(Holyoke, MA) — Holyoke City Councilor David Bartley has defeated Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik in the Democratic primary for Mike Knapik’s former state senate seat. Bartley walked away with 52-percent of the vote amidst very low turnout. On the Republican side, State Rep Don Humason easily prevailed over Michael Franco. Humason and Bartley will now begin campaigning in earnest for the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire State Senate seat.
Military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more troops to Iraq to provide additional security around Baghdad.
The beheading of James Foley was said to be in revenge for U.S. air strikes against the Iraqi insurgents.
The prosecutor's office will begin presenting evidence to a grand jury investigating the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.
School officials in Amherst are hopeful this school year will see a reduced level of racial tensions.