Today is the deadline for political candidates in Northampton to turn in their nomination papers. Last week former building commissioner Tony Patillo took out papers to run against incumbent Mayor David Narkewicz. Patillo is also collecting signatures for an at-large seat on the City Council. Contested races are shaping up in Wards 2, 6, 7 and possibly Ward 3.
A look at the big stories that made news this week and the headlines you may have missed.
Americans are angry with the handling of issues ranging from healthcare reform to the rise of Islamic State militants.
Effective immediately, anyone visiting a new mother or child at the Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center must be 14 or older
The city of Northampton has officially opened discussion on an ordinance banning plastic bags and styrofoam