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Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning holds up the trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos won 24-10. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Super Bowl gets 111.9 million viewers, down from last year

Monday, February 8, 2016

NEW YORK — Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year’s average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver’s victory over Carolina is down from the past two years. That makes Sunday’s game the third most-watched event in U.S. television history, the Nielsen company said Monday. Last year’s down-to-the-wire contest between New England and …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, February 8, 2016

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Physician to speak on drug effects on teens Dr. Ruth Potee, a physician from Greenfield, will talk about the teen brain — what affects it and how to protect it — Feb. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Easthampton High School auditorium. Board certified in family and addiction medicine, she is being …

Exercise in aging effortlessly: Northampton senior citizens try tai chi

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tai chi practitioners may not look like they’re up to much except moving slowly into various poses, but try this martial art, and you may find something quite different than you expect. Yes, the moves are subtle — flapping slowly like a crane, or sometimes just shifting weight back and forth — but …

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Noble Hospital apologizes for communication breakdown in colonoscope disinfection lapse

Friday, February 5, 2016

WESTFIELD — After Noble Hospital staff members corrected a safety breach in April 2013, one or more of them failed to take the important next step — notifying senior hospital officials, according to the results of an internal …

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

Friday, February 5, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with …

A LOOK BACK

Friday, February 5, 2016

50 Years Ago • At its Salute Breakfast held this morning at the Hotel Northampton, the Chamber of Commerce paid special tribute to two leading industries celebrating birthday milestones this year. Prophylactic Brush Co. marks its entry into a second century and Kollmorgen Corp. its 50th year. • …

Today in History

Friday, February 5, 2016

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2016. There are 327 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Monkey. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1966, during the Vietnam War, President Lyndon B. Johnson and …

Woman, 82, tracks down and meets 96-year-old birth mother

Friday, February 5, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. — Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching. And as a bonus, she has forged a …

A LOOK BACK

Friday, February 5, 2016

200 Years Ago • James Smith of Whately wants to hire three journeymen carpenters to work at the millwright business. None need apply but men of steady habits and good morals. • If the person who took a name collar, and long reins to a cutter, from my …

Television Q&A: ‘Blood and Oil,’ ‘Mr. Selfridge,’ ‘Rizzoli,’ and more

Friday, February 5, 2016

By Rich Heldenfels Akron Beacon Journal (TNS) You have questions. I have some answers. Q: Is the TV series “Blood and Oil” going to be renewed? It was a great series. I want more. A: I would not hope too much for more of the series. ABC originally …

An optical illusion

Friday, February 5, 2016

The expert’s chief stock in trade is his ability to reason well. His logic is seldom the deep sort, but the kind of logic that can be more accurately described as plain common sense. Consider this deal where …

Fossils tell the tale

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Accompanying the new mural depicting the history of plant life at the Smith College Botanic Garden is an exhibit of plant fossils on loan from the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College. “Fossils are the basis for all our knowledge about the evolution of plants,” said …