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Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Commissioner John Barbieri, at right, with Mayor Domenic Sarno.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Massachusetts, announced on Thursday that Police Commissioner John Barbieri is retiring. 

Inside the MGM Springfield casino.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

Gaming revenue at the casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, recovered slightly last month after a downward trend. But table gaming revenue is still declining.

Marijuana at Temescal Wellness in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Aviva Luttrell / MassLive /

Berkshire County in Massachusetts may soon see its first two marijuana retail stores. One in Great Barrington opens Friday, and one in Pittsfield is now cleared to open as early as Saturday.

Nancy Pelosi is expected to be elected House Speaker.
Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons /

Congress begins its first session on Thursday. Watch the first day of actions live, including the election for House Speaker, which Nancy Pelosi is expected to win, and debate on new House rules.

A line forms outside New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Updated 2:48 p.m.

The big day has finally arrived: Two years and two weeks after Massachusetts voters said they wanted to purchase recreational marijuana legally in the state, two stores are now open for anyone 21 and older.