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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Raw video: Gang attacks couple in downtown Springfield (Missouri, group knockout game)

    09/06/2014 11:34:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    KYTV-TV ^ | September 4, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Springfield police are looking for a group of people who brutally beat a couple in downtown Springfield. Police have not made any arrests. They hope someone seeing the video will identify the attackers. One of the victims, Meredith Cole, says the attack started while her boyfriend, Alex, was working as a DJ at the Outland Ballroom. She said she was approached by a group of men outside the club, and they began to sexually assault her. Cole says she returned inside the club to alert her boyfriend, who then left the club to try to identify who her attackers are....
  • Young Couple Suffers BRUTAL ATTACK By Black Mob in Springfield, MO (Video)

    09/06/2014 11:56:53 AM PDT · by JCG · 70 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 5, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Black youths beat a young couple walking in Springfield, Missouri on August 22,2014. The mob ran up behind the couple as they left a bar in the city. The woman was also hit and knocked down in the assault.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bishop Paprocki: I Direct the Eucharist be Placed in the Center of the Sanctuary

    06/24/2014 10:31:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | June 24, 2014
    His Excellency Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki; Ars celebrandi et adorandiOn the Art of Celebrating the Eucharistic Liturgy The art of celebrating the liturgy properly and adoring the Lord in the Eucharist devoutly (ars celebrandi et adorandi) is the key to fostering the active participation of the People of God in divine worship. (Part 1 of series)The Reservation and Adoration of the Holy Eucharist 18. While the Holy Eucharist is reserved in the tabernacle of every parish church in our diocese, the faithful in some places do not frequently come to pray before the tabernacle to be in the presence...
  • Massachusetts mayor: Stop sending my city refugees (Springfield MA)

    06/22/2014 11:31:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2014 1:53 AM EDT | Paige Sutherland
    A Massachusetts mayor is calling for an end to refugee resettlement in his city, saying Somali families are putting pressure on already strained services in Springfield, a onetime industrial center where nearly a third of the population lives below the poverty line. Mayor Domenic Sarno is the latest mayor to decry refugee resettlement, joining counterparts in New Hampshire in Maine in largely rare tensions with the State Department, which helps resettle refugees in communities across America. The mayor is drawing criticism from those who say this country has a moral obligation to help the outcast and refugees who say they’re...
  • Springfield (MA) violence: 'Don't blame the police when Pookie gets shot…,' says Rev. Swan

    06/06/2014 4:33:23 PM PDT · by matt04 · 38 replies
    Blame for the recent violence that's swept through Springfield lies in the hands of the young men committing the crimes – and those who tacitly abet them – not the law enforcement officials and religious leaders trying to keep the peace, according to the Rev. Talbert W. Swan II, president of the Greater Springfield NAACP and pastor of Spring of Hope Church. "Don't blame the police, you know, when Pookie gets shot and you knew the kind of life Pookie was living, and you knew the path that Pookie was on and you never addressed it with Pookie," Swan said...
  • Obama pal's ex-aide to plead guilty in grant scheme

    04/07/2014 7:15:11 PM PDT · by John W · 15 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 7, 2014 | Ray Long
    SPRINGFIELD—A onetime top aide to former state public health chief Dr. Eric Whitaker plans to plead guilty to bribery, theft and obstruction of justice in federal court this week in a $400,000 state grant kickback scam she is accused of trying to cover up, according to court documents the Tribune obtained. Quinshaunta Golden, 45, of Homewood, is scheduled to change her plea to guilty Thursday and has agreed to cooperate with authorities. Federal prosecutors have agreed to request a sentence of no more than 10 years and a month in prison, a copy of Golden's plea agreement shows. Whitaker, a...
  • [vanity] Reloading advice for Springfield XDS compact 45

    04/07/2014 5:41:54 PM PDT · by Blueflag · 51 replies
    Optimum loads ^ | 4/8/2014 | blueflag
    Seeking advice and comment on the best reload spec for a Springfield XDS 3.3 compact 45.
  • Quinn tells lawmakers to make 'hard choice' on keeping tax hike (another broken promise)

