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Lieutenant governor candidates split on casino gambling; Democrats agree on sick time, charter schools — The three Democrats - Steve Kerrigan, Mike Lake and Leland Cheung - agree on increasing local aid; supporting a ballot question requiring employers to provide earned sick time; and opposing a raise in the charter school cap. They have more points of disagreement with Republican Karyn Polito than with each other.

Holyoke Councilor Rebecca Lisi asks: Have police received military grade equipment? — HOLYOKE -- A city councilor wants to know if the Police Department has received any military grade equipment, in another example of how the effects of violence and protests in Ferguson, Mo. are being felt here. The City Council Tuesday (Sept. 2) will consider the order filed by Councilor at Large Rebecca Lisi at 7 p.m.