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CORRECTS FROM CHIARA ROSE TO CHIARA D’ANGELO- In this Friday, May 22, 2015 photo provided by Reese Semanko, the Coast Guard stands by as a woman identified as Chiara D’Angelo has suspended herself in a climbing harness from the anchor chain of the Royal Dutch Shell support ship Arctic Challenger in the harbor at Bellingham, Wash. Rob Lewis, spokesman for protest organizers Rising Tide Bellingham, said she was protesting Shell's plan for Arctic drilling. The Coast Guard said it has no plans to remove her but has impounded the activists' support vessels. The ship isn't scheduled to leave the port for several days. (Reese Semanko via AP)

Woman hanging off Shell ship anchor ends drill protest

Monday, May 25, 2015

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning. Student activist Chiara D’Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the …

Development at former Belchertown State School site ‘visibly taking hold’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — It has been well over two decades since the last patients, staff and administration left the Belchertown State School for the last time. Last week, demolition crews moved in on some of the buildings that housed them. In the intervening years, some municipal buildings and a few businesses have been constructed …

Economy, cultural climate topics for Congressman James McGovern during walking tour of downtown Amherst

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — Economic development, potential arts programs and the existing cultural environment will be the focus of a two-hour visit by U.S. Congressman James McGovern to Amherst center Tuesday afternoon. McGovern, D-Worcester, will lead a walking tour that begins at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, 28 Amity St., at noon, features a 1:30 p.m. ribbon cutting for Osteria Vespa restaurant in the …

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Ben Gilsdorf of Amherst, a 10th-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 500, salutes during the Amherst Memorial Day observances.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Ben Gilsdorf of Amherst, a 10th-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 500, salutes during the Amherst Memorial Day observances. Purchase photo reprints »

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A building at the former Belchertiown State School is torn down last week. An 83-unit, assisted-living facility is planned for the site.

    CAROL LOLLIS A building at the former Belchertiown State School is torn down last week. An 83-unit, assisted-living facility is planned for the site. Purchase photo reprints »

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United States Marine Corps veterans Tony Krzynowek, from left, James Zedonis and Army veteran Celias Barayon salute while the Star Spangled Banner plays Monday during a Memorial Day ceremony in Easthampton.

    DAN LITTLE United States Marine Corps veterans Tony Krzynowek, from left, James Zedonis and Army veteran Celias Barayon salute while the Star Spangled Banner plays Monday during a Memorial Day ceremony in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Tom Quinn, of Worthington,  volunteering at Full Circle Bikes helping Jason Graves put bikes together for the spring season. Working along with him is Anthony Rigali,17, of Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Tom Quinn, of Worthington, volunteering at Full Circle Bikes helping Jason Graves put bikes together for the spring season. Working along with him is Anthony Rigali,17, of Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Bill Robbins,an employee of Omasta, plants Petunias along route 9 in front of Riverbend Animal in Hadley Friday morning.

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left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing. Purchase photo reprints »

Google to test self-driving pod car on public roads

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Google will start testing podlike self-driving car prototypes on public roads near its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., this summer. The prototypes are the first of a 100-car fleet the tech giant is building as it researches robotic car technology. “Vehicles that can take anyone from A to …

US stock indexes end higher

Saturday, May 16, 2015

U.S. stock indexes spent Friday mostly drifting between tiny gains and losses, but the small moves were enough to nudge the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its second record high in two days. The Dow Jones industrial …

Customers reflect on end of an era at Captain Video going-out-of-business sale in Amherst

Friday, May 15, 2015

AMHERST — Selecting silent films starring Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd from the shelves at Captain Video, Allison Willette of Hadley observed that her children have enjoyed watching these classics. It was during a long car …

Stock indexes climb, breaking 3-day slump

Thursday, May 14, 2015

U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, snapping a three-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. Encouraging data on the U.S. job market and inflation helped lift the market, pushing the S&P …

Somerset casino group folds

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Developers of a proposed Somerset casino have withdrawn from the competition for Massachusetts’ third and final resort casino license, leaving two proposals in the running: one for New Bedford’s waterfront and another for the Brockton Fairgrounds. Crossroads Massachusetts LLC, in a brief letter released by …

USDA develops voluntary label for GMO-free products

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of the genetically modified organisms, …

Activists rally as Shell parks Arctic rig in Seattle

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SEATTLE — An oil rig outfitted for exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean parked in Seattle’s harbor Thursday, marking a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in kayaks to meet …

Boston, Tufts medical centers call off merger

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center have announced that their merger talks have broken off. In a joint statement Wednesday, hospital leaders said integrating two large teaching hospitals would have been a “complex task” and it was “best for our medical centers to remain …

W.D. Cowls officials warn illegal activity could force curtailed access to land now open for public use

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AMHERST — W.D. Cowls Inc., the Amherst-based company that owns thousands of acres of forests throughout western Massachusetts, is warning against increased illegal activity that might prompt company officials to make some of its property off-limits to the …

Northampton falls to Annapolis, Maryland, in Outside magazine contest

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s the end of the road for the city’s bid to be Outside magazine’s “Best Town” 2015. Northampton fell to Annapolis, Maryland, in the magazine contest’s latest round of voting, which ended at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. …