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FILE - In this March 6, 2014 file photo, Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets fans and reporters outside his home on his 87th birthday in Mexico City. Marquez died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MEXICO CITY — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its passions, superstition, violence and social inequality, died at home in Mexico City on Thursday. He was 87. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, the Colombian-born Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. His flamboyant and melancholy fictional works — among them “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “Autumn of the Patriarch” — outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible. The … 0

Chelsea Clinton expecting baby

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton has made no secret of her desire to be a grandmother and that wish has finally come true — with Chelsea Clinton announcing at a Clinton Foundation event Thursday that she and her husband are expecting a baby this year. “Marc and I are very excited that we have our first … 0

‘Paul Robeson’ playwright Phillip Hayes Dean passes away at 83

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEW YORK — Phillip Hayes Dean, a playwright, director and theater actor who wrote the one-man play “Paul Robeson” starring James Earl Jones on Broadway in 1978, died Monday in Los Angeles from a heart condition, according to a family spokesman. He was 83. His plays include “The Last American Dixieland Band,” “Moloch … 0

Sriracha maker considers moving factory amid smell complaints

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES — After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location. Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: The best laid plans ...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The plan was to meet my friend Amy for dinner at the Blue Heron Restaurant in Sunderland at 5 p.m. But first I had to meet up at 3 with Larry Costello in Northampton. (We were having photos … 0

Style Stop: Emily Nutkols

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cosmetology student Emily Nutkols of Springfield says her style goal is to never blend in. She was definitely standing out in the crowd last Friday when the Style Stop team spotted her in downtown Northampton, enjoying the spring-like … 0

Chef’s Best: Moving asparagus to the center of your plate

Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, “to spring up.” However it is spelled, it makes me happy. Most grocers sell asparagus … 0

Naming the Baby

MARTZ — Gitel Joy, daughter of Gabe Martz and Sarah (Burns) Martz of Charleston, S.C., was born March 16 in a Prius in front of the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. The maternal grandparents are Donna and Barry Harbinson of St. John, New Brunswick, Canada and the … 0

In tight places, savvy gardeners train their vegetables to climb

Whether you have a postage-stamp garden or half an acre, growing some of your vegetables vertically makes sense. “I’m promoting vertical gardening because people seem to think they need lots of space for growing vegetables,” said Charlotte Vesel … 0

Sriracha maker considers moving factory amid smell complaints

LOS ANGELES — After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location. Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states … 0