Tahirah Amatul-Wadud
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In her day job, Chicopee, Massachusetts, attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud does family law -- divorce, custody, child support. But on her own time, she's filed civil rights lawsuits on behalf of Muslim communities who feel threatened, especially African-American Muslims like herself.

Jafet Robles (right), celebrates with City Councilor Adam Gomez.
File Photo / The Republican

Friends and fellow activists in the Springfield area are remembering Jafet Robles.

The 33-year-old organizer with the group Neighbor to Neighbor was found dead in Chicopee's Szot Park on Monday, and had been shot multiple times.

Springfield City Councilor Adam Gomez said Robles fought for a minimum wage hike, criminal justice reform and neighborhood issues in the city's North End. But Gomez also recalled a trip they took to Washington DC.

A C-5M aircraft arrives for the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.
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Officials at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, are studying the impact of the base on the surrounding area.

Bob Bulduc, owner of the Pride Station and Store chain, stands beside the machine that printed a $758.7 million jackpot.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Massachusetts State Lottery officials are racking their brains about where they should put the machine that printed a $758 million jackpot ticket.

Some state officials have suggested the machine be displayed in a place of prominence, like the Massachusetts State House.

"We're still evaluating what the best way to preserve this piece of history, and possibly giving the opportunity to see it in person," said Lottery spokesman Christian Teja.

The machine was removed from a Chicopee gas station for routine maintenance a few days after it printed the ticket.

Chicopee Woman Wins $758.7 Million Jackpot

Aug 24, 2017
Pride Station and Store in Chicopee, Mass. sold a $758.7 million Powerball ticket
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A Chicopee, Massachusetts, resident became the largest single winner in American lottery history, hitting a $758.7 million jackpot on Powerball.

In a press conference at the Massachusetts State Lottery's Braintree headquarters, Mavis Wanczyk, 53, said she was leaving work at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield when she realized she had instantly become a multi-millionaire. 

She phoned her workplace the next morning, she said.

"I called them, and I told them that I will not be coming back," Wanczyk said with a chuckle.