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Tower Bridge is lit up to celebrate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's newborn baby, in London, Saturday May 2, 2015. Kate gave birth to their second child, a daughter, at St. Mary's Hospital in London on Saturday, May 2, and the baby's name is not yet announced. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES

‘Nation of shopkeepers’ rejoices at new princess

Sunday, May 3, 2015

LONDON — Britain’s retailers might just be rejoicing as much as Kate and Wills about the birth of a new baby princess. Baby boutiques, clothing stores and fashion designers received a gift that will keep on giving when the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a girl, and all the marketing opportunities she provides, instead of another boring boy, retail …

Gaiman, Bechdel new PEN gala hosts

Sunday, May 3, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman and Alison Bechdel are among the writers who have agreed to be table hosts at next week’s PEN American Center gala after six authors withdrew in protest of an award being given to the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. The literary and human rights organization told The Associated Press this weekend that the other new …

Digging in

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Opioid-related overdose deaths increase in Northampton during 2014, mirroring statewide statistics

Friday, May 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Northampton spiraled upward last year and is closely in line with statewide increases spanning the past three years, according to new data released by the state Department of Public Health. The state confirmed nine unintentional opioid overdose deaths in …

Gardening 101: Getting down and dirty in your own growing patch

Friday, May 1, 2015

How do you learn to be a successful gardener? Basically, by trial and error. Getting your hands in the dirt (pardon, me — soil) is the best way to learn, even though you are bound to make mistakes. …

Gardening help is at hand

Friday, May 1, 2015

Good soil is essential to success. You can get a full-scale soil test done at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for $15. Directions on taking a sample are available online at ag.umass.edu/services/soil-and-tissue-testing-laboratory. Master gardeners from the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association do pH testing for $1 per sample …

Solutions for reclaiming the space in your garage

Friday, May 1, 2015

Do you have an impressive front entry door but you prefer to enter and leave your home through the garage? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey of 1,000 adults living in homes with remote-controlled garage doors …

Living Smart: 4 tips to keep your dishwasher from breaking

Friday, May 1, 2015

Dishwashers are prone to breaking down and even conking out if not maintained correctly. Here are four ways appliance technicians say you can prevent premature dishwasher repairs. 1. Don’t Overload Do you ever end up with too many …

Get growing: Savoring daffodils’ early burst of color

Friday, May 1, 2015

Daffodils make me smile. They are so cheerful nodding in the breeze and so resilient. A snow flurry or even a gale won’t deter them from blooming merrily. At my former garden in South Amherst I had dozens …

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Mid-States Poker Tour rolled through Colorado recently, and I made my obligatory donations to the prize pools. Early in the first event — a $360-buy-in, no-limit tournament with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool — I called off most of my stack on the turn with a measly …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A drink named for a pro

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Last month, I decided to watch the “back nine” of the Masters Golf Tournament at the Grill ’N Chill at 127 Elm St. in Hatfield. Before I headed over, I went online to see if the Masters has …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Getting my fix of ‘Law and Order’

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One of my favorite early computer-related cartoons was this: A dog sits in front of his computer saying, “The great thing about the Internet is that no one knows you’re a dog.” One of the great things about the Internet for me is that up until now no …

Your Time: Teaching Creatures, Gaylord Memorial Library, South Hadley

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A group of young children and their parents were able to see and learn about reptiles and amphibians Saturday during a presentation by Rae Griffiths at Gaylord Memorial Library in South Hadley. Griffiths, the owner of Teaching Creatures …