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Whately voters will be asked to buy Western Massachusetts Regional Library building for municipal offices

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WHATELY — After a last-minute petition effort, residents will be asked to approve buying the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building in the Whately Industrial Park for $815,000 during the town’s April 28 Town Meeting. The building has been at the center of the debate over what to do about municipal office space needs, and town officials have been discussing a possible purchase with the building’s current owners, the Massachusetts …

Clinton dismisses attacks on foundation

Monday, April 20, 2015

KEENE, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton dismissed swirling questions about her family foundation Monday as little more than political attacks from Republicans eager to gain an early advantage in the 2016 presidential contest. Clinton, campaigning for the Democratic nomination in the liberal bastion of Keene, pushed back against accusations that foreign governments that …

Clinton courts liberals at campaign’s outset

Sunday, April 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — This time, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be on liberals’ good side. As a presidential candidate in 2008, she opposed gay marriage, equivocated on granting driver’s licenses to people who were living in the U.S. illegally and endured heavy criticism from rival Barack Obama over her stance on campaign finance. During …

Patrick to forgo paid Boston 2024 job

Friday, March 20, 2015

BOSTON — Former Gov. Deval Patrick has decided to pass on a paid consulting job promoting the city’s Olympic bid overseas. Patrick said Thursday he’s planning to take a full-time position soon and will forgo all outside consulting pay, including the $7,500-per-day fee he was to earn for …

Phoebe Hazzard, Victor Nunez Ortiz, Viraphanh Douangmany make their case for election to School Committee

Friday, March 20, 2015

AMHERST — A former teacher, a former Marine and a refugee immigrant-turned-activist touted their differing life experiences and how those would help them if elected to the School Committee at a League of Women Voters candidates night at …

Netanyahu win further cools relations with US

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration signaled on Wednesday it could take a tougher stance toward Benjamin Netanyahu following his decisive Israeli election victory and campaign tack to the right, saying there will be consequences for his sudden reversal …

Netanyahu claims edge in tight race

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to fend off a strong challenge from the country’s opposition leader in parliamentary elections Tuesday, emerging from an acrimonious campaign in a slightly better position to form Israel’s next government. …

League of Women Voters candidates night Thursday in Amherst

Monday, March 16, 2015

AMHERST — Candidates competing for contested seats on the School Committee and Amherst Housing Authority will be among those participating in a forum Thursday night. The League of Women Voters candidates night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Town Room at Town Hall. Candidates …

Annual Walk for a New Spring leaves from Peace Pagoda in Leverett

Thursday, March 12, 2015

LEVERETT — Like the first snowdrops emerging after a long winter, a dozen or so Buddhist monks, nuns and friends are expected to begin their 14th annual Walk for a New Spring on Friday morning, on their first leg of a 45-day pilgrimage to New York, Washington, D.C., …

Whately residents have until April 2 to take out nomination papers for town offices

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WHATELY — Residents who want to run for the 11 town positions that are up for election this year have until April 2 to take out nomination papers. There are three-year terms available for the Select Board, held by Joyce Palmer Fortune; Board of Assessors, held by Frederick …

Thursday deadline to file nomination papers for Deerfield town election

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DEERFIELD — Residents who want to run in this year’s town election have through Thursday to file nomination papers. Select Board Chairwoman Carolyn Shores Ness, a 12-year veteran, will seek re-election to her seat. Barbara Hancock, the town’s treasurer, collector and clerk, said no one has filed papers …

Clinton admits mistake on emails

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UNITED NATIONS — Confronting a growing political furor, Hillary Rodham Clinton conceded Tuesday it was a mistake to exclusively use private email as secretary of state, but she defiantly rejected accusations that she created a security risk or …

Feinstein urges Clinton to explain email actions

Sunday, March 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton should fully explain her actions involving the use of a private, nongovernment email account when she was the country’s top diplomat, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday, becoming the first major Democrat to urge Clinton to share more …