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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 …

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 …

In a stop at UMass, McGovern announces $1.7M in federal grants to bolster food-related research at the university

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Food-related programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will receive $1.7 million of federal dough from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Congressman James McGovern announced at an event on campus Wednesday. The money will be directed …

Orleans woman indicted on negligent motor vehicle homicide charge in death of UMass student last July

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — An Orleans woman has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide in the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. The indictment, issued Monday, alleges that Cynthia S. May, 64, drove “negligently so that lives …

Next UMass rape trial scheduled for June; prosecution seeks to join trials of two remaining defendants

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least one of the men accused of gang-raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 is scheduled to stand trial in mid-June, and the prosecutor is seeking to try two of the three remaining defendants together at that time. Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., 21, …

Amherst creates new advisory board to bridge disconnect between town, students

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — For many of the nearly 25,000 undergraduate college students who live in Amherst, interactions with the larger community are limited to their four years in town. To improve and expand the relationship between students and the town, and to better understand and address student concerns, Town …