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FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. While the new surveillance law stands as the most significant curb on the government's investigative authorities since 9/11, it's all but inconsequential in the universe of the National Security Agency's vast digital spying operations.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Area observers skeptical of new surveillance law

Sunday, June 7, 2015

With the recent passage of the USA Freedom Act last week, experts at local colleges said that while some of the new guidelines curbing government surveillance are a step in the right direction, the law may fall short of protecting civil liberties. President Barack Obama signed the USA Freedom Act into law last Tuesday night, almost two days after key …

Barney Frank brings lessons learned during 40-plus years in politics to Mount Holyoke College

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Former state and U.S. representative Barney Frank can name two reasons why he will not run for president in 2016. “I’m too old,” Frank, 75, told around 150 people in the Gamble Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College on Tuesday night. The other reason is more complicated. During his 40-plus-year career …

After delays in deportation trial, DREAMer Bryan Torres now a student at Amherst College

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — Bryan Torres was 12 when he made a three-week journey from El Salvador to Northampton. He cried nearly every day. He didn’t know if he would see his grandmother again — the woman who had raised him for 10 years — but he knew he had to push forward to reunite …

Author Alan Weisman describes hazards of population growth in talk at Mount Holyoke College

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY — Earth’s population grows by 1 million every 4½ days and it is projected to reach 11 billion by the end of the century. That unprecedented rate of growth has author Alan Weisman concerned about the …

Girl Scouts invite rocket scientist, author to inspire them

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HATFIELD — Members of a local Girl Scout troop looked no further than a half-dozen local women for inspiration about careers ranging from author to athlete to rocket scientist. The Girl Scouts Leadership Journey series “It’s your story …

UMass lecturer launches first Massive Open Online Course

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

AMHERST — Large classes aren’t unusual at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. But a new one launched this week sets a record. “Building a Basic Website,” taught by a leader of the school’s online journalism program, counts 1,000 …

Mount Holyoke celebrates achievements - and 'weirdness'

Sunday, May 19, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY — From across the field behind Mount Holyoke College’s Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater, a short cheer suddenly rang out around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, signaling the arrival of over 600 graduating students at the school’s 176th …

Human trafficking in US topic for Mount Holyoke panel

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY — Few issues could seem further from the quiet Mount Holyoke College campus than human trafficking. But as experts will discuss Thursday at a panel on the topic, the sale of people for sex work or …

Analyst says Romney was 'alpha dog,' Obama was tired

Thursday, October 4, 2012

AMHERST — Moments after the first presidential debate of 2012 ended, Mount Holyoke College political science associate professor Elizabeth K. Markovits said that in political speech, energy is paramount. And on Wednesday night, the peppiest politician at the …