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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 …

Solar partner BlueWave Capital of Boston still game for project at capped Amherst landfill

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — The company selected to bring a solar project to the capped landfill in Amherst is willing to continue pursuing green energy at the Belchertown Road site — if town officials express interest in reviving the concept. …

Around South Hadley: Francis DeToma elected new chairman of Select Board

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Francis DeToma, a retired Mount Holyoke College biology professor, took over the gavel as the new chairman of the Select Board on Tuesday after he was elected by a 3-2 vote. The Select Board reorganized after last week’s …

Sunderland Town Administrator Margaret Nartowicz accepts same job in Rutland

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland will soon be in the market for a new town administrator. Margaret Z. Nartowicz, the town’s current administrator, has accepted a new job as Rutland’s first town administrator. Nartowicz submitted her letter of resignation to the Select Board on Tuesday, which member Scott Bergeron promptly, …

Whately to buy land for redesign of Egypt and State roads intersection

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WHATELY — The town plans to purchase a one-tenth-acre piece of land at the corner of Egypt and State roads and redesign the intersection to make it easier for trucks to take right turns. Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski said trucks currently tend to take up both lanes when …

Sunderland voters at annual Town Meeting to consider opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As has occurred in dozens of other communities since last spring, Sunderland voters will be asked Friday to adopt a resolution opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, even though the town is not on the project’s expected route from Wright, New York, to Dracut. The resolution …

Southampton voters to hear from Select Board, School Committee and Board of Health candidates at forum Monday

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Candidates for the contested Select Board, School Committee and Board of Health seats will face voters’ question at a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the first-floor conference room of Town Hall. The town election is from noon to 8 p.m. May 4. Incumbent …

Hatfield fire sends one person to hospital Wednesday night

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HATFIELD — One person was taken to a hospital due to smoke inhalation resulting from a fire at 150 Linseed Road on Wednesday evening. The call was received at 5:55 p.m., according to Trooper Matthew Guarino with the Massachusetts State Police. Troopers from the state fire marshal’s office …

Smith College commencement speeches to be offered in Mandarin, Spanish translations

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least 130 friends and family members of the graduating Smith College class of 2015 will be the first to pilot the college’s new simultaneous translation service at commencement next month. The May 17 event will be translated into Spanish and Mandarin by live translators working …

Memorial service Sunday for Kaitlin Ann Mercier of Huntington, victim of car accident in New York

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HUNTINGTON — A memorial service will be held Sunday for Kaitlin Ann Mercier, 20, of Huntington, who was killed last week in a single-car accident in Richfield, New York. Mercier and her best friend, Amanda Conley, 22, of …

Filmmaker Josh Fox to urge divestment from fossil fuels in talk at UMass

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AMHERST — Renewable energy technology that exists today could replace all fossil fuel use in this country, according to filmmaker Josh Fox, who will speak Thursday evening at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as part of its Earth Day celebrations. Where the difficulty lies is in making the …