    03/26/2014 7:48:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/26/2014 | Ray Long and Monique Garcia
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn today proposed making permanent the temporary income tax increase he signed into law three years ago, fully framing the debate over his fall re-election bid against Republican Bruce Rauner who wants the tax hike rolled back. Delivering his budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1, Quinn sought to offer some sweeteners for keeping the tax increase—including a doubling of the tax credit for lower-income workers and offering a flat $500 property tax rebate to benefit homeowners. "As a result of our hard work to restore fiscal stability -- from spending reductions to pension...
  • Smith & Wesson in Springfield posts increase in quarterly earnings, sales figures

    03/04/2014 4:01:35 PM PST · by matt04 · 3 replies
    Gunmaker Smith & Wesson reported positive results for its most recent quarter Tuesday after the close of stock market trading. Smith & Wesson's income from continuing operations for the quarter ending Jan. 31 was $20.1 million, or 35 cents per share, up from $17.5 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, for the same time period last year, according to a news release. Net sales for the quarter were $145.9 million, up 7.1 percent from the $136.2 million same time period last year. When excluding Walther products that were sold in the prior year pursuant to a distribution agreement that...
  • GLOCK 42 vs The World [video only]

    02/24/2014 8:43:52 AM PST · by servo1969 · 39 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 2-23-2014 | Iraqveteran8888
    Even if you are not shopping for a Glock 42, this is still an excellent comparison of many single stack pistols on the market. There are almost an overwhelming number of options for a .380 or 9mm concealed carry weapon. Hopefully this video helped you glean some information.
  • Local NAACP President Talbert Swan II decries justice system following mistrial

    02/17/2014 3:36:06 PM PST · by matt04 · 21 replies
    A partial mistrial in a Florida murder case for the shooting death of teenager Jordan Davis marks another example of failed justice involving a young black victim, according to the Rev. Talbert W. Swan II, president of the Greater Springfield chapter of the NAACP. In a prepared statement released this week, Swan wrote that news of a mistrial on a first-degree murder charge against Michael Dunn left him saddened by the loss of life and angry at the justice system. "The failure to convict Michael Dunn of murder only highlights the perceived value of black life and reinforces the stereotypes,...
  • Firearm Rights and the Chinks in the Armor

    01/05/2014 5:17:40 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 5, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Farmer Brown had a large chicken coop on his property. He noticed that foxes were getting in and stealing and eating his chickens, so he determined that he needed to fence it in. Farmer Brown sought permission from the local government for a high fence. Immediately, the wheels of government started to turn: Deputy Fox had him fill out some forms, Sheriff Coyote checked his fingerprints, County Clerk Jackal processed his applications and his filing fee; Judge Wolf supervised an audit of Farmer Brown’s friends and doctors to make a determination on his medical and psychological health. Finally, the local...
  • Springfield, IL Nativity Scene Chairman: Is Atheist Signage Political Dialogue or Hate Speech?

    12/08/2008 9:59:33 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 18 replies · 405+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | December 8, 2008 | Daniel Zanoza
    It was literally one of the most fulfilling events of my life. However, I didn't fully realize it at first. In late 2007, I thought it was time to get my life back on track after becoming totally blind two and a half years ago. Sure, there was my writing. And support of pro-family causes filled up many of my days. Yet there was something missing. However, I was soon to learn what it was. A few years ago, it was suggested I lead a project that would eventually result in a Nativity scene standing in the state Capitol Building...
  • Historic Nativity Scene To Be Unveiled In IL State Capitol Building in Springfield Tues., Dec. 2nd

    11/27/2008 10:55:19 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 5 replies · 387+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | November 27, 2008 | Dan Gura
    SPRINGFIELD, IL -- On Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008, a privately-supported Nativity Scene will go on display in the state Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois. Solely funded and constructed as a result of donations from private citizens, the display depicting the birth of Jesus Christ will stand in the East Hall of the Capitol Building from December 2nd through the 28th. The Nativity Scene and events surrounding the exhibit are being organized by the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC). The scene--designed and constructed by Chicago-based builder Karl Fritz and his son master craftsman Timothy Fritz--will feature the baby Jesus, Joseph and...
  • ACLU Again Not Challenging Springfield, Illinois Nativity Scene: Isn't That Special! It Is

