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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014, on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip. Striking a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, Obama is demanding "economic patriotism" from American corporations that seek overseas mergers to avoid U.S. taxes. Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely limit such deals, a move resisted by Republicans who argue the entire corporate tax code needs an overhaul. (AP Photo)

Obama wants limits on company mergers abroad

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. “I don’t care if it’s legal,” Obama declared. “It’s wrong.” Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely limit such deals, a move resisted … 0

Two injured, cars damaged in Belchertown crash after driver suffers medical trouble

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Two people were hospitalized and a section of Route 202 was closed Thursday night after a man experienced what police believe to be a medical emergency while driving and sideswiped several cars on Main Street. At 8:10 p.m., Police Sgt. Bruce Jenks said, a vehicle stopped in the road before accelerating and sideswiping three moving cars and two park cars. A … 0

Firm chosen to build housing on former Belchertown State School property while state releases funds to clean up the land

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Grantham Group of Boston has been chosen to build an 83-unit assisted living complex on a portion of the land formerly occupied by the Belchertown State School. At the same time, the state has released a $4 million grant to clean up contaminants at the site. The announcement was made Thursday by the The Massachusetts Development Authority and the Belchertown … 0

Amherst breakfast program begins

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A weekly breakfast program that developed from a partnership between the operator of the town’s homeless shelter and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst begins Wednesday. The breakfast will run each Wednesday from 8 to 10 … 0

Northampton police

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

■ Giles R. Farrington, 22, of 112 Elm St., Hatfield, was arrested about 1:08 a.m. Tuesday on North Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of a Class C drug (hash) and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection … 0

Crash at major Northampton intersection

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A female driver was hospitalized after a lone car slammed into the curb at the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets Tuesday morning. According to officers at the scene, at 11:28 a.m. the driver, whom police … 0

Carriage Shops area draws concern

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown location where police have responded numerous times during the spring and summer for various incidents, including a purse snatching, was the scene of a reported break-in Monday afternoon. Police responded to the Amherst Carriage Shops, 233 North Pleasant St., at 5:39 p.m., after a … 0

Two arraigned on charges of misleading police and perjury in connection with alleged Westhampton assault in May

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two people denied charges they misled authorities investigating an alleged attack against a Holyoke man in May. Raymond Zachary Paquette, 21, of Westhampton, pleaded not guilty two counts of misleading police after he allegedly lied during two interviews with state police in connection with the incident, … 0

Amherst Community Land Trust seeks to provide affordable housing, keep student-rental properties at bay

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A private organization may soon help people find affordable housing in Amherst in an effort to encourage home ownership and prevent neighborhoods from being overrun by student-rental properties. The Amherst Community Land Trust was recently incorporated … 0

8 police needed to bring down man who said he took LSD, allegedly caused disturbances at Hadley restaurant

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HADLEY — A man who confronted customers outside two businesses was arrested after struggling with both Hadley and Amherst police officers Tuesday afternoon, Hadley police said. Nathan R. Olson, 27, of Cataumet, was arrested on charges of disorderly … 0

Free of contaminants? $2M civil suit to decide whether environmental consultants erred when clearing King Street, Northampton, lot

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The question of whether environmental consultants erred when they declared a King Street property free from contaminants will head to trial before year’s end. In Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, Judge Richard Carey set December as … 0

After loss of dog to coyote, Hadley couple spreads word on dangers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HADLEY — Hershey loved being outdoors, especially in the large Middle Street yard and garden where she could chase critters around. But a recent foray outside her home ended in tragedy for the miniature dachshund when she was … 1

Afghan veteran who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

Monday, July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn’t heave them back. On Monday, President … 0