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FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks in Nashua, N.H. Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it. “Anybody who monkeys with this bill is going to run into a buzz saw,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned ahead of this week’s debate. Also trying to discourage any changes, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey urged senators to stick with the plan as it emerged from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Supporters of Senate Iran bill look to avoid amendments

Sunday, April 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it. “Anybody who monkeys with this bill is going to run into a buzz saw,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned ahead …

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Northampton ∎ Douglas Morse, 35, who provided an address as the streets of Northampton, was arrested at 10 a.m. Sunday on Pleasant Street on a charge of shoplifting, third offense, after he allegedly left the CVS Pharmacy, 90 Main St., without paying for $58.94 in razors, police said. The razors were located in his backpack when he was arrested, police said. ∎ David …

Hadley police break up 300-student party

Sunday, April 26, 2015

HADLEY — More than 300 college-age people gathered in a field behind a North Maple Street home were cleared out by police before causing a major disturbance Saturday afternoon. With hundreds of people already on site behind the rental home at 26 North Maple St., and an additional 150 to 200 people arriving, Hadley Police Sgt. Mitchell Kuc said police decided to shut …

Area police news

Friday, April 24, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Samantha M. Baghdadi, 44, of 66½ Maple St. Apt. N, was arrested at 1:06 a.m. Friday at her home on a warrant. Police arrested Baghdadi after responding to the apartment for a medical call involving her roommate. Northampton ∎ The theft of a battery valued at …

Amherst agencies create award recognizing volunteer service by teenagers

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Two teenagers dedicated to volunteer service in the community will be awarded cash prizes through a partnership between the Amherst Club and the Amherst Boys & Girls Club. The first Youth Community Service Awards will be presented later this spring to one high school-age student and …

More than 100 people gather in Northampton to commemorate centennial of Armenian genocide

Friday, April 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — More than 100 people gathered Friday in front of Memorial Hall to commemorate the centennial of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. The annual gatherings in Northampton, which began 15 years ago, are …

Joshua Hooper, 18, of Granby held on 31 drug possession charges after father tells police he had trash bag full of allegedly stolen prescription drugs

Friday, April 24, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — An 18-year-old Granby man cried Friday as a judge ordered him held in jail over the weekend after the teen’s father told police his son had a trash bag full of prescription drugs that were not his. His parents and the judge hope that he can …

UMass engineering seniors’ year-end projects tackle issues like guiding the blind, treating post-traumatic stress

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Can police chest cameras turn on automatically during an arrest? Can Blue Tooth technology help the blind navigate through their day? Can a device worn by soldiers help doctors treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder when …

Earth Matters: Birdwatching for a cause — but mostly for fun

Friday, April 24, 2015

There are many reasons to watch birds. Developing identification skills, appreciating ecological and evolutionary relationships, appreciating the beauty of birds, visiting interesting places, building lists of species one has seen and enjoying good company are among them. Once …

Valley Views: Green Heron, Juvenile

Friday, April 24, 2015

Green Heron, Juvenile University of Massachusetts Campus Pond, Amherst Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown Last summer, I wandered around the pond at the University of Massachusetts watching the antics of a juvenile green heron. The young …

Bird sightings

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An unprecedented spring fallout of ruddy ducks occurred at many locations over the weekend. A common tern and a long-tailed duck were found at …

Deerfield Town Meeting to consider revised zoning for industrial park

Friday, April 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Voters will be asked Monday night to approve fundamental changes to the zoning bylaws that govern the town’s industrial park, to spend money to study how town offices and school space could be consolidated, and to enter an agreement with New England Natural Bakers for a …

Whately Town meeting to consider resolution opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

WHATELY — Voters will consider joining the western Massachusetts towns standing against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline by adopting a resolution opposing the project at the annual Town Meeting on Tuesday. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Whately Elementary School. The resolution states that the town …