Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, at right, with Mayor Domenic Sarno, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Topping the short list of news this week is Springfield police commissioner John Barbieri's retirement from the post. The move comes amid fresh accussations of police brutality and several officers facing state and federal charges. 

Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council President Justin Hurst, at podium, speaks at a press conference with other city councilors.
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Updated 3:03 p.m.

City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts, are demanding that Mayor Domenic Sarno establish a citizen police commission in the wake of Police Commissioner John Barbieri’s sudden retirement.

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

Part 1 of a four-part series about affordable housing in Boston. Here are Parts 2 and 3.

Alex Ponte-Capellan grew up in Lower Roxbury, near Jamaica Plain’s Egleston Square, in the ’90s and early 2000s.

“I would hang out here in the summer times,” he says on a walk toward Washington Street. “Especially as a Latino youth, most of my friends were in JP.”

Peeling paint, leaking showers, mice and mold—these are just some of the problems that residents of a Hartford apartment complex say they have been dealing with for years. But now, people living at the Barbour Gardens apartment complex claimed a victory in their fight with management after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced they would help residents relocate to safe housing.