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President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Lehman College in the Bronx borough of New York, Monday, May 4, 2015. Obama announced the creation of an independent nonprofit organization that is a spin off his "My Brother's Keeper" program, which works to give young men of color more opportunities through mentoring and business partnerships. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama sets up alliance to aid minority youth

Monday, May 4, 2015

NEW YORK — In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of “unfairness and powerlessness.” The country’s first black president called for a nationwide mobilization to reverse inequalities and said …

Incidents during final weekend before end of spring semester at UMass Amherst result in alcohol-related charges against 11 people

Monday, May 4, 2015

AMHERST — With less than a week to go before University of Massachusetts commencement, college-age people remaining in Amherst took advantage of the weekend’s warm weather for one more big gathering before the spring semester ends. The largest party took place on Hobart Lane, site of “Hobart Hoedowns” in past years, late Friday night into early Saturday morning, said Detective Michael Forcum. Police …

Smith College community supportive of new admissions policy welcoming transgender women

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College’s admissions policy accepting transgender women — those born male who identify as female — has been met largely with approval from students on campus. Jess Marlor, a 22-year-old junior from Beverly, said that when she heard about the policy, she felt “pure joy.” “Being a woman should not lie …

Area police news

Monday, May 4, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police issued a written warning to a woman who drove her vehicle into a concrete wall outside the Mom’s House Chinese Food Market, 318 College St., at 11:16 a.m. Saturday and fled. The wall sustained damage in excess of $1,000, police said. ∎ Andrew P. Robichaud, …

Around Easthampton: Free quit-smoking class begins Wednesday, ECA+ seeks artist to paint utility box, library book sale May 16

Monday, May 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With many online resources available to help people stop smoking, face-to-face interactions still have the highest rates of success, according to Sandra Mandel. That’s why Mandel, in collaboration with the Easthampton Health Department, will hold a free six-week class titled “How to Quit Smoking” at the …

Northampton Democratic City Committee will elect delegates to state convention

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Democratic City Committee will hold its annual meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 16 in the community room at JFK Middle School on Bridge Road. Items on the agenda include updates from state Rep. Peter Kocot, Mayor David J. Narkewicz, and representatives …

Hatfield town administrator search nears end; two finalists named

Monday, May 4, 2015

HATFIELD — The search for the next town administrator has been narrowed down to two finalists and could wrap up later this week. Selectmen interviewed Marlene J. Michonski of Whitman, Massachusetts, and Wendy Foxmyn, of Leeds, on separate occasions over the past few weeks. Both candidates have decades …

Police Day in Northampton will feature a ‘light show’ Saturday

Monday, May 4, 2015

Northampton — Anyone interested in viewing a police cruiser “light show,” trying on a bulletproof vest or feeling the heft of a duty belt (holding a fake gun for this purpose) can do so Saturday at the Northampton Police Station during the city’s first-ever Police Day. The event …

New owners stress desire to keep Faces as downtown Northampton landmark

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Camile Hannoush would like to make one thing clear: Faces will remain the beloved, quirky downtown landmark that we all know and love. “We consider Faces an amazing brand,” Hannoush, 50, of Suffield, Connecticut, said Monday. …

Field of 34 potential candidates for Northampton police chief search

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A field of 34 applicants from 15 states in all regions of the country answered Northampton’s call for candidates to replace retiring Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz. Mayor David J. Narkewicz said he is “very pleased” with the pool of applicants for the post Sienkiewicz has filled …

UMass police deputy chief Patrick Archbald to lead department for third time in interim role

Monday, May 4, 2015

AMHERST — Patrick Archbald, a deputy chief with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department, will take over as interim chief to fill the gap left by departing chief John K. Horvath. Archbald’s tenure as interim chief begins Monday, May 11. Horvath is leaving the post to head …

Florence Recreation Fields officially open with weekend baseball games

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Parks & Recreation Department may be having trouble finding a permanent home, but the athletes it serves no longer have that problem. More than five years after buying the former Bean and Allard farms in …

Van accident kills associate of Northampton-based Alchemystics band, leaves drummer in critical condition

Monday, May 4, 2015

One person associated with the Northampton-based band the Alchemystics is dead and drummer Demse Zullo is in critical condition after a van accident, according to a post on the band’s Facebook page. Brian White, also known as “Budzy,” …