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A Look Back

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ Police Chief George J. Bernier has advised city merchants to remove all money from their business establishments and to double-check that all windows and doors are locked before closing. The advice comes in the wake of an alarming increase in breaks and thefts throughout the city. ■ The search for the unknown assailant of John F. Keefe, 66, of 81 Prospect St., murdered in cold blood … 0

BBC America series imagines ‘Real History of Science Fiction’

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

“The history of science fiction is the history of the imagination,” intones Mark Gatiss, narrator of the four-part series “The Real History of Science Fiction” on BBC America starting at 10 p.m., Saturday. Unfortunately, it’s is more like “The Reel History of Science Fiction,” with video and film clips, comments from actors, directors and writers, and the very occasional nod to the origins … 0

Tufts Medical, Lowell General seek merger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LOWELL (ap) — Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Lowell General Hospital have reached a tentative deal on a merger officials say will make both institutions stronger while lowering medical costs. Both are among the last remaining independent hospitals in the state and had been looking for partnership opportunities. Under terms of a tentative agreement announced Monday, each nonprofit hospital would continue to … 0

FXX planing a marathon telecast of ‘The Simpsons’

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The FXX network plans a marathon telecast this summer of episodes of “The Simpsons” — all 552 of them consecutively. The network said Wednesday the marathon will start Aug. 21 and continue into Labor Day. FXX programming chief Chuck Saftler said it coincides with … 0

First Person Sharing seasons, finding community at Brookfield Farm

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Like many Americans, I have a complicated relationship with food. I sometimes live to eat, rather than eat to live. But one thing is for sure: I know exactly where my food comes from, how it’s grown and … 0

Your Time: Love Your Family Dinner, Northampton

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jackson Street School families came together on the night of April 4 for the second annual Love Your Family Dinner. The air was filled with the aromas of food, lots of conversation, and with the cheers and laughter … 0

ID: Binh Quoc Nguyen

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Binh Quoc Nguyen, a martial artist, was born in Vietnam and came to the United States at age 5. He lived in West Springfield until moving to Amherst at 19 to attend the University of Massachusetts, and has … 0

A light and airy fruit pudding from America’s past

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Snow pudding is a great American recipe that dates back to pioneer days, when resourceful home cooks hankering for a treat had to rely on whatever they had — things like gelatin, lemons, sugar and eggs. The very … 0

Style Stop

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The weather seemed to have made a permanent turn toward spring last week when the Style Stop team spotted Belinda Marshall of Florence passing time in downtown Northampton. While her job as a nanny keeps her in the … 0

PVPA dancers follow teacher to another continent

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It’s been a special year for Pioneer Valley Performing Arts teacher Alpha “Kabisko” Kaba. In January, he not only visited his home country of Guinea for the first time in 15 years, but he shared the … 1

Measles case at Baystate spurs alert

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The person with "ties to Northampton" who contracted measles has been identified as a Smith College faculty member, according to the Associated Press. The person was admitted and treated at Baystate Medical Center April 2, but … 5

With sold-out show, Easthampton High students prepare for eighth Mr. Easthampton benefit for SADD

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — In its eighth year, the Mr. Easthampton contest at Easthampton High School is more popular than ever, relying on some light-hearted fun to deliver a serious message. A fundraiser for the high school’s Students Against Destructive … 0

Lawsuit: Nursing home patient subjected to male stripper’s antics against her will

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. — An 85-year-old nursing home patient was the victim of “disgraceful sexual perversion” when a male stripper gyrated in front of her against her will at the suburban New York facility, an attorney for the … 0