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Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 29, 2014

TUFTED TITMOUSE Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley “Peter, Peter, Peter” would have been what I would have heard from this tufted titmouse, should it have decided to sing while perched on this covered dead branch. Unfortunately it sat in silence. The image was captured with a medium telephoto lens on a tripod-mounted digital SLR camera. Anne E. Ely is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., Southampton. Other images are on view at the gallery; summer hours are by appointment. After Labor Day, hours are Tuesdays and Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7 … 0

Obama tamps down prospect of Syria strikes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. The president spoke shortly before convening a meeting of his national security advisers … 0

Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CANBERRA, Australia — Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet’s flight path. Now an analysis of those failed attempts to reach Flight 370 could … 0

KKK recruitment drive raises hackles on Long Island

Sunday, August 24, 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Residents of the Long Island hamlet of Hampton Bays have found Ku Klux Klan recruitment pamphlets tucked next to their mailboxes and in their driveways over the past month, Southampton police and town officials said Saturday. Police have received four complaints from residents who have … 0

Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — To shouts of “Fascists!” and “Hang them from a tree!” captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the streets of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday as bystanders pelted them with eggs, water bottles and … 0

American journalist held in Syria freed

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. … 0

Four women accuse Everett mayor of sexual harassment

Sunday, August 24, 2014

EVERETT (AP) — Four women have accused Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria of sexual harassment over the past decade. The Boston Globe reported Sunday that DeMaria rejected the allegations and suggested that opponents of a proposed casino could be spreading falsehoods about him. Wynn Resorts has proposed a $1.6 … 0

Quake hits California’s wine region

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NAPA, Calif. — The San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California’s wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region’s famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending more … 0

Dad of Missouri teen shot by cop wants peace

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest Monday. “Tomorrow all I … 0

Four big-money brothers, four paths

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They’re demonized by Democrats, who lack a … 0

Police to phase out handwritten tickets

Sunday, August 24, 2014

BOSTON — Traffic stops may be going high tech in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that police departments are planning to phase out those handwritten citations that officers give to motorists with instant electronic tickets. Officials say the … 0

Kinder Morgan to make case for pipeline in Dalton

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DALTON (AP) — Representatives of Kinder Morgan are scheduled to visit western Massachusetts to present their side in a debate over a natural gas pipeline expansion. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Dalton officials intend to organize a panel of residents to argue the other side. Kinder Morgan, parent … 0

Columbia Gas donates $5,000 to NoFIRES nonprofit

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON (AP) — Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has donated $5,000 to an organization that offers education and intervention to children who set fires. NoFIRES, a nonprofit, was developed in 2012 by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, fire and law enforcement officials, mental health care providers and social service … 0