When the chips are down

Two competing news stories ran yesterday related to the MGM Springfield casino here in western Massachusetts. One of them involves Chip, the douchey-looking gambler-mascot of GameSense.

Springfield Strikes Back

After he was nearly killed by the Patriarca family, Irish-Italian-American gangster “Cadillac Frank” Salemme came to lead the organization that wouldn’t have him as a member.

Domenic Sarno, son of immigrants

Although Mayor Sarno calls himself a first generation Italian-slash-American, the truth is more complicated. The mayor’s paternal great-grandparents lived in West Springfield as early as 1906, and his grandfather was born here.

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