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Afghan children are treated at Paktika hospital after suicide attack in the Yahyakhail district of Paktika province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. A suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing dozens of people, officials said. Dozens more were wounded when the bomber, who was on foot and mingling with the crowd, detonated his explosives, said Mokhlis Afghan, the spokesman for the governor of Paktika province. (AP Photo)

Afghan suicide bomber kills 45

Sunday, November 23, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people in the country’s deadliest terrorist attack this year, officials said. The bloodshed came just hours after Parliament approved agreements allowing U.S. and NATO troops to remain in the country past the end of the year. Dozens …

Area police news

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Granby ∎ Nathaniel Adams, 21, of 160 Harris Street, was arrested on Harris Street at 8:26 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant. ∎ Gregorie L. Wilson, 18, of 4 Karen Drive, South Hadley, was arrested on East Street at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. ∎ Lela Tingen, 22, of Chicopee, was arrested on New …

HackEbola at UMass aids fight against West African epidemic

Saturday, November 22, 2014

AMHERST — From across the world, young mathematicians, biologists and other scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst crunched numbers this weekend in hopes of aiding the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “It has to start somewhere,” said Andrew Smith, 26, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in organismic and evolutionary biology …

Fire which started on porch of house in Sunderland extinguished in 10 minutes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Michael and Carol Ahearn were sitting on the couch and recliner in their living room just after 9 p.m. Wednesday when her nose picked up an unusual smell. “She said, ‘I think something is burning,’ and we had some Yankee Candles lit, so I blew them …

State will replace 105-year-old bridge in East Deerfield

Thursday, November 20, 2014

EAST DEERFIELD — A dilapidated bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks on McClelland Farm Road, which was last rebuilt in the 1950s, will now be replaced. At a public hearing Tuesday in the Deerfield town offices, representatives …

Area briefs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amherst CITRUS SALE: Citrus is being sold to benefit the band and orchestra programs in the Amherst Regional schools. Oranges and grapefruit are being sold in two-fifths and four-fifths bushels as well as 10-pound bags. To order, email Ben Peterson, high school orchestra conductor, at petersonb@arps.org. High school …

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications in community forum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana Wednesday discussed the various complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to …

Northampton City Council to consider zoning changes for larger residential projects, possible end to moratorium near downtown

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Some 14 months after putting a hold on approval of large-scale residential projects close to downtown, the City Council is expected to decide Thursday whether to adopt new zoning regulations and lift the moratorium. If approved, the rules would guide the future development of several key …

UMass, Hampshire and Holyoke Community colleges get $810,000 grant to combine clean-energy studies with sustainable agriculture

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry what has for the …

With new class, Northampton High School students tell stories through song

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton High School has become a more soulful place thanks to a new songwriting course this year, where students in Grades 9 through 12 have the opportunity to write and perform original music. The one-semester class …

Northampton BID opponents say they are not invited to mayor’s downtown stakeholder meeting Thursday

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A meeting of downtown stakeholders called by Mayor David J. Narkewicz is scheduled for Thursday, but it is not open to the public and apparently will not include some opponents of the Northampton Business Improvement District, which a judge last week ordered shut down. Among those …

Rental permitting program in Amherst helps to identify and resolve problems

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — A dilapidated fire escape, unsafe porches and debris strewn on the lawn have been among the problems reported to the town’s inspection services department at a three-family home rented to college students on Phillips Street. With stepped-up inspections as the result of the rental permitting program …

Area police news

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Michael Lane, 43, of Springfield, was arrested at 10:59 a.m. Wednesday on University Drive on charges of shoplifting by concealment and disorderly conduct. Lane allegedly stole items from a store on University Drive, setting off its alarms, and then ran in and out of the nearby …