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Thursday August 21, 2014
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Marijuana Supplier Named Pot Playboy gets 27 Years

August 20th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking...

Man faces charges in killings of Lowell brothers

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August 20th, 2014
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- Authorities say an arrest has been made in connection with the shooting deaths of two brothers in Lowell. Police and the Middlesex District Attorney's office announced Wednesday that 28-year-old Dara Poum, of Chelsea, had...

Governor Candidate Profile: Charlie Baker

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August 20th, 2014
Springfield, MA (WGGB)---Charlie Baker is the top front-runner in the race for governor. He's been here before having lost to Deval Patrick in 2010. Baker says jobs and education are his top priorities. "For me the big thing is always going to...

UMass Amherst Professor Remembers Former Student James Foley

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August 20th, 2014
Amherst (WGGB)-- Before he became a Journalist, James Foley studied writing at UMass Amherst. The New Hampshire native graduated with a masters degree in 2003. "Jim Foley was a young man of acute intelligence, a young man of great...

CEO: Kidnappers Threatened Foley’s Life Last Week

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August 20th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- The chief executive officer of a Boston-based news organization says James Foley's kidnappers last week threatened to kill him in response to U.S. bombings in Iraq. Foley was freelancing for GlobalPost when he disappeared in...

Grand jury hears evidence in Ferguson case

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August 20th, 2014
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. St. Louis County prosecutor's spokesman Ed Magee confirmed the panel heard...

Officials: US Rescue Mission in Syria Failed

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August 20th, 2014
By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed...

Free Summer Lunch to Fight Hunger

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August 20th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB)- Making sure children get fed even when they're not in school. That's the mission of the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. Since June the Summer Food Service Program has prevented children from going...

Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended

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August 20th, 2014
(AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen) FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at...

Latino Community Picnic Draws Large Crowd

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August 20th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB)- It was the 6th Annual event held at Heritage Park in Holyoke to show appreciation for small business employees and their families. The event is organized by the Mass. Latino Chamber of Commerce. On the menu: a pig-roast...

Ten Members of the Springfield Fire Department Promoted

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August 20th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A badge pinning ceremony for members of the Springfield Fire Department Wednesday. Seven were promoted to Lieutenant, two to temporary Captains, and one to a District Chief. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and...

California Highway Patrol Says Officer May Face Serious Beating Charges

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August 20th, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The California Highway Patrol says one of its officers could face serious charges in the videotaped beating of a woman on the side of a freeway. The CHP said it forwarded its investigation Wednesday to the Los Angeles County...

Tony Stewart Skipping Bristol After Ward’s Death

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August 20th, 2014
(AP Photo) By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, the third Sprint Cup race he's skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr....

Dog Found Starving in Springfield Continuing to Recover

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August 20th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- An update for you on a dog found starving in Springfield. 'Sunflower' the chihuahua continues to make some progress at the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center. Officials there say 'Sunflower'...

Gov. Patrick: Market Basket Battle at ‘Critical Point’

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August 20th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick says he hopes to talk again to warring cousins whose battle over management of the Market Basket grocery store chain has sparked an employee walkout and customer boycott. Patrick said he will likely speak to...