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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 4, 2008 file photo, a woman holds up a syringe with symbolic green fluid during a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington calling for the elimination of what demonstrators say are toxins in children's vaccines.  Parents have been nervous about vaccines for as long as vaccines have been around.  Opposition seemed to plummet for several decades, as vaccines got better and succeeded in beating back diseases, but parental concern has seemed to be on an upswing in the last 20 years.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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 kind of frustrated,” said Stephen Morse, a Columbia University infectious disease expert. “As scientists, we’re probably the least equipped to know how …

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 Monte Belmonte of WRSI expects to stay Wednesday night. “It really came down to the …

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 discuss terms of the deal Monday. TV Guide has reported her current salary at $47 …

Spice it up

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spice it up Don’t get tripped up by the title of chef Paul Merrett’s latest book, “Spice Odyssey: From Asafoetida to Wasabi, Recipes to Really Excite & Inspire.” That would mean missing out on clever writing, helpful tips …

Valley Bounty: Watermelon radish

Friday, February 27, 2015

Watermelon Radish The plain white skin of a watermelon radish covers a hidden gem: a layer of pale green surrounding a brilliant magenta core. Firm and crisp, with just a hint of spicy bite, they’ll add a splash of color to whatever you put them in—salads, stir fries, …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Evodia, an intensely fruity Spanish red

Friday, February 27, 2015

Evodia, Spain Old Vine Garnacha, 2013 $7.89 to $11.99 Over the last year or so, I had been noticing Evodia, a Spanish red wine with a distinctive bluish-purple label, on the shelves of the area’s wine stores, but …

The search for the best breakfast sandwich

Friday, February 27, 2015

On a recent frigid morning, I followed a series of footprints left in the freshly fallen snow up to the front door of the Loose Goose Cafe on East Pleasant Street in Amherst. I knew the cafe had …

Turning lemons into lemon-pepper pork

Friday, February 27, 2015

This is the pork tenderloin that was supposed to be a chicken. But it ended up being one of those delicious mistakes I was so glad I made. I was aiming for a roasted whole chicken that was …

Slice of Life: Free to shop, you and me

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dear Evershop Customer, Welcome to Evershop, your new multi-shop service that lets you exercise your freedom by shopping for all the things you used to take for granted. Remember the old days? When you had one phone company? One electric company? One doctor who made house calls? Fewer …

Your Time Church services at the Newman Catholic Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Northampton

Friday, February 27, 2015

Whether it’s a date of religious significance or the weekly Sabbath, to enter a place of worship is to enter a community. Political beliefs, incomes and and ethnicities can all vary in a congregation, but one’s fellow parishioners, …

Style Stop: Dee Pizzo

Friday, February 27, 2015

It was the White House Black Market pants and jacket and scarf from Anthropologie that caught the attention of the Style Stop team one morning in downtown Northampton. When we caught up with Dee Pizzo of Glastonbury, Connecticut, …

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Last summer, my friend Dan Smith played a pair of major hands against an opponent who held pocket aces both times. The two hands made the World Series of Poker telecast not only because of their significance, but …

CW series ‘Jane the Virgin’ uses telenovela approach

Thursday, February 26, 2015

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — The massive sets for the CW Network series “Jane the Virgin” — coupled with a floor-to-ceiling mural of the Miami skyline — create the illusion of a bit of Florida in this Southern California community. All that’s missing is the sound of waves crashing …