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West Springfield's Route 5 tunnel, closed nearly 10 weeks for emergency repairs, to reopen tomorrow

masslive.com — WEST SPRINGFIELD - Commuters take heart; the Route 5 tunnel, closed for nearly ten weeks due to emergency repairs, is slated to reopen by noon on Friday. The state closed the tunnel on Feb. 19 because of deterioration to its concrete driving surface.

Holyoke's Gateway City Arts to be scene of Alchemy Artisan Fair with arts, juggling, entertainment

masslive.com — HOLYOKE -- The event's tag line nails this weekend's Alchemy Artisan Fair. "Different elements coming together to create something entirely new," reads the line, for the fair of arts, crafts, food, workshops and entertainment. The fair is set for Gateway City Arts Complex, 92 Race St., on Saturday from 10 a.m.

'American Pickers' dig up treasure in Springfield, make biggest 'pick' in series history in Holyoke

masslive.com — The "American Pickers" were very busy digging and made picking history - at least their own - when they visited Western Massachusetts last fall. In an episode of The History Channel series titled "Legend of the Lost Indian," the show's stars, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, were seen digging in Sylvia Nieves' Springfield backyard, as expected.
RT @GregSaulmon: 'American Pickers' dig up treasure in Springfield, make biggest 'pick' in series history in Holyoke | masslive.com/entertainment/…
.@AmericanPickers call Holyoke collection the best stash of vintage motorcycles they've ever seen, spend $62k. bit.ly/1pt66bm
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Westfield police investigate grisly discovery of severed rabbit heads in residential mailboxes on Pinehurst and Willis streets

masslive.com — WESTFIELD - Police are investigating the grisly post-Easter discovery of two severed rabbit heads left in residential mailboxes Monday night. A mail carrier found one of the rabbit heads in a mailbox on Pinehurst Street and the second one was found a short distance away in a mailbox on Willis Street, Lt.
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#Westfield police probe grisly discovery of severed rabbit heads in residential mailboxes. bit.ly/QBq4RP

I ate it so you don't have to: The legend of the KFC Double Down, the sandwich that isn't designed to be eaten

masslive.com — The KFC Double Down is a sandwich, but it's not supposed to be eaten. The Double Down is an entity born for the social media age, designed to be spread across the internet through snarky blog posts and Instagram photos with bad lighting.

High costs, low profit margins of locally sourced meat trump ideals for some

masslive.com — This story is the third of several focusing on locally raised meat and small farms in Western Massachusetts. Previous stories looked at the "farm to plate" path of meat in Western Massachusetts and the challenges restaurants face when sourcing local beef.
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RT @KRRoyals: My latest on local meat in #westernma: High costs, low profit margins of locally sourced meat trump ideals for some bit.ly/1nIxZHP

Actress Anita F. Storr who drove erraticaly, mocked a state trooper in Sturbridge given probation

masslive.com — A New York actress who mocked a state trooper when he pulled her over for erratic driving in Sturbridge could have two of four charges against her dismissed if she stays out of trouble for the next six months.

Comedian Angel Salazar, known for his role as Chi Chi in 'Scarface,' to perform in Springfield

masslive.com — SPRINGFIELD - From rock star impersonations to audience participation, Angel Salazar plans to make Springfield laugh on May 3. "I've been doing this for over 26 years," said the Cuban-American comedian who will headline this month's Laughing Latinos Comedy show at the International Biergarten downtown.
RT @massliveent: Comedian Angel Salazar, known for his role as Chi Chi in 'Scarface,' to perform in #SpringfieldMA. ow.ly/w78Uy

National Weather Service: Wind, dry air create fire risk Thursday in Worcester County

masslive.com — The National Weather Services says dry, windy conditions on Thursday will create a risk for the spread of fires across Massachusetts, including Worcester County, and northern Connecticut. The region will see breezy conditions, with sustained winds of 25 mph and up to 40 mph gusts, the weather service said in a special weather statement.
RT @MassLiveWorcest: National Weather Service: Wind, dry air create fire risk Thursday in Worcester County. ow.ly/w7lDf

North Adams Regional Hospital: What happened and what is next

masslive.com — This story updates: North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room to reopen week of May 19 SPRINGFIELD _ Here is what happened today in North Adams Regional Hospital's bankruptcy case and what might be next: Today: Court appointed bankruptcy trustees updated U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry J.
Nice breakdown of #NARH situation from @JimKinney413 | North Adams Regional Hospital: What happened and what is next masslive.com/business-news/…

Alleged UMass Amherst rape victim addresses inconsistencies between her trial testimony and what she told police

masslive.com — NORTHAMPTON - A University of Massachusetts student who says she was raped by a fellow student and Chinese national in his dorm room last year admitted under cross-examination Thursday that her testimony in court was not consistent with what she told police shortly after the Feb. 19 incident.

Dozens protest Smith College transgender policy outside college admission office

masslive.com — NORTHAMPTON - More than three dozen women picketed outside the Smith College admission office Thursday morning calling for Smith College to change its policy regarding transgender women. The college does not accept students who are born male if their application materials identify them as male, even if they live as female.
RT @WesternMAnews: Dozens protest Smith College transgender policy outside college admission office : Smith College does not accept... masslive.com/news/index.ssf…

Rabbit heads left in Westfield sisters' mailboxes

masslive.com — WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Westfield police are investigating after severed rabbit heads were found in two mailboxes in town this week. The Westfield News ( http://bit.ly/1k8SNHx ) reports that a man called police on Monday evening to report that a rabbit's head had been left in mother's mailbox.

Jeremiah Oliver's funeral delayed for independent autopsy; Effort seeks to raise money for his burial

masslive.com — A funeral has been delayed for a five-year-old Fitchburg boy whose body was found last week stuffed in a suitcase off the highway in Sterling. Jeremiah Oliver's funeral had been scheduled for this weekend.
RT @masslivenews: Jeremiah Oliver's funeral delayed for independent autopsy; Effort seeks to raise money for his burial. ow.ly/w7reC

North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room to reopen week of May 19

masslive.com — SPRINGFIELD - North Adams Regional Hospital's emergency room could reopen as soon as the week of May 19 under an agreement announced Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court here. Berkshire Health Systems, the parent of Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, has reached an agreement to buy the former North Adams Regional Hospital for an as-yet-undisclosed sum, said court-appointed bankruptcy trustee Harry Murphy.
RT @masslivenews: North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room to reopen week of May 19. ow.ly/w7AXJ
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