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In this Feb. 8, 2014 photo provided by psychologist Enrico Interdonato, Riccardo Cordi' blows the candles on the cake for his 18th birthday in the Mosaico cooperative in Messina, Sicily, where he helps children from socially disadvantaged families with their homework after school as part of his service during his exile from Calabria ordered by a juvenile court judge. (AP Photo/Enrico Interdonato)

Italy fights Mafia with new strategy: banish sons

Thursday, October 2, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Associated Press gained a rare look inside one of the ‘ndrangheta’s most powerful families. The story of Riccardo Cordi’s journey across the Strait of Messina into banishment is reconstructed from interviews with Riccardo and his mother; the juvenile court magistrate who sent him away; the psychologist and the company owner who befriended him; social workers; police video; …

CDC looks to enterovirus, paralysis-like symptoms in kids

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Federal health officials are investigating illnesses with paralysis-like symptoms among children in Missouri, Colorado and Virginia that may be related to the outbreak of severe respiratory infections that has swept the nation. Three cases of the neurologic illnesses have been reported by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, 10 by Children’s Hospital Colorado in the Denver area and one by the Virginia Department …

Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DALLAS — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed. The …

Area briefs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hadley FALL FESTIVAL: Whole Children, an after-school center in Hadley for children of all abilities, including those with special needs, is kicking off its 10th anniversary with a fall festival open to the community from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The festival and open house will include tours …

A Look Back

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ On Nov. 6, the Telephone Co. will commence delivery of its 1964 Northampton District directory, and with it JUstice, the telephone exchange designation, that is, will pass into oblivion, along with ALpine, AXminster, CHestnut, COlony. The letters, which formerly preceded the telephone numbers, will …

First Ebola case in US confirmed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DALLAS — A patient at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday. The patient was in isolation at Texas …

Bulking up all those salads with Brussels sprouts

Eating a salad a day is one of my strategies for making sure I get at least one serious daily dose of raw veggies. And if you love salads as much as I do, listen up, because I’m …

Graying activists return to Berkeley to mark 1964 free speech protests

BERKELEY, Calif. — Fifty years ago, Jack Weinberg was the first to be arrested in a student protest over free speech restrictions on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Thousands of demonstrators surrounded the police car in which Weinberg was detained for 32 hours. Subsequent protests …

Canning, freezing, drying and other ways to stock the larder

“I like bringing a little summer into winter,” says Kristen Wilmer of Florence. Wilmer works for Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and is a strong supporter of making the best of the bounty we have in the …

CDC looks to enterovirus, paralysis-like symptoms in kids

Federal health officials are investigating illnesses with paralysis-like symptoms among children in Missouri, Colorado and Virginia that may be related to the outbreak of severe respiratory infections that has swept the nation. Three cases of the neurologic illnesses have been reported by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, …