Here in my neck of the woods, two stories have been getting national attention. Hot Air: "Smith & Wesson bailing out of blue Massachusetts."
This battle of cultures has been going on for ages here in the People's Republic of Massachusetts and about once a year the anti-gun protesters show up outside the Springfield factory. Last month, a billboard was put up right across the plant on I-291:
Just over Interstate 291, a billboard appears a few hundred yards from the Smith & Wesson factory of slain high school student Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, who was shot four times with a M&P15 rifle made by the Springfield-based factory.
“I can’t turn 21 and enjoy my first legal beer because a Florida teen was allowed to get his first legal AR-15,” the billboard reads.
Now Smith & Wesson is moving some production to Tennessee and laying off 550 workers from really well-paying jobs.
The second story is a report that Black students at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have received anonymous hate emails. But the university is hot on the trail: "UMass Amherst enlists leading cybersecurity firm in effort to unmask sender of racist emails sent to Black student groups."
At this point, I'm 90-95% sure this is yet another hate crime hoax so if/when these cybersleuths uncover the actual perpetrator, the story will either be buried or turned into a "teachable moment" for us all.