The Easthampton mayor’s race is shaping up. School Committee Chairwoman Nancy Sykes will face off against longtime mayoral aide Karen Cadieux. Both have returned enough signatures to get their names on the ballot for the November 5th city election. David Ewing of Treehouse Circle has takenout papers but hasn’t returned them yet. Mayor Michael Tautznik has said he won’t run for a ninth term.
OSU has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in more than eight years last week.
It was apparently a good year for the State Lottery.
The practice of "shark finning" is now illegal in Massachusetts.
A former JV volleyball coach at a Western Mass high school has pleaded not guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.