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FILE - This Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows a medical marijuana plant at a dispensary in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

UMass to continue campus ban on all uses of marijuana; Greenfield Community College studies issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to ban all marijuana use, medical or otherwise, on university property under the Code of Student Conduct, despite the state’s legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. Many colleges and universities will continue to ban all uses of marijuana because federal law still classifies it as an illegal drug. Schools say they fear … 0

Tenants displaced by Southpoint fire in Amherst remain out of apartments until at least Wednesday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Tenants displaced by Saturday’s fire at Southpoint Townhouses & Apartments were still unable to return to their homes at midweek. Building Commissioner Robert Morra said Tuesday that residents of Building 97 will not be able to live in their apartments anytime soon because they were heavily damaged by the fire, which … 0

Two UMass unions express concerns about possible private enterprises on campus

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Using state land at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support private enterprises employing workers not affiliated with the university is a concern for unions representing campus employees. A consultant recently presented preliminary recommendations to the Town-Gown Steering Committee that include creating student villages on campus featuring a combination of housing and commercial development on state-owned land. However, representatives of two … 0

Amherst, UMass officials take steps to minimize pre-St. Patrick’s Day partying

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

AMHERST — Social media is buzzing and event T-shirts are ready to order. Some University of Massachusetts students seem to be itching for the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” Saturday that is becoming an annual promotion at downtown … 0

Cause undetermined as officials end investigation of 2013 fire that killed UMass student Jake Hoffman

Friday, February 28, 2014

AMHERST — The cause of a fire that claimed the life of a University of Massachusetts student at Rolling Green Apartments a year ago has been officially declared unknown. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Amherst Fire … 0

Expansion, renovation underway at UMass Blue Wall cafe

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AMHERST — With the demolition process wrapping up and construction to begin in early March, the $19 million project to renovate the Blue Wall cafe in the University of Massachusetts Campus Center is well underway. The project, which … 0

UMass-Amherst town-gown steering committee to interview three finalists for consultant

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AMHERST — Three finalists to assist the University of Massachusetts and town of Amherst in completing a town-gown study focused on meeting future housing needs and promoting economic development will be interviewed Tuesday afternoon. The town-gown steering committee, which is overseeing the process of hiring a consultant for … 0

Area police news

Monday, February 24, 2014

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UMass hospitality industry career day to feature over 60 companies, including Mohegan Sun and MGM Grand

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

AMHERST — Career day for students studying hospitality and tourism management at the University of Massachusetts will feature representatives from two companies planning to open casinos in western Massachusetts. Mohegan Sun and MGM Grand will join 10 other first-time companies registered for the event to be held on … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Exhibit at UMass Amherst celebrates 50 years of Latin album cover art

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pablo E. Yglesias’ father left Cuba on the eve of that country’s revolution, and most of the personal items he took with him were his 10-inch records. Yglesias was about 5 years old when he began investigating those … 0

University of Massachusetts sophomore Delaney Ratner takes Westminster dog show honors in stride

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts sophomore Delaney Ratner was confident her dogs would do well on the big stage of the Westminster Kennel Club’s prestigious dog show in New York City, so when two took first place in … 0