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Lenin Barreras of Springfield looks over his certificate of citizenship at the seventh-annual Center for New Americans citizenship ceremony in Northampton, July 4, 2015.

Northampton Fourth of July citizenship ceremony celebrates 48 new Americans

Saturday, July 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Seated beside her five-year-old son outside the Hampshire County Courthouse, Erika Calderon watched as her husband, Jose Serratos, became a naturalized United States citizen on Saturday, July 4. “It’s a good opportunity to show people that we are here and we are legal now and we can vote,” Calderon, 42, of Athol, said of the event. Calderon herself …

Hilltown Voices: Large turnouts in Chesterfield and Goshen approve WiredWest broadband fiber-optic network

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In two of the best-attended special Town Meetings in recent memory, Chesterfield and Goshen this week each overwhelmingly approved spending more than $1 million to help create a regional state-of-the-art broadband fiber-optic network. The project will be built and operated by WiredWest, a cooperative seeking to provide broadband to 32 towns in western Massachusetts. On Monday, Goshen voters unanimously approved $1.4 million as …

Sanders raises $15M to Clinton’s $45M

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign said Thursday the Vermont Democrat has raised $15 million since joining the race in late April, a strong total for his challenge against front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. About 250,000 donors have given money, giving the senator a solid foundation from which to build an insurgent campaign …

DeLeo calls for review of Patrick’s use of ‘trusts’

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — House Speaker Robert DeLeo says Massachusetts lawmakers should take a look at reports that former Gov. Deval Patrick used funds from quasi-public state agencies to help pay for trade missions he led as governor. The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that the former Democratic governor funneled …

As court ruling looms, Obama hails health law

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared his health care law a firmly established “reality” of American life even as the legality of one of its key elements awaits a decision by the Supreme Court. “This is …

Turkey’s ruling party loses simple majority

Sunday, June 7, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey — In a stunning rebuke of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions to expand his powers, Turkish voters stripped his party of its simple majority in parliament, preliminary election results showed Sunday. With 99.9 percent of the …

Woman says her brother was sexually abused by Dennis Hastert

Friday, June 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — A Montana woman says her brother was sexually abused by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert during the years when the GOP leader was a wrestling coach at a suburban Chicago high school. Jolene Burdge of Billings, …

Clinton blasts GOP field on voting rights

Thursday, June 4, 2015

HOUSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton accused potential Republican presidential rivals such as Jeb Bush of Florida and Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Thursday of trying to make it more difficult for millions of Americans to vote, laying down …

Bush, Perry add names to crowded Republican field

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush stepped into the Republican race for president on Thursday, finally taking his place — after months of hints and relentless fundraising — amid an unwieldy field of GOP candidates unlike any in recent memory. …

Chafee joins 2016 race with quixotic platform

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee entered the race for president Wednesday by calling for the U.S. to switch to the metric system, take an “open-minded approach” to drug trafficking and consider negotiating with Islamic …

Westhampton voters to consider Proposition 2½ override at annual election Saturday

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Residents will consider approving the final step of a Proposition 2½ override necessary to balance next year’s budget at the annual town election Saturday. A majority vote is needed to finalize the measure, which gained initial approval at Town Meeting on April 9. The override would …

Graham launches 2016 bid

Monday, June 1, 2015

CENTRAL, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham opened his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Monday with a grim accounting of radical Islam “running wild” in a world imperiled also by Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He dedicated …

Educator Lauren Rollins of Florence announces candidacy for Northampton School Committee

Monday, June 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Doctoral candidate and college instructor Lauren Rollins, of 185B North Main St. in Florence, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Northampton School Committee. Rollins, 35, is in her last year of obtaining a doctorate in English literature at the University of Massachusetts …