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Dr. Edward Goodman,  epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, speaks about the nature and treatment of the Ebola virus during a news conference at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Dallas.  Health officials assured that the recent Ebola case in Dallas is being contained. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DALLAS — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed. The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to …

Area briefs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hadley FALL FESTIVAL: Whole Children, an after-school center in Hadley for children of all abilities, including those with special needs, is kicking off its 10th anniversary with a fall festival open to the community from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The festival and open house will include tours of the center, demonstration classes, games, food, and music. Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will sing, …

A Look Back

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ On Nov. 6, the Telephone Co. will commence delivery of its 1964 Northampton District directory, and with it JUstice, the telephone exchange designation, that is, will pass into oblivion, along with ALpine, AXminster, CHestnut, COlony. The letters, which formerly preceded the telephone numbers, will be replaced by numerals as part of a nationwide change to all number calling. ■ …

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 …

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 …