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Town and UMass Amherst officials begin preparing to encourage repeat of relative calm on Blarney Blowout day

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Less than a month before the first Saturday in March — traditionally a time for pre-St. Patrick’s Day revelry by students known as the Blarney Blowout — town of Amherst and University of Massachusetts officials are aiming for a repeat of last year’s relative calm. “From a police perspective, we’re duplicating what we did last year,” Police Chief Scott Livingstone said Wednesday. Last year’s Blarney Blowout date resulted …

Extravaganja organizers meet with Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton to discuss event at fairgrounds

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Organizers of the annual Extravaganja event, a large marijuana legalization event formerly held in Amherst, received commendation from some members of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association as they seek to hold the event at the Three County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are private property, so the association and city government would not have direct control of the event if it were held …

Even NH Republicans find Sanders ‘honest’ in recent UMass poll

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — More Republicans view Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as more honest than almost all of their own candidates, according to a poll released Sunday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WBZ-TV in Boston. Among likely Republican voters in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, 66 percent found the Vermont senator either “somewhat” or “very” honest (with 94 percent saying so on the …

Berkshire County teen released on bail after allegedly bringing gun on UMass Amherst campus

Friday, January 29, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — One of two teenagers from Berkshire County accused of bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus last weekend was released from custody Friday on $5,000 bail, with the condition that he wear …

UMass gets $4.2 million National Science Foundation grant for CyberCorps Scholarships for Service program

Thursday, January 28, 2016

AMHERST — Students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are poised to bolster the ranks of those protecting the country against cyberattacks. Researchers at UMass received a $4.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program to campus. The money will …

Friends of alleged victim in UMass rape trial detail night of drinking

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Two friends of the alleged victim testified Wednesday that she had been drinking alcohol the night she says she was raped by a fellow University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2013. That testimony came during the …

Witness testifies that UMass student accused of rape said sex was consensual

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Three witnesses testified in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday that they saw former University of Massachusetts Amherst student Patrick Durocher half-naked and atop a woman outside the Campus Center on the night of Sept. 2, 2013. …

Sheffield teens face charges for pulling gun on UMass student who tried to stop girl, 15, from leaving with them

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — Two Sheffield teens were arraigned Monday on a slew of charges related to pulling a gun on a University of Massachusetts Amherst student on campus Saturday who tried to talk a 15-year-old female friend out of driving off with them. Jeremy A. Borges, 19, and Isaiah …

Area police news

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Amherst • Several University of Massachusetts students playing on swings at Crocker Farm School, 280 West St., at 10:19 p.m. Wednesday were removed by police. • A 26-year-old Amherst man will be summoned to court on a charge of disorderly conduct after police identified him as responsible for …

University of Massachusetts economist Gerald Friedman calculates savings resulting from ‘Medicare for All’

Monday, January 18, 2016

AMHERST — Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan, unveiled Sunday hours before the televised Democratic debate in South Carolina, got a seal of approval from University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Gerald Friedman, who has argued for …

‘Focus’ ends 50-year run on WMUA Sunday

Friday, January 15, 2016

AMHERST — After nearly 50 years on the University of Massachusetts Amherst radio station, the public affairs program “Focus” ends its run Sunday with interviews of the remaining polka hosts at WMUA. Todd Zaganiacz and Helen Curtin, who will each continue with two-hour polka blocks Sunday mornings, from …

National Weather Service designates University of Massachusetts Amherst as ‘StormReady’

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first public university in the state to receive a “StormReady” designation from the National Weather Service, according to a university statement. It joins private universities Harvard, Boston College, Boston University and Tufts as well as 14 communities, one military …

Study over 15 years in Whately connects warming climate to decline of Eastern brook trout

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

As scientists around the world continue to decipher the ways in which global climate change affects wildlife and the environment, researchers in western Massachusetts, have positively connected the warming climate to the decline of the Eastern brook trout. …