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CAROL LOLLIS
Offiicials at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield are still trying to determine why there was a disinfection lapse that left 293 patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and why it took so long for the error to come to light.

Noble Hospital apologizes for communication breakdown in colonoscope disinfection lapse

Friday, February 5, 2016

WESTFIELD — After Noble Hospital staff members corrected a safety breach in April 2013, one or more of them failed to take the important next step — notifying senior hospital officials, according to the results of an internal investigation released Friday by Baystate Health and Baystate Noble Hospital. Baystate officials on Friday apologized for that communication breakdown, which left nearly …

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

Friday, February 5, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present. U.N. officials also …

A LOOK BACK

Friday, February 5, 2016

50 Years Ago • At its Salute Breakfast held this morning at the Hotel Northampton, the Chamber of Commerce paid special tribute to two leading industries celebrating birthday milestones this year. Prophylactic Brush Co. marks its entry into a second century and Kollmorgen Corp. its 50th year. • “The Moral Issues in Viet Nam” is the title of a symposium which will take …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Campaign-English Dictionary: A translation for Orwellian times

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Let the trumpets sound! Let the bloviating blow! The first votes of the endless campaign of 2012-2016 have been cast! And as the contest continues, let my Campaign-English Dictionary help you translate campaign-speak into English. When last seen in these parts, my CED offered some 200 definitions of …

Serving up cocktails with a cinematic twist for the Oscars

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Silver shakers and the silver screen go back a long time. Think French 75 from “Casablanca” and Agent 007’s dry martinis. So for those of you planning to drink along at home for the Feb. 28 showing of …

A LOOK BACK

Thursday, February 4, 2016

50 Years Ago • A new summit house on Mount Sugarloaf has been given the “go ahead” by the state, Rep. Walter T. Kostanski of Turners Falls disclosed today. Franklin County commissioners are now authorized to hire an architect and develop plans for the new structure on the …

Mary Fiumara, mother from classic Prince pasta TV ad, dies

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BOSTON — A Boston woman best known as the mother who called for her son to come home for dinner in a classic Prince pasta television commercial of the 1960s has died. Mary Fiumara was 88. Her son says she died Tuesday but hasn’t revealed the cause of …

Today in History

Thursday, February 4, 2016

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2016. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 1811, George, the Prince of Wales, was named Prince Regent due to the mental illness of his father, Britain’s …

Judge declines to toss Cosby sex assault case

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A judge refused to throw out the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, sweeping aside a former district attorney’s claim that he granted the comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago. Common Pleas …

A LOOK BACK

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

50 Years Ago • A protest march against the resumption of bombing in North Vietnam came close to trouble twice yesterday afternoon in downtown Northampton But it ended without incident after a meeting on the steps of the Unitarian Church at which both protesters and supporters of the …

Today in History

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BC-History, ADV04,783 FOR RELEASE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2016, AT 12:00 A.M. EST. Adv04 By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2016. There are 331 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British …

A LOOK BACK

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

50 Years Ago • A new unit has been provided for patients at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital — a minimal care unit for men and women who can be up and around while undergoing tests, treatments and requiring some supervision in learning to handle a new disability, such …

A look inside Broadway’s most exciting musical number

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NEW YORK — Even in a show with plenty of magic, a special sort of it happens right after intermission at “Aladdin” on Broadway. No sooner have you settled back into your seat than a revolving door of …