun control policies have seen their historically loyal firearm manufacturers begin an exodus to friendlier locales. Mossberg has decided to move more of its manufacturing process to Texas in light of Connecticuts recent legislative attempts to demonize their industry; such as implementing a confiscation registration process, and outlawing future sales of various firearms categorized...
  • Springfield police busy with shootings, robberies, stabbing and more

    07/06/2014 10:36:59 AM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Police were busy from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, investigating multiple gun calls, shootings, robberies and at least one stabbing. ... The most serious incident involved a man who was shot on Orchard Street in the Brightwood section of the North End around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday. That was followed about 40 minutes later by a shooting near the intersection of Johnson and Ranney streets in Forest Park, where shell casings were recovered but no victims were found. Police also responded to a 9:11 p.m. ShotSpotter activation indicating four rounds of gunfire in the vicinity of 39 Wendell Place in the...
  • Holyoke farmers mkt to get visit from bicyclists highlighting concerns about proposedGas Pipeline

    07/03/2014 10:38:38 AM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    ix members of the Climate Summer 2014 Team Western Mass. have been bicycling across the state and will be at the farmers' market here Thursday (July 3) to highlight concerns about the proposed expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The expansion of the pipeline in the Northeastern United States is believed to include a route through Franklin County, though a company spokesman said routes haven't been finalized and the company is committed to public safety and protection of the environment. Tennessee Gas Pipeline is part of the Kinder-Morgan company of Houston, Texas. The proposed mainline route of the company's Northeast...
  • Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick signs bill increasing minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017

    06/26/2014 10:46:55 AM PDT · by matt04 · 27 replies
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday signed a bill raising the state's $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017. The bill increases the minimum wage gradually, to $9 per hour in 2015, $10 in 2016 and $11 in 2017 which would be the highest in the nation. President Barack Obama praised Massachusetts lawmakers last week for "standing up for working men and women." Obama previously said he looked forward to Patrick, a fellow Democrat and supporter, signing the bill. The measure also gradually raises the minimum wage for tipped workers, such as restaurant servers, from...
  • Senator Murphy (D-CT) proposes increase in federal gas tax

    06/19/2014 9:46:40 AM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Connecticut residents may soon be seeing more federal tax hikes in the gas and diesel purchased, the first hike in 20 years. Lawmakers in Washington, DC said the federal highway trust fund will be empty in a few months if they don't come up with a plan to refill it. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker proposed raising the federal tax $0.12 over the next two years to replenish the fund, however, taxpayers aren't approving of this. "That's not going to work for me. I'm a single parent, I can't afford that," said Latoya Leery. Connecticut drivers...
  • (MA)House approves $11 minimum wage bill

    06/18/2014 5:38:24 PM PDT · by matt04 · 18 replies
    Many Massachusetts workers could see a little more money in their paychecks as early as next year. Last week, the Massachusetts Senate agreed to raise the minimum wage to $11.00 per hour and on Wednesday, the House of Representatives agreed. The vote means that Massachusetts will be one step closer to having the highest statewide minimum wage in the country. Under the bill, the minimum wage would be increased over three years, with no tie to inflation. Although the Senate gave their approval last week, not all House members agree its a good idea. This minimum wage was never intended...