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Umass student Ben Bilzerian smokes a foot-long joint on Saturday during the annual Extravaganja held in Amherst center.

Amherst’s Extravaganja pro-pot rally attracts thousands downtown for peaceful gathering

Sunday, April 19, 2015

AMHERST — Thousands of people showed up on the Town Common Saturday afternoon for Extravaganja, the 24th annual pro-marijuana rally, and enjoyed an afternoon of music, food and speakers with no disruptive incidents. Though Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone said this is the last time he will approve the rally due to the increasing numbers of people who turn out …

Cynthia May of Orleans pleads not guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide in Amherst death of UMass student Hannah Frilot

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Cape Cod woman pleaded not guilty Friday in Hampshire Superior Court to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide resulting from the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. Attorney Harry L. Miles of Northampton entered the not guilty plea on behalf of Cynthia S. May, …

‘The Hunting Ground’ producer Amy Ziering to speak at Amherst Cinema about sexual violence on campuses

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMHERST — Marking Sexual Violence Awareness Month, “The Hunting Ground” producer Amy Ziering will be at the Amherst Cinema on Friday to answer questions and provide an introduction to her film examining the culture of sexual violence on college campuses. The film opens at the theater Friday, and Ziering will attend the 7 p.m. screening. Ziering participated in a conference call Thursday with …

UMass to establish College of Information and Computer Sciences

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

AMHERST — Quick on the heels of the launch of its Center for Data Science came the announcement Wednesday that the University of Massachusetts Amherst will establish a College of Information and Computer Sciences. Formerly a department in …

Area police news

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Amherst ∎ Jayson Stinson, 31, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 5:25 p.m. Monday on Montague Road on a warrant. Belchertown ∎ Lilliana Nunez, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Thursday on Franklin Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a …

UMass unions plan to picket office of President Robert Caret over unpaid negotiated raises

Monday, April 13, 2015

AMHERST — Faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts Boston plan to picket the Boston office of system President Robert L. Caret on Wednesday over unpaid raises which unions contend were negotiated and agreed upon last year. Five UMass Boston unions are expected to take part in …

Federal education officials visit UMass, will hear from backers of rape survivors’ bill of rights

Monday, April 13, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst student activists are taking advantage of the chance to talk with federal investigators about sexual assault, violence and rape and hoping the conversations will lead their school to adopt new polices friendlier …

Area police news

Monday, April 13, 2015

Amherst ∎ The passing of two fraudulent checks at Greenfield Savings Bank, 6 University Drive, was reported by management at 10:37 a.m. Friday. The people who deposited the checks, each valued at nearly $2,000, may face criminal charges when the investigation is complete, police said. Belchertown ∎ Lilliana …

UMass students show off animal-handling skills at 80th annual Bay State Livestock Classic

Saturday, April 11, 2015

HADLEY — University of Massachusetts Amherst junior Lindsay Andersen said as soon as she stepped on the Hadley Farm her freshman year she knew she wanted to be a “goat person” — someone who raises the animals from …

Massachusetts Teachers Association files complaint with state over unpaid raises to UMass employees

Saturday, April 11, 2015

AMHERST — The Massachusetts Teachers Association has filed a complaint with the state because the University of Massachusetts maintains it does not have the money to pay raises to employees that were agreed upon last year. The complaint argues that employees at the UMass Amherst, Lowell, Boston and …

Federal officials will visit UMass Amherst investigating response to possible sexual harassment and violence

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — A continuing investigation into the response by University of Massachusetts to possible sexual harassment and violence is prompting representatives from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to visit the Amherst campus next week. An email sent Thursday from the office of the vice …

UMass research on how bacteria communicate may lead to medicines that keep people healthier

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — While a person might not have much to say to a bacterium, research by a University of Massachusetts Amherst scientist shows that bacteria are avid communicators among their own kind. Kevin Griffith, assistant professor of microbiology …

UMass announces launch of new center for data science

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMHERST — Fifty years ago the advice to college graduates was to go into plastics. Today, it’s data. In order to meet the booming demand for data scientists across nearly every field, the University of Massachusetts Amherst announced …