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FILE - In this July 31, 2000 file photo, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. gives a thumbs up after taking over as chairman of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.  A newly unveiled indictment against Hastert released Thursday, May 28, 2015,  accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct."   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

AP source: Hastert paid to conceal claims of sexual abuse

Saturday, May 30, 2015

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not contained in an indictment issued Thursday. The specific nature of the claims was not immediately clear. The federal indictment accused Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to keep a person from the suburban Chicago town where he was a longtime high school teacher and wrestling coach silent about “prior misconduct,” but the …

Paul seeks ‘spying showdown’ in Sunday Senate meeting on NSA

Saturday, May 30, 2015

WASHINGTON ­— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said he’s ready for a “spying showdown” when the Senate holds a rare Sunday session, a sign he isn’t relenting in his fight against renewing anti-terrorism programs set to expire Monday. Paul, of Kentucky, asked supporters in an e-mail Friday to join him in opposing National Security Agency spying. Paul, like any U.S. senator, has the …

Former NY governor Pataki joins GOP presidential pack

Thursday, May 28, 2015

EXETER, N.H. — George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation. Just as he was overshadowed after the 2001 terrorist attacks by Mayor Rudy …

Presidential vote a shock in Poland

Monday, May 11, 2015

WARSAW, Poland — President Bronislaw Komorowski lost the first round of the country’s presidential election to a previously unknown 42-year-old member of the European Parliament, in what is being called the biggest shock in Polish politics in years. …

UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy addresses Amherst Town Meeting, promises continued collaboration on economic development

Monday, May 11, 2015

AMHERST — With a joint planning study focused on housing and economic development complete, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy is promising the University of Massachusetts and the town will continue to work together for their mutual benefit. At his second-ever appearance before Town Meeting, Subbaswamy said Monday that the …

Granby Town Meeting votes on compensation and revolving funds, delays decision on sewer project

Monday, May 11, 2015

GRANBY — Voters at the annual Town Meeting Monday took up articles on matters including town employee compensation and over $235,000 in fee-generated revolving funds, but a vote on an $8.3 million sewer expansion project remains on the horizon for a June session. Scores of citizens attended the …

Chesterfield Town Meeting unanimously approves $3.25 million budget with 2½ percent raises for town workers

Monday, May 11, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Voters at the annual Town Meeting Monday night unanimously approved a $3.25 million budget that includes 2½ percent raises for town employees. The $3,255,348 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is 1.2 percent more than the current year’s spending. Next year’s budget includes $697,845 …

Belchertown voters to consider $48.6 million budget, affordable housing at former state school, motorboat rules

Saturday, May 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Voters at annual Town Meeting on Monday will consider a $48.6 million budget, spending Community Preservation Act money to help ensure affordable housing at the former Belchertown State School, and a proposal to regulate motorboats. The Town Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Belchertown High …

Chesterfield voters to consider $3.25 million budget with 2½ percent raises for town employees

Saturday, May 9, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Voters at annual Town Meeting on Monday will be asked to approve a $3.25 million budget that includes 2½ percent raises for town employees. Town Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Voters will consider an operating budget totaling $3,255,348 for the fiscal year …

Writer Nathaniel Reade candidate for at-large seat on Northampton School Committee

Friday, May 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local writer Nathaniel Reade, of 33 Longfellow Drive in Florence, has announced his candidacy for an at-large seat on the Northampton School Committee. Reade, 56, owns a communications business, the Bellows Group, with his wife, Michaela O’Brien, and also works as a freelance writer and journalist. …

Unexpected triumph means Cameron can govern UK on his own

Friday, May 8, 2015

LONDON — After years of sharing power, David Cameron pulled off an unexpected election triumph that gave the Conservative prime minister a second term with an outright majority Friday and dealt a stinging defeat to his three main …

Granby Town meeting to consider ‘housekeeping items’ Monday, with budget delayed to June

Friday, May 8, 2015

GRANBY — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Monday will take up what Select Board chairman Mark Bail said are mainly “housekeeping items that have to be acted upon to make the town run.” Town Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Granby Junior-Senior High School …

Hadley Town Meeting overwhelmingly defeats proposed purchase of former Montgomery Rose property

Thursday, May 7, 2015

HADLEY — Voters at annual Town Meeting Thursday night rejected a motion introduced by a citizens’ petition that called for borrowing $3 million to purchase land and renovate buildings at the former Montgomery Rose facility on River Road. The proposal was put forward as a solution to the …