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After being hit by car Tampa cat crawls back from grave

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If cats have nine lives, Bart the black and white feline from Tampa, Florida, has certainly used up one. The Tampa Bay Times reports that when 1½-year-old Bart was hit by a car earlier this month, owner Ellis Hutson was so distraught he couldn’t stand the thought of burying the cat. So he asked neighbor Dusty Albritton to dig a shallow grave. But five days later, …

Easthampton Spirit Committee will no longer sponsor annual fireworks

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Spirit Committee announced Wednesday that it will no longer sponsor the city’s annual fireworks display, held each year to celebrate Independence Day. The group has been organizing the shows since 2011. Chairmen Patrick Brough and Kevin Perrier created the committee after the Kiwanis Club decided in 2010 that it could no longer afford to pay for the fireworks. After …

Construction of new cancer center to begin at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The first highly visible sign that a new era in cancer treatment is dawning at Cooley Dickinson Hospital will roll onto the hospital grounds Monday morning in the form of a 200-ton crane. Over a seven-day span, construction crews will use the crane to position 108 steel beams onto the roof …

Travel ban lifted for western Mass, I-91; still in effect for Mass Pike

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FRAMINGHAM — The statewide travel ban has been lifted for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties for local and I-91 traffic, effective immediately, in an announcement made shortly after noon by Gov. Charlie Baker. The travel ban remains in effect for the entire length of the Massachusetts Turnpike, …

Despite its weak record in stopping the flu this season, doctors still say, Get the shot

Monday, January 26, 2015

While federal health officials say this year’s flu vaccine is less effective than in previous years, local doctors and nurses encourage people to get vaccinated anyway. “The flu shot and good hygiene are still your best frontline at …

Fatherhood Journey: Family visit deepens son’s appreciation of his dad

Monday, January 26, 2015

Life in our small home is full, so hosting extended family visits is both exciting and challenging. When my father recently decided to visit for six-days and nights, he understandably wanted to maximize time with his grandchildren, so he visited during the stretch between Christmas and New Year’s …

John Bayley, half of famed and devoted literary couple, dies at 89

Monday, January 26, 2015

As marriages go, John Bayley and Iris Murdoch’s was one for the ages - doting, dotty and undyingly tolerant. He was the eminent critic and Oxford don, who also was known to stuff his pockets with leftovers. She was the brilliant novelist and skinny-dipping libertine, whose philosophical treatments …

WHO adopts reforms after bungling Ebola

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GENEVA — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of …

Travelers like plan for rail link to NY’s LaGuardia

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Fiore knows what it’s like to sit in a taxi for as long as two agonizing hours, over bridges or through a tunnel, to travel a mere eight miles from midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia …

Larry Wilmore had to play the name game

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Naming a show would seem like an easy task. It didn’t take a big leap to come up with “Late Night With David Letterman” or “Seinfeld.” But when Larry Wilmore was trying to come up with a name for his new Comedy Central show that would take over …

Sharing your special news

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Daily Hampshire Gazette publishes news about weddings, engagements, anniversaries, new babies and adoptions with local connections. There is a small charge for wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements. Forms and information about submitting announcements can be found at GazetteNET.com. Look for Reader Service at the top right on …

A wine to try: 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A wine to try 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie Region: Beaujolais Price: About $24 Style: Graceful and balanced What it goes with: Indian food, braised or roast lamb, lentil stew, a burger Beaujolais Nouveau is coming, and soon, but …