Play it Again, Sam: MGM pitches a major redesign
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Play it Again, Sam: MGM pitches a major redesign

If there is a silver lining to MGM Springfield’s construction delays, it may be that casino execs have had some extra time to check the books on this $800+ million project. And it’s a good thing they did. Due to budgetary concerns, the company has just announced that the glass hotel tower — originally planned as one of the main draws to the casino, and a gleaming upgrade to the city’s staid skyline — is no more. On Sep. 22, MGM...

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With Relish

Mayor Domenic Sarno is left in an awkward position after an article in today's Springfield Republican, questioning his role in the eviction of a well-known downtown hot dog vendor. The vendor, John Verducci III, recently received a letter from city officials ordering him to shut down his Worthington Street stand, after years of feeding the drunken club-goers who pour out of the area's bars and restaurants after last call in...

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Can This Attorney Be Saved?

Venerable, veteran blogger Tom Devine wins the just-this-moment-created Headline of the Month award for last week's post "Raipher on Trial: Should he go to Hell?" Raipher, as any self-respecting follower of Springfield politics knows, is Raipher Pellegrino, former city councilor and current star of back-of-the-phonebook legal ads, the sort of celebrity easily recognizable by one name, like Madonna, or Potsie. Among his...

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Legislature to Take Up CORI and Sentencing Bills

On Monday, July 27, the legislative Joint Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on a bill sponsored by Springfield state Rep. Ben Swan that would reform sentencing laws that result in harsh penalties for people arrested for drug crimes within a designated "school zone." The Dukakis-era law carries mandatory sentences of two to 15 years for drug convictions within 1,000 feet of a school. But as a report by Easthampton's...

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All Eyes on Hot Table

I admit that I don’t always pay much attention to the press releases that show up in my inbox plugging new business openings. But it was hard to ignore the press release announcing the opening today of Hot Table, a snazzy-looking new breakfast-lunch-and-early-dinner place in downtown Springfield, if only for the location: the former Gus & Paul’s spot on Main Street. Hot Table occupies a prime spot in Springfield, at...

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Rooke Renews Press for Library

Oh, what joy Denise Jordan, chief of staff to Mayor Domenic Sarno, must feel every time she logs on to her email and finds a message waiting from City Councilor Tim Rooke. Rooke’s messages to the mayor’s office typically have what might called a persistent quality—or nagging, or pain in the ass, depending on your perspective. Consider the email he sent to Jordan and City Solicitor Ed Pikula on Monday,...

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