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Springfield newspaper becomes part of casino story

The critical public debate over possible casino sites in Springfield will be missing one of the city’s most prominent voices, as The Republican newspaper has silenced its editorial opinions on the issue due to a conflict of interest.

The venerable Republican, long a paper of record in Western Massachusetts, is entertaining an offer from companies connected to Springfield businessman Peter Picknelly, chairman of Peter Pan Bus Lines, who wants buy the newspaper’s property to build a casino.

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