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Greenfield lawyer John Stobierski has a unique perspective on the child sexual abuse by Catholic priests portrayed in "Spotlight," the movie about the Boston Globe investigation.

Lawyer John Stobierski has unique perspective on child sexual abuse by Catholic priests portrayed in ‘Spotlight’

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — If anyone has no need to see “Spotlight” — a movie about the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests — it’s probably John Stobierski, a Greenfield-based lawyer who has more or less lived the story. Over the past 23 years, Stobierski has met with hundreds of families who told him disturbing stories of …

Obama, Hollande lay out strategy in Syria

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a show of Western solidarity, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to escalate airstrikes against the Islamic State and bolster intelligence sharing following the deadly attacks in Paris. They called on Russia to join the international efforts, but only if Moscow ends its support for Syria’s …

Amherst Woods residents urge Select Board to complete sewer line extensions

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — Four years after Town Meeting approved sewer line extensions for neighborhoods in Amherst Woods, some who live in the housing development built in the 1980s are getting anxious to see the project completed. More than a dozen residents brought their concerns to the Select Board on Monday, where interim Town Manager David Ziomek said that town officials and the Department of …

Hampshire College changes investment policy to exclude companies running private prisons and supporting genocide

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — At the urging of student activists, Hampshire College has amended its investment policy to specifically exclude companies associated with running private prisons and supporting genocide, according to President Jonathan Lash. That change will not involve selling stocks the college currently holds, because none of its current …

Jose Alicea of Easthampton pleads guilty to attempted robbery, awaits sentencing

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 31-year-old Easthampton man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court to attempting to rob an elderly clerk at a convenience store in that city last year. Sentencing was delayed while the Probation Department develops more information for a judge. Judge Bertha D. Josephson requested a …

With some tweaks, Northampton City Council approves new set of rules

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council voted 7-1 last week to change its committee structure and adopt several new rules, deciding after some debate that all committees should have four members and scrapping a rule that would have mandated rotating independent auditors every five years. If the new rules …

Amherst approves designs for new ‘wayfinding’ signs

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — New signs intended to help people find their way to downtown landmarks and brighten the streetscape have been approved by the Select Board. Board members Monday unanimously endorsed the final designs for the signs, which could …

UMass officials say ‘White Students Union’ Facebook page is fake, and one of several reported around the country

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — A recently created “UMass Amherst Area White Students Union” Facebook page is not associated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst or any student groups, according to campus officials, and appears to be one of a number …

Traffic backups linger for hours on Interstate 91 southbound after garbage truck fire near Exit 17 in Holyoke

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A garbage truck hauling cardboard caught fire near Exit 17 on Interstate 91 southbound Tuesday morning, shutting down a section of the highway and requiring firefighters to spend hours methodically extinguishing pieces of burning cargo. No …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Amherst • The shoplifting of a curling iron, a curling kit and other hair products valued at $169 by a man from the CVS pharmacy, 76 North Pleasant St., was reported at 8:48 a.m. Monday. Northampton • Hampshire County Courthouse staff reported at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday that a …

James Palermo of Southampton obtains international student assessment test records after 1½-year public records battle

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Ten days after a Hampshire Superior Court judge ordered the release of a list of 49 Massachusetts schools and districts that participated in a 2012 international student assessment study, state education officials have turned over the …

Motorists from Vermont and Goshen arrested by Deerfield Police within an hour of each other for drunken driving

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two men, including one from Goshen, were arrested for drunken driving within an hour of each other on Routes 5 and 10 in Greenfield on Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to Deerfield police. Russel Cranshaw, 60, of Brattleboro, Vermont, was arrested and charged with operating …

Fourth defendant Caleb Womack found competent to stand trial in UMass rape case

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The last of four men accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room has been found competent to stand trial following a mental health evaluation. Jury selection in the trial of …