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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 …

Man who raised $55K is throwing potato salad party

Thursday, September 25, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party. Zack Brown is planning PotatoStock 2014, an …

As the end neared for Lee Hawkins, loved ones rallied to provide comfort and companionship

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Early in August, Becky Hawkins hung a dry-erase board on a wall in her mother’s home and their days started to take shape around it. Becky, her sister Sue or brother Jerry would jot down plans for the …

United Way of Hampshire County launches annual campaign to raise $1.3 million

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Flush with confidence after eight straight years of topping its annual fundraising goal, the United Way of Hampshire County kicked off its 2015 campaign Wednesday with what its leader calls an ambitious but attainable $1.3 million …

A Look Back

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ A 14-year-old South Street boy was apprehended last night after police discovered the youth in possession of a “blank” pistol. It is not yet known whether juvenile court action will result. Sgt. James J. Corbett said the incident may result in stern warnings to …

After decision made, time for Lee Hawkins’ slow goodbye to friends, family

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lee Hawkins never had a bucket list. She felt she’d been living life the way she wanted. But in the weeks before she would undertake her plan to bring about her death by not taking in food or …

Decision by Lee Hawkins to stop eating and drinking prompts new policy at VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In June, Eleanor “Lee” Hawkins and her family approached Dr. Jeffrey Zesiger, with the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, to talk about the end of her life. She was 90, frail, and though she loved life, she felt it was time to think about her …

CDC, UN release disease forecasts

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In addition to being the largest Ebola outbreak in the world’s history, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that this is the first Ebola epidemic to affect multiple countries and the first in West Africa. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States …

A Look Back

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ Lt. Gov. Francis X. Bellotti, Democratic nominee for governor, will carry his campaign into Hampshire and Franklin counties tomorrow. In Northampton he plans to visit the Gazette office, the fire station, the highway department, City Hall, the telephone company and three industrial plants. ■ …

Preschools latest to take on environmental movement

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas to choose …

‘The Lion King’ earns record box office

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Here’s something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: “The Lion King” is the top ticket of all time. With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, “The Lion King” stage musical has …