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In this photo taken May 19, 2015, Judith Chase Gilbert, of Arlington, Va., is loaded into a PET scanner by Nuclear Medicine Technologist J.R. Aguilar at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Gilbert shows no signs of memory problems but volunteered for a new kind of scan as part of a study peeking into healthy brains to check for clues about Alzheimer's disease.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Researchers scan healthy brains for dementia signs

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s, but the suspects are its two hallmarks — the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques or tangles of a protein named tau that …

John Nash, wife, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspiration, killed in NJ taxi crash

Sunday, May 24, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. — John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86. Nash and Alicia Nash, 82, of Princeton Township, were killed in a …

Cooley Dickinson continues staffing changes, eliminating two administrative positions, adding another

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital is eliminating two more high-level positions as it continues to review and restructure its operations, the Gazette learned this week. The hospital also added a new director’s-level position in March. The hospital plans to eliminate the post of administrative director of clinical services and a position in its …

A decade of fun

Saturday, May 16, 2015

B.B. King leaves a legacy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

INDIANOLA, Miss. — Blues legend B.B. King grew up as poor as could be, alone and in debt at 14, living in primitive cabins and sharecropping cotton in Mississippi. His natural talent with a guitar enabled him to …

Mohawk Trail Concert co-founder Ruth Black of Amherst dies at 87

Friday, May 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Ruth Black, co-founder of the Mohawk Trail Concert Series, died earlier this month, at the age of 87. Ruth and Arnold Black founded the Mohawk Trail Concert Series in 1969, bringing many renowned musicians to the Federated Church of Charlemont over the last 45 years. When …

Sweet ride: Florence couple peddles pastries from a bicycle cart

Friday, May 15, 2015

At the Tuesday outdoor market in downtown Northampton where vendors set up under tents, at tables and out of pick-up truck beds, Caleb and Emily Langer stand out. They sell their sweets from a pastry case sitting atop …

Valley Bounty: Asparagus

Friday, May 15, 2015

Asparagus Count yourself lucky to live in a place where the season’s premier crop is available at dozens of roadside stands. Although as recently as 1989, we grew more asparagus than we consumed in the United States, we …

Drink up: Toasting the Class of 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Toasting the Class of 2015 Uncork potential with the gift of wine to college graduates. B.A. — 2013 Anaba Sonoma Valley Turbine White ($28), a snappy white blend with citrus and tropical fruit B.S. — 2012 Francis Ford …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou builds an outdoor wok station

Friday, May 15, 2015

My Weber Jumbo Joe 18” charcoal grill has led a sheltered existence. This table-top, made-for-traveling, beauty has been used only once, during the week last summer I was busy putting together my large, steel box charcoal grill. The Jumbo Joe is a quite serviceable cooking device, able to …

CW expands comedy, comic book offerings in 2015-16 season

Friday, May 15, 2015

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (TNS) Following one of the most critically and commercially successful years in its history, the CW unveiled a prime-time lineup for the 2015-16 season Thursday that displayed newfound confidence from the young (and young-skewing) network. “We had a terrific season,” said CW …

Northampton falls to Annapolis, Maryland, in Outside magazine contest

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s the end of the road for the city’s bid to be Outside magazine’s “Best Town” 2015. Northampton fell to Annapolis, Maryland, in the magazine contest’s latest round of voting, which ended at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. …

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I recently traveled to Malta to play the European Poker Tour events. Up until the last day of the series, I was roughly even on the trip, cashing in the 10,000-euro high-roller event but losing all of my other tournaments. The following hand took place in the 5,000-euro …