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Special Coverage: A year of racial tension in Amherst schools boils over

View all Special Coverage topics Amherst schools have been the site of multiple racist assaults throughout the 2013-2014 school year. Most of the vitriol has been aimed at Carolyn Gardner, a black math teacher who began teaching at Amherst Regional High School in September, 2013. She's been the target of graffiti and hateful notes. Other incidents include racially-based bullying that led to a social media post that scared the administration into closing the high school for a day and a "serious and aggressive" assault on 2

Special Coverage: Medical marijuana comes to Massachusetts, Gazette article and data archive

View all Special Coverage topics Voters approved medical marijuana for Massachusetts residents in 2012. Since this time, state government, medical professionals, patients and activists have been working together to create laws and protocols around the distribution and prescription of marijuana. Dispensaries, including one approved for Conz Street in Northampton, can open as early as summer, 2014. Though legal, medical marijuana is not embraced by everyone. There are many doctors who say they will not prescribe the drug because it has not been thoroughly tested for 0

Special Coverage: The Tennessee Gas Pipeline, everything you need to know about the proposed project and its potential impact on the Pioneer Valley

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. wants to upgrade its existing system through New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut, which will include the pipeline expansion, additional meter stations and modifications to its existing facilities. The proposed pipeline would cut through Ashfield, Conway, Shelburne, Deerfield, Montague, Erving, Northfield, Warwick and Orange in Franklin County along the 179-mile route between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut. The project is expected to create at least 3,000 jobs during the peak construction period and be up and running in time for 3

Special Coverage: The Dignity Project 2014 archive: All the stories and letters that were a part of the end-of-life series

View all Special Coverage topics Gazette Managing Editor Laurie Loisel wrote a deeply personal article about her father's suicide in the summer of 2013 and the story struck a nerve in the community. The newspaper received many calls, letters and emails from readers who wanted to thank Loisel for sharing her story and to encourage the Gazette to keep digging into end-of-life issues. So we listened. A forum on end-of-life decisions hosted by the Gazette, WHMP and Northampton Community TV in February, 2014, was standing 0

Special Coverage: Playing Along with Bob Dunn, one man's attempt to understand the Pioneer Valley one hobby at a time

View all Special Coverage topics Bob Dunn is up for just about anything in 'Playing Along,' a monthly series in which Dunn attempts to master some popular hobbies and skills possessed by Valley residents. He's tried his hand at being a circus performer, a swashbuckler, a knitter and a rock climber, among others. Playing Along runs in the Gazette's weekly general interest magazine Hampshire Life, but you can read up about all of Dunn's adventures here, too. Have an idea for a Playing Along? Contact 0

Special Coverage: Hadley strip mall fire, Oct. 27, 2013; then and now

View all Special Coverage topics On Oct. 27, 2013, a stubborn fire lit up the night sky and sent debris and sparks flying high into the air as it destroyed a Route 9 strip mall housing more than a dozen businesses. Sixty firefighters from 10 departments tried mightily to put out the four-alarm blaze. The fire was reported around 7:41 p.m., and while it appeared to begin as a small fire, it spread rapidly as firefighters using aerial ladder trucks and large hoses doused it 0

Special Coverage: The Annamarie Rintala murder trial

View all Special Coverage topics On March 29, 2010, the body of Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, 37, was discovered in the basement of her Granby home. Cochrane Rintala had been strangled to death. Paint had been poured over her body and there were signs of forced entry into the home. Cara Lee Rintala, Cochrane Rintala's wife, has been charged with the murder. Rintala, 47, has pleaded not guilty to murder and has been on trial for the slaying two times: once in 2013 and again in 0

Special Coverage: Three deaths, other incidents at Cooley Dickinson's childbirth center has the hospital under investigation and working on a fix

View all Special Coverage topics In March of 2014, Cooley Dickinson Hospital of Northampton revealed a baby had died during childbirth, but just a month later it was revealed that since 2012 the hospital has reported six troubling incidents at its childbirth center to the state Department of Public Health. These incidents, all potentially life-threatening occurrences in which something went awry, involved six families. The clustering of these cases prompted the hospital to conduct an internal investigation and begin to implement protocol changes. The childbirth 1