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Patriots to begin offseason program

blog.masslive.com — The New England Patriots can officially get back to work Monday. Those who choose to show up can take part in phase one of the team's voluntary offseason program, which opens Monday and runs for the next two weeks. The program is limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation during this period.

Hampden police issue 'scam alert' after town resident receives phony police request for bail money

masslive.com — HAMPDEN - Police here have issued a scam alert after a resident recently received a phone call from someone claiming to be a Springfield police officer, who reportedly asked for bail money for an incarcerated subject. The "officer" requested money to be wired through a prepaid debit card for bail purposes, according to a post on the Hampden Police Department's Facebook page.
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Easter Sunday bunny rescue: Northampton firefighter Jesse Rosnick credited with saving little girl's rabbit after animal ran under porch

masslive.com — NORTHAMPTON - City firefighter Jesse Rosnick became an Easter hero when he rescued a little girl's bunny after it ran under a porch and apparently refused to come out. Rosnick responded to a Riverside Drive address around 12:40 p.m.
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Mount Tom brush fire triggers response by Holyoke firefighters, other area departments

masslive.com — HOLYOKE - City firefighters and crews from several other area departments were called to the scene of a Sunday morning brush fire at Mount Tom. The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known, but crews were working in the area of the former Mount Tom Ski Area.
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Treasured Tiffany window at Northampton's First Churches may be up for sale

masslive.com — NORTHAMPTON - As congregants file into their pews on Easter Sunday at First Churches on the corner of Main and Center streets, they might want to fix their eyes on the Tiffany stained-glass window that graces Center Street of the sanctuary.
RT @masslivenews: Treasured Tiffany window at Northampton's First Churches may be up for sale: By next Easter - ... bit.ly/1jlT8Ua

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Allston gym is back in the spotlight

masslive.com — BOSTON -- UFC welterweight contender John "Doomsday" Howard was at one time the most famous fighter at the Wai Kru gym in Allston, but all that changed after the Boston Marathon bombings. Everyone in the world wanted to know about the gym where alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev trained before the the attacks took place.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick: Closing city amid hunt for Boston Marathon bomber 'tough'

masslive.com — That the population of greater Boston overwhelmingly agreed to shelter in place - it was not mandatory - and that there was little second-guessing despite the inconvenience and disruption of commerce it caused, was viewed as a reflection of the anxiety gripping the region.
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Boston Marathon bombing survivors keep busy as 2014 race approaches

masslive.com — BOSTON - Survivors of last year's twin bombings at the Boston Marathon say they have mixed feelings as this year's race day approaches. Roseann Sdoia, who lost most of one of her legs in the attack, said she's not sure if she'll attend, especially after a hoax bomb was left at the Boylston Street finish line following Tuesday's anniversary tribute.