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Emmanuel T. Bile  answers question while on trial for being   accused of taking part in a gang rape of a UMass student in 2012.

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. “She was consenting to what I was …

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 …

Accuser testifies in trial of one of four men accused of gang-raping her at UMass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The woman who accused four men of gang-raping her in 2012 tearfully told a jury Wednesday that when her two female friends left her alone with the men in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she heard a voice say, “Turn the lights off and rip her clothes …

UMass environmental conservation professor Bethany Bradley suggests saving plants by expanding habitat

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AMHERST — As climate change affects the habitats of plants, the best way to save some of them might be to plant them in gardens hundreds of miles away from their native homes. That’s what Bethany A. Bradley, …

Area police news

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Amherst ∎ The words “please help” were found written in bright red letters in the snow next to an East Pleasant Street home at 5:27 p.m. Monday. Police found no evidence anyone was in distress. Easthampton ∎ Ricardo Barrett, 55, of 21 Adams St., Apt. 5, was arrested …

UMass names 21-member presidential search committee

Friday, February 6, 2015

DARTMOUTH (AP) — University of Massachusetts trustees have named a 21-member search committee to find a new president for the five-campus system. The committee established Friday at the trustees’ meeting at UMass Law School in Dartmouth includes trustees, faculty, administrators, students and alumni. The university is seeking a …

UMass inventor Alfred Crosby to be inducted into National Academy of Inventors in part for work on gecko-inspired adhesive

Thursday, February 5, 2015

AMHERST — A tinkerer and creative thinker, soon-to-be National Academy of Inventors fellow Alfred J. Crosby said one of the greatest things you can do as an inventor is tell your idea to someone else. “Your idea is …

Area police news

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Terrence Ware Jr., 21, of Springfield, was arrested at 12:27 p.m. Monday at Village Park on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, intimidating a witness, threatening to commit a crime (assault and battery), possession of a dangerous weapon (a knife) while committing a breach of peace, …

Students frustrated by UMass Amherst banning guests from dorms during Super Bowl in attempt to control behavior

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening, freshman Ben Reider didn’t know who will win Sunday’s Super Bowl, but he expects one thing for sure: chaos on campus. “If we lose I guess they’ll …

Valley residents prepared as predicted historic storm begins to unfold late Monday

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As the winter storm began unfolding late Monday night — and the statewide ban on nonessential travel loomed — some people in the Valley were making plans to continue business as usual despite the prediction of a historic …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to …

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new …

Male peregrine falcon, star of UMass webcam atop campus library, dies days after rescue from snowbank

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — The male peregrine falcon found injured last week on Sunset Avenue has died. The 14-year-old bird, the star of a University of Massachusetts webcam on top of the campus library, had been recuperating at the Leverett …