Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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A push to limit plastic bags hit a snag in Springfield, Massachusetts, after city councilors declined to advance an ordinance.

The Islamic Association of Greater Hartford  mosque in Berlin, Connecticut.
Kam Burns / WNPR

Following the mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand, some Connecticut Muslims are looking at ways to be better prepared for an attack.

Westfield State University, in Westfield, Mass.
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Faculty at Westfield State University have overwhelmingly voted no confidence in President Ramon Torrecilha. 

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.