Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline: Springfield reduces in-school arrests, but is it enough?
Mar27

Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline: Springfield reduces in-school arrests, but is it enough?

You’re a teenager in high school. You’ve been texting on your smartphone when you shouldn’t be or otherwise refusing to listen to your teacher. You think you’ll probably get berated, maybe detention, but never thought you’d be handcuffed and taken into police custody. That’s the reality for some students who find themselves caught in the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” – an acknowledgement of the increased rate of incarceration...

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Between the Lines: No Man is an Island; It Takes a Village to Raise a Hero
Mar20

Between the Lines: No Man is an Island; It Takes a Village to Raise a Hero

Pamela Murphy, an Agawam firefighter, was vacationing on the Cape when she jumped into the water to save a six-year-old boy from being smashed against some rocks by the ocean waves.James Chartier, a former Army staff sergeant, completed a 90-mile walk from Western Mass to Boston to raise awareness for homeless military veterans and those struggling with PTSD. Along the way he wore full military gear, hoisted a backpack, slept in a...

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Our Favorite Dive Bars Part II: Arkham, City Line, Cabot Pub II, The Vic, and One Surprise
Jan16

Our Favorite Dive Bars Part II: Arkham, City Line, Cabot Pub II, The Vic, and One Surprise

Everyone has a favorite dive bar — a place you can go in your old jeans and sweater, have a beer for under $3 and watch some Jeopardy! with townies looking to unwind.Dive bars — and we use the term lovingly — tend to be physically and metaphysically secluded. Signs are minimal and the website, if it even exists, barely functions. The good ones are tucked away like unpolished backstreet gems. Last week, Advocate writers took the plunge...

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Opioid addiction in Western Massachusetts: an Advocate Chat
Jan06

Opioid addiction in Western Massachusetts: an Advocate Chat

Each week, the Advocate staff assembles for an AdvoChat, where we bat around thoughts on a subject in the news. The chat is lightly edited. dave.eisen (Dave Eisenstadter, web editor): Kristin, you’re working on a piece on addiction, so we thought we would take that on as a topic.kristinpalpini (Kristin Palpini, editor): It’s a biggie.dave.eisen: Do you want to say something about what direction you’re taking on the...

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Between the Lines: Updates on Some of 2016’s Big Stories – Detox, Pipelines, and Gun Rights
Jan03

Between the Lines: Updates on Some of 2016’s Big Stories – Detox, Pipelines, and Gun Rights

Some topics are too rich to write about just once. For all the people wondering, “What ever happened to …?” this week’s column features updates on issues I’ve written about in this space before. If you’ve got a topic from this column in mind that you’d like to see updated in 2017, let me know at editor@valleyadvocate.com. Tennessee Gas Pipeline While Tennessee Gas Pipeline has withdrawn plans to build a 420-mile Northeast Expansion...

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