HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Considered the most definitive picture of Rocky fighting, this image depicts Roland LaStarza vs. Rocky at Madison Square Garden on September 24, 1953. The knockout blow, captured in the 11th round, shows the force of a Rocky punch.
Stonehill College Archives and Historical Collections: Stanley A. Bauman Photograph Collection

Seventy-two years ago this St. Patrick's Day, Rocky Marciano — one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time — came to fight in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was a turning point in his life.

A look at a vest with a trauma plate, similar to the one worn by Springfield Police Officer Greg Vatrano during a stabbing attempt.
Don Treeger / The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts, says one of her officers is lucky to be alive. That's after his protective vest saved him from a stabbing attempt by an arson suspect.

The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

It's been more than six months since the MGM casino in Springfield opened its doors to thousands of gamblers, and curious pedestrians. Here’s a look at some of the casino’s early successes and challenges, and what it all means for Springfield and the state of Massachusetts.

Marijuana products on a counter at Cultivate in Leicester, Massachusetts, as they're rung up for purchase.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The public had a chance Tuesday in Springfield, Massachusetts, to tell marijuana regulators what they'd like to see tweaked in the state's pot laws.

A sign in front of St. Anne Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts, announcing the day of prayer.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Some Catholics in western Massachusetts heeded the call of their bishop Monday and headed to church to pray for victims of clergy abuse and their families.

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