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Manuel Oliver creates a mural outside South Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 20, 2018.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

The father of one of the students killed in Parkland, Florida in February was in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Friday, making his opinions known through art.

At 10:00 am Friday morning, hundreds of students walked out of Ridgefield High School to send a message to lawmakers that they want new gun legislation enacted. Theirs was one of 2,500 schools across the country taking part in the day of action.

A rendering of an MGM casino set to open in September. It's under construction in Springfield, Massachusetts.
MGM Springfield

Recently, there's been rumblings that MGM, which is currently building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, is looking at buying a Boston-area casino also under construction. So what might this mean for Springfield? 

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

Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico won’t be evicted from temporary housing on Friday. A federal program offering assistance will get a funding extension until May 14. 

Thomas Schuttenhelm
Tema Silk / NEPR

Today, many composers don't perform on the instruments they write for -- they compose for other musicians. It wasn't that way centuries ago. 

Parkland Parent Paints Mural In Springfield, Mass., To Call For Gun Control

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Patricia and Manuel Oliver lost their son, Joaquin, in the Parkland school shooting. Now Manuel is touring the country installing murals calling for more gun control.
Amy Gorel / WBUR

More than two months ago, Nikolas Cruz allegedly entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and opened fire. In all, he shot and killed 17 people, leaving another 17 wounded.

On a recent Saturday, comedian Jocelyn Chia owns the room of about 100 people at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain. “I went to this all-girl Catholic high school in Singapore. Anyone else here … a slut?” she asks, pausing for just the right sliver of time before delivering the punch line to a roaring audience.

Gil Santos, known as the “voice of the Patriots,” died Thursday night, at age 80.

He announced for the Patriots for 36 years.

In a statement, Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said he was “deeply saddened” by the loss.

“Gil was a legendary broadcaster… It was my privilege to honor Gil with his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013,” said Kraft. “His legacy and most memorable calls will live there for future generations of Patriots fans to enjoy.”

Every two years, the aerospace industry networks for a week in Montreal at the Montreal Aerospace Innovation Forum.  This year, seven Vermont aerospace companies were in attendance, looking for business.

The entire island of Puerto Rico lost power Wednesday morning-- its second major outage in a week.

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