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In this image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joely Richardson performs in a scene from William Luce’s "The Belle of Amherst", currently performing off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Carol Rosegg)

‘The Belle of Amherst’ revived off Broadway

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Acclaimed 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson was famously reclusive, although she maintained numerous correspondences. She was an extremely prolific poet, though not publicly recognized in her lifetime, and many details of her life remain a mystery. William Luce dramatized Dickinson’s homebound life by combining details from biographies, her poetry and her letters into an entrancing one-woman show, …

CDC plans new Ebola protocol; Pentagon to form rapid-response team

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ATLANTA — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear “with no skin showing,” a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute …

Tim Russert office exhibit opens in Buffalo

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An exhibit honoring the late Tim Russert is opening in the hometown of the long-time moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The exhibit titled, “Inside Tim Russert’s Office,” opens Friday at the Buffalo History Museum. It shows Russert’s Washington, D.C., bureau office much as it did on June 13, …

Art Deco 1920s house ‘Like something out of a Hollywood movie’

Friday, October 17, 2014

Richard Silvers grew up admiring the palatial white mansion at 1830 Beechwood Blvd. in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill, never imagining he might live there. But fate intervened, and when the home came up for sale in 2002, he and …

Get Growing: Voles, mice and rabbits

Friday, October 17, 2014

Winter is just around the corner and little rodents as well as rabbits and squirrels are preparing for cold weather. Rabbits don’t hibernate and you can see their tracks in the snow all winter. They do need to …

Built-in or portable? Choosing the right generator

Friday, October 17, 2014

As storms have become more severe in many parts of the country and power outages more frequent, home generators have gone from luxury items to mainstream ones. Prices have come down, thanks to growing demand and cheaper technology. …

Unlocking the secret to hiding a spare key

Friday, October 17, 2014

Want to safely hide a spare house key? Here are a few tips. Burglars, don’t read this story. It’s a horrible feeling: You arrive home and discover that you lost your key. If only you had a spare …

Massachusetts Nurses Association raises concerns about preparedness of hospitals to handle Ebola cases

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — As state and local hospital officials tried to quell mounting public panic over the Ebola crisis, the state and national nurses union raised the alarm about preparedness of hospitals. “Nurses across the state have said they are absolutely not prepared. They don’t feel ready to do …

Northampton, Amherst authorities describe training to protect first responders from Ebola

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Paramedics and EMTs are often the first to see very sick people. If the Ebola virus reaches the Valley, these workers need to be protected. Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan said his department has been working …

AIDS lessons: Experience with 'universal precaution' in response to AIDS benefits Ebola preparedness, but practices under scrutiny

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — The AIDS crisis taught the medical profession how to protect health workers from contagion. That experience, and the use of “universal precautions,” now guides the response to Ebola. Protective gowns, gloves, masks and eyewear are now …

Calls for travel ban resisted

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government’s ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said …

A Look Back

Thursday, October 16, 2014

200 Years Ago ■ Married, at Williamsburg, on the 17th inst., Mr. Joseph Warner Jr., of this town, to Miss Nancy Warner Jr., of the former place. Died, in this town, last week, Mr. John Shaller, a native of Germany, aged about 60; also a child of Mr. …

Go green with pistachios

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Healthful, delicious and growing in popularity, pistachios make green look great. Finding new fans around the world, this California tree nut with the distinct color and taste is on a roll. (And it’s not just comedian and pistachio …