Friends and readers of much-loved Springfield Republican columnist Tommy Shea were shocked recently to read that he was leaving western Mass. this summer for a job on the foreign desk at The National, a daily English-language paper based in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.
"It's an adventure," says Shea, who will be 57 next month. "It's a startup newspaper in a time when so many newspapers are dying ... it just seems like a fun, challenging time. I don't see any downside to it."
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