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UMass official to attend ‘Open Textbook Network’ meeting

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — With textbook costs estimated at about $1,300 by the College Board, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is participating in the first meeting of a group advocating for “open textbooks,” resources students can use for free. Marilyn Billings, scholarly communication and special initiatives librarian for UMass will join leaders representing more than 75 colleges and universities at the University of Minnesota on Aug. 5 to 7 to participate in …

Disgust, some caution: Shelburne residents, experts assess state of Cosby allegations

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Until recently, Bill Cosby was Shelburne’s most famous resident for reasons that he could be proud of. Now, the television star’s name is prominent again for another reason: a growing number of women have come forward since last year to accuse him of rape and sexual assault. On Monday, when New York Magazine published a cover and story featuring photos of 35 of …

Two backpacks with chef knives and other items stolen from a vehicle overnight — and other area police news

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Northampton ∎ Police said a woman walking on King Street near Trumbull Road reported seeing a naked man masturbating near the sidewalk at 1:50 a.m. on Sunday. According to police, the woman yelled and the man ran away; he has not been identified. ∎ Police said a Leeds man will be summoned to court for allegedly shoplifting approximately $59 worth of merchandise from …

Police confiscate marijuana from youths on the Rail Trail — and other area police news

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Daniel Taylor, 18, of 93 Pomeroy St., was arrested Sunday at 4:17 p.m. at 264 Main St. on a charge of disturbing the peace after police responded to two calls complaining that Taylor was being disruptive while arguing with his girlfriend. ∎ A resident of Maple …

Light on their feet

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Northampton Fire Chief Duane Nichols sworn in with promise of increased community outreach

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Freshly sworn-in Fire Chief Duane Nichols said Monday he would ride on the enthusiasm and energy of his department and work with city leaders to increase community outreach and education. “This is a celebration of new …

Valley observers see positives in Boston 2024’s failure

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday on learning that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, …

Energy department backs pipeline contract

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has argued before the state Department of Public Utilities that Berkshire Gas Co.’s 20-year contract to use gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project should be approved. DOER …

Watershed association scolds Tennessee Gas Pipeline report for lack of transparency

Monday, July 27, 2015

On the eve of the region’s first federal public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, the company’s most recent report has come under heavy criticism from the Greater Northfield Watershed Association. The association wrote to FERC in response to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s release …

Former Easthampton man pleads not guilty to child rape charges

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Monday to a half dozen child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Kevin Paulin, 43, now of Palmer, was charged with two counts each of aggravated statutory rape of a child, indecent assault and …

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’

Monday, July 27, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” Standing before television …

Parking restrictions to go into place at Lincoln Avenue intersections in Amherst

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Parking restrictions are going into place at all intersections along Lincoln Avenue, with changes aimed at addressing public safety concerns without impeding residents, their guests and contractors from parking on the street. The Select Board Monday …

Amherst town manager fractures ankle while away, expects to continue working at or near full time

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — A fractured right ankle suffered by Town Manager John Musante Thursday will restrict his mobility for the next few weeks, but he anticipates being able to work regular hours. “I expect to be at or near full time,” Musante said when reached by phone Monday night. …