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President Barack Obama, right, meets with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US nixes lethal aid for Ukraine

Friday, September 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor’s urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists. Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko renewed his call for American weaponry during an emotional address to …

Slope project delayed

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hoping the two sides can reach an agreement, the City Council Thursday postponed a vote on whether to grant temporary easements allowing public works officials to cross land owned by a Leeds couple to complete a slope stabilization project near Musante Beach. The Department of Public Works needs the easements on part of the land owned by Kenneth W. and Karen …

Senate majority OKs aid for Syrian rebels

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago. The 78-22 Senate vote sent Obama …

Groundbreaking research in Arctic leads UMass professor Julie Brigham-Grette to head Polar Research Board

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Studying glacial geology is a tantalizing mystery that can offer up a treasure trove of information if you know how and where to dig, believes University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Julie Brigham-Grette. “It’s like trying to …

Area briefs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Northampton TEACHING POLISH: Beginning this week, the Rev. Adam Czarnecki of St. Valentine Parish, 127 King St., is teaching Polish language classes at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the parish hall of the church. There is no charge. For further information, call the rectory office at 584-0133. Deerfield ART …

Northampton tree survey volunteer gets a lesson in identification skills

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Before volunteering in the Northampton tree surveying project last weekend, I would have guessed that a “London plane” was something that flew in and out of Heathrow Airport. Now, thanks to a group of dedicated arborists, …

Kinder Morgan files plans for gas pipeline running through Franklin County with federal regulators

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. made its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project official Monday, with a “pre-filing” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The 36-inch-diameter pipeline, which would include 167 miles in Pennsylvania and New York and another 177 …

Belchertown School Committee names Karol Coffin new superintendent

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — After a brief deliberation, the School Committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to name Karol Coffin, currently principal of the Wamsutta Middle School in Attleboro, the new superintendent. After the vote, committee Chairman Richard Fritsch telephoned Coffin …

Sunderland voters to consider buying land on North Main Street for affordable senior housing

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SUNDERLAND — More affordable senior housing could be coming to Sunderland if voters approve buying 2.8 acres on North Main Street at a special Town Meeting at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sunderland Elementary School. Residents will be asked to authorize the Select Board to borrow $265,000 to …

Westfield State University to break ground on $33 million science center

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University will break ground Thursday on a $33 million science center, the first new academic building on campus in more than 40 years, according to university officials. State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is expected to speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony behind the …

Hungry Ghost Bakery in Northampton will host 11th annual bread festival

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The owners of Hungry Ghost Bread bakery know a tried and true recipe when they see one. That’s probably why the are gearing up this weekend to host the 11th Annual Wonder Not! Bread Festival. On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hungry Ghost …

US sending 3,000 troops to combat Ebola in W. Africa

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ATLANTA — Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to world security, President Barack Obama on Tuesday broadly expanded the U.S. response by ordering thousands of troops to the region along with an aggressive effort to …

Top general: Ground troops possible in Iraq

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate …