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Election backlash feared in church fire

Black residents agonize after Springfield arson

Springfield Fire Department Captain Robert Shewchuck (above) worked on the fire which started around 3 a.m. last Wednesday morning that destroyed the Macedonia Church of God. The building was under construction and was expected to be open in spring 2009. Springfield Fire Department Captain Robert Shewchuck (above) worked on the fire which started around 3 a.m. last Wednesday morning that destroyed the Macedonia Church of God. The building was under construction and was expected to be open in spring 2009. (Dennis Leger/ Springfield Fire Department)
By Michael Levenson
Globe Staff / November 12, 2008

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SPRINGFIELD - Donnie Hatten was ecstatic about last week's presidential election. But when she was invited to a large celebratory gathering at a banquet hall packed with other African-Americans that night, she balked. (Full article: 949 words)

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