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Josh Hartnett returns to monstrous role on Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) PASADENA, Calif. - The first season of the Showtime series “Penny Dreadful” pushed Josh Hartnett to extremes both emotionally and physically. Hartnett portrays Ethan Chandler, an American handy with a six-shooter who is recruited by Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) to help him to deal with all of the evil that roams the streets of Victorian London. At the same time, Ethan had to …

‘Invisible Chains’: Amherst psychologist’s new book sheds light on emotional abuse

Monday, May 4, 2015

In her recently published book, Amherst psychologist Lisa Aronson Fontes writes of a couple, Mandy and Tom, who were married after a whirlwind courtship featuring gifts of flowers and cards. But following their wedding Tom began complaining about Mandy talking with her sister and mother on the telephone, and obsessing about how she …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, May 4, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Coping with kids The Gateway Family Center and Center for Women & Community in Huntington is hosting a free workshop on children’s behavior Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Teaching Boundaries to Children and Other Strategies to Prevent Abuse,” will cover addressing behaviors, communicating prevention messages and teaching boundaries to children It is open to the public. …

State sees 1,000 overdose deaths in 2014

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON — State health officials say more than 1,000 people died as a result of opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts last year — an increase of 33 percent from 2012 and part of an ongoing spike in deaths blamed on prescription drug and heroin abuse. The state Department of …

8-year-old leukemia patient races to set record for high-fiving

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

By Jeff Strickler Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS — As 8-year-old Molly Vergin was preparing to try to break the world record for the most high-fives in one minute, no one was concerned about the magnitude of the challenge: to complete 261 hand slaps in 60 seconds. For her …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, April 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Legal advice for elders Northampton Attorney Michael Hooker will be at the Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Road Chesterfield, Thursday at 5 p.m. to present a free workshop on how to protect assets like real estate, property and financials through wills, trusts, powers of …

It’s tick time: They’re back in force, so step up the body checks

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring has sprung, baseball season’s first pitch has been thrown, April’s rains have been falling, and the ticks are back. Even if you can’t see them. Just ask Michael Noonan of Florence. On a Thursday, a couple of …

Relay for Life has long counted Cooley Dickison as a key supporter

Monday, April 27, 2015

The following is the third in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, which takes place June 19 to 20 in Look Park in Florence. The staff …

Contract Bridge: How to capture a king

Monday, April 27, 2015

There is no advantage in butting your head against a stone wall. When the evidence indicates that a normal line of play will lead to defeat, it is surely advisable to seek another approach that offers a better …

Hilltown Voices: Goshen Meltdown ends, organizer to take frigid plunge into Hammond Pond

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The 11th annual Goshen Meltdown is over, but organizer Bob Labrie has one last thing to do before officially wrapping things up for this year. This Sunday, Labrie, a captain in the Goshen Fire Department, will live up to his spur-of the-moment challenge to hurl himself into the …

Hawaii to set legal smoking age at age 21

Friday, April 24, 2015

HONOLULU — A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor. It’s unclear whether Gov. David Ige will sign …

Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner told the world that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman” in an extraordinary television interview aired Friday about gender confusion he first felt as a youngster trying …