HOUSING

The vacant Elm Street block in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM says it's "fully committed" to help redevelop a long-vacant building on Court Square in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Updated at 2:58 p.m. ET

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is suing social media giant Facebook for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act.

HUD says Facebook does so by "encouraging, enabling and causing housing discrimination" when it allows companies that use their platform to improperly shield who can see certain housing ads.

The vacant Elm Street block in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The MGM Springfield casino has been up and running now for more than six months. The Republican assigned three reporters to explore whether MGM has kept the promises it made to city and state officials. 

The Edward H. Everett mansion at Southern Vermont College.
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Leading our roundup of this week's news: Southern Vermont College in Bennington announced it will close in a few months amid mounting debt and sagging enrollment. 

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.”

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