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CAROL LOLLIS
 Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning.

Jury fails to reach verdict after deliberating for five hours in alleged UMass gang-rape case

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury deciding whether a Pittsfield man took part in the gang-rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman deliberated for five hours Friday afternoon without reaching a verdict. Court was adjourned at 4 p.m. The jury will return to continue deliberating at 9 a.m. Monday in the case of Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., the …

Defendant Emmanuel Bile Jr. testifies that alleged victim in UMass gang rape was conscious and willing when they had sex

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On the witness stand Thursday, a Pittsfield man accused of participating in the gang rape of an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 told jurors the woman was conscious and a willing participant. “I looked in her eyes, she saw it was me,” Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., 21, testified. …

Jury hears account of horrifying night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The college student could not manage to spell her full name before breaking down in tears after she took the witness stand Wednesday in a rape trial resulting from what was an abominable night — no matter whose account you believe — in a UMass dorm room. The former University of Massachusetts Amherst student, now 21, spent most of Wednesday morning …

Amherst Town Manager John Musante defends police named in UMass student’s lawsuit over Blarney Blowout arrest

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Town Manager John Musante issued a statement Wednesday defending five Amherst Police officers who have been sued by a student arrested during last year’s Blarney Blowout. “The police professionals on duty that day were confronted with behavior that threatened public safety,” Musante wrote Wednesday. “I am …

UMass students, officials have different ideas about successful Blarney Blowout

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Some plan to attend. Some plan to steer clear. But few if any University of Massachusetts Amherst students doubt this year’s Blarney Blowout will be the raucous event it’s known as despite the unpopular university policies …

Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris will appear at free concert for UMass students Saturday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — An on-campus concert aimed at keeping University of Massachusetts Amherst students off the town streets during this year’s Blarney Blowout on Saturday will feature three big names and about two dozen banned items. The artists will be Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris, according to a statement …

Bacteria, the good kind: UMass researcher thinks salmonella could be player in cancer battle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Some day, cancer patients may owe their survival to creatures now considered harmful and even lethal in their own right — salmonella bacteria. In the mind of Neil S. Forbes, a chemical engineering professor at the …

Science for the People continues revitalization at UMass with panel discussion Saturday

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Less than a year after a group focused on using science to pursue social and environmental justice held a reunion at the University of Massachusetts — a quarter century after the original Science for the People was dissolved — the group plans to continue its revitalization …

February was coldest ever on record in Amherst, and elsewhere

Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMHERST — Residents might want to sit down when they open their heating bills for the month of February — the last month was the coldest ever on record. The average temperature in Amherst in the past month …

MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Four years into a campus initiative aimed at reducing textbook costs by making course material available for free online, University of Massachusetts students and staff are pushing for more faculty to use this option. While the Open Source Initiative has already saved an estimated $1 million …

UMass bans most vehicles without valid permits from campus parking lots between March 6 and 8

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will ban all vehicles from its lots without valid parking permits the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect …

Family, friends of Chloe Rombach hope for ‘independent life’ for her after severe brain injury in Northampton accident

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Family and friends of Chloe Rombach have learned to find hope in the smallest signs since the 22-year-old suffered a severe brain injury when she was struck by a car in December. She can breathe on her own …

Area police news

Monday, February 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Two people told police they were assaulted in the area of Fearing and McClure streets at 3 a.m. Sunday. Although one of the victims had blood on his shirt, both declined medical attention. The incident remains under investigation. ■ Police are investigating an alleged mugging on …