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Construction worker hurt when 700-pound granite foundation stone falls on him at UMass job site

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — A worker suffered injuries to his shoulder, hip and leg after a granite slab estimated at 700 pounds fell on him while he was working Friday on the South College Academic Facility renovation and expansion project on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, according to a university spokesman. Carlos Velasquez, who works for the Schnabel Foundation Co. of Southborough, was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Baystate …

UMass Rising campaign exceeds $300 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” said Robert Epstein, campaign co-chairman. “The $310 million that we have raised to date for …

Judge rules three remaining defendants in alleged UMass gang rape case will be tried separately

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The three remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged 2012 gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be tried separately, a judge ruled, despite the state’s efforts to combine two of the trials. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Friday denied the prosecution’s motion to join the trials of Justin King and Adam Liccardi, two of …

Filmmaker Josh Fox to urge divestment from fossil fuels in talk at UMass

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AMHERST — Renewable energy technology that exists today could replace all fossil fuel use in this country, according to filmmaker Josh Fox, who will speak Thursday evening at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as part of its Earth Day celebrations. Where the difficulty lies is in making the …

Earth Day’s 45th anniversary comes at a time when environmental consciousness heightened year-round

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Events throughout the region this week are commemorating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, though organizers say that environmental consciousness is now heightened year-round. Officially taking place on Wednesday, Earth Day began in 1970 at a time when …

Conflicting legacies of Vietnam War topic of panel discussion at UMass

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AMHERST — Vietnam veterans, anti-war activists and historians will come together this week to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. At 7 p.m. Thursday, the history department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Veterans Education Project, an Amherst nonprofit, will host …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …