(Northampton, MA) — Northampton has petitioned the Mass Gaming Commission for designation as a “surrounding community” under the Massachusetts Gaming Act. “Surrounding Community” status would allow Northampton to negotiate a mitigation agreement with MGM-Springfield. MGM proposes an 800-million-dollar gaming den just 20 miles south of downtown Northampton. It’s crafted agreements for cash payments with communities that share a border with Springfield, but has so far refused to negotiate with Mayor David Narkewicz. As part of his petition to the Gaming Commission, Narkewicz included a new study showing Northampton would lose up to 8-million per year in sales and up to 180 jobs if the casino is built in Springfield.
The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to its lowest level in five months as exports rose broadly, signaling underlying strength in the economy amid concerns about a global growth slowdown.
A Hampshire Superior Court jury deliberated for 12 hours before yesterday afternoon finding Adam Liccadi guilty on three of four counts of aggravated rape.
Jose Rubet of Springfield was arrested August 22 after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed chase into Agawam. He was arrested and taken to lockup, where he later produced a knife which he waved at officers before escaping through an emergency exit.
The clerk has refused to issue licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, citing her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.
Around 50 Hotel Northampton workers marched through downtown Tuesday night to announce their intention to bargain collectively. The group attempted to present their union petition to hotel owner Mansour Ghalibaf, who refused to come out of his office to accept it.