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In this photo provided by the Two Eagles Balloon Team, Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. JST Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan  to North America and break two major records en route. The attempt will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles (8,381 kilometers). They also want to break the flight-duration record of 137 hours set in 1978 when Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman made the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight. (AP Photo/Two Eagles Balloon Team, Tsuyoshi Ogushi)

Balloonists set distance record in Pacific flight

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two pilots soaring over the Pacific Ocean made history Thursday, first matching and then surpassing the 5,209-mile official world distance record for human flight in a gas balloon. “There it is! There it is!” shouted team members at the flight’s mission control in Albuquerque as a giant screen showed the helium-filled Two Eagles balloon passing the record set by the Double Eagle V in 1981. The balloon was about 400 miles northwest of San Francisco when it hit the mark. Everyone inside the control room had their smartphones pointed at the screen to document the moment. In a matter of hours, they …

Style Stop: Arden and Tobin Hemingway

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thirteen-year-old Arden Hemingway and her mother, Tobin, were visiting Northampton from New York City when the Style Stop team spotted them on Main Street. The two were in the area to take a look at The Williston Northampton School in Easthampton. Arden was wearing a dress and blazer from J. Crew, Hunter boots …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Anatomy of a Super Bowl party

Thursday, January 29, 2015

With the Patriots in Super Bowl CCDXXXLIV, local parties will approach record levels of excitement. But not for everyone. There are three types at any Super Bowl party. One third are the Actual Fans — people who can tell you Tom Brady’s shirt size or what Rob Gronkowski’s teammates call him in the shower. You’ll see them blocking the big screen, shouting “Safety …

ID: Mary Alice Crim

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mary Alice Crim is the field director for Free Press in Florence, a national nonprofit organization she has worked for since 2006. Free Press, she says, is “dedicated to fighting for our rights to connect and communicate. ... …

Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have …

Chef’s Best: Chicken in a sauce: Easy dishes that won’t put you in a stew

Thursday, January 29, 2015

My slogan for 2015? “A chicken in every pot.” Somebody’s already used that? Well, mine comes with a recipe to get you started. Take that, Herbert Hoover, and you too, Henry IV! It’s about as basic as cooking …

Chef’s Best: Chicken in a sauce: Easy dishes that won’t put you in a stew

My slogan for 2015? “A chicken in every pot.” Somebody’s already used that? Well, mine comes with a recipe to get you started. Take that, Herbert Hoover, and you too, Henry IV! It’s about as basic as cooking …

Travelers like plan for rail link to NY’s LaGuardia

NEW YORK — Tom Fiore knows what it’s like to sit in a taxi for as long as two agonizing hours, over bridges or through a tunnel, to travel a mere eight miles from midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia …

Get Growing: Childhood experience inspires gardeners

Childhood memories provide inspiration for many of the gardeners whom I interview for my column. They recall their parents or grandparents, a beloved aunt or an elderly neighbor who introduced them to gardening. Or they recall a visit …

Construction of new cancer center to begin at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

NORTHAMPTON — The first highly visible sign that a new era in cancer treatment is dawning at Cooley Dickinson Hospital will roll onto the hospital grounds Monday morning in the form of a 200-ton crane. Over a seven-day …