Opioid overdose deaths are down in Massachusetts. The latest quarterly data from the Baker administration show 4 percent fewer fatalities in 2018 as compared to 2017. That’s 82 fewer men and women who could not be revived after an overdose, according to preliminary estimates.

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Nearly 9,000 children and teens have died from opioid poisonings since the epidemic began in the late 1990s, according to Yale epidemiologist Dr. Julie Gaither. An earlier Yale study found that about 30 kids a year died in hospitals, but this time her team analyzed data on deaths in all settings.

There were 18 murders reported in 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts, according to police data.
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Springfield, Massachusetts, saw a slight increase in murders this year compared to last year.

Karin Sprague is among a small group of artists who still etch stone memorials by hand.
Courtesy of Karin Sprague

Early on, good at lettering, Karin Sprague found work painting names on boats. She opened a sign shop on Block Island. She went to art college, and began carving signs in wood. Then a teacher introduced her to stone.