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In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, therapist Joe Andrade checks the ankle strap of a shocking device on student Andrew Goldberg during an exercise program at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts.  Andrew, who was born with a developmental disorder, wears the device to control violent episodes.  The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban the devices used at the center, the only place in the country known to use electrical shocks as aversive conditioning for aggressive students. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FDA eyes Mass. school’s shock treatments

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CANTON — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth. Self-injury is one of the most difficult behaviors associated with autism and other developmental or intellectual disabilities, and a private facility outside Boston that takes …

Belchertown volunteers build Jessica’s Boundless Playground

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Vicky Martins-Auffrey felt like she was in a dream Saturday morning as a crew of volunteers lugged and installed posts, panels, hardware, platforms and other components of Jessica’s Boundless Playground on State Street. “It feels surreal, like I am on the outside looking in,” she said. The playground taking shape this …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: To The Apollo Grill and all the Valley restaurants I’ve loved before

Friday, September 12, 2014

Most people have a go-to restaurant they frequent. Maybe they have a favorite appetizer or entree there. Or there’s a certain ambiance that beckons them to return again and again. Well, I have many restaurants I like, but few where I feel like a regular. For me, one of these go-to restaurants was the Side Street Grill in Florence. Sadly, now closed. Not …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, September 12, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Today, 2-5 p.m., Grand opening party, champagnes, red wine Liquors 44, 458-9 Campus Plaza (Route 9), Hadley Friday, Bluechair Rum, 5-8 p.m., WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main …

Opioid Task Force to meet Tuesday at Greenfield Community College

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The renamed Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region will hold its first full meeting since spring next week, and its members have not been idle during that time. “We’re kind of turning the next corner on this thing,” said Franklin County …

Ebola survivor gives blood

Thursday, September 11, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American aid worker infected with Ebola has been given blood from a fellow doctor who battled the disease, and Nebraska doctors say the man has responded well to aggressive treatment in the past …

Style Stop: Chris Lott

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Chris Lott’s matching pink outfit as he was crossing the street in downtown Northampton on a recent morning. Lott, of Pelham, was taking his girlfriend out to lunch at The Green Bean for …

Cheesesteak that’s delicious even minus the steak

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Like Philadelphia itself, there’s a lot to love about the city’s signature sandwich — the cheesesteak. But that delicious combination of beef, onions and cheese isn’t the sort of thing you want to pack away every day, unless …

ID: Sasha Berman

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sasha Berman exercises her love of self-expression in choosing her colorful style of dress and her jewelry — often her own creations. She’s someone, she says, who is “comfortable with too much.” Berman is an international folk dancer …

Sedative use linked to Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Older people who have relied on a class of drugs called benzodiazepines to reduce anxiety or induce sleep are at higher risk of going on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, new research finds, with those whose use of the medications is most intensive almost twice as likely to develop …

Melissa Soalt of Amherst takes self-defense instruction to India

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

As a lifelong practitioner of the martial arts, Conway resident Michael Haynack has had the opportunity to put his skills to use as a private security contractor, a professional bouncer and a police and special forces trainer. But …


Monday, September 8, 2014

Nursing home event HADLEY — The Elaine Center at Hadley will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to showcase its newly renovated facility, improved medical technology and clinical services. The 154-bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing center at 20 North Maple St. is operated by …

UN warns of thousands more Ebola cases

Monday, September 8, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The United States and Britain will send medical equipment and military personnel to help contain West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization warned Monday that many thousands of new infections are expected …