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Vickie Hidalgo plays Marble Matrix on the tablet while waiting for food with William Hidalgo, right, on August 26, 2014 at a Chili's restaurant in Fair Oaks, Calif. The Zysko-made kiosks allow customers to see images of menu entrees, order drinks and desserts, and pay their bill. (Brian Nguyen/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

A taste of tech: Devices changing the game for restaurants and patrons

Friday, September 19, 2014

From taco stands to sit-down restaurants, technology is changing the way we order, pay and even dine while eating out. Want to peruse the news or occupy your fidgety kids at the table? There’s a tablet for that. Want to call ahead your order and pay by your phone? There’s an app for that. Want to grab takeout deals at …

Want to be a better cook? Choose the right pan for the task at hand

Friday, September 19, 2014

Picking the perfect pan for cooking may seem simple enough. A frying pan for scrambled eggs and burgers. A huge pot for boiling pasta or sweet corn. If you want to cook well, though, choosing the right pan for a particular technique or recipe can mean the difference between culinary success and lousy …

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers: Littlenecks

Friday, September 19, 2014

Just got back from vacation in Wellfleet — and boy, did I get a raw deal there. But this raw deal was a good thing and educational to boot. Last year a friend and I taught ourselves to shuck our own oysters. We sat a picnic table and mastered the technique by practicing on dozens upon dozens of the pearls of the sea. …

ID: Rebecca Muller

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rebecca Muller worked at ServiceNet Inc. of Northampton for 15 years, leading the shelter and housing division for Hampshire and Franklin counties. She now has her own grant-writing business, specializing in non-profit organizations, and has won grants for …

Your Time: Iroko Nuevo’s Afro-Cuban dance party, Hadley

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Last Wednesday, a room at North Star in Hadley was transformed into an Afro-Cuban dance party by members of the Iroko Nuevo Performance Group, which holds monthly dance classes for Hadley residents. Every few months, the performers present …

Task force in Franklin County continues to address problems of opioid addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The area Opioid Task Force met Tuesday for a look at the big picture of addiction in Franklin County and to hear reports from subcommittees on housing, law enforcement and health care. The meeting at Greenfield Community College drew some 100 people, with representatives from the …

Retired Army Col. John Collins new director of VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Retired Army Col. John P. Collins, former chief of military health care in Europe, is the new director of the VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Collins’ appointment this …

Former NBA player Chris Herren to speak in Greenfield about his struggle with addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Chris Herren made it from the coastal city of Fall River to his home team, the Boston Celtics. His path was paved with stints in rehab as he struggled with escalating abuse of substances ranging from alcohol to cocaine, crystal meth and heroin. From the early …

Large cities seek to combat prescription opioid abuse

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Some of the nation’s largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets. The heightened rhetoric comes as Chicago tries to recover millions in health care …

CDC study: American midriffs expanding fast

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CHICAGO — The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study. People whose …

Keyboardist, Crusaders founder Joe Sample dies at 75

Monday, September 15, 2014

Joe Sample, a soft-spoken keyboard player and composer whose blending of funk, blues, jazz, gospel and the Zydeco music of his childhood lent a distinctive sound to his well-known group, the Crusaders, has died. He was 75. Sample …

US stepping up Ebola aid

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal …

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 …