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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 2, 2014, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Yellen, who succeeded Ben Bernanke as Fed chair this year, has continued his emphasis on nursing the U.S. economy back to health after the Great Recession of 2007-2009 with the help of historically low interest rates. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen to speak at UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen will deliver the University of Massachusetts Amherst economics department’s Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture later this month, but she has not said what topic she will address. The talk, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. “We were very, …

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate a little longer. At 5, though, they notified Judge Richard J. Carey that they were …

Search underway for next head of UMass police department; position carries new title, responsibilities

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — More than five months after Police Chief John Horvath announced he would leave the University of Massachusetts Amherst department, campus officials are beginning the search for a successor in a position that carries a revised title, job description and new responsibilities, including a larger focus on community policing. UMass officials this week announced they are commencing the search for an “assistant …

Following Iran brouhaha, UMass revises guidelines for international admissions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — Following a widely condemned decision to limit admissions and course availability to Iranian students in February and a quick reversal of that position, University of Massachusetts Amherst officials this week announced new guidelines for international admissions. …

Area police news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A wallet was stolen from a vehicle broken into while parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported to police at 7:07 p.m. Monday. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in to the Aerobics and Fitness Studio, 20 Belchertown Road, reported at …

Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison in UMass gang-rape case

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst …

UMass legal and economics experts believe Supreme Court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 25, 2015

AMHERST — With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected soon, two University of Massachusetts Amherst legal and public policy experts are ready to call it now — both believe the court will effectively legalize same-sex …

UMass Amherst historian Karen Morrison earns Fulbright

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

AMHERST — Karen Y. “Kym” Morrison, assistant professor of African diaspora history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded a Fulbright research fellowship for the fall 2015 semester. She will travel to the South American nation of Brazil in August to begin work on her project …

Second defendant Justin King found guilty in UMass gang-rape trial

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury Wednesday found Justin A. King guilty of raping a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room during 2012. King, 21, of Pittsfield, was convicted on all three counts …

Jury begins deliberations in second UMass rape trial after defendant Justin King testifies that sex with woman in dorm room was consensual

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The jury in the rape trial of Justin A. King began deliberating Tuesday afternoon hours after hearing him testify that he and his friends had consensual group sex with an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student …

UMass English professor Charles ‘Charlie’ Moran III dies at age 78

Monday, June 22, 2015

AMHERST — Charles “Charlie” Moran III, who played a pivotal role in shaping the University of Massachusetts Amherst writing program during his nearly 50 years in the Pioneer Valley, died of acute myeloid leukemia Sunday at the age …

UMass trustees approve 5 percent tuition increase, technology fee for Amherst campus

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AMHERST — Tuition and fee increases proposed by a University of Massachusetts board of trustees committee last week were approved by the full board Wednesday. It will be the first tuition increase in three years for the university …