    11/18/2009 7:04:31 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 352+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | Nov. 18, 2009 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Springfield Nativity Scene To Stand In Illinois State Capitol Rotunda Building For Second Year: ACLU Says It Supports Constitutional Rights To Express Religious Liberty In the Public Square by Daniel T. Zanoza, Executive Director of RFFM.org and Chairman of the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee For the second year a row, a Nativity Scene will stand in the state Capitol Rotunda Building in Springfield, Illinois. Last Christmas season, the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) made history with the financial and legal assistance of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society (TMS) and the support of private donations. An article written by Kurt Erickson...
  • 2nd Annual Springfield, IL Nativity Scene to Stand in Capitol Rotunda: Opening Day Ceremony 12/1/09

    11/29/2009 8:39:56 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies · 265+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | Nov. 29, 2009 | Springfield Nativity Scene Committee
    The Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) will again erect a Nativity Scene that will stand in Illinois’ state Capitol Rotunda Building. Opening day ceremonies regarding the Springfield Nativity Scene (SNS) will take place between 12 Noon and 1 P.M. on December 1st in the state Capitol Rotunda located at South 2nd Street & East Capitol Avenue in Springfield, Illinois. The public is invited to attend the event. The Springfield Nativity Scene--which was originally underwritten by the Chicago-based Thomas More Society--is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This year the display is co-sponsored by Isringhausen Imports of Springfield and...
  • Nativity Scene To Stand For Third Year In A Row in Illinois State Capitol

    08/25/2010 5:45:51 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 2 replies
    RFFM.org ^ | August 25, 2010 | Judy Cleary
    For the third year in a row, a Nativity Scene will stand in the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda Building this Christmas season. The Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) sponsors the religious display which features statues of the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph in a hand-crafted manger setting. The Nativity scene is underwritten by the Chicago-based Thomas More Society http://www.thomasmoresociety.org/. "I am very honored to once again be part of a group that will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ," said Daniel T. Zanoza, Chairman, Springfield (Illinois) Nativity Scene Committee. "Besides its religious significance, the Nativity scene is a wonderful...
  • Springfield Nativity Scene Draws Standing Room Only Crowd to Illinois state Capitol Rotunda Building

    12/07/2009 10:56:09 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 3 replies · 283+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | December 04, 2009 | RFFM.org staff writer
    On December 1st, 2009, a standing room only crowd attended the second annual opening day ceremony for the Springfield, Illinois Nativity Scene. The display now stands in the center of the state Capitol Rotunda Building and will be on display throughout the Christmas season. The Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC), who coordinated the event, would like to express its deepest appreciation to the Chicago-based Thomas More Society who underwrote the Nativity Scene for the second year in a row. The SNSC would also like to thank the Illinois Family Institute and Isringhausen Imports of Springfield who were co-sponsors of this...
  • Smith & Wesson to repair veterans memorial near Springfield headquarters, take over maintenance

    11/07/2013 4:30:29 PM PST · by matt04 · 6 replies
    Gunmaker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday it will spend $200,000 refurbishing and renovating the Roosevelt Avenue veterans memorial flagpole near its headquarters. The memorial, built in 1932 at the entrance to the former Veterans Memorial Golf Course, suffered weather damage for decades before the pole itself blew over in the June 2011 tornado. At the time the monument was built, Smith & Wesson was located on Stockbridge Street. "First off, we pass it by every day," said James Debney, Smith & Wesson's president and CEO. "It's right on our doorstep. It would be insulting not to do something." The monument...
  • Springfield bishop: ‘Blasphemous’ same-sex advocates wearing rainbow sashes won’t be allowed at Mass

    10/22/2013 5:03:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    voices ^ | October 22, 2013 | Dave McKinney
    SPRINGFIELD-The head of Springfield’s Roman Catholic diocese moved Tuesday to scuttle a silent protest by same-sex marriage advocates planned at the capital city’s largest Catholic church, calling their plans to pray the rosary for marriage equality “blasphemous.”Advocates for the Senate Bill 10 plan to attend a 5:15 p.m. Tuesday Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception as part of what organizers describe as a “loud Catholic Presence for marriage equality” that will wrap up a daylong rally in support of the stalled legislation.But Bishop Thomas Paprocki, head of the Springfield Catholic diocese, said anyone wearing rainbow sashes won’t be...
  • XDs 9mm (Chapter 2) by hickok45 [video only]

    09/26/2013 5:46:14 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-26-2013 | hickok45
    More shooting and showing the cool little XDs in 9mm, as well as a reminder about the recall. I'm anxious to get this pistol back from Springfield, as it is definitely a fine shooter.http://www.springfield-armory.comhttp://www.springfieldrecall.com
  • Longmeadow (MA) residents to consider anti-casino vote in Nov regarding MGM and Hard Rock projects

