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Okla. transgender candidate misses history by 22 votes

Friday, August 29, 2014

Oklahoma’s 88th legislative district is a bright blue dot in a deep red state, a district that has sent liberal and openly gay lawmakers to the state Capitol. And last week, it came within 22 votes of electing the state’s first openly transgender candidate. Paula Sophia, 48 — Democrat, author, retired Oklahoma City cop and Army veteran — lost 990 to 968 in a primary runoff for a state House … 0

Accident victims recalled: Edward McGrath, gregarious family man; daughter Brittany, PVPA and law school graduate

Friday, August 29, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Friends of a father and daughter who were killed in an accident Thursday described Edward D. McGrath as a gregarious family man and his daughter, Brittany D. McGrath, as a strong, intelligent woman who was pursuing a career in law. “It’s just very, very heartbreaking,” said Daniel Kurpaska, a former co-worker … 0

James Ainsworth allegedly high on heroin when his SUV crashed, killing two in Easthampton

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A driver who police say was “nodding off” and high on heroin when his SUV crashed — killing two people on a motorcycle Thursday — was ordered held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment Friday. James Walter Ainsworth, 45, pleaded not guilty before Northampton District Court Judge W. Michael Goggins to … 0

Police chase through Northampton ends in Westhampton with arrest

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 33-year-old Erving man faces multiple charges after he led police on a several-mile car chase Thursday night through parts of three communities. Police were able to stop the stolen vehicle the man was driving near … 0

Conway residents question safety, contents of proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CONWAY — The safety of the community and questions about the contents of natural gas that will flow through a proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline dominated a special Select Board meeting in Conway Thursday night. In a question-and-answer session that followed a brief presentation by parent company Kinder … 0

One person dies in two-car accident on Route 202 in Pelham

Thursday, August 28, 2014

PELHAM — One person was killed in a two-car accident on Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. One of the vehicles left the road and went down into an embankment, and the person in that car was killed, Pelham Police Chief Gary Thomann … 0

State grant sought to pay for downtown utility improvements in Amherst

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — Town officials are seeking $1.5 million in state money to pay for burying the above-ground wires along East Pleasant, Triangle and Pray streets. Town Manager John Musante said Wednesday that Amherst will request the money from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which assists communities with projects that … 0

Helicopter flies low over Echo Hill area in Amherst to shoot bank commercial

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A helicopter traveling low over the Echo Hill area of Amherst Thursday afternoon had people on board filming a commercial for a local bank, said Police Chief Scott Livingstone. The chopper, Livingstone said, was flying above parts of Amherst to shoot footage for a PeoplesBank commercial. … 0

Bruce Molnar, formerly of Southampton, sentenced to jail for possessing child pornography

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 33-year-old former Southampton man was sentenced to jail Thursday for possessing child pornography on his cell phone. Bruce W. Molnar pleaded guilty in Northampton District Court to one count of possession of child pornography and was sentenced by Judge W. Michael Goggins to a year … 0

Wednesday crash sobering for tightly knit community at Barnes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WESTFIELD — Several hours before officials at the Barnes Air National Guard confirmed that the pilot whose F-15C Eagle fighter jet crashed in a remote area of Virginia had died, talk at the regional airport next door centered … 0

Obama tamps down prospect of Syria strikes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the … 0

Montague man charged with lewd behavior in University of Massachusetts incidents

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A Montague man who allegedly exposed himself to female students on the University of Massachusetts campus last week was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to UMass police. Christopher M. Williams, 38, was arrested on two counts of … 0

Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr . of Barnes Air National Guard identified as pilot who died in F-15C Virginia crash

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15 fighter jet crash has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr. A search for a missing 104th Fighter Wing pilot ended Thursday evening after rescue crews found Fontenot dead … 0