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Student volunteers focus attention on wage inequality issues for women during Arts Night Out in Northampton

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A group of student volunteers took advantage of “Equal Pay Day” to focus attention Friday evening on wage inequality issues for women. Equal Pay Day — April 8 in the U.S. — represents the point in the new year that American women typically have to work to earn the same amount as their male counterparts during the previous calendar year. About 10 volunteers from Mount Holyoke and Smith … 0

Shoe thrown as Clinton gives speech

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LAS VEGAS — A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech. The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage before an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay resort. … 0

Brett Vottero, prosecutor in Anthony Baye arson/murder trial, announces candidacy for Hampden County district attorney

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney who helped put convicted arsonist Anthony Baye of Northampton behind bars last year is a candidate to be Hampden County’s top prosecutor. Brett Vottero is running for the seat previously held by Mark Mastroianni, who is awaiting final U.S. Senate approval as a presiding judge in U.S. District Court to replace retiring justice Michael Ponsor. Vottero, 53, made the … 0

Precinct 10 Town Meeting incumbents James Turner, L. Paige Wilder omitted from League of Women Voters insert

Monday, March 24, 2014

AMHERST — An election guide advertising insert in the Amherst Bulletin that provides a summary of all candidates running for townwide and Town Meeting seats Tuesday omitted two incumbents who are on the ballot from Precinct 10. James R. Turner, of 23 Phillips St., and L. Paige Wilder, … 0

GOP backs Baker for governor; Fisher misses ballot

Sunday, March 23, 2014

BOSTON — Delegates to the Republican state convention strongly backed Charlie Baker for their party’s gubernatorial nomination on Saturday, and conservative tea party member Mark Fisher just barely missed receiving enough support to force a contested GOP primary. … 0

No contests in Sunderland town election

Thursday, March 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — There are no contests for any of the 14 seats available in this year’s town election. No one took out nomination papers this year, and the caucus nominees will be on the ballot for the May 3 election. Nominees are incumbents Thomas Fydenkevez, Select Board; Mary … 0

Dylan Korpita of Deerfield plans to challenge Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita of Deerfield plans to seek the 1st Franklin District House seat in this year’s election. The 35-year-old Republican filed organization papers Tuesday with the Secretary of State’s office to challenge incumbent Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, … 0

Gubernatorial hopeful open to decriminalizing drugs

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem said Wednesday she would be open to decriminalizing drugs beyond marijuana to help those who use them get treatment instead of filling up prisons. “What you’re seeing in other states is getting drug offenders, whatever the drugs are, it might … 0

Amherst Select Board candidates discuss senior center, homelessness in forum

Monday, March 17, 2014

AMHERST — Space issues at the Bangs Community Center are prompting Council on Aging officials to begin exploring construction of a new senior center, but candidates for Select Board say there are no easy ways for a new home to get built. At a forum sponsored by the … 0

Nomination papers due Monday for Deerfield town election

Friday, March 14, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Nomination papers for nine seats available in the annual town election May 5 are due in the town clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Monday. David Wolfram is seeking re-election to a three-year seat on the Select Board. He ran uncontested in a special election last … 0

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown seeks staff for NH campaign

Thursday, March 13, 2014

BOSTON — Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has begun seeking campaign staff while aggressively courting New Hampshire’s political elite, marking what local Republicans consider serious steps toward launching a Senate campaign against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. The stakes … 0

Granby residents approve zoning changes; make some town positions appointed

Monday, March 10, 2014

GRANBY — Residents at a special Town Meeting Monday approved 20 changes to zoning bylaws aimed at allowing more businesses in town while maintaining Granby’s rural character. A total of 78 voters checked in at the start of the two-hour meeting in the Granby Junior-Senior High School gymnasium. … 0

Chavez remembrance fails to curtail protests

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

CARACAS, Venezuela — Thousands of Venezuelans mourned the passing of President Hugo Chavez on the first anniversary of his death Wednesday, while National Guard troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government activists who pressed on with … 0