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This undated image released by HBO shows host John Oliver of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," airing Sundays at 11 p.m. EDT. (AP Photo/HBO)

John Oliver recognizes the debt to Jon Stewart

Thursday, April 24, 2014

NEW YORK — When the time comes for a young bird to leave the nest, he’s often more than ready to go and doesn’t care too much what Papa Bird thinks. The analogy doesn’t apply to John Oliver, the former “Daily Show” featured player who debuts his new HBO topical series Sunday at 11 p.m. EDT. He’s extremely loyal to … 0

Early tests in on 2 new drugs aimed at preventing migraines

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Two drugs given to people who suffer migraines reduced the frequency of their headaches in early trials, scientists said. The test results “may potentially represent a new era in preventive therapy for migraine,” Dr. Peter Goadsby, an author on studies of both drugs, said in a statement. One of the researchers called migraine headaches the third most common medical disorder … 0

Style Stop: Thomas Brown

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thomas Brown was freshly out of the barber’s chair when the Style Stop team spotted him in downtown Northampton. The Hampshire College student, who dabbles in filmmaking, art theory and music studies, says he was dressed for a normal day out, though he was hoping, he added, to channel a French biker look. … 0

Your Time: Elementary Schools Cultural Festival, Easthampton

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Renowned Pioneer Valley percussionist Tony Vacca and Senegalese dancer Abdou Sarr entertained and educated hundreds of students, teachers and parents on April 16 at the seventh annual Easthampton Elementary Schools Cultural Festival. The event, held at the Pepin … 0

A springtime take on the classic crabcake

Thursday, April 24, 2014

As the weather gets warmer, I cook lighter — and crabcakes are relatively light. So I thought I’d employ of couple of seasonal stars — peas and radishes — to put a spring spin on them. I blithely … 0

Playing Along: Target practice

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Despite not growing up in a hunting family, I always knew when deer season started. Suddenly, in late October, there would be only a handful of young men in class in my rural Massachusetts high school, myself among … 0

‘Snack Girl to the Rescue!’: Healthy-eating superhero looks to South Amherst community for help with debut book

Although she’s the voice behind the popular healthy eating blog “Snack Girl,” Lisa Cain is better friends with the Atkins Farms doughnut case than with Dr. Atkins’s diet books. After five years at the helm of her blog, … 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

Get Growing: Colors of spring

Blue is often regarded as a melancholy color, i.e. “feeling blue,” but who can feel sad when there is a carpet of blue Scilla siberica or Chionodoxa sardensis covering your garden? The other morning my spirits were lifted … 0

Early tests in on 2 new drugs aimed at preventing migraines

LOS ANGELES — Two drugs given to people who suffer migraines reduced the frequency of their headaches in early trials, scientists said. The test results “may potentially represent a new era in preventive therapy for migraine,” Dr. Peter Goadsby, an author on studies of both drugs, said in … 0