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Social Commentator Alfred Sirleaf,  gives comment on current events in Liberia including the deadly Ebola virus by speaking and writhing them down on a blackboard in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths in W. Africa

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone’s capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Fears grew as the United States warned against travel to the three infected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — … 0

Gearing up for the Pan-Mass Challenge

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Matt Haskins, above left, owner of Matt’s Barber Shop of Amherst, shaves a bicycle logo supporting this weekend’s Pan-Mass Challenge into the back of customer Ted Diamond’s head. Diamond, who lives in Amherst and is the owner of the Hadley Veterinary Hospital, is riding the entire Sturbridge-to-Provincetown route to raise money for cancer … 0

Alicia Keys pregnant with 2nd child

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed Thursday that the singer is pregnant. Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram early Thursday, which also marked her fourth wedding anniversary to producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who … 0

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Natural air conditioning

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When the thermometer tops 90 degrees we are all grateful for some kind of air conditioning. In my 1871 farmhouse, most of the air conditioning is the “natural” kind. My real estate agent was puzzled when I used … 0

Barhopping: Who’s your daddy?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fitzwilly’s and its signature cocktail — the Daddy I Don’t Wanna Drink This — are celebrating their 40th birthday this year, so I stopped by the establishment at 23 Main St. in Northampton to take a taste. I … 0

Style Stop: Tara Brewster likes a pop of color

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Tara Brewster’s bright outfit as she was crossing the street in downtown Northampton while on break from her job at Jackson & Connor in Thornes Marketplace. Brewster, of Easthampton, said she loves to … 0

Your Time Circus Smirkus, Northampton

Thursday, July 31, 2014

‘Anchors Away for Atlantis,” the Circus Smirkus 2014 Big Top tour, stopped in Northampton for two days this week for shows at the Three County Fairgrounds. The theme for this year’s show was the vastness of the ocean … 0

A Look Back

Thursday, July 31, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ A final draft of the preliminary plans for the city’s housing for the elderly project has been completed. The building will contain 56 one-bedroom units and six two-bedroom units in a seven-story building on Conz Street. ■ SP5 Norman F. Boyer of 22 Mountain … 0

Palin launches online subscription channel

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network. The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, bills itself as a “direct connection” for the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate … 0

Ken Burns delves into the Roosevelt dynasty

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Ken Burns is used to telling stories that have been told before. That comes with the territory when you work on documentaries covering momentous points in history, including the Civil War, World War II and the Prohibition era. But for his new seven-part, 14-hour documentary … 0

Bundle of love

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bundle of love … 0

Contagious Ebola victim’s plane travel spreads new fear

Monday, July 28, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived … 0

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

Monday, July 28, 2014

Health officials: Food label changes not enough Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is … 0