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Dutch Finance Minister and chair of the eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem speaks during a media conference after a meeting of eurogroup finance ministers in Brussels on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Anxiety over Greece's future swelled on Saturday after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' call to have the people vote on a proposed bailout deal. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)

Greece’s future in balance as creditors reject aid extension, referendum scheduled

Saturday, June 27, 2015

BRUSSELS — Greece’s place in the euro currency bloc looked increasingly shaky on Saturday after eurozone nations rejected a monthlong extension to its bailout program and the prime minister called for a risky popular vote on the country’s financial future. Worried Greeks queued outside banks for cash amid the uncertainty, with eurozone finance ministers deciding to hold a meeting without …

Woman temporarily removes Confederate flag in front of SC Statehouse

Saturday, June 27, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Confederate flag was temporarily removed from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday when a woman climbed the flagpole and — despite calls by police to get down — removed the banner. Bree Newsome, 30, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was about halfway up the more than 30-foot …

Leahy heads US Senate delegation to Cuba ahead of embassies

Saturday, June 27, 2015

HAVANA — A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators was in Cuba on Friday to meet with top government officials and others to discuss rapprochement between the two countries. The United States and Cuba announced on Dec. 17 they would move to restore diplomatic ties that were severed more than 50 years ago, but …

Hatfield Town Meeting approves continued demolition of Center School, defeats effort to buy former Holy Trinity Church

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HATFIELD — After spirited debate, voters at Town Meeting on Tuesday authorized an additional $92,000 for demolishing the Center School, while a citizen petition to spare the abandoned building from the wrecking ball failed to get a two-thirds …

Senate Dems block debate on trade bill

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats dealt President Barack Obama a stinging setback on trade Tuesday, blocking efforts to begin a full-blown debate on a top priority of his second term. The president’s supporters said they will try again, and …

NYC mayor touts national liberal vision

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, fashioning himself as one of the left’s loudest voices on economic causes, appeared in Washington on Tuesday to make two stops on his national tour to tout the need …

Belchertown passes rules for motorboats, approves budget at Monday’s Town Meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Boaters will several new regulations designed to improve safety on its waterways following action at the annual Town Meeting Monday night. Voters adopted a new set of bylaws, by a vote of 80 to 38, regulating motorboats on Belchertown’s waterways. The new regulations limit motorboats on …

Belchertown Town Meeting approves CPA money for assisted living development at former State School site

Monday, May 11, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Town Meeting on Monday night approved giving $218,000 in Community Preservation Act money earmarked for affordable housing to the Grantham Group, a Boston-based assisted living developer set to build an 83-unit complex on the grounds of …

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 …