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In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, therapist Joe Andrade checks the ankle strap of a shocking device on student Andrew Goldberg during an exercise program at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts.  Andrew, who was born with a developmental disorder, wears the device to control violent episodes.  The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban the devices used at the center, the only place in the country known to use electrical shocks as aversive conditioning for aggressive students. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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 a private facility outside Boston that takes …

Belchertown volunteers build Jessica’s Boundless Playground

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Vicky Martins-Auffrey felt like she was in a dream Saturday morning as a crew of volunteers lugged and installed posts, panels, hardware, platforms and other components of Jessica’s Boundless Playground on State Street. “It feels surreal, like I am on the outside looking in,” she said. The playground taking shape this …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: To The Apollo Grill and all the Valley restaurants I’ve loved before

Friday, September 12, 2014

Most people have a go-to restaurant they frequent. Maybe they have a favorite appetizer or entree there. Or there’s a certain ambiance that beckons them to return again and again. Well, I have many restaurants I like, but few where I feel like a regular. For me, one of these go-to restaurants was the Side Street Grill in Florence. Sadly, now closed. Not …

Third American infected with Ebola is Mass. doctor

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The hospital in Liberia where three American aid workers got sick with Ebola has been overwhelmed by a surge in patients and doesn’t have enough hazard suits and other supplies to keep doctors and nurses …

A Look Back

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ Miss Ellen Mason, daughter of Mrs. Norma Mason of 78 West St., will be installed as worthy advisor of Northampton Assembly, Order of Rainbow for Girls, tomorrow night in Masonic Temple. Miss Mason is a 1964 graduate of Northampton School For Girls and will …

Doctors group: World losing battle vs. Ebola

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been “reduced to places where people go to die …

Court to host panel discussions on opioid abuse

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts is set to host two panel discussions with policy makers, medical professionals and law enforcement officials to share strategies dealing with the surge in the abuse of opioids in the state. “In Our Own Backyard, a Panel Discussion on …

‘Miracle’ flight survivor: PTSD related to firing

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A survivor of the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight has filed suit against Staples, alleging the office-product giant fired her in part for taking extended leave because of PTSD related to the crash. Denise Lockie of Charlotte, a passenger in seat 2C when the New …

US eating habits improve a bit — except among poor

Monday, September 1, 2014

CHICAGO — Americans’ eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found. …

FBI looks into nude celebrity photo leaks

Monday, September 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online. The agency did not say …

Ill UK boy’s parents fight extradition from Spain

Monday, September 1, 2014

LONDON — The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled to seek a novel kind of radiation …

Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

Monday, September 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of …

In Hollywood park debate, kids underdogs to canines

Monday, September 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The city of West Hollywood has spared no expense in a lavish makeover of its central park. First came a chic library and rooftop tennis courts, to the tune of $61 million. Just approved is …