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Belchertown Man Sentenced For Scamming “Brokers”

(Springfield, MA) — A Belchertown man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for running a scam. 65-year-old John Sacco placed advertisements in national newspapers promising big profits to those who signed up to become brokers of business loans to people with poor credit. He persuaded 130 people to send him an average of six-thousand-dollars apiece to participate in the scheme, which never materialized. Sacco pleaded guilty in May to fraud and firearms charges.

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Massachusetts House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

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Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers

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UMass Athletic Director Leaving

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The UMass Athletic Director will soon leave Massachusetts and head to a new job in California.

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UMass Braces For Superbowl Riots

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UMass has banned all guests from dorm rooms starting at noon Sunday and will be closely monitoring social media sites.

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Baystate Franklin Surgical Wing Construction Starts

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Ground has officially broken on Baystate Franklin Medical Center's new surgical wing.