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Jesse Carrillo, center, is led into the courtroom for his arraignment Thursday at Hampshire County Courthouse.

Former UMass graduate student Jesse Carrillo denies involuntary manslaughter, heroin distribution in death of Eric Sinacori

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who allegedly sold the heroin on which another student overdosed in 2013 pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and distributing heroin. Jesse Carrillo, 27, of Derry, New Hampshire, posted $25,000 bail and walked out of Hampshire Superior Court with his attorney, J.W. Carney Jr. of …

Hampshire College declares success in eliminating standardized test scores from admissions process

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when colleges are increasingly competing for students, Hampshire College has found that eliminating standardized test scores from consideration was appealing to its applicant pool. In the first full year of its “test-blind” application process, in which the college did not accept SAT or ACT results, Hampshire saw an …

Experts highlight importance of data science, describe job opportunities at ‘Tech Trek’ event in Amherst

Monday, September 28, 2015

AMHERST — When Superstorm Sandy was targeting the Northeast three years ago, data analysts employed by National Grid prepared the company for where power outages would occur. With an 85 percent accuracy rate in Massachusetts, the utility was able to successfully deploy repair crews that would get power restored in a timely fashion to most parts of the state, said data analyst Kristin …

UMass has record-setting fundraising year with endowment at $768 million

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The University of Massachusetts raised more money during the latest fiscal year than it ever has before, and the five-campus system’s endowment grew to a record high. The university announced Wednesday its endowment was at …

Electronic music concert at Mullins Center increases number of intoxicated people requiring ambulance service

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AMHERST — More than two dozen college-age people who consumed too much alcohol were brought to area hospitals during the weekend. Even with so many ambulances tied up with intoxicated passengers, including 10 who fell ill during the Life in Color electronic dance music concert at the Mullins …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Amherst ∎ Elm Street residents contacted police at 1:29 a.m. Wednesday when an intoxicated college-age man banged on the exterior door and then attempted to force his way into the home. The residents confronted the man and followed him as he fled toward Lincoln Avenue. Police determined the …

WMUA hosts, student staff clash over changes

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AMHERST — Longtime radio DJs and students who make up the executive staff of the WMUA 91.1 college radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst clashed at the station’s first general body meeting of the school year …

Two arrested, 28 treated by medical personnel at Mullins Center concert at the University of Massachusetts Friday

Saturday, September 12, 2015

AMHERST — Two students were arrested and 12 others were taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment during a Life in Color concert at the Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday. UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski issued a statement Saturday saying one person was arrested …

Dialing in chancellor: Community allies of WMUA radio want UMass leader to mediate ‘chaotic’ situation

Friday, September 11, 2015

AMHERST — Community members at the University of Massachusetts radio station are calling on Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy to meet with them by Oct. 1 to resolve what they view as a continuing crisis at WMUA. They say …

Tickets for Dalai Lama’s address at UMass in October on sale starting Wednesday

Friday, September 11, 2015

AMHERST — Tickets will go on sale Wednesday for the Dalai Lama’s public address at the University of Massachusetts Amherst through the Mullins Center box office. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, will deliver a talk titled “A Force for Good” at the Mullins Center at …

UMass Amherst director of Middle Eastern studies reacts favorably to US accepting more Syrian refugees

Thursday, September 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — The United States is making plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming budget year, a significant increase from the 1,500 people who have been cleared to resettle in the U.S. since civil war broke …

Two Northampton hair salons burglarized, and other area police news

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Amherst ∎ Jayson R. Stinson, 32, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Apartment B, Belchertown, was arrested on a warrant at 7:47 p.m. Wednesday at an East Pleasant Street business. ∎ A Crestview Apartments resident reported at 12:48 p.m. Wednesday the theft of a bicycle and mattress from her …

Jurors who convicted Adam Liccardi say they were looking for credibility, consistency in testimony

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Joseph Henning said that as a juror in the trial of convicted rapist Adam T. Liccardi, he looked for consistency as he heard two very different versions of what happened in a University of Massachusetts Amherst …