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Ala. high court halts gay-marriage licenses

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying a previous federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution does not preclude them from following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The all-Republican court sided with the argument offered by a pair of conservative organizations when they appealed a decision last month …

Former student files lawsuit against Eaglebrook School, alleging bullying by members of hockey team

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DEERFIELD — A former student is suing Eaglebrook School for negligence and breach of contract for failing to prevent an alleged 2007 attack in which members of the hockey team allegedly held down a then 13-year-old Conway boy and cut him with an ice skate. Eaglebrook is an all-boys private boarding and day school with students in Grades 6 through 9. The plaintiff, …

Police urge motorists to reduce speeds as vehicles slide off road during latest storm

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Area police reminded motorists to reduce their speeds during slippery conditions as several vehicles were reported off the roads Tuesday night. State Trooper Robert Wyckoff of the Northampton barracks said that since 3 p.m., police had responded to calls of six vehicles that went off Interstate 91 because they were traveling at speeds too high for the road conditions. There were …

Valley Views: Winter Full Moon

Friday, February 27, 2015

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎  DCR Accessible Winter Recreation — The state Department of Conservation and Recreation hosts accessible winter recreation for people with disabilities, their families, and friends. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wendell State Forest, Montague Road, Wendell. Skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, more. Free. Pre-registration required. All Out Adventures, …

Veterans Voice

Friday, February 27, 2015

Announcements MEETING: DAV Chapter 92 will hold its next meeting March 12 at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post 8006 in Florence. Nominations for officers will take be held. All disabled veterans who would like to join are welcomed. FUND RAISER: The annual DAV Chapter 92 Forget-Me-Not Fundraiser …

Two sites in South Hadley Falls on Canal and Bardwell streets eyed for condominium development

Friday, February 27, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Development of two town-owned properties could bring 18 new housing units to the Falls section of South Hadley and add tens of thousands annually in property taxes, according to Town Administrator Michael Sullivan. The sites are the old public library at 27 Bardwell St. and …

UMass football player to be charged with aggravated assault and battery; three injured in fight and hit-and-run accident recovering

Friday, February 27, 2015

HADLEY — Hadley Police have identified a University of Massachusetts football player as a suspect in a fight that left two UMass students injured last weekend and say they plan to charge him with two counts of aggravated assault and battery. Police declined to name the suspect, citing …

Two llamas on loose lassoed near Phoenix

Friday, February 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement enclave before they were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media. A large, white llama and …

Northampton officials reluctant to make budget cuts needed for later high school start time

Friday, February 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Superintendent John Provost said Thursday night that he does not believe a later high school start time would be worth the cuts in arts, athletics or Advanced Placement courses needed to pay for it. “The benefit of a late start notwithstanding, these cuts would be devastating …

Deerfield adds US Department of Energy as defendant in action against gas pipeline

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — A federal tort action filed by the town against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this month has been amended to add the U.S. Department of Energy to the complaint as a defendant. Under the Federal Tort Claims Act, private parties have the right to sue …

Alleged shoplifter arrested in Hadley with birdseed, dog treats, coffee products and cellphone

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HADLEY — Police arrested a 42-year-old man Thursday night for allegedly stealing $84 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart on Route 9, according to Hadley Police. Police said Jason Fortin, who gave his address as the streets of Amherst, was charged with shoplifting after he was caught by security …

House GOP weighs new Homeland Security tack

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Homeland Security Department while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. “The speaker’s pretty …