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Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in February 2018.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno is facing criticism after he vetoed an ordinance establishing a chief diversity officer for the city.

New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield are now connected by rail service. The inaugural trains left Friday morning from Springfield and New Haven, meeting in Hartford for a ceremony to mark the opening of the revived line. 

Evacuees from Puerto Rico gather in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, facing a housing crisis.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Some families in New England who fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria nine months ago are still using housing vouchers from FEMA to pay for hotels. The voucher program ends on June 30.

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez pleaded guilty last year to two felony corruption charges related to his time in office. Now, Perez is trying to get the city of Hartford to pay his more than $1 million in legal bills.

Entrance to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.
Courtesy Baseball in the Berkshires Museum

With more empty storefronts than full ones, the 30-year-old Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts, has seen better days. But near Spencer Gifts and a now-shuttered Hollister, something rather unexpected is alive and well: baseball.

This week the new Hartford Line commuter rail will link Springfield, Massachusetts, to New Haven, Connecticut, and cities in between. For less than $16, commuters can catch more than 12 trains each day and travel speeds up to 110 miles an hour.

Springfield City Councilor Marcus Williams, left, leads a meeting of the council's Public Safety Committee on June 12, 2018.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

The president of the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council says the council has been left out of the loop when it comes to contract negotiations for police officers.

A sign taped to the door told customers that Story and Soil Coffee was closing early for a staff training.

Gisella Collazo, right, outside South Congregational Church with Emily Rodriguez of the Pioneer Valley Project.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A woman who faced deportation and took sanctuary at a Springfield, Massachusetts, church has received a one-year stay of removal from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The portrait of Russell Sturgis at the Worcester Art Museum has a new sign next to it with information about his connections to slavery.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

At the Worcester Art Museum's early American portrait gallery, I was recently struck by a painting of a man named Russell Sturgis.

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