    09/05/2013 4:52:27 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Town residents are scheduled to vote Nov. 5 on a resolution that would urge the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to reject proposed casinos in Springfield and West Springfield. The vote is the result of a signature petition drive organized by the group “No Casino Springfield,” said Selectman Alex Grant, a member of the group. The group gathered the required 100 signatures to place the anti-casino resolution on Longmeadow’s Fall Town Meeting warrant, he said. Casinos are proposed in the South End of Springfield by MGM Resorts International, and on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield by Hard...
  • HANDGUN RECALL: SPRINGFIELD XDS 3.3 [video only]

    09/01/2013 8:20:26 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 8-1-2013 | tnoutdoors9
    Springfield Armory has issued a voluntary safety recall of their popular XD-s in both 9mm and .45 ACP. This recall was issued on August 28, 2013, to resolve two rare but potentially dangerous situations; the gun firing when loading a cartridge, or double-firing when the trigger is pulled once. Brief overview of the steps necessary for returning the gun to Springfield, including notification of the affected serial numbers. The XD-s .45 ACP that I purchased in early 2013 is on the list. Although I have not had any problems with the handgun, I'm going to follow the steps in the...
  • Muslim woman asked to remove headscarf during bar exam in Springfield (MA)

    08/06/2013 1:03:59 PM PDT · by matt04 · 38 replies
    On Wednesday and Thursday, law school graduates aspiring to practice in the Commonwealth gathered in Boston and Springfield to take the 16-hour bar exam, broken into several parts. During the morning portion of the test Thursday, recent graduate of the University of Michigan Law School Iman Abdulrazzak was handed a note from an exam proctor asking her to remove her headscarf. As many Muslim women do, Abdulrazzak wore a hijab, covering her head and chest, during the exam held at the Western New England University School of Law. The note, written in capitalized block letters read, "Headwear may not be...
  • Woman arrested for firebombing a car in Springfield in domestic dispute

    07/06/2013 8:48:58 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    Springfield (MA) Republican ^ | July 6, 2013 | Stephanie Barry
    SPRINGFIELD - Police say a 24-year-old woman firebombed a car to punish her ex-boyfriend. Juliana Gonzales, of Springfield, was arrested and charged with arson in connection with throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Hyundai Sante Fe outside 72 Lionel Benoit Road just after 4 a.m. on Saturday, according to Sgt. Sean Arpin.
  • China Pig Farm Accused Of Pumping Dissolved Carcasses Into A Nearby River

    06/10/2013 6:43:50 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI ^ | 6-10-1013 | Agence France Presse
    China Pig Farm Accused Of Pumping Dissolved Carcasses Into A Nearby River Agence France Presse June 10, 2013, 7:21 AM Dead pigs being tossed into a truck in China. Reuters Authorities are reportedly probing a pig farm in central China for dissolving dead pigs in a chemical solution and pumping the resulting remains down its drains, which empty into a river. Huasheng Online, a news website published by the Hunan Daily Press Group, said environmental protection and animal hygiene authorities in Changsha, Hunan province, were investigating the allegations. The farm claimed that using strong alkali to break down carcasses before...
  • Springfield (MA) police officer shot in head with pellet gun while patrolling North End

    06/05/2013 6:18:48 PM PDT · by matt04 · 14 replies
    A city police officer was shot in the head with a projectile as his cruiser came under fire in an apparent pellet gun assault Monday night in the North End. It was the second such assault since last week, when a city firefighter was shot and injured while turning off a running hydrant in Old Hill. "He wasn't injured," Springfield Police Capt. Larry Brown said of the police officer, who wasn't publicly identified and didn't require medical attention. The incident happened just before 10 p.m. as the officer patrolled near Plainfield and Orchard streets in the Brightwood section of the...
  • Smile for the camera

    03/22/2013 3:38:46 PM PDT · by skimbell · 6 replies
    Illinois State Rifle Association ^ | Fri Mar 22 14:46:54 CST 2013 | ISRA Headline News
    One of our friends at IllinoisCarry.com created this image that compares the IGOLD march with an event that happened yesterday in the Thompson Center.
  • Springfield (MA) police: 3 of the 333 firearms turned in during buyback were assault weapons

    03/05/2013 3:10:34 PM PST · by matt04 · 23 replies
    Three of the 333 firearms handed over during a seven-hour buyback conducted by Springfield police on Saturday were deemed by officers to be assault weapons. Officer Richard Rodrigues said one of the weapons was a Chinese model, another resembled an AR-15 and the third was a Hi-Tec. Each one of those weapons netted $100 worth of VISA gift cards for those who turned them in. Information on the specific models was not immediately available. ... Of the firearms turned in Saturday, 112 were shotguns, 101 were handguns, 117 were rifles and three were black powder guns, Rodrigues said. Two additional...
  • Demonstrators cheer as eviction of Springfield (MA) homeowner called off by Fannie Mae

    01/23/2013 1:50:31 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Neighbors and activists, who stood out in the bitter cold for more an hour on Wednesday morning to protest the planned eviction of Jeffery Solivan of 32 Edgemont St., cheered after hearing that Fannie Mae had canceled its action. The protest kicked off just before 8 a.m., initially with about a dozen people and grew to about 30 people when word came that the eviction was off. No date has been given for a new eviction. Solivan said he hopes something can be negotiated with the lender that will allow him to keep his home, in the Pine Point neighborhood....
  • Springfield (MA) ranked as 2nd most LGBT friendly city in America by Advocate magazine

    01/11/2013 1:42:15 PM PST · by matt04 · 22 replies
    The City of Firsts has ranked as the second-most gay friendly city in the nation according to a new list compiled by the LGBT publication Advocate magazine. Springfield, coming in just behind Tacoma, Wash., nearly topped the 2013 list based on several factors including the number of LGBT elected officials, embracing marriage equality and the existence of a roller derby league based in the city. Providence, R.I. was the only other New England city named by the magazine in its list, which looked only at municipalities with a population of at least 150,000. "The city is among the top 10...
  • Springfield gun maker Smith & Wesson announces record sales

    12/07/2012 2:28:20 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    Smith & Wesson has announced record sales for its most recent quarter. Net sales from continuing operations for the second quarter were a record $136.6 million, up 48 percent from the second quarter last year, according to a news release issued this week. It was the second consecutive quarter of record sales. The company employs more than 1,200 workers at its factory and headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue. Federal background checks for gun purchasers were up over Black Friday. Many observers say that's because gun buyers fear that a re-elected President Barack Obama will impose more gun restrictions. But Smith &...
  • Springfield NAACP President Talbert Swan calls for national search for next fire commissioner

    11/30/2012 12:26:37 PM PST · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Local NAACP chapter president Rev. Talbert W. Swan II has called on the city to conduct a national search for a new fire commissioner, rather than lowering hiring qualifications to allow acting Fire Commissioner Joseph A. Conant to keep the job. One day after winning re-election as president of the Springfield NAACP chapter, Swan said the handling of the fire commissioner’s vacancy suggests that politics, rather than professional credentials and experience, is the prime concern of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and other city officials. “Watering down the requirements for the sake of a single preferred candidate sends a questionable message...
  • Springfield explosion cause: 'Human error,' Massachusetts fire marshal says

    11/25/2012 2:37:15 PM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    The massive explosion that rocked Springfield's entertainment district, leveling a strip club and injuring 21 people, was caused by "human error," according to Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. Officials said a thorough, block-by-block investigation since Friday's blast indicates the city's gas system is safe, intact and functioning properly. The probe will now focus on the Columbia Gas employee responsible for puncturing a gas line with a tool, and whether proper protocol was followed in the build-up to Friday's explosion. The blast injured 21 people, damaged more than three dozen buildings, and prompted a large-scale evacuation of the city's downtown...
  • Mass. natural gas explosion damaged 42 buildings

    11/24/2012 4:14:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    yahoo ^ | 11.24.2012 | SUSAN HAIGH
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday. A strip club was flattened and a day care center was heavily damaged in the massive explosion Friday night in Springfield, one of New England's biggest cities. No one was killed in the explosion. Investigators were trying Saturday to figure out what caused the blast that could be heard for miles, left a large hole in the ground where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman's Club once stood and scattered debris...
  • Warren talks small business, support for DREAM Act, during visit to Puerto Rico Bakery in Spfld

    10/22/2012 5:39:43 PM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    In the final stretch of the Massachusetts Senate race between Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law School professor took time to shake hands and meet voters at a city bakery on Monday. During a visit that spanned nearly an hour, Warren took pictures with dozens of Latino residents inside the Puerto Rico Bakery on Armory Street while addressing some of the themes that have defined her candidacy. Alongside State Reps. Benjamin Swan and Sean Curran, both Springfield Democrats, Warren reiterated her belief that Washington is rigged for big business and that she wants to...
  • Sen. Al Franken tells Elizabeth Warren supporters 'this is about turnout'

    10/20/2012 2:32:41 PM PDT · by matt04 · 25 replies
    Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken reminded a crowd of unionized health care workers here Saturday about the importance of their get-out-the-vote effort in the city and elsewhere for fellow Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who's running a close race against incumbent Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown. Franken -- elected to the Senate by a razor-thin 312 votes four years ago -- told members of SEIU Local 1199 that it's "absolutely critical" to knock on every door and make every phone call. "This is about turnout," he said. "No stones unturned," shouted a man in the crowd. Tim Foley, the union's political director,...
  • Official: Obama campaign refusing to pay bill from 2008 rally

    10/19/2012 4:57:36 PM PDT · by bigbob · 9 replies
    WLS-AM ^ | 10-19-12 | John Dempsey
    President Obama's campaign has raised millions of dollars, but officials in Springfield Illinois are still griping about an upaid bill from a 2008 campaign rally. When he was a candidate in August of 2008, Barack Obama used Springfield as a backdrop to introduce Joe Biden as his running mate. However Springfield Alderman Frank Edwards tells WLS that the Obama campaign has refused to pay $55,000 it owes in police overtime costs: "If you're going to go after your citizens for bills they owe you then everybody's in. And that's just kind of the way I look at it. I think...
  • Live updates: Sen. Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren debate in Springfield(live video)

    10/10/2012 4:04:39 PM PDT · by matt04 · 65 replies
    Live from Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA.
  • Big Dig-Springfield?(MA) I-91 in city needs major rehab that could turn into a reimagining

    10/10/2012 2:18:23 PM PDT · by matt04 · 14 replies
    The elevated section of Interstate 91 downtown needs $360 million to $400 million worth of reconstruction within the next few years, but local, state and federal transportation planners are only now starting to figure out how to pay for the project and what Springfield’s city center might look like when it's done. Options on the table include demolishing the viaduct and making I-91 a surface road or burying the interstate in the style of Boston’s notorious Big Dig. Springfield’s elevated stretch of Interstate 91 has long been blamed for smothering downtown development by cutting the city off from the Connecticut...
  • Baystate Franklin Nurses Go Out on 24-Hour Strike

    10/05/2012 3:19:25 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center have hit the picket line. The strike is scheduled to run 24 hours, from 7:00 a.m. Friday to 7:00 a.m. Saturday. Friday’s job action, which the union says is the first in the hospital’s history, comes after months of negotiations over a new contract. The Mass. Nurses Association says that they have been bargained 28 times over the last year where “Baystate Management has committed a number of unfair labor practices and has refused to make the necessary compromises to settle an equitable contract.” However, Baystate Franklin says that they have come with proposals,...
  • Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses take to the picket line in Springfield(MA)

    10/03/2012 5:25:56 PM PDT · by matt04 · 1 replies
    More than 125 unionized nurses and their supporters picketed Baystate Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon, hours before heading into the last scheduled bargaining session before a one-day strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. "We hope to get it settled, we really do," said Donna L. Stern of Greenfield, a registered nurse and co-chairwoman of the bargaining committee. "I can't wait to get back to taking care of patients. I love being a nurse." If an agreement is not reached, the nurses will strike for 24 hours from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. But Stern and her...
  • Connecticut to announce $121 million for high-speed rail between Springfield and New Haven

    10/02/2012 5:14:12 PM PDT · by matt04 · 30 replies
    State and federal officials are set to announce $121 million in federal funding for a high-speed rail project between New Haven and Springfield, Mass. In addition to Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who will announce the funding, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin support the 62-mile project. It calls for service every 30 minutes during peak periods and every 60 minutes at other times. Speeds would reach up to 110 miles an hour. Malloy's office projects 1.26 million riders annually by 2030. The state says it expects to finish design work next year and launch service in...