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President Barack Obama bestows former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts with the Medal of Honor in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 21, 2014, in Washington. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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 Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a somber White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his … 0

A challenge to idea that death is un-American

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dignity Project details The Daily Hampshire Gazette invites submissions to The Dignity Project 2014. On Tuesdays, the newspaper will present stories and essays by and about people wrestling with end-of-life decisions. Find previous stories, letters from readers, video and more for The Dignity Project 2014 in GazetteNET.com’s new Special Coverage blog located on … 0

Mt. Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella goes to bat for jailed Cambodian activist who spoke at the college

Friday, July 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella is among a chorus of individuals and organizations calling for the release of detained Cambodian opposition leader Mu Sochua. Sochua is a member of Cambodia’s Parliament and leader of … 0

Earth Matters: Sights and sounds of the seasons: A Texas immigrant’s experience

Friday, July 18, 2014

When most folks imagine retirement, they usually think of a move to a warmer climate. However, some of us have gone in the opposite direction. Yes, it is a long way from Texas to Massachusetts, both in distance … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 18, 2014

WOODCHUCK Newton Street, South Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley It’s garden time and this woodchuck, also known as a groundhog, appears to have caught the scent of tender young plants as he … 0

Man reports assault near Carriage Shops in Amherst

Friday, July 18, 2014

AMHERST — Police are investigating an incident in which a man was allegedly threatened with a knife at the Amherst Carriage Shops Thursday night. Detective Jamie Reardon said Friday the assault was reported Thursday at 6:57 p.m. by a man who said another man wielding a knife attempted … 0

Trending in the Valley, July 18: Today's fun, informative social media posts by Pioneer Valley folks

Friday, July 18, 2014

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Motorcyclist collides with car in Hadley, sent to hospital with multiple injuries

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HADLEY — An 18-year-old motorcyclist from Belchertown injured Thursday night in a collision with a motor vehicle on Bay Road was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries. The accident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. on Bay Road near the intersection with East Hadley Road in front of … 0

Typhoon kills 38 in Philippines

Thursday, July 17, 2014

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon that barreled through the northern Philippines left at least 38 people dead and knocked out power in entire provinces and forced more than half a million people to flee its lethal wind … 0

Contractor cited for 17 workplace health violations at 15 Cottage St. mill building

Thursday, July 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A Connecticut contracting company that worked on the renovation of the former Dye Works building on Cottage Street was cited by the U.S. Labor Department for 17 serious workplace health violations after workers were allegedly exposed to lead and other health hazards. Maher Industries, doing business … 0

Greenfield presses probe of fireworks company

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin says the city will not accept an agreement with the New Hampshire company that has been providing Greenfield’s Fourth of July fireworks display for the past 20 years until an investigation is completed … 1

Northampton, Amherst pleased with fireworks displays; South Hadley gets a discount

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Organizers of fireworks displays in Amherst and Northampton said Thursday there are pleased with shows delivered in their communities this year and intend to honor their contracts with the New Hampshire company that has come under scrutiny in … 0