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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 …

Northampton to hold public hearing on new tax rate; bill for average home would increase by $124 annually

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council is expected to hold a hold a public hearing Thursday on the city’s tax rate for this fiscal year and likely vote on the new figure. Assessors have calculated the tax rate this fiscal year at $15.80 per $1,000 of assessed property value, …

Second suspect arrested in alleged chain beating at Meadowbrook Apartments in Northampton

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police on Wednesday arrested a second suspect who was allegedly involved with dragging a woman from her home at Meadowbrook Apartments in Florence last month and beating her with a chain. Veronica Lisenby, 26, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. 331, was arrested at her Meadowbrook Apartments …

Second brother from Springfield sentenced to probation in Belchertown sex assault case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after accepting a plea agreement and avoiding a trial on child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Robert D. Edwards Jr. pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing unnatural and lascivious acts with …

Valley Medical Group in Florence evacuated when heating system produces smoke

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton — Smoke pouring out of a heating system turned on for the first time this year at the Valley Medical Group, 70 Main St., Florence, prompted the evacuation of the building for about 15 minutes Wednesday morning. …

Sunderland Elementary School playground improvements complete

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Students at Sunderland Elementary School who donned their coats and hats and headed out to recess last week were met with a pleasant surprise — the new playground is up and running after a remodeling project …

No injuries as tractor-trailer rolls onto side on Interstate 91 in Deerfield

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — A tractor-trailer rolled onto its side in the left lane of Interstate 91 southbound Monday night. The accident was reported to Massachusetts State Police at 8:50 p.m., and the highway was cleared at 11 p.m. once the truck was righted. There were no injuries. State police …

Forest owner raises concerns about potential alternate route to Tennesee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As Massachusetts environmental officials negotiate with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. about alternatives to its main proposed route across Massachusetts, one private forest owner has raised concerns that a new alignment to avoid state-owned conservation land could jeopardize his own protected timber land. The recently announced “Article 97 Avoidance …

River walks and paddle created by the Mill Ri er Greenway Initiative

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here are the river walks and one paddle created by the Mill River Greenway Initiative. ■ Downtown Northampton I: Paradise Pond to Old South Street ■ Downtown Northampton II: Old South Street to Hockanum Road ■ Bay State Village: Paradise Pond to the Cutlery Building ■ Florence I: …

Mill River Greenway Initiative helps protect watershed, preserve artifacts and improve ecological health

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As rivers go, the 13.5-mile-long Mill River is relatively small, and it inconspicuously flows along often unnoticed except when it periodically floods. But this little river has some big stories to tell. The Mill River Greenway Initiative is …

State audit reports continuing elevator inspection backlog, lost revenues; public safety officals cite 'great progess'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new state audit finds that a persistent elevator inspection backlog put the public at risk and contributed to potentially more than $3 million in lost revenue in the commonwealth. The review by state Auditor Suzanne …