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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally Saturday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders focuses on economic issues at Springfield rally

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the Independent Vermont Senator, delivered a speech centered on income inequality to a cheering crowd at the MassMutual Center here Saturday. Campaign officials estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 would attend Saturday’s event. Final attendance estimates provided by MassMutual Center staff came in at 5,700 to 6,000. He also appeared in Boston Saturday …

Three Franklin County accidents include fatality in Greenfield

Friday, October 2, 2015

There were three major accidents Friday in Franklin County, including an early morning fatality in Greenfield. Greenfield Deputy Fire Chief Ed Jarvis said he arrived at the scene of the accident on Plain Road at 5:30 a.m. to discover the vehicle had rolled over and hit a telephone pole. The driver and sole occupant was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Mary …

As shmita year ends for Jews, attention remains on restoring environmental health

Friday, October 2, 2015

Just as Sabbath is a day of rest in Judaism and Christianity, the “shmita” year is defined in the Jewish Torah as a sabbatical year as part of a seven-year cycle, to give the land a rest. But the concept of shmita is not just for Jews, who just welcomed year 5776, nor is it just for farmers. With climate disruption, desertification, a …

Whately to purchase Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building for town offices

Thursday, October 1, 2015

WHATELY — The saga of Whately’s attempt to find a solution to its town office space needs has finally entered the homestretch after nearly half a decade of design, proposals, rejections and debate. The town will close on the purchase of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building …

Whately special Town Meeting approves money for project stablizing banks of Mill River

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WHATELY — Voters approved spending $75,000 to mitigate the impact of a project to stabilize the banks of the Mill River on native endangered species and gave the Select Board a green light to sell an easement on a plot of land that houses a cell tower, among …

Controversial shooting range subject of zoning board hearing in Williamsburg

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday evening to review an appeal of a decision by the town’s building inspector not to take action on alleged violations of the zoning bylaw at a private shooting range at 74 Village Hill …

New park, more public transportation among ideas to help guide Northampton in adapting to climate change

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A new park, added public transportation and using wastewater for heating and cooling are among the ideas presented Wednesday night by a team of experts from around the country who spent three days in Northampton to help guide it in preparing for the effects of climate …

Congress OKs bill to keep government open

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open — but with no assurance there won’t be yet another shutdown showdown in December. …

Owners and workers say Hotel Northampton union voted down largely because of consultants’ presentations

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hotel Northampton owner Mansour Ghalibaf and several of his pro-union employees agree that presentations delivered by hired consultants largely contributed to workers’ vote last week against union representation. Nearly two-thirds of the workers had signed union …

Area police news

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ An intoxicated college-age man who attempted to enter the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity on North Pleasant Street and then loitered on the lawn was not found when police arrived at 1:41 a.m. Wednesday. At 2:11 a.m., the man was seen nearby at the intersection of Massachusetts …

Nancy Whitley testifies that she had no knowledge ex-wife Heather Whitley removed depositors’ money from escrow accounts

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nancy B. Whitley testified in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday against her ex-wife and business partner, Heather P. Whitley, who is on trial for allegedly taking $146,000 from people who were making deposits to buy condominiums …

Levi Kickler of Northampton denies assaulting two corrections officers

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Levi Kickler of Northampton pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday to two charges of assault and battery on a corrections officer. According to indictments issued by a grand jury Sept. 9, Kickler is accused of assaulting two corrections officers in Northampton on March 17, …

WMUA community members will meet with UMass officials over radio station disagreements

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

AMHERST — WMUA community members will meet with high-ranking University of Massachusetts officials in mid-October with the hope of addressing what they perceive as a nearly six-month-long crisis at the campus radio station. Louise Dunphy, a spokeswoman for the community group and host of the “Celtic Crossings” program, …