Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

A copy of The Westfield News.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The newspaper in Westfield, Massachusetts, has been sold. The new owner said it plans to keep the paper a daily publication.

Sudanese Refugee Family Watches Revolution From Afar

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The Gabriel family: front row, from left, is the mother Hind, Yara, and the father Hamror. At rear from left, Omer, Thabit, Ithar, Mohammed, and AbdulRahman. This photo was taken in Malaysia, before the family came to the U.S.
Courtesy Gabriel family

Ithar Gabriel will never forget the day her father, Hamror, told her they had been accepted to move to the United States as Sudanese refugees.

Helen Cathcart operates an automatic shaper machine in the stocking shop at the Springfield Armory in August 1943.
Springfield Armory NHS, 4101-sa / National Park Service

A new historical novel, "The Wartime Sisters," brings to light a community that thrived at the armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, during World War II.

As Everett Casino Opens, MGM Revenues Dip

Jul 15, 2019
A sign at MGM Springfield's casino.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM Springfield’s gambling revenues for June are just under $20 million, the casino’s second weakest full month since opening nearly a year ago.

Firefighting foam after it spilled into the Farmington River on June 9, 2019.
Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection

In our review of the week's news, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced he's forming a task force to look into PFAS chemicals, which are found in firefighting foam and are tied to serious health problems.