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A person lays on the ground near evidence markers as officials investigate the scene where a Jersey City Police Department officer was shot and killed while responding to a call at a 24-hour pharmacy, Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J.  Officer Melvin Santiago was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call  at about 4.a.m., Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.  Fulop said officers responding to the robbery call shot and killed the man who shot Santiago. He was not immediately identified.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NJ gunman kills rookie cop

Sunday, July 13, 2014

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A gunman who killed a rookie officer responding to a report of an armed robbery at a drugstore early Sunday never tried to rob the store and instead lay in wait for police, telling a witness to watch the news because he was “going to be famous,” authorities said. Lawrence Campbell shot Officer Melvin Santiago in … 0

Palestinians flee northern Gaza as Israel warns of bombing

Sunday, July 13, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip fled their homes on Sunday and sought safety in U.N. shelters, heeding warnings from the Israeli military about impending plans to bomb the area in the sixth day of an offensive against Hamas that has killed more than 160 … 0

If they only had a brain — scarecrows create stir

Friday, July 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — If you’ve had the chance to drive by the Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield lately, you may have found yourself doing a double-take. At first glance, it appears as though a group of colonial-era villagers have stepped out of the past to tend the front lawn, but closer inspection reveals … 0

area meeting list

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Amherst TODAY: Regional Assessment Method Working Group, 2 p.m., ARMS; District Trends Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5:30 p.m., Bangs Community Center WEDNESDAY: Public Art Commission, 1 p.m., Planning Board, 7:30 p.m., both at Town Hall FRIDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Personnel, Planning and Policy Committee, 9 … 0

Seneca Nation commits to native-only landscaping

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CATTARAUGUS RESERVATION, N.Y. — The Seneca Indian Nation is strengthening its roots to the land with a new commitment to use only indigenous plants and trees in public landscaping. The western New York tribe is believed to be … 0

Ohio scientist to test water before fracking soars

Sunday, July 13, 2014

As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of the Utica Shale. Her project, which includes samples of more than 100 wells, is one of the few … 0

After 2013 fire, Dockside Restaurant reopens at South Hadley marina

Saturday, July 12, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — It’s not official yet and the grand re-opening is still a couple of weeks away, but the Dockside Restaurant & Brunelle’s Marina, destroyed by a fire last year, is up and running. “There’s no such … 0

Teacher tenure fight gains momentum with ruling

Friday, July 11, 2014

NEW YORK — A month after a California judge ruled that job protections for teachers violated children’s constitutional rights, one lawsuit making the same claim has been filed in New York, another has been announced and critics of teacher tenure in other states say they are preparing litigation … 0

Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

Friday, July 11, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels … 0

Kestrel Land Trust adds 336 more Holyoke Range acres

Friday, July 11, 2014

With the acquisition of 336 acres on the Mount Holyoke Range last month, conservation groups are making strides in preserving areas important for recreation, wildlife protection and preparing for the effects of climate change, according to Benjamin Wright, a land conservation specialist with the Kestrel Land Trust. This … 0

Earth Talk: Is there a link between obesity and chemicals in everyday products?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that, above and beyond our bad eating and lifestyle habits, some chemicals in everyday products are contributing to the obesity problem. Can you explain? — Alyssa Israel, Fairfield, Conn. Obesity is a huge problem … 0

Trending in the Valley, July 11: Fun, informative things Pioneer Valley people are posting on social media today

Friday, July 11, 2014

A quick look at the fun and informative things Pioneer Valley people are posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. today. If you think your social media musings are something everyone would enjoy, get our attention by flagging it … 0

Fight joined in Congress over faster deportations

Thursday, July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern … 0