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Bob Dunn picks up a beehive at the Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield.

Playing Along: What’s the buzz?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I’ve never really given insects and their ilk much thought. I had an ant farm when I was a kid, until they all died shortly after finishing a simple network of tunnels, turning it from an ant farm to a plastic box filled with sand and dead ants, which was much less interesting. Summers growing up, my brother and I … 0

Study examines sexual behavior of women on vacation

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CHICAGO — Who knew that having sex on the beach - or other far-flung tourist destinations - could be so complicated? Some women who engaged in risky sexual behavior while traveling told a researcher that they felt freed from a sexual double standard at home, and hoped to “feel like a man” by having a one-night stand - no emotional strings attached, according … 0

Teens: Unwritten rules for social media aren’t so friendly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sixty percent of young women say they’ve experienced bullying on Facebook, even as they commit to a rigorous set of unofficial rules of social conduct, according to a new survey. Time magazine reports the highlights of a study by social networking site We Heart It that asked 5,000 females ages 13 to 24 about their online social life. Respondents reported less bullying on … 0

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Hildene

Friday, August 15, 2014

Abraham Lincoln’s grand- daughter Jessie created a beautiful garden in 1907 at Hildene, her family’s summer home in Vermont. Designed to be seen from her mother’s second floor sitting room, the parterre garden was like stained glass in … 0

Right at Home: Style tips for off-campus living and getting along

Friday, August 15, 2014

For college kids who move off-campus, learning to accommodate the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school. Take Erica Weidrick and Caitrin Curtis, upperclassmen at the University of North Carolina, who are moving … 0

Your Place: Best laundry detergents among lowest cost, study says

Friday, August 15, 2014

Here’s something of a novelty: A recent study of laundry detergents by Consumer Reports found that some of the best stain fighters were also among the least expensive, including wallet-friendly warehouse-store brands Member’s Mark and Kirkland. In an article in its August issue, Consumer Reports said that while … 0

In the heat of summer, think of fall

Friday, August 15, 2014

Burnt out on summer? Start thinking fall — vegetables, that is. It seems like summer just started, but it’s time to begin work on the fall vegetable garden, too. Transplant seedlings for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and celery. Indoors, plant seeds for leaf lettuce, chard, kohlrabi and other fall … 0

Pet projects: Home designs with dogs in mind

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gayle Plessner and her husband love their dogs, but the sound of the rain on the roof of their home in Westlake Village, a planned community on the border of Los Angeles, made them lament winter, the season … 0

Mass. hospitals report more medical errors

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The number of medical errors reported by Massachusetts acute-care hospitals has jumped 70 percent since the state expanded the type of incidents hospitals are required to report. Hospitals reported 753 serious medical errors and other patient injuries last year to the state Public Health Department. … 0

Wife says Williams had Parkinson’s

Thursday, August 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death, his wife said Thursday. In a statement, Susan Schneider said that Williams, 63, was struggling with depression, anxiety and … 0

Area briefs

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Easthampton ‘WHEEL OF FORTUNE’ TO AIR: A collaboration among local artists, community members and Riverside Industries Inc. in May helped a young man with developmental disabilities live out his dream of playing host Pat Sajak on “Wheel of Fortune.” Riverside Industries, which works to improve the lives of … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Call the doctor, stat

Thursday, August 14, 2014

One day in the late 1970s, my buddy Jeff and I were having a Bombay Martini at a bar in Northampton, when we sent out a call to friends: “Dr. Bombay come right away.” It didn’t take long … 0

Style Stop: Christoper Hamann goes with a relaxed, casual look

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Christopher Hamann was finishing up a lunch of Chinese food in front of Thornes Marketplace in Northampton on a recent sunny afternoon when the Style Stop team noticed his colorful Keith Haring shirt and bright cutoffs. Hamann, who … 0