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Penn State running back Bill Belton (1) runs past UMass defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles (9) and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox (17) on his way to a 24-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the game on Saturday in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

UMass outclassed at Penn State, loses 48-7

Saturday, September 20, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — There was no heartbreaking ending for the UMass football team this week. After two weeks of near misses, the suspense was gone in the second quarter Saturday, as Penn State overwhelmed the Minutemen, 48-7, at Beaver Stadium. UMass coach Mark Whipple was angry after the game. “It was certainly our worst day. I don’t really know …

Amherst police keep ‘Halfway to Blarney’ revelry in check

Saturday, September 20, 2014

AMHERST — Police dispersed a crowd of more than 200 University of Massachusetts Amherst students and their friends celebrating the halfway point to St. Patrick’s Day at the Amherst Town Houses at 50 Meadow St. Saturday. The festivities, dubbed “Halfway to Blarney,” began early in the afternoon amid concern from town and UMass …

UMass students applaud findings in Davis report; say police overreacted

Saturday, September 20, 2014

AMHERST — Two days after the release of a report critical of they way police and University of Massachusetts officials handled the March 8 “Blarney Blowout,” students interviewed on campus Saturday afternoon said they were not surprised by criticisms contained in the report. “I think they made a lot of assumptions that were …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer returns home, beats Fairfield 2-1

Friday, September 19, 2014

Josh Schwartz scored in overtime as the UMass men’s soccer team earned its first victory of the season, beating Fairfield 2-1 in the home opener. Matt Keys had the other tally and Luke Pavone assisted on both goals for the Minutemen (1-5), playing their first home game since …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton takes down Agawam in girls soccer

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alex Bertuch-Wallace scored twice as the Northampton girls soccer team knocked down Agawam, 4-0, Friday in Northampton. Abby Springfield and Lily Glading-DiLorenzo each had one goal for the Blue Devils (5-1-1, 3-1-1 Kurty-Fielding). Olivia Pruett had two assists, while Charlotte Maurer and Bailey Maurer each had one. Sydney …

Chiefs: Retreat wasn't an option from Blarney Blowout scene

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — While two police chiefs in Amherst agree unruly crowds should be handled differently next time, they insisted Friday that retreat was not an option at the Blarney Blowout. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone and University of …

Easthampton High, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and Mosier Elementary in South Hadley show improved MCAS rankings

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three area schools moved up in state rankings for meeting achievement gaps in Friday’s release of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test results. Meanwhile, most area school districts, including Amherst and Northampton, remained steady, and many either met or …

UMass’ margin for error is likely much smaller at Penn State

Friday, September 19, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The UMass football team made several mistakes during its first two games. While it was in position to win each time, it couldn’t finish the job. If the Minutemen (0-3) are going to break …

Veteran Amherst College football team hosts Bates in season opener Saturday

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst College football team is returning the majority of its starters from the 2013 team that went 7-1. Despite a veteran lineup, this season’s focus is on fundamentals and the skill positions. “It doesn’t matter …

Amherst, UMass officials pledge support for reforms

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts, town and police officials acknowledged their mistakes, described a new set of remedies and expressed optimism that the blueprint former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis delivered in a 65-page report for protecting the …

Forum scheduled in Amherst to discuss priorities for Community Preservation Act money

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — Every year, projects that protect open space, preserve affordable housing and promote historical preservation come before annual Town Meeting. Almost all of these projects financed using Community Preservation Act money since the town adopted the surcharge in 2001 have been approved by the members. Last spring …

New building at Kendrick Place in Amherst will not have on-site parking for tenants, businesses

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building that will house 102 tenants and three businesses is being constructed at the intersection of Triangle and East Pleasant streets. When these units at Kendrick Place are leased next fall, there will be no on-site parking for residents or patrons of the businesses. …

Area police news

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Elody Y. Ramirez Jr., 22, of Lawrence, was arrested at 1:42 a.m. Friday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and failure …