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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 … 1

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

Amherst School Committee candidates agree schools must meet needs of all children and listen to concerns of parents

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

AMHERST — The two School Committee candidates stressed Tuesday that they want the Amherst public schools to meet the needs of all children and listen to the concerns of parents. Incumbent Katherine Appy, of 100 Red Gate Lane, and challenger Viraphanh Douangmany, of 12 Longmeadow Drive, are seeking … 0

Davis, Abbott to face off for Texas governor

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans picked the state’s attorney general in the fight to succeed longtime Gov. Rick Perry, while a rising Democratic star coasted to her party’s nomination Tuesday night during the nation’s first statewide primary. Warnings … 0

Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

AMHERST — A controversial student housing project in the Cushman section of Amherst is opposed by two of the four candidates running for Select Board. Helen Berg of 902 North Pleasant St. and Andy Steinberg of 17 Hitching Post Road said they oppose The Retreat student housing project, … 0

Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick backs casino law repeal

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

BOSTON — Independent candidate for governor Jeff McCormick said Wednesday that he supports repealing the state’s casino law and, if elected, would work to bring Massachusetts’ income tax rate down to 5 percent by making government run more efficiently. The Boston venture capitalist said he’d bring in outside … 0

Republican Karen Anderson of Orange seeks 2nd Franklin state representative seat

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ORANGE — A fourth-generation Orange native is seeking election as state representative for the 2nd Franklin District. Republican Karen Anderson, 45, is seeking the seat held by two-term state Rep. Denise Andrews in the district made up of Athol, Orange, Gill, Erving, Warwick, New Salem, Wendell, Royalston, Phillipston, … 0

Venezuelan political tensions escalate

Sunday, February 16, 2014

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that a police manhunt was underway for Leopoldo Lopez, the hard-line opposition leader behind anti-government demonstrations that ended with three deaths. The socialist president’s announcement came amid dueling pro-government … 0

Treasurer Steve Grossman claims Attorney General Martha Coakley attempts to rewrite positions

Friday, February 14, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman said fellow Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Attorney General Martha Coakley is trying to rewrite her positions on key issues, including a 2012 state law barring parole for habitual offenders. Coakley joined Grossman and the three other Democratic candidates during a recent debate on … 0

Italian premier steps down after losing key support

Thursday, February 13, 2014

ROME (AP) — Abandoned by an ambitious party rival, Italian Premier Enrico Letta announced Thursday he is resigning after losing essential support for his battered, 10-month-old coalition government. Hours earlier, Matteo Renzi, the 39-year-old leader of Letta’s Democratic … 0

Nomination papers available for Hatfield election in May

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

HATFIELD — Nomination papers are available for 15 elected positions in town, including moderator, two seats on the School Committee and one on the Select Board. Nomination papers must be delivered to the town clerk’s office by April 1 with the signatures of at least 20 registered town … 0

Speakers in Amherst caution against forming single view of Islam’s role in politics

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

AMHERST — Since moving to the United States from Pakistan, Ali Durrani said he finds that Americans rarely have a chance to speak with someone from a Muslim country and consequently often form their perceptions of Islam solely … 0