A vote by Northampton’s City Council to fund the new firefighters contract puts an end to a painful chapter in the city’s history. The firefighters have been working without a contract and have been in contentious negotiations with the city for years. This week Mayor David Narkewicz announced a deal with the union that included a retroactive agreement including back pay, as well as a new three year pact. Thursday night the council put the matter to bed with a unanimous vote to fund the contract.
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.