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Sarah Michelle Gellar joins ‘Star Wars Rebels’ for Season 2

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times “Star Wars Rebels” continues to offer up gifts for the fans. On Monday’s first-season finale, it reintroduced the beloved character Ahsoka Tano from “The Clone Wars” animated series. Now it’s recruiting a former vampire slayer. On Tuesday, “Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni announced that Sarah Michelle Gellar would be joining the voice cast of the Disney XD series in Season 2 in an …

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Vaccination skeptics perplex health officials

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. “I think we’re all kind of frustrated,” said Stephen Morse, a Columbia University infectious disease expert. “As scientists, we’re …

Snow abodes on courthouse lawn in Northampton help raise money for Cancer Connection during annual fundraiser by Monte Belmonte

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An igloo and a quinzhee on the snow-covered lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse seem like an odd place to spend the night, especially for someone who hates camping and the cold, but that’s exactly where …

Television’s ‘Judge Judy’ court staying in session

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer NEW YORK — Daytime television’s most popular personality, “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, has extended her contract for three years and plans to keep her court in session into 2020. CBS Television Distribution didn’t …

ABC’s ‘American Crime’ series pushes hot buttons of race, culture

Monday, March 2, 2015

By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times After several decades of falling short in developing comedies and dramas that reflect society’s changing demographics, major broadcasters are finally showcasing series with lead characters of color and ethnic themes. “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Empire” “Fresh Off the Boat” and …

Northampton’s Tunnel Bar named No. 1 bar to ‘drink at before you die’ by Buzzfeed

NORTHAMPTON — If you’re a bar owner in the Internet age, when Yelp reviews can make or break you, there may be nothing better than having a hugely popular website tell hundreds of thousands of people that your …

The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional …

Contoises celebrate 60th

Ronald Contois and Beverly Boulanger of Westfield, formerly of Easthampton, are celebrating their 60th anniversary. They were married Feb. 19, 1955 at Sacred Heart Church in Easthampton. Beverly was a secretary at Glendale Manufacturing Company of Easthampton before her retirement. She is a graduate of Easthampton High School …

Vaccination skeptics perplex health officials

NEW YORK — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. “I think we’re all …