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Ebola patient Beatrice Yardolo, celebrates with Ebola health workers as she leaves the Chinese Ebola treatment center were she was treated for Ebola virus infection on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, March 5, 2015.  Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old English teacher, from a treatment center in the capital on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free. 'I am one of the happiest human beings today on earth because it was not easy going through this situation and coming out alive,' Beatrice Yardolo told The Associated Press after her release. She kept thanking God and the health workers at the center.(AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

Liberia releases last Ebola patient

Thursday, March 5, 2015

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free. “I am one of the happiest human beings today on earth because it was not easy going through this situation and coming out alive,” Beatrice Yardolo told The Associated Press after her …

Area briefs

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Amherst ABSENTEE BALLOTS: The town clerk’s office in Town Hall has absentee ballots for the March 31 town election. Applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing and include the voter’s name, address, precinct, contact information and signature. Those who have a religious belief, will be out of town during the election, or have a physical disability preventing them from getting to …

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I have become a regular in a locals-only $1-$2 no-limit game held weekly in the back of a pizza place. It’s been fun playing cards with a handful of guys ranging from ski bums to business owners. My favorite thing about poker is that it’s a game of people, and adjusting to varying levels of play is a challenge for any poker player, …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Tipperary is closer than you think

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Browsing online recently, I came across a cocktail called the Tipperary. Basically, it’s a Manhattan with the addition of Green Chartreuse, a distinctive liqueur made in France by Carthusian monks using a secret recipe of 130 herbs, plants …

Wondering what March has in store

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Apologies to the Bard, but this surely has been the winter of our discontent. Maybe by the time this column goes into print, all will have changed and we will once again see bare ground, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s true that there have been tantalizing …

Thursday, March 5, 2015

ASTRONOMY: What former planet in our solar system was downgraded to a “dwarf planet” in 2006? GEOGRAPHY: Where was Shakespeare’s Globe Theater located? LITERATURE: What was the name of the character in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” who had a donkey’s head as a result of a spell? TELEVISION: …

Your Time: “Bonnaroo,” World War II Club, Northampton

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The name of the popular annual music festival “Bonnaroo,” held in June in Manchester, Tennessee, comes from the 1974 album “Desitively Bonnaroo” — meaning “a really good time” — by New Orleans R&B legend Dr. John. A Ninth …

UN: World needs to cut down on sugar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LONDON — New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone’s sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to …

Sarah Michelle Gellar joins ‘Star Wars Rebels’ for Season 2

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times “Star Wars Rebels” continues to offer up gifts for the fans. On Monday’s first-season finale, it reintroduced the beloved character Ahsoka Tano from “The Clone Wars” animated series. Now it’s recruiting a former vampire slayer. On Tuesday, “Rebels” executive producer Dave …

Contract Bridge

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Let’s say you’re in four spades and West leads the king of diamonds, taken by you with the ace. There are many lines of play to choose from, and your job is to find the one that offers …

Vaccination skeptics perplex health officials

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. “I think we’re all …

Snow abodes on courthouse lawn in Northampton help raise money for Cancer Connection during annual fundraiser by Monte Belmonte

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An igloo and a quinzhee on the snow-covered lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse seem like an odd place to spend the night, especially for someone who hates camping and the cold, but that’s exactly where …

Television’s ‘Judge Judy’ court staying in session

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer NEW YORK — Daytime television’s most popular personality, “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, has extended her contract for three years and plans to keep her court in session into 2020. CBS Television Distribution didn’t …