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Hampden County DA Anthony Gulluni announced a sex abuse hotline at his office after discovering there is a discrepancy between the number of sex abuse cases reported by the Springfield Diocese and the number of reports received by his office.
Anne-Gerard Flynn / Masslive /

The Hampden County district attorney says there's a discrepancy between the number of clergy sex abuse cases the Springfield Diocese has published, and the number the Diocese has referred to the DA's office. 

Outgoing Chicopee, Massachusetts, Mayor Richard Kos.
John Suchocki / The Republican /

Chicopee, Massachusetts, Mayor Richard Kos said he's not running for re-election. This creates at least the second race for an open mayoral seat in western Mass. this year. 

The now-closed St. Mary's Church in Northampton, Massachusetts. Richard Koske says he was sexually assaulted by a priest in the rectory, at center.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Updated at 3:11 p.m.

The Springfield, Massachusetts, Catholic Diocese has a new protocol for notifying district attorneys of clergy sexual abuse complaints. The change comes after a copy of a report could not be found at a DA's office.

Editor's note: After this story was posted Monday afternoon, Mount Washington recorded a peak wind gust of 171 miles per hour - the highest since 1985, and a new February record for the summit.

The original story continues below: 

The Mount Washington Summit Observatory saw some of its highest winds in more than a decade Monday.

Meteorologist Tom Padham said the strong gusts, forecast up to 165 miles per hour, had been buffeting the 6,288-foot-elevation weather station all day.

John Barbieri, former police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts, at center.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

The former police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts, has received a payment from the city after his abrupt departure last week.