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A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.  A patient in the hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

First Ebola case in US confirmed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DALLAS — A patient at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday. The patient was in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which had announced a day earlier that the person’s symptoms and recent travel indicated a possible case of Ebola, …

A Look Back

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ Television star Peanuts the Chimp will be featured on Sunday’s free entertainment program at Mountain Park, Holyoke. Peanuts will present two free shows at 2 and 4 p.m. ■ The new John F. Kennedy Florence Junior High School will have its official dedication ceremonies the weekend of Oct. 10, 11 and 12 (Columbus Day holiday), and a special supplement …

Study: Hour of physical activity a day helps kids think better

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here’s another reason to get your kids off the couch and make them run around instead: It will help them think better. In a paper published in Pediatrics, researchers report that kids 7 to 9 years old who attended a daily, after-school fitness program showed an increased ability to pay attention, avoid distraction and switch between tasks at the end of a nine-month …

Nurses sue over vaccine mandate

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The nurses’ union at one of Boston’s major teaching hospitals has sued to block a policy that would require nurses to get flu shots. The Massachusetts Nurses Association’s lawsuit against Brigham and Women’s Hospital filed this week in Suffolk Superior Court comes as state public …

Ebola patient released

Thursday, September 25, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — After three weeks in isolation, an American doctor who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa says he’s grateful for the specialized care that allowed him to recover and remains concerned about the people he …

JJ’s Tavern in Florence sponsors Oktoberfest to benefit St. Patrick’s Association

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Oktoberfest is an internationally known fair held in Germany, but Saturday it will be at JJ’s Tavern in Florence. JJ’s owner Jon Neumann plans to throw his own Oktoberfest event at 99 Main St. in Florence as a benefit for the scholarship program run by the …

Style Stop: Ann Biddle

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Style Stop team caught up with Ann Biddle of Northampton on a recent morning as she was walking into Haymarket Café to grab coffee with a colleague. Biddle, who is the director of the dance department at …

First Person: Inner thoughts, interior lives hampshirelife

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Posted on the window of Waterstone’s Books, Trafalgar Square, London: Words cannot do justice to the pleasures of a good bookshop. Ironically. To tell the truth, most words cannot do justice to much of what’s going on in …

Your Time: Wonder Not! Bread Festival, Northampton

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A puppet parade, music, dancing — and planting wheat and rye seeds — all were part of the scene at Hungry Ghost Bread’s 11th annual festival, held Sept. 21 on the bakery’s grounds at 62 State St., Northampton. …

ID: Lisa Woods

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lisa Woods says she can’t imagine life without her music. “It brings me so much joy,” she says, “and I so enjoy sharing my talent with others.” Woods performs throughout the Pioneer Valley and in Worcester with the …

Bulking up all those salads with Brussels sprouts

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eating a salad a day is one of my strategies for making sure I get at least one serious daily dose of raw veggies. And if you love salads as much as I do, listen up, because I’m …

A Closer Look: Ways to hide, secure data on phones

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Apple got a lot of attention recently when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can’t get to your password-protected data. Essentially, your photos, messages and other documents are automatically encrypted when you …

First Person: Inner thoughts, interior lives

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Posted on the window of Waterstone’s Books, Trafalgar Square, London: Words cannot do justice to the pleasures of a good bookshop. Ironically. - To tell the truth, most words cannot do justice to much of what’s going on …