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A police vehicle is parked in front of a manhole cover at the Thomas P. O’Neill Tunnel on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 in Boston. The manhole cover that weighs more than 200 pounds killed a woman when it flew up in the air and crashed through her windshield as she drove on the Boston highway Friday morning, authorities said.  (Steve Annear/The Boston Globe via AP)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Manhole cover crashes into SUV’s windshield, killing driver

Friday, February 12, 2016

BOSTON — A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV’s windshield on a major highway, killing an art teacher as she drove to work during the Friday morning commute, authorities said. Police didn’t confirm the victim’s name Friday, but Milton Public School district identified her as Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher at Glover Elementary School in the Boston suburb. “Ms. Clavette was a talented and special educator who has touched the lives of many students and families over the past four years in the Milton Public Schools,” the district said in a statement. “The entire Milton community …

2 students killed in shooting at Phoenix-area high school

Friday, February 12, 2016

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in a Phoenix suburb but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as hundreds of worried parents crowded outside nearby stores to await word on their children. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at Independence High School, …

Federal judge rules that Verizon may build cell phone tower in Belchertown, overturning Planning Board ruling

Friday, February 12, 2016

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Verizon Wireless in its lawsuit against the town of Belchertown, granting the telecommunications company permission to build a 140-foot cellphone tower on Aldrich Street. In his decision filed Tuesday, U.S. District Court judge Michael A. Ponsor granted Verizon the special permit needed to construct the cell tower, subject to a number of conditions. No lights …

Obama unveils $4.1T election-year budget

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks. The progressive …

Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey, stepping down after 32 years, says he’s proud of building a ‘progressive, modern correctional facility’

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County Sheriff Robert J. Garvey said Tuesday that at age 78 it’s time to give up the job he has held for 32 years. He cited his age as the main reason he will not …

David Streeter of Whately denies drunken driving and other charges after traffic stop

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — A Whately man faces drunken driving and other charges following a traffic stop. David Streeter, 45, of Christian Lane was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with operating while under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violations, having an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle …

Iraqi woman charged with role in US aid worker’s death

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker’s …

Merkel voices horror at bombings in Syria

Monday, February 8, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city. German Chancellor Angela …

Obama asks Congress for Zika funding

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says “there shouldn’t be a panic on …

Area police news

Monday, February 8, 2016

Amherst • Police are investigating an accident at 3:47 a.m. Sunday on North Pleasant Street in which a pedestrian, who was not in a crosswalk, was struck by a vehicle. Police said the pedestrian suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson …

After 32 years, Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey will not seek re-election

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey, who has held the position for 32 years, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in November, his office confirmed. A native of Amherst, Garvey was appointed by then-Gov. Michael Dukakis …

Lengthy investigation leads to arrest of Jacob Kinney of Amherst for heroin distribution

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — A lengthy investigation into heroin distribution in town led to the arrest of a 28-year-old Amherst man Saturday afternoon, according to police. Jacob S. Kinney, of 30 North Hadley Road, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at his home on a charge of possession with intent …

Judge rules that autistic Belchertown man be held until trial

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup ruled Monday that Zachary Holmes — a 21-year-old autistic, developmentally disabled man accused of trying to kill his mother in their Belchertown home in September — is a danger to himself and others and will remain in jail pending his …