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A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.  A patient in the hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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 Health Presbyterian Hospital, which had announced a day earlier that the person’s symptoms and recent travel indicated a possible case of Ebola, …

A Look Back

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ Television star Peanuts the Chimp will be featured on Sunday’s free entertainment program at Mountain Park, Holyoke. Peanuts will present two free shows at 2 and 4 p.m. ■ The new John F. Kennedy Florence Junior High School will have its official dedication ceremonies the weekend of Oct. 10, 11 and 12 (Columbus Day holiday), and a special supplement …

Study: Hour of physical activity a day helps kids think better

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here’s another reason to get your kids off the couch and make them run around instead: It will help them think better. In a paper published in Pediatrics, researchers report that kids 7 to 9 years old who attended a daily, after-school fitness program showed an increased ability to pay attention, avoid distraction and switch between tasks at the end of a nine-month …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton reports no enterovirus D-68 cases

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While at least three hospitals in Massachusetts, including Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, have reported treating children with a viral respiratory illness that has spread throughout the country, Cooley Dickinson Hospital said the virus has not …

Zoo closed this week at Look Memorial Park in Florence

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Visitors to Look Memorial Park at 300 North Main St. , Florence, this week will have to skip a visit to the zoo. The Christenson Zoo is closed all week while workers reconstruct fencing, according to …

Graying activists return to Berkeley to mark 1964 free speech protests

Monday, September 29, 2014

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 …

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 …

First Ebola case in US confirmed

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 …