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In this image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joely Richardson performs in a scene from William Luce’s "The Belle of Amherst", currently performing off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Carol Rosegg)

‘The Belle of Amherst’ revived off Broadway

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Acclaimed 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson was famously reclusive, although she maintained numerous correspondences. She was an extremely prolific poet, though not publicly recognized in her lifetime, and many details of her life remain a mystery. William Luce dramatized Dickinson’s homebound life by combining details from biographies, her poetry and her letters into an entrancing one-woman show, …

CDC plans new Ebola protocol; Pentagon to form rapid-response team

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ATLANTA — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear “with no skin showing,” a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute …

Tim Russert office exhibit opens in Buffalo

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An exhibit honoring the late Tim Russert is opening in the hometown of the long-time moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The exhibit titled, “Inside Tim Russert’s Office,” opens Friday at the Buffalo History Museum. It shows Russert’s Washington, D.C., bureau office much as it did on June 13, …

Style Stop: Nick Brady

Thursday, October 16, 2014

On a cool fall day Nick Brady, a Northampton resident, was waiting outside Thornes Marketplace for his shift to begin at Ted’s Boot Shop, right next door. Brady, who also works at Old Navy in Hadley and is …

Digital Savant: How big is too big?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Does size really matter? Do we really need everything to be bigger? These questions have reverberated through history, and for several weeks now, since Apple introduced the iPhone 6 Plus. If the traditional iPhone is the Honda Accord …

Your Time: Sukkot Harvest Festival, Northampton

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Congregation B’nai Israel’s Abundance Farm in Northampton was the setting last Sunday for the second annual Sukkot Harvest Festival. Food and refreshments, live music, bread baking, apple cider pressing, a crafts table for children, and a sukkah filled …

ID: Marykate Smith Despres

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Marykate Smith Despres originally moved to the Valley for school, then spent six years living in Salem and working as a behavior specialist and therapeutic yoga teacher. She and her husband always knew they’d end up back here; …

2nd Texas nurse tests positive for Ebola

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DALLAS — The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest on an airliner the day before she …

Contents of 1901 Boston time capsule revealed

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — A Boston time capsule dating to 1901 contained letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, political campaign buttons and a presidential message on U.S. foreign relations, archivists said Wednesday. The shoebox-sized capsule was removed last week from the …

A Look Back

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ A new facet in this year’s political campaign is the increasingly big role played by women. Northampton was visited today by Mrs. John Gronouski, wife of the postmaster general. Her tour here, she said, was a part of the so-called “Flying Caravan” of Cabinet …

Officials: No Ebola in state

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts authorities offered reassurances on Tuesday that there were no confirmed cases of Ebola in the state, and said the region’s public health system was well-prepared if a case were detected. On Monday, emergency personnel wearing infectious disease protection suits boarded an Emirates flight from Dubai …

UN: Ebola response needs to be stepped up

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LONDON — West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent. WHO …

CDC: We could have done more to prevent transmission of Ebola in US

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas — The nation’s top disease-fighting agency acknowledged Tuesday that federal health experts failed to do all they should have done to prevent Ebola from spreading from a Liberian man who died last week in Texas …