A mayor’s race is shaping up in Holyoke. Jeffrey Stanek is the latest to declare his candidacy. The 39 year old accountant and businessman got married last year and moved from Michigan back to his native Holyoke. Stanek says he wants to bring efficiency to city government. The crowded field includes Air Force vet Jim Santiago, newspaper writer Daniel Boyle, former mayor Dan Szostkiewicz and incumbent Alex Morse.
An announcement on whether a grand jury has indicted a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager is expected this afternoon.
Hagel was appointed less than two years ago as Obama pushed his signature program of winding up wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The U.S. military will have a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month.
The President shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration.