(Holyoke, MA) — In the wake of a divisive Walmart controversy, activists are seeking a zoning change in Holyoke. They want a site on Whiting Farms Road changed from General Business to Industrial Park zoning. The land owned by Holyoke Gas & Electric is near the Holyoke Mall but adjacent to a residential neighborhood. A petition to change the zoning was presented to the City Council Tuesday. Last month Walmart withdrew controversial plans to build a Supercenter at the site, saying there were problems with soil contamination.
A train carrying the remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine left the site on Monday.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
A jury found a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts.
Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the U.S. remains divided about the moon's role in future human space exploration.
The FCC will continue collecting comments, made in response to these first submissions, until Sept. 10.