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Joe Sample performs with Jay Anderson on bass and Larry Aberman on drums in this file photo from Aug., 2001. Sample, jazz-funk keyboardist who founded the Crusaders, died Friday at age 75.  (Anacleto Rapping/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Keyboardist, Crusaders founder Joe Sample dies at 75

Monday, September 15, 2014

Joe Sample, a soft-spoken keyboard player and composer whose blending of funk, blues, jazz, gospel and the Zydeco music of his childhood lent a distinctive sound to his well-known group, the Crusaders, has died. He was 75. Sample died Friday at a Houston hospital of lung cancer, his manager, Patrick Rains, told The Associated Press. The musician had struggled with …

US stepping up Ebola aid

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal is to speed up medical research and put hospitals on alert should an infected traveler …

FDA eyes Mass. school’s shock treatments

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CANTON — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth. Self-injury is one of the most difficult behaviors associated with autism and other developmental or intellectual disabilities, and …

Made in the shade

Friday, September 5, 2014

CDH pledges to keep inpatient pediatric unit open, renovate emergency department, offer pediatric training to new nurses

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital announced Friday it will keep its inpatient pediatric unit open by offering focused pediatric training for nurses that will allow adequate staffing there. In addition, the hospital announced plans to renovate the emergency …

Pease family organizes Salute2Summer benefit for Florence Fields in memory of son

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In honor of their son Todd Davis Pease, who died in a drowning accident in 1991, Tom and Peggy Pease have thrown their energy into promoting youth sports — and one of their biggest contributions of …

Ailing Great Dane had taste for socks

Thursday, September 4, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. It was something he ate! X-rays showed a stomach full of “a large quantity …

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital … 1

Mass. doctor infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska for treatment

Thursday, September 4, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — A doctor who was infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment, doctors there said Thursday. Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha said Dr. Richard …

Don’t be chicken: Grill it this way

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I can’t be the only one, can I? It’s too obvious. It’s too easy. Isn’t it? And just because I haven’t heard of anyone else doing it, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t millions and millions of people out there doing it. Right? Here is the deal: When …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Here’s Johnny

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My friend Becky, who lives in Arizona, was in the area recently for a cousin’s wedding, and I suggested we get together for a cocktail. I didn’t have to twist her arm. We headed to Johnny’s Tavern at …

First Person: Job search: Tales from the front line

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I voluntarily left my last full-time job in 2012. I hated the job and continuing it made me a miserable husband, dad and friend. I was doing the things I liked to do as a communications professional but …

Your Time: Three County Fair, Northampton

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Three County Fair in Northampton wrapped up Monday after four days of rides on the Ferris wheel, the Cliffhanger and the Wacky Worm, among others, in addition to attractions including livestock shows, tractor and truck pulls, demolition …