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In this Aug. 6, 2014 photo provided by CKE Restaurants, company CEO Andy Puzder speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas, to highlight Carl’s Jr.’s commitment to the state. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s ads featuring starring nearly naked women have become a part of American culture, according to Puzder. (Jack Plunkett/CKE Restaurants via AP)

Carl’s CEO: Not all models know how to eat burgers

Friday, May 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s ads starring nearly naked women have become a part of American culture, according to Andy Puzder, CEO of the chains’ parent company. “People watch for the ads, and want to know when the next one’s coming out,” he says. Some of the women were relatively unknown before they appeared in the ads. Others, …

Iconic Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse begins move inland

Thursday, May 28, 2015

AQUINNAH — A Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse that is among the most endangered historic landmarks in the U.S. began its gradual march back from a rapidly eroding cliffside on Thursday. Powerful hydraulic pistons inched the 160-year-old Gay Head Lighthouse about 5 feet at a time along steel rails lathered with soap, starting just before …

Thursday, May 28, 2015

One of the things that separate professional poker players from amateurs is risk tolerance. It’s human nature to avoid risk, and amateur players tend to play poker in a style that they think will limit their downside. Professional players, on the other hand, learn to be risk-seeking. And because amateurs can usually be counted on to try to avoid big losses, professionals can …

Researchers scan healthy brains for dementia signs

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s, but …

John Nash, wife, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspiration, killed in NJ taxi crash

Sunday, May 24, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. — John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. …

Cooley Dickinson continues staffing changes, eliminating two administrative positions, adding another

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital is eliminating two more high-level positions as it continues to review and restructure its operations, the Gazette learned this week. The hospital also added a new director’s-level position in March. The hospital plans …

Coming up

Friday, May 22, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Monday is Memorial Day and the senior centers will be closed. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk …

Stanley E. and Darlene T. Plaza celebrate 40th

Friday, May 22, 2015

Stanley E. and Darlene T. (Bliznak) Plaza were married May 17, 1975, at the St. John Cantius Church in Northampton. Stanley and Darlene live in Easthampton. Stanley graduated from the Williston Northampton School. He received his bachelor’s degree …

Prep work

Friday, May 22, 2015

friends & neighbors

Friday, May 22, 2015

Amherst Aidan Shea was named to the Amherst Regional Middle School eight grade honor rolls. Belchertown Ryan Foley graduated from Nichols College in Dudley. An economics major, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Chesterfield Josiah …

FAMILY WANTED Experienced parents needed for 12-year-old

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kristopher is a happy 12-year-old African-American boy. Although he cannot speak, Kristopher is able to express his needs in other ways. He loves his school where he gets to enjoy the pool, sensory motor groups and cooking. Kristopher …

Engagement: Kimberley Montgomery & Gabriel Abbott

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kimberley Ilona Montgomery and Gabriel Weeks Abbott of San Francisco, California are pleased to announce their engagement. Kimberley is the daughter and step-daughter of Joanne Montgomery and William Orr of Northampton, and daughter of the late John T. …

Planting petunias

Friday, May 22, 2015