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In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014,  a security guard, center left,  working at the University Hospital Fann, speaks to people inside a car, as a  man is  treated for symptoms of the Ebola virus inside the Hospital in Dakar, Senegal. The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

Senegal Ebola case ‘top priority’ for health group

Monday, September 1, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar. Senegal faces an “urgent need” for support and supplies including hygiene kits and … 0

VIDEO Adventurous couple seals wedding vows with forest leap in Shutesbury

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SHUTESBURY — The highlight of the Fahey-Shaw wedding Sunday was, of course, the taking of the vows and the first kiss of a married couple. A close runner-up would be what happened about an hour and a half later, when Corinne Shaw climbed to the top of a 40-foot pole in the forest, … 0

Obamas’ longtime personal chef marries MSNBC host

Sunday, August 31, 2014

POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. — President Barack Obama on Saturday temporarily set aside the pressures of trying to calm the world’s trouble spots and assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the Obama family’s longtime chef and friend. Chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner were tying the … 0

Family finds: Movies, fairs, ghosts and more

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: For a last blast of summer, you can throw down a blanket on the lawn of the Forbes Library in Northampton tonight and enjoy a free viewing of “Back to the Future” (1985; rated PG), … 0

‘Part of the family’ Student exchange program fosters international connections

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Frank Kure might hail from the other side of the world, but you wouldn’t know it at first glance. Wearing a T-shirt and shorts, an earring and handmade bracelet, Kure looks like any American teenager. That’s why it’s … 0

Businesses: Quake cleanup should not deter tourists

Monday, August 25, 2014

NAPA, Calif. — The earthquake that jarred California’s wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass … 0

Tribe’s casino plan roils quaint Martha’s Vineyard

Monday, August 25, 2014

AQUINNAH — On the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and head up to this town’s scenic overlook. But the … 0

After mother’s need, son donates stem cells for another woman’s cause

Monday, August 25, 2014

When Bryant Sullivan got an email last year letting him know he was a potential stem cell match for a woman in need of a transplant, agreeing to blood tests and potentially more intrusive operations to become a … 0

Health notes: bereavement, eggs, teen sleep schedule

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bereavement workshop for caregivers “Good Mourning,” a new 10-week ebreavement workshop for professional and family caregivers, presented by The Dementia Initiative, begins Sept. 17, 4 to 6 p.m., at Highland Valley Elder Services, 320 Riverside Drive, Florence. To … 0

Hospice offers video service to keep memories alive

Monday, August 25, 2014

Faith Broadnax yanked out her breathing tube. If the “skinny white woman” with the camera - as the headstrong 80-year-old referred to hospice volunteer Maria McKenna - insisted on shooting video of her singing a hymn, she wasn’t … 0

Vegan vs. cavemen Cardiologists square off on nutrition

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dr. Kim Williams thought he followed a heart-healthy diet: He avoided red meat and fried foods. He ate his chicken breast without the skin. Then in 2003, the Chicago cardiologist realized his level of LDL, the so-called “bad” … 0

Coffee shop on the honor system working in North Dakota

Sunday, August 24, 2014

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The owner of a North Dakota coffee shop is flattered his decision to operate the business on the honor system garnered international attention earlier this summer, but those who equate it to the goodness